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.

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... Homer Simpson / Blue-Haired Lawyer / Homeless Man #2 / Newsreader / Gomer Pyle / Barney Gumble / Homeless Man #3 / Baby Representative (voice)
... Marge Simpson (voice)
... Bart Simpson / Baby at Park / Todd Flanders / Maggie Simpson / Baby #1 / Baby #2 (voice)
... Lisa Simpson (voice)
... Body Fat Tester / Sergeant Carter / Carl / Moe Szyslak / Spine-Melter 2000 Salesman / Professor Frink / Father (voice)
... Lenny / Waylon Smithers / Montgomery Burns / First Homeless Man / Announcer / Ned Flanders / Tom Brokaw (voice)
... Kristin Shepard / Maude Flanders / Woman at Park / Mother (voice)
... Herb Powell (voice)
... Himself (voice)
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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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Animation | Comedy

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27 August 1992 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Joe Frazier announces that Homer is the winner of "The First Annual Montgomery Burns Award For Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence," the orchestra plays The Simpsons Theme. 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

[At the First Annual Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence awards show]
Lisa: This award is the biggest farce I've ever seen.
Bart: What about the Emmys?
Lisa: I stand corrected.
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Connections

References Dallas: Who Done It? (1980) See more »

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Deck the Halls
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Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
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Season 3: Strong season that takes a second to warm up but is soon another overall step up for the show
13 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

I was surprised by how dramatic the step up in quality was between the first and second season of this show and in a way it was a little disappointing to find that the third season started out a little show. The first group of episodes included some that were not quite as good as the general quality of the previous season; they were still enjoyable but didn't quite have the spark and wit to them that I had assumed the show had achieved. I was only a little disappointed and this was offset as some classic episodes (Flaming Moe's for example) starting coming in.

From this point on I was surprised by how many "classic" episodes kept coming and how good generally the show was. Lots of smart references, laugh out loud moments, risky moments and generally very smart and enjoyable episodes. There are almost no weaker episodes and to be honest I'm not sure if I disliked the odd one here and there because I was over familiar with them rather than anything else. The animation isn't quite where it will be and some characters still seem a bit variable (Chief Wiggum for example) but I liked the way that side characters started to come more and more to the foreground, with some getting episodes focusing very much on them, while everyone else gets their parts fleshed out a little bit (Frink, Skinner, Willie and so on).

The voice work and delivery is great and rewards the great dialogue with great delivery. The guest stars become more common but are well used and are never once pandering or desperate (in the way it can often be with shows trying to get ratings), instead they add to the show and never overshadow the actual characters themselves. Although I do feel it started a little bit slowly, this was a great season and I really enjoyed how the classic episodes just kept coming. Very much looking to season 4 if it can keep the standard that the majority of this season set.


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