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The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson 

Homer must travel to New York to get his car back, which is illegally parked at World Trade Center Plaza.


Jim Reardon


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Barney / World Trade Center Worker #3 / Subway bum / New York City mailman / Alfred E. Neuman / Horse Cab Driver (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Carl / Duffman / 'ZZ Top' Rabbi / World Trade Center Worker #2 / Khlav Kalash vendor (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Lenny / Captain of immigrant ship / World Trade Center Worker #1 (voice)
Joan Kenley Joan Kenley ... Woman on Phone (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Mad Magazine Secretary (voice)
Michael Dees Michael Dees ... 'New York, New York' singer (voice)


After Barney has mysteriously driven the Simpsons' car to New York and abandoned it there the family set out to retrieve it. However it has accrued many parking tickets and a clamp and,whilst Homer is waiting for a parking officer to remove the clamp,he gets caught short and needs the toilet, thereby missing meeting the officer. He decides to take drastic action to remove the clamp,which leads to the family driving home in a severely damaged vehicle. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Did You Know?


Besides prominently featuring the World Trade Center, this episode had some other eerie connections to the 9-11 attacks that would occur four years later. When Lisa holds up an ad for cheap bus tickets to New York City, it says $9, with the twin towers appearing to the right, apparently forming the number 11, hence 9-11. Furthermore, the man in the subway mentions the Pentagon, the other target of that attack. See more »


Homer should have called the police because Barney stole his car, as borrowing something and failing to return it is considered a form of theft. See more »


[first lines]
Moe: What? Oh oh! Here comes the evening rush. Clear out, fellas!
[dozens of rats rush to their hiding places]
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Alternate Versions

A new heavily edited version of "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson" is airing in syndication. All references to Homer's wrecked car parked at the World Trade Center, including shots of the towers and verbal references, are badly cut out. See more »


References Jeremiah Johnson (1972) See more »


You're Checkin' In
Music by Alf Clausen
Lyrics by Ken Keeler
Performed by Cast
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Classic Simpsons!
2 July 2015 | by sethmlandersSee all my reviews

This is a really funny episode, one of the better ones in the series. To summarize it, Barney ends up being the designated driver at Moe's Bar since there's complaints about drunk driving traffic collisions. Barney takes Homer and his pals home but forgets to bring the car back. We realize that Barney has Homer's car. He doesn't hear anything until Barney gets back one day and tells Homer that he forgot what happened. Lisa goes through the mail and finds out that it's parked in New York City.

Homer had a bad experience when he was younger and is reluctant to go. After Marge and the kids convince him, he decides to go. They take the bus there and havoc ensues. There are a bunch of parking tickets and a boot attached to one of the wheels. I won't spoil the rest of the episode but it's great. If you're a Simpsons fan, it's worth watching!

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Release Date:

21 September 1997 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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