The Simpsons (1989– )
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Stark Raving Dad 

Homer accidentally lands in a mental hospital and ends up sharing a room with a white man who thinks he is Michael Jackson.


Rich Moore


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Confused Worker / Grampa Simpson / Barney Gumble / Bill / Mayor Quimby (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Selma Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Kearney / 'He's white!' (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Carl / Security Man #2 / Doctor / Orderly / The Chief / Blue-Haired Patient / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Leon Kompowsky (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Lenny / Security Man #1 / Dr. Marvin Monroe / $50,000 Home Video Host / Scratchy / Floyd / Wrongly Committed Hotline Voice / Dave / Otto / Dr. Hibbert / Marty / Kent Brockman (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Kipp Lennon Kipp Lennon ... Leon Kompowsky (singing voice)
Michael Jackson ... Leon Kompowsky (voice) (as John Jay Smith)


Through a series of misunderstandings, Homer is put into a mental hospital and his roommate is a man who talks and sings like Michael Jackson. Everything is cleared up and Homer is released, and he brings "Michael Jackson" home, where nobody believes him. However, in all the confusion, everyone has forgotten about Lisa's birthday--including Bart, who didn't even remember to buy a present.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

19 September 1991 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The episode was written specifically for Michael Jackson, a fan of the show, who had called Matt Groening one night and offered to do a guest spot. See more »


Homer: Lisa, you like homework. Would you fill out this form for me?
Lisa Simpson: Well, all right - if you listen to the poem I just wrote.
Homer: D'oh...! Uh, okay.
Lisa Simpson: "Meditations on Turning Eight," by Lisa Simpson. "I had a cat named Snowball, she died, she died! Mom said she was sleeping, she lied, she lied! Why, oh why is my cat dead? Couldn't that Chrysler hit me instead? I had a hamster named Snuffy, he died!"
[that's all she wrote, literally]
Homer: No deal.
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Alternate Versions

When Fox reran this episode on January 30, 1992, it featured a different opening which was produced as a response to then-President George Bush. Three days prior, President Bush said in a speech that he wanted American families to be "a lot more like The Waltons and a lot less like The Simpsons." The new opening featured Bart watching Bush's speech and stating "Hey, we're just like the Waltons. We're praying for an end to the Depression, too." This opening can be found on the season four DVD boxset. See more »


References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »


For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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I knew it Was Michael
15 February 2006 | by XrenegadeZSee all my reviews

This Episode of the Simpsons is by far the sweetest and most touching of all the series. The Simpsons have brought a mysterious character into this particular episode who appears to be a Fat guy in prison. But he seemed too warm and kindhearted to be in Jail. I wont go any further so as not to spoil the show when you watch it. The Simpsons have tried to keep this character a secret, but it was no secret when i checked out IMDb for this particular episode.

The very first time i heard the voice of the fat guy in this episode, i knew that voice was familiar and that it was Michael's. It was difficult to prove it was his voice after the credits ran and didn't show his name. But, looking through Michael's profile on IMDb, I solved a great Mystery that has had me wondering, Who has such a voice and yet is not Popular in the music business ...

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