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An X-ray reveals a crayon lodged in Homer's brain. After the crayon is removed, Homer experiences a sudden surge in intelligence, making him closer to Lisa and isolated from his friends.

Director:

Mike B. Anderson (as Mikel B. Anderson)

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Jobriath / Itchy / Barney / Ozmodiar / Inspector / Priest / Groom #1 (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Gravey / Polly (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Meganaut / Comic Book Guy / Professor Frink / Carl / Moe Szyslak / Scientist #1 / Groom #2 / Wedding Usher / Movie Usher / Captain McAllister / Cletus (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Mr. Burns / Ned / Director / Announcer / Scratchy / Louie / Lenny / Teller / Kent Brockman / Hibbert / Skinner (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Rod Flanders / Boy (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Princess Tempura / Woman / Quoter / Scientist #2 (voice)
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Storyline

An X-ray reveals a crayon lodged in Homer's brain. After the crayon is removed, Homer experiences a sudden surge in intelligence, making him closer to Lisa and isolated from his friends.

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This story is based on the short story (and later a novel) "Flowers for Algernon", in which an experiment temporarily turns a mentally retarded man into a genius. The most direct reference to the book is the white mouse that repeatedly beats Homer in a game, just like Algernon (a white mouse as well) beats Charly in the original story. See more »

Goofs

Homer has not been affected by the Simpsons gene from The Simpsons: Lisa the Simpson(#9.17) See more »

Quotes

Homer: Family meeting. Family meeting.
[the rest of the family runs into the dining room and quickly takes their seats]
Homer: Okay, people, let's keep this short. We all want to get home to our families.
[all laugh]
Homer: All right, first item: I lost our life savings in the stock market. Now, let's move on to the real issue: Lisa's hogging of the maple syrup.
Lisa: Well, maybe if Mom didn't make such dry waffles. There, I said it.
Marge: Well, maybe if you ate some meat, you'd have a natural lubricant.
[gasps and turns to Homer]
Marge: You...
[...]
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Connections

References My Neighbor Totoro (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

The Gold Diggers' Song (We're In the Money)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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Homer and Lisa
2 August 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

One of my favorite Simpsons episodes, centered though it is on Homer being on idiot; which is its own recipe for laughs. Between the epic stock market fail and the turn towards lab testing for some quick cash, he's a deep well of comedy. And I love that the source of his stupidity is a lodged crayon. Once removed, he's suddenly both an egghead and the town pariah.

But it's Lisa who finds a kindred (and marginalized) spirit in her father's newfound intelligence, and that adds a real note of sincerity to this and ends up pulling at your heartstrings.

I love this one.

9/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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