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Homer Defined 

Homer is a hero after averting a nuclear meltdown that he nearly caused, but he doesn't want to tell anyone that he stopped it completely by accident.


Mark Kirkland


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




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Emergency Announcer / Barney Gumble / Grampa Simpson / 'Wheel of Fortune' Contestant / Itchy / Scott Christian / Cop (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Maggie Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Carl / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Moe Szyslak / Instructor / Professor Frink / Male Worker / Chief Wiggum (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Otto / Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Lenny / Kent Brockman / Jasper / Principal Skinner / Medic / Scratchy (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Computer Voice / Marguerita / Female Worker / Luann Van Houten (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Shelbyville Plant Computer Voice (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Sherri / Terri / Martin Prince (voice)
Jon Lovitz ... Mr. Avery Devereaux / Aristotle Amandopoulis (voice)
Magic Johnson ... Magic Johnson (voice) (as Earvin Johnson Jr.)
Chick Hearn Chick Hearn ... Chick Hearn (voice)


Homer prevents a nuclear meltdown,purely by picking a button to press at random, but he is declared a hero and asked to give a talk on plant safety. During the talk he is called upon to prevent another meltdown and exposed as a lucky chancer who only averted an accident by mistake. Marge goes to see Millhouse's mother who has barred her son from seeing Bart,whom she regards as a bad influence,and persuades her to change her mind. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Did You Know?


The episode is named after Homer's 'admission' to the dictionary. See more »


The birthday card is blank inside before Bart inscribes it. When Lisa opens it, Bart's inscription has been replaced by the "bongos" punchline and the picture of the busty woman. See more »


[the expression "pull a Homer" meaning "succeed despite idiocy" is added to the dictionary]
Lisa Simpson: Our dad - now he belongs to the ages.
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References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »


Written by Edgar Winter
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Another Brilliant Episode!
11 August 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This is the fifth episode of the third season of the Simpsons and so far in the early going, season three looks like to be the best season by far and you can add thanks from this episode. This is cleverly written and pretty darn funny. There is also a semi-serious theme of idiocy in the workplace and how many people in the workforce aren't properly trained.

In this episode, "Homer Defined," Homer saves his power plant from a nuclear explosion by dumb luck and he is regarded as a hero. Homer doesn't feel that great despite what he did. His sheer luck comes in play again when the Shelbyville plant is on the verge of a meltdown.

Overall, this is an excellent episode mainly because the episode focuses on Homer being an idiot, which is always very funny. This episode is definitely not free on the laughs. I rate this episode 9/10.

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Release Date:

17 October 1991 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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