During a routine plant physical, it is discovered that exposure to radiation has sterilized Homer. Mr. Burns pays him off with an elaborate employee appreciation ceremony, and a monetary award. Homer's half-brother Herb Powell, now a hobo, reads about it in the paper, and decide's that Homer's wealth can fund his idea for an invention that would transform baby gibberish into intelligible English.
Did You Know?
Originally the producers were going to end The Simpsons: Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
(1991) with Herb saying "I have an idea!" at the end of it, but they decided to flesh this out into a full story, which resulted in this episode. See more
In the dinner scene, Homer is sitting at one end of the table, then is seen sitting at the opposite end in the next shot when he says "they do good work." See more
Now, Bart, you know you're too young for that machine gun, but I got you something that'll make sure that when you're old enough, you can still buy one: a membership in the National Rifle Association.
Wow, the NRA! Can I get armor-piercing, cyanide-tipped bullets, too?
It's in the Constitution, son.
References 2001: A Space Odyssey
Onward, Christian Soldiers
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
Performed by Nancy Cartwright
, Pamela Hayden
, Maggie Roswell
, and Harry Shearer See more