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Crook and Ladder 

Homer, Moe, Apu and Principal Skinner become volunteer firefighters. But just because they're not getting paid doesn't mean that they can't find a way to receive compensation.


Lance Kramer


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


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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Mayor Quimby (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Carl (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Principal Skinner / Mr. Burns / Waylon Smithers / Lenny (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... (voice)


Maggie goes on a path of destruction in the Simpsons home after Marge follows advice in a parenting magazine and throws away her pacifier. Marge finally gives in and sends Homer to get Maggie a new pacifier, but when he cant find the right brand, Maggie comes up with her own substitute an especially squeaky dog toy. Homer cant sleep through the toys incessant squeaking and is driven to take sleeping pills, which turn him into a sleepwalker with a penchant for mischief. When one of Homers sleepwalking schemes leaves the entire Springfield Fire Department debilitated in the hospital, Homer and some of his fellow Springfieldians become volunteer firefighters. They extinguish several fires and are rewarded with gifts, but when the gifts stop coming, they seek other forms of compensation for their heroic acts. Written by freddyjasonmyer

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Animation | Comedy


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Did You Know?


Some of the electronics Homer and the other firefighters steal from Costington's department store are branded "Sorny", an electronics brand previously seen in The Simpsons: Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield (1996) on off-brand televisions piggy-backing on the Sony name. See more »


The dining room window alternates between broken (from when the cat jumped through the window) and whole. This can be seen when Maggie is knocking over the dining room chairs (whole) and when Homer comes back with the pacifiers (broken). See more »


Homer: Are you a travel agent? Because you're sending me on a guilt trip.
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References The Devil Wears Prada (2006) See more »


La Traviata - La Brindisi
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
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The Best Simpsons Episode of season 19!
6 August 2020 | by riparianmolerSee all my reviews

I'll keep this rather brief, but I think this is a great episode! It has a pretty basic plot (Homer becomes a Fireman and begins looting) but lives up to every ounce of its comedic potential! It has slapstick, as well as clever one-liners. As far as I'm concerned, The Simpsons isn't declining in quality if episodes like this are being produced!

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Release Date:

6 May 2007 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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