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Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment 

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Homer gets a crooked cable guy to install free cable in the Simpson home, and as a result, Lisa faces an ethical crisis over her family's stealing.

Director:

Rich Moore

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 / Goliath / Barney Gumble / Boxing announcer #2 (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Mr. Burns / Jacques / Ned Flanders / Cockfighting announcer / Reverend Lovejoy / Satan / Blockbuster Channel announcer / Lenny / Waylon Smithers / Boxing announcer #1 / Watson / Eddie (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Ezron / Comedian / Dr. Nick Riviera / Grocer / Horserace / announcer / Carl / Apu / News reporter / Drederick Tatum / Lou (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Hear Me Roar announcer / Top Hat announcer #2 / Milhouse Van Houten / Martin Prince (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Shopping Channel woman / Hear Me Roar TV personality / Davey / Ms. Albright / Tina / Top Hat announcer #1 (voice)
Phil Hartman ... Moses / Cable Guy / Mexican wrestling announcer / Congressman / Troy McClure (voice)
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Storyline

Lisa is shocked when Homer does an under the counter deal with a television installation engineer and gets cable T.V. for free as it is against the eighth commandment - Thou Shalt Not Steal. Lisa and Homer both,unsuccessfully, try to convince each other of their point of view but,after consultation with the Reverend Lovejoy,Lisa knows exactly what she must do - pull the plug whilst everybody is watching the big fight at on Homer's television. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The episode was produced at a time when illegal cable hookups were becoming commonplace in many homes. See more »

Quotes

Homer: The foot is coming down! Cable stays. The foot has spoken.
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Bart writes on the chalkboard "I will not make flatulent noises in class". See more »

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Spoofs North by Northwest (1959) See more »

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Back when Homer could learn and grow
28 December 2011 | by athomedSee all my reviews

Couch gag rating: 8/10 It's the same couch gag from a prior episode in the season, Simpson and Delilah.

Right after the couch gag is a great scene. It takes place at Mt. Sinai as Moses reads the commandments from God... hilariously in no particular order. Phil Hartman plays Charlton Heston's Moses. It doesn't get much better than that.

The episode: Homer gets a cable hookup which isn't exactly legal. Lisa learns in Sunday School about the Ten Commandments and worries that the family will go to Hell for stealing cable.

This episode provides the perfect opportunity for The Simpsons to satirize cable programming. This episode also helped establish the moral code existing within the show for years to come. This episode makes us question our every day actions and how we justify them.

Favorite moment(s): Phil Hartman as Moses. Homer's foot. Bart's "Man, I wish I was an adult so I could break the rules."

Overall rating: 9/10 Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment showcases the first appearances of both Troy McClure and Drederick Tatum. It shouldn't be missed on that alone.


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