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There Will Be Buds 

Homer coaches the kids' lacrosse team with Kirk Van Houten, who disappears before the championship game, after Homer rants about him being a loser.


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

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Groundskeeper Willie / Sideshow Mel / Mayor Quimby (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Ralph Wiggum / Maggie Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Carl Carlson / Professor Frink / Kirk Van Houten / Chief Wiggum / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Moe Szyslak / Captain Horatio McCallister (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Lenny Leonard / Kent Brockman / Dr. Hibbert (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Sarah Wiggum (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Bernice Hibbert (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Luann Van Houten (voice)


Homer coaches the kids' lacrosse team with Kirk Van Houten, who disappears before the championship game, after Homer rants about him being a loser.

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

6 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The first appearance of the fictional Gudger College, Kirk Van Houton's alma mater, first mentioned in The Simpsons: A Milhouse Divided (1996). See more »


The brief peewee football season begins (and ends) in the first week of September, but all of the parents and fans are wearing heavy winter coats, gloves, and scarves. This isn't realistic for that time of the year in any part of the U.S. because summer hasn't ended by that time, and even if it was relatively cool at that point it wouldn't lead to people wearing what they're wearing in this episode. See more »


Homer Simpson: Kirk is like a sports genius who everyone hates.
Marge Simpson: Worse then Jim Harbaugh?
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References Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) See more »


Pas de Dude
Music by Allen Simpson
Lyrics by Matt Selman'
Performed by Hank Azaria and Dan Castellaneta (uncredited)
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Homer & Kirk's Friendship shine in this Fun Episode,
31 March 2017 | by FilmBuff1994See all my reviews

There Will Be Buds is a good Simpsons episode with a reasonably well written plot and plenty of very funny moments. The highlight of the show, for me, was the dynamic between Homer and Kirk Van Houten, something we have seen very little of in the past. As Kirk becomes obsessed with Homer, the dialogue between the two becomes ridiculous fun.

While I liked the two being the main parts of the episode, the story itself is poor. There is scarce development put in to the lacrosse team, more so being used as a situation to put these characters in to, but there is really no reason for us to be engrossed in it whatsoever.

It is really an end of the road episode, there is nothing about it that grabs you, if they had combined the two aspects of the story in to one then it would have been a lot more effective, but it instead chose to merely focus on Homer and Kirk.

While I do love the two characters dynamics, it is overall a forgetful episode. It's certainly flawed, however, There Will Be Buds is an enjoyable Simpsons.

Homer winds up coaching the kids' lacrosse team with Milhouse's dad, who soon becomes clingy.

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