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In the Name of the Grandfather 

The Simpsons take Grandpa to Ireland so he can go back to visit a pub he went to during the war, but Grandpa and Homer get suckered into buying the bar.


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

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Sideshow Mel / Frank Smith / Girl's Husband / Smoking Irishman / Seamus Fitzpatrick (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Irish Nelson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Carl / Hot Tub Salesman / Disco Stu / Referee / Pilot / Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Principal Skinner / Dr. Hibbert / Ned Flanders / Bill Jones / Mr. Potato Head (voice)
Glen Hansard ... Irish Guy (voice)
Markéta Irglová ... Irish Girl (voice)
Colm Meaney ... Tom O'Flanagan (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Additional Voices (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Bernice Hibbert / Guinness Tour Guide / Kathy Ireland (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Additional Voices (voice)


Feeling bad because they were too busy enjoying their new hot tub to remember to support Grampa at the Retirement Castle's sports day,the Simpsons take him to Ireland to revisit Tom O'Flanagan's pub where he had many a happy drink during the war. Unfortunately the new Irish are too busy making money to visit traditional pubs and the bar is empty. However Tom gets Abe and Homer drunk and the morning after they find they have bought the pub. To discover ways of drumming up trade they fly in Moe,who has the perfect answer. Permit people to light up in defiance of the No Smoking ban. The customers pour in. But then so do the police... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

22 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The crest and jersey of Celtic Football Club appear in O'Flanagan's Pub several times in this episode. Celtic are a Scottish team but have strong links with Ireland. See more »


In the Republic of Ireland, the police are called the "Garda" and their vehicles are marked as such. See more »


Irish Guy: I'm trying to woo back a girl that I met in a music shop.
[playing "Falling Slowly"]
Irish Guy: Watch this, kids. "I don't know you, but I want you all the more..."
Irish Girl: Leave me alone! I have a husband!
Irish Girl's Husband: And quit sending her pianos!
[shoves a piano out the window]
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References Happy Days (1974) See more »


This is the Life
Music by Alf Clausen
Lyrics by Matt Marshall
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Underrated Episode that Always makes me Laugh,
24 March 2015 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

In the Name of the Grandfather is a terrific Simpsons episode with a well written storyline and loads of very funny scenes. I find this episode very underrated as many fans dislike it, but i've seen it many times and each time I enjoy it. I live in Ireland, so seeing my favourite characters visit my country is a lot of fun, of course they have a lot of the exaggerated Irish themes, such as the accents and Leprechauns, but it really dosen't bother me, I know the writers are just having fun and they do a good job of it. It is also quite a sweet episode at times, as we see Homer take his father back to the one place he wanted to see again before he died, it is another great bonding episode between the two of them, something that always works on this show. In the Name of the Grandfather is a fun and very enjoyable Simpsons episode.

At Grandpa's request, the Simpsons go on a vacation to Ireland so that he can visit a bar he once had great times in. He is devastated to discover it is gone out of business, and himself and Homer buy the pub and try to lure customers.

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