The Simpsons (1989– )
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One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish 

After apparently consuming poison blowfish, Homer is told that he only has 24 hours to live.


Wesley Archer (as Wesley M. Archer)


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

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Richie Sakai / Grampa Simpson / Barney Gumble / TV Voice #1 (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Dr. Hibbert / Ned Flanders / Eddie / Homer's Cellmate / Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Barfly (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Lou / Chief Wiggum / Moe Szyslak / TV Voice #2 (voice)
Joey Miyashima ... Toshiro (voice)
Diana Tanaka ... Hostess (voice)
Larry King ... Larry King (voice)
Sab Shimono ... Master Chef (voice)
George Takei ... Akira (voice)


After the family have visited the Happy Sumo sushi restaurant Homer is led to believe that he has eaten a poisonous fugu fish and will be dead by the next day. He therefore makes a list of all the things he must do such as making his peace with his father and insulting Burns,which gets him sacked. Preparing to die he falls asleep listening to a tape of Larry King reading the Bible but next morning wakes up to find he was not poisoned after all. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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English | Japanese | Ukrainian

Release Date:

24 January 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Larry King's role was first offered to Bruce Springsteen, but he turned it down. According to showrunner Sam Simon, William Shatner also rejected the part. See more »


When Marge is looking up at Homer saying "He's alive!", Homer's beard is yellow like the rest of his face, instead of light brown. See more »


Mr. Burns: [sitting on a park bench, ogling passing women through binoculars] Smithers, check out the luscious pair on that redhead.
[his POV reveals he's looking at the woman's high-heeled shoes]
Mr. Burns: That's it, baby, work those ankles.
Smithers: Ring-a-ding-ding, sir.
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Referenced in Skull & Bones (2007) See more »


Symphony No. 5
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A Ragged Death
1 December 2007 | by tedgSee all my reviews

A good friend illustrated a clever writing technique to me by quoting this episode. It had to do with the economy of stating a threat. The example was marvelous, stellar. So I sought his out and guess what? Its not there. This talented writer and analyst had remembered something into this.

In fact, this episode is rather typical: the jokes are few and mild, the story linked to simple morals. The jokes are all in the characters, as James Brooks would always have it. But they are like those old Peanuts comic strips. We project things onto it. For that to happen, it needs to present a consistent, strong framework where the characters all illuminate a cosmology that we understand well enough to people with our imaginations.

Then it has to be effectively empty. The story is thin, the moral obvious and not worth absorbing. The drawing style needs to be sparse. This gives us something to visit each week that we can fill with whatever we bring to it. And afterward, we can remember is as being more clever than it was, because we define cleverness into it.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.

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