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Homer's Odyssey 

After losing his job, Homer contemplates ending it all, until he discovers a new life path as a safety advocate.


Wesley Archer (as Wes Archer)


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble / Mr. Winfield / City Council #1 / City Council #3 (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Lewis / Actor (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Inanimate Carbon Rod #2 / Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Otto / Waylon Smithers / Smilin' Joe Fission / SNPP Supervisor / Loaftime Announcer / Jasper / City Council #2 / City Council #1 (take 2) / Demonstrator (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum (voice)
Christopher Collins Christopher Collins ... Mr. Burns (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Wendell (voice)
Sam McMurray ... SNPP Employee / Duff Commercial VO (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Sherri / Terri / Inanimate Carbon Rod #1 / Mrs. Winfield (voice)


Bart's class is on a field trip in the nuclear power plant in Springfield, where his father Homer works. When he breaks a pipe in the building, he is fired from his job, making him miserable. Homer is suddenly desperate for money and steals Bart's piggy bank for money, but all there is are a few cents. Homer feels guilty and he has the thought to threaten to kill himself. But Homer's family stops him and they tell him how much they love him. Written by kevindklenke

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

21 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A sign inside the nuclear power plant reads: "Our Safety Record: [7] Days Since Last Accident." See more »


As Sheri and Teri are walking along talking to Bart, one of the twins' bodies disappears and her head seems to be floating in mid-air. See more »


Homer: Friends, you have come to depend on me as your safety watchdog. So you won't scrape yourself, or stub your toes, or blow yourselves up. But you can't depend on me all your life. You have to learn that there's a little Homer Simpson in all of us, and I'm going to have to live without your respect and awe. The only reason I'm telling you is, I'm going to be leaving you... But don't worry, I've just been appointed the new Safety Inspector at this very plant, and a big fat raise!
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Homer's not as dumb as he looks
25 July 2006 | by BrandtSponsellerSee all my reviews

Bart was the first out of the gate with deeper character development in season 1's episode 2, Bart the Genius, so now it's Homer's turn in episode 3, Homer's Odyssey.

During a school field trip to the nuclear power plant, Bart, excited to see his dad at work, distracts him. Homer causes an accident--the latest in a string of many, we're told--and gets fired. He's down to his last straw when he becomes consumed with the idea of voluntary public service--he becomes a sort of spokesperson for public safety.

That may sound strange, and it should, because far more than Bart, whose personality has pretty much always been like it was in Bart the Genius, Homer's personality has changed a lot over the years. It's difficult to imagine the Homer of, say, 1999, deciding to go on a liberal crusade, even though later in the series we learn about Homer's hippie past. Maybe it's not so much that Homer has changed over the years, but that he has a far more complex personality than his simpleton exterior suggests. As Mr. Burns says to Homer during this episode, "Hmmm . . . you're not as stupid as you look . . . or sound . . . or our best testing indicates".

Other notable elements of this episode include a great bus ride with Otto through Springfield where we get a better sense of the layout of the city as well as a quick travelogue of some past school field trip destinations, like the Springfield Toxic Waste Dump, the Springfield Tire Yard, and the Springfield State Prison. There's a hilarious mock educational film about nuclear energy (complete with scratchy and out of focus textures). We get to see what Marge's previous job was. Protesters are mildly mocked. We also meet one of my favorite characters, Moe, for the first time, get the first of Bart's infamous prank phone calls to Moe, and get a glimpse into Moe's acerbic personality.

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