The Simpsons (1989– )
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Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes? 

After Homer "wins" a $2000 settlement with the plant for radiation affecting his sperm count, his brother Herb comes to Springfield with an idea that could help him get his fortune back.

Director:

Rich Moore

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Blue-Haired Lawyer / Homeless Man #2 / Newsreader / Gomer Pyle / Barney Gumble / Homeless Man #3 / Baby Representative (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Baby at Park / Todd Flanders / Maggie Simpson / Baby #1 / Baby #2 (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Body Fat Tester / Sergeant Carter / Carl / Moe Szyslak / Spine-Melter 2000 Salesman / Professor Frink / Father (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Lenny / Waylon Smithers / Montgomery Burns / First Homeless Man / Announcer / Ned Flanders / Tom Brokaw (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Kristin Shepard / Maude Flanders / Woman at Park / Mother (voice)
Danny DeVito ... Herb Powell (voice)
Joe Frazier ... Himself (voice)
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Storyline

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. Written by Tfilm78

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Herb: 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.
Bart: Wow, the NRA! Can I get armor-piercing, cyanide-tipped bullets, too?
Herb: It's in the Constitution, son.
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Connections

References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Onward, Christian Soldiers
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
Performed by Nancy Cartwright, Pamela Hayden, Maggie Roswell, and Harry Shearer
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Herb makes an eventually triumphant return
2 January 2012 | by athomedSee all my reviews

Homer's half-brother, Herb, shows up after he learns of Homer 'winning' $2,000. Herb wants to invest that money in his new invention which he needs Maggie to help create. Homer didn't actually win the $2,000. It's a settlement from the power plant because he's sterile from working there. The Simpson family will never know that though, not with Mr. Burns ingenious award!

Danny DeVito reprises his role as Herb. This episode was produced because of fan reaction to the season 2 episode, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, which I've also reviewed on this site. Fans felt like the ending to that episode was too sad. The Simpsons answered with this episode.

I don't think it's anywhere near as good as the 2nd season episode I mentioned above. It still has a lot of charm and some good jokes, particularly with Herb and Maggie and Homer's reaction to Herb's example of an invention. Mr. Burns is great in this episode as well.

You have to see it if you've seen the 2nd season episode, if not, then you should still check it out. The Simpsons was unequivocally must-watch television in the 3rd season and this is the last episode of the season.


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