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Homer vs. the 18th Amendment 

After Bart inadvertently becomes drunk at a St. Patrick's Day celebration, an old prohibition law banning drinking in Springfield is rediscovered and enforced. Desperate to keep alcohol in the city, Homer takes matters into his own hands.

Director:

Bob Anderson

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble / Krusty the Klown / Mayor Quimby / Clerk / Narrator / Irish Cop #1 / Drunk #4 (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Apu / Comic Book Guy / Lou / Kirk Van Houten / Irish Cop #2 / Drunk #2 / Man in Crowd (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Ned Flanders / Kent Brockman / Dr. Hibbert / Lenny / Eddie / Duff CEO / Drunk #1 / Drunk #3 (voice)
Joe Mantegna ... Fat Tony (voice)
Dave Thomas ... Rex Banner (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Old Woman (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Maude Flanders / Helen Lovejoy (voice)
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Storyline

Bart gets drunk during a St. Patrick's Day Parade, provoking the city to enforce a two-hundred year old prohibition law. Rex Banner, an Elliot Ness-type character, takes over the police force to help enforce the law since Wiggum has failed to do so. Meanwhile, Homer decides to make money for himself as a bootlegger, and is soon nicknamed "The Beer Baron". Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)| Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Bart remarks on a person's Notre Dame jacket during the St. Patrick's Day parade. The mascot of Notre Dame University (South Bend, IN) is the Fighting Irish. St. Patrick's Day is widely recognized as a cultural holiday of Ireland. See more »

Goofs

When Bart gets drunk at the parade and Marge grabs him, the caption on the screen says "Drunken boy -- live". However, in the next shot we see the entire Simpson family, including Bart and Marge, watching this on the TV in their living room (i.e. Bart and Marge watching themselves on TV). Obviously, it's not really live. See more »

Quotes

Kent Brockman: Top of the morning to ye on this gray, grizzly afternoon. Kent O'Brockman live on Main Street, where today everyone is a little bit Irish, except, of course, for the gays and the Italians.
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References Baby Face (1933) See more »

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A madcap Simpsons classic
27 May 2007 | by ExpendableManSee all my reviews

Hypothetically speaking, serious Simpsons fans should hate this episode. It's one of the wilder ones to appear in the first eight seasons, featuring Homer becoming a anti-authoritarian bootlegger after a St Patrick's day mishap leads to Springfield embracing prohibition. In the course of the twenty five minute running time, he gets in a car chase that careers through a grave yard, blows up the basement and comes worryingly close to being catapulted out of the town at high velocity by a medieval siege weapon. Its certainly a long way away from the satirical, character-orientated comedy that made the Simpsons so beloved in the first place and by all rights, should be absolutely loathed for arguably, being the episode that proved to the writers that they could get away with the sort of 'wacky adventures' that blighted later series. There's just one problem...it's impossible to hate this episode because it's brilliant.

The reason for this is down to two things; the script and Dave Thomas's guest role as Captain Rex Banner, the police chief drafted into the city to solve the alcohol problem after Chief Wiggum proves...well, proves to be completely useless. The one-liners come thick and fast and the voice acting as ever is spot on, with the writers hitting a peak early on and running with it until the closing credits. Its sharp, magnificently crafted and absolutely hilarious, with the "no you won't" exchange on a hill between Homer and Banner being a memorable classic moment. Banner of course is the star here, a straight laced, humourless police man who has walked straight out of a 1930s book of stereotypes. He's without a shadow of a doubt one of the most memorable guest characters they ever featured, a million miles from the "Hi, I'm *obligatory celebrity*, bye" cameos we would later get. And I defy you not to crack up at the sight of him looking stern and deep in thought with a 'banana kaboom' sat in front of him.

In some respects, you could blame the success of this one for the wealth of ludicrous scenarios that would follow and it'd be very easy to suggest that Homer would never have been able to somersault an articulated lorry through the air (Maximum Homerdrive), wield a motorbike like a fencing sword (Take My Wife, Sleaze) or visit Jockey Land (I've forgotten which episode this was in but it was rubbish) were it not for this episode's paving the way. However, it's just not possible to dislike it, it's too funny, too well written and just...just too damn good.


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