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Simpson Tide 

Homer causes an international incident after he joins the Naval reserves.


Milton Gray


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


Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Donut Attorney / Giant Donut / Barney / Pastry Chef / Grampa / Mrs. Gumble / Corn Vendor / Lenin / Jack Marley (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Ralph (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... TV Announcer / Naval Recruiter / Apu / Moe Szyslak / Recreationist Instructor / Haiti Veteran / Kennedy / Ear Piercer / Russian Representative / Mr. Sulu (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Donut Judge / Smithers / Mr. Burns / Skinner / Kent Brockman / United States Representative / Russian Officer (voice)
Bob Denver ... Self (voice)
Rod Steiger ... Captain Tenille (voice)
Michael Carrington ... Drill Sergeant (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones / Female Officer (voice)




Bart has his ear pierced and gets an ear-ring but Homer confiscates it.Later Homer and some colleagues join the Naval Reserve and sail on a submarine,where Homer accidentally fires the captain out of the torpedo hatch and,left in charge,allows the sub to drift inti enemy waters. It is attacked and springs a leak but Homer saves the day by sealing it with Bart's ear-ring before returning home for a dishonorable discharge. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Did You Know?


This episode was written in 1995 and produced in 1996, as it was part of Al Jean and Mike Reiss's second stint as show runners in the mid 90s. it still bears a 1998 copyright year in the credits, which matches the 1998 air date. Other episodes from this production line however have copyright years which don't correlate with air dates. See more »


During Homer's court martial, the American flag displayed has seven white stripes and six red stripes instead of the seven red stripes and six white stripes. Also, when an American flag is hung vertically, the union (stars) should be at the top to the observer's left, not on the right as displayed. See more »


Jimbo Jones: Hey look. Milhouse has an earring.
[everyone on the bus starts chanting Milhouse's name in recognition of his newfound coolness]
Bart: Hey, if you want cool, check this out.
[singing and dancing]
Bart: Everybody if you can do the Bart, Man. Shake your body turn it out if you can, can. Do the Bart, Man, yeah.
Ralph: That is so 1991.
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References Columbo (1971) See more »


Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Music by John B. Dykes
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User Reviews

One of the worst of Season 9
24 July 2007 | by Mike7075See all my reviews

In my opinion, "Simpson Tide" is one of the worst episodes of Season 9, preceded only by the clip show, "All Singing, All Dancing." The episode starts off well with Homer's dream and zany antics, but quickly goes downhill when Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia rely strictly on parody for cheap laughs...this could be why they've only been involved with two Simpson's episodes. I do enjoy the gag with Russia converting back to the Soviet Union, but most of the last 3/4 of the episode I do not care for. I think what bothers me the most is Michael Carrington as the drill sergeant. The voice does not sound like a drill sergeant and sounds annoyingly out of place.

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Release Date:

29 March 1998 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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