The Simpsons (1989– )
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Homer's Odyssey 

After losing his job, Homer contemplates ending it all, until he discovers a new life path as a safety advocate.


Wesley Archer (as Wes Archer)


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble / Mr. Winfield / City Council #1 / City Council #3 (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Lewis / Actor (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Inanimate Carbon Rod #2 / Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Otto / Waylon Smithers / Smilin' Joe Fission / SNPP Supervisor / Loaftime Announcer / Jasper / City Council #2 / City Council #1 (take 2) / Demonstrator (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum (voice)
Christopher Collins Christopher Collins ... Mr. Burns (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Wendell (voice)
Sam McMurray ... SNPP Employee / Duff Commercial VO (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Sherri / Terri / Inanimate Carbon Rod #1 / Mrs. Winfield (voice)


Bart's class is on a field trip in the nuclear power plant in Springfield, where his father Homer works. When he breaks a pipe in the building, he is fired from his job, making him miserable. Homer is suddenly desperate for money and steals Bart's piggy bank for money, but all there is are a few cents. Homer feels guilty and he has the thought to threaten to kill himself. But Homer's family stops him and they tell him how much they love him. Written by kevindklenke

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Animation | Comedy


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La odisea de Homero See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bart's sentence: I will not skateboard in the halls. See more »


When Homer poses for his third safety sign picture, the one that reads "sign ahead", the sign's shape changes from a diamond to a square. See more »


[Bart is crank calling Moe's Tavern. Moe answers the phone]
Moe: Moe's Tavern.
Bart: Is Mr. Freely there?
Moe: Who?
Bart: Freely. First initials, I. P.
Moe: Hey, everybody, I pee freely!
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Edited into The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare (1992) See more »


John Henry Was a Steel-Driving Man
Performed by Nancy Cartwright
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A Step Down From the First Two!
12 August 2013 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This episode, "Homer's Odyssey" is a solid episode but it's not as good as the first two in Season 1. I guess because it hardly has any laughs, but still has some excellent drama. This show also features some excellent character development. Like Bart in the previous episode, Homer gets his chance to shine as we learn more about him.

This episode is about Homer who has been fired from his job because he crashed into an radioactive pipe because he was distracted by Bart's class visiting. So he gets a big chance to become a hero in his town by getting the town of Springfield to add road signs.

Overall, this is a pretty good episode even though it's a step down from the first two. The animation is still a bit rough and choppy, but it will improve. This has a pretty good story and I'm liking the Simpsons so far. I rate this episode 8/10.

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