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



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Episode cast overview:
... Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Confused Worker / Grampa Simpson / Barney Gumble / Bill / Mayor Quimby (voice)
... Marge Simpson / Selma Bouvier (voice)
... Bart Simpson / Kearney / 'He's white!' (voice)
... Lisa Simpson (voice)
... Carl / Security Man #2 / Doctor / Orderly / The Chief / Blue-Haired Patient / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Leon Kompowsky (voice)
... 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)
... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Kipp Lennon ... Leon Kompowsky (singing voice)
... 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)  »

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| (seasons 3-19)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the second time that a major celebrity guest appeared on the series. The first was Dustin Hoffman who appeared in The Simpsons: Lisa's Substitute (1991) credited as "Sam Etic". Following Jackson's use of a pseudonym, the producers no longer allowed celebrities to use fake names. See more »


Leon Kompowsky: We call this one the Chief. He's been here since 1968. Never says a word. Never moves a muscle.
Homer Simpson: [waves] Hey, Chief.
Chief: [waves back] Hello.
[all the doctors gather around muttering and writing notes]
Chief: Well, it's about time somebody reached out to me!
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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »


Happy Birthday
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Performed by Yeardley Smith
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4 August 2016 | by See 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. 💝💝💝💝💝💝💝

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