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Stark Raving Dad 

Homer accidentally lands in a mental hospital and ends up sharing a room with a white man who thinks he is Michael Jackson.


Rich Moore


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Confused Worker / Grampa Simpson / Barney Gumble / Bill / Mayor Quimby (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Selma Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Kearney / 'He's white!' (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Carl / Security Man #2 / Doctor / Orderly / The Chief / Blue-Haired Patient / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Leon Kompowsky (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Lenny / Security Man #1 / Dr. Marvin Monroe / $50,000 Home Video Host / Scratchy / Floyd / Wrongly Committed Hotline Voice / Dave / Otto / Dr. Hibbert / Marty / Kent Brockman (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Kipp Lennon Kipp Lennon ... Leon Kompowsky (singing voice)
Michael Jackson ... Leon Kompowsky (voice) (as John Jay Smith)


Bart puts his lucky red cap in the laundry, turning Homer's white shirt pink. When he wears the pink shirt to work, Homer is sent to a mental institution where his roommate is a big fat white guy who believes himself to be Michael Jackson. Homer's roommate and Bart collaborate on a song for Lisa's birthday-which she believes to be the best present she ever got. Written by Tiff Banks

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

19 September 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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Did You Know?


According to Al Jean, Michael Jackson would not commit to the episode until after a read-through of the script was done. The read was held at Jackson's manager Sandy Gallin's house, and Dan Castellaneta (who provides the voice for Homer) was 30 minutes late. Jean recalls that "no one said a word, we just sat there waiting". Following the read, Jackson stipulated his conditions: he would record his speaking parts but not receive credit, and his singing voice would be performed by a sound-alike. See more »


Doctor: After analyzing your husband, we have determined that he's not a danger to anyone.
Homer Simpson: That's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me. Can I have it in writing?
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References Ben (1972) See more »


Written by Don Black and Walter Scharf
Performed by Kipp Lennon
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4 August 2016 | by ladybyron68See all my reviews

I find it astounding that people play a "Was it really HIM?" game with this episode. I seem to recall that when this episode was made that there was actual press about the real Michael was to appear in an episode. And that even though his real name wasn't listed, that it had to be so for "contractual" reasons. But even with all of the cloak and dagger, this episode is still a delight. Thank to comical circumstances, (washing his lucky red hat in the wash and filling out his father's work related psychological profile/questionnaire from the Nuclear Power Plant Bart sends Homer to the crazy house (as Marge predicted). There, Homer meets a 300+ lbs. white man who thinks he's The King of Pop. Upon their release, further Bart related hi-jinks ensue once the townsfolk are greeted with a very DIFFERENT Michael Jackson. The house guest then helps Bart write a song for Lisa, because the family (especially Bart) overlooked her birthday because of all the 3 days' prior business, and it took a virtual stranger (albeit, a rather famous one) to remind them of this fact. Overall, the episode is humorous, touching and yet another way of remembering the late King of pop... even if he never sang a note. But,hey... I'm biased. I loved Michael ever since he wore a purple, a fringed tan vest and big ole bell bottoms on the Ed Sullivan Show. And I love him still. Thank you Matt for a wonderful episode. And thank you, Michael... for just being you. πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

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