" "Homer vs. the 8th Commandment" was produced at a time when illegal cable hookups were becoming commonplace in many homes. James L. BrooksMatt GroeningSam Simon "Top Hat Entertainment" may well reference the Playboy Bunny. He likes the new channels he gets, which the family watches with him. Title sequence. Following a Sunday School lesson regarding the existence and nature of Hell, Lisa becomes terrified of violations of the Ten Commandments, the adherence to which she is assured will keep one's soul safe from Hell, while Bart becomes amused by repeating the word "Hell" on the car ride home. Assistants to Mr. Brooks. Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment Written by Steve Pepoon Directed by Rich Moore. In the episode, Homer gets an illegal cable hook-up. The episode marks the debut of Troy McClure who was voiced by Phil Hartman and based on the typical "washed up" Hollywood actor. She additionally opposes other examples of common and harmless thievery, including her mother's tasting of grapes in a grocery store which she has not paid for. ", somewhat references Lisa's tomboyish personality from the. Derek Sample. It did better than the show's season average rank of 32nd, and was the highest rated program on Fox that week. The title parodies Broadcast News, which was written by Simpsons executive producer James L. Steve Pepoon Homer’s conscience eventually bothers him, more in the form of his daughter's distress than a moral objection to stealing cable due to a hallucination that he is in prison for stealing cable. It received favorable reviews from critics and became the second episode of The Simpsons to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming less than One Hour). IV)", The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program, Allosaurus: A Walking With Dinosaurs Special, The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole, https://infogalactic.com/w/index.php?title=Homer_vs._Lisa_and_the_8th_Commandment&oldid=722791, Pages with citations using unsupported parameters, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, About Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core. Based on the Fourth Commandment, "remember the Sabbath and keep it holy", that episode originated when Jean commented to Reiss, "We had a lot of luck with Homer stealing cable, so maybe we could look to other commandments? It was also nominated in the "Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special" category. Original Airdate " DVD Movie Guide's Colin Jacobson felt that "[The episode] helped establish the show’s reputation as a master lampooner of pop culture. However, Homer's hair and success prove to be short-lived when it is revealed that he fraudulently charged the Dimoxinil to the company health plan.  According to show creator Matt Groening, Hartman was cast in the role due to his ability to pull "the maximum amount of humor" out of any line he was given. He decides not to watch the fight and cuts the cable. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 7, 1991. The story of Homer stealing cable was an excuse for dozens of parodies of early 90s cable TV, but it was also a story about Homer and his daughter and an examination of how we rationalize little acts of theft in our daily lives. 26: Directed by: Rich Moore: Written by: Steve Pepoon: Showrunner(s) James L. Brooks Matt Groening Sam Simon Homer vs. Lisa and the Eighth Commandment is the thirteenth episode of Season 2. Egyptian Dance couch gag The Simpsons 7F13 - Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment Episode Script. 7F13  McClure's visual appearance is similar to that of Hartman himself. "I will not make flatulant noises in class." Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment Ned Flanders: [about the cable TV man] I should box your ears, you, you, you SNEAKY PETE! " The films that are watched by the family on the new cable are Jaws, Die Hard, and Wall Street. Laser Edit, Inc. ADR Recordist. TODD-AO/Glen Glenn Studios. Driveway :- no oil on the driveway. It was originally going to be named "Homer vs. the 8th Commandment", but the writers decided to include Lisa in the title because they wanted the cast to feel as if all their characters were equally represented on the show. Homer sits the match out and when it is over, he hesitantly (and unprofessionally) cuts his cable hookup, despite Bart's objection. ", The authors of the book I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide, Warren Martyn and Adrian Wood, called the episode a "skilful demonstration of a moral dilemma that must have plagued millions since the inception of cable TV. In its original broadcast, "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment" received a Nielsen rating of 15.2, finishing 25th the week it aired. SS is dedicated to The Simpsons and host to thousands of free TV show episode scripts and screencaps, cartoon framegrabs and movie scripts. Meanwhile, Bart sets up posters on the back door for his showing of an adult channel for 50 cents, but he is caught a few seconds later by Homer, who then forbids him from doing it.  The episode finished second in its timeslot to The Cosby Show, which aired at the same time on NBC and had a Nielsen rating of 16.8. The character Drederick Tatum, one of the boxers in the boxing match Homer and his friends watch, also makes his first appearance on the show in this episode. Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment The Flanders' doorbell plays the theme song from the 1960s Christian claymation show Davey and Goliath, which was based on the hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. She even convinces Marge to pay the cost on two grapes she sampled in a grocery store. , The scene in which Homer stands in front of and is struck by the cable man's truck resembles a scene in Alfred Hitchcock's film North by Northwest. (Mr. Burns and Waylon Smithers come as well.) The first scene is Homer dreaming on the hammock that he is a Hebrew in the time of Moses, breaking one of the Ten Commandments by stealing. ", The Simpsons writer Mike Reiss feels that episodes such as "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment" are his favorite episodes to write because they have a "solid theme or an issue" (in this case, religion and theft), that one can "discuss endlessly and just have it present itself in so many different ways. ", The episode won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming less than One Hour). At home, Lisa imagines her house melting, and the devil sits at their couch with them. Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment “I have an announcement to make: The Simpsons have cable!” Homer Simpson Homer vs. Lisa and the Eighth Commandment is the thirteenth episode of Season 2. Homer becomes the most popular person in town, when he gets an illegal cable hookup. Lisa additionally opposes other examples of common thievery all around her. Marge pleads with Homer to either cut the cable or pay for it, but he refuses to do either, saying that the cable will stay as long as he desires. This page was last modified on 24 September 2015, at 16:44. ", on the pay-per-view movie channel The Blockbuster Channel. He finally gives in to Lisa's protests, begrudgingly choosing not to watch the last minutes of the fight, and Marge and Maggie join them as well. However, Lisa feels anxious. Bart shows interest in Hell even though he had actually been there, The scene where Homer says, "Why can't she be more like...? In the episode, Homer gets an illegal cable hookup. The family sits the fight out and when everyone has left, Homer hesitantly cuts his cable hook-up despite Bart's objection; he accidentally ends up cutting the power to the whole neighborhood which causes the screen to become static for a few seconds before cutting to credits. Homer sees a commercial for "The Bout to Knock the Other Guy Out! Episode Number ", The episode marks the debut appearance of the character Troy McClure, voiced by Phil Hartman. Special Guest Voices This is the first time Bart actively swears in an episode. Barbara Duncan. It was the second episode of the show to win the award. , In The Gospel According to The Simpsons, Mark I. Pinsky writes that the episode has "the structure of an exquisitely crafted twenty-two minute sermon. The running satire of cable programs is also quite amusing. The character Drederick Tatum, one of the boxers in the boxing match Homer and his friends watch, also makes his first appearance on the show in this episode. Rich Moore. Couch Gag Post Production Audio Facility. Bart, on the other hand, does not care, wanting to see the fight, but Homer drags him outside by force. Homer invites his friends from the power plant, as well as Apu, Moe and Barney to watch "The Bout to Knock the Other Guy Out! 26 When told "Thou shalt not steal" Homer the Thief say "D'oh", then the scene forwards to present day, it all having been a dream of Homer Simpson, who was snoozing in the hammock. "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment" The Simpsons episode; 235px: Lisa imagines what Hell might be like after becoming fearful that she is violating the Eighth Commandment ("thou shalt not steal") by watching stolen cable television. )", "The Simpsons: The Complete Second Season", "The life and times of Homer J.(Vol. `I will not make flatule' at cutoff. The episode begins in 1200 B.C., where the Jews, having fled Egypt, make a camp at Mount Sinai. " Writing for MacLean's magazine, Jaime J. Weinman described "Homer vs. Lisa and the Eighth Commandment" as "the first truly great episode — the one that established The Simpsons as the funniest and most multi-layered sitcom around. The Simpsons writer Al Jean said that "whenever people come up to me and say that The Simpsons is just sort of this outrageous show that has no moral center, I always point them to this [episode], where Homer gets an illegal cable hook-up (which many people have done in real life) and suffers enormous consequences. Meanwhile, Bart manages to tune into a sexually explicit adult movie channel, and Homer invites his friends over to watch a boxing match, but Lisa's protest gets to him. Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish, https://simpsons.fandom.com/wiki/Homer_vs._Lisa_and_the_8th_Commandment/References?oldid=906724, The Flanders' doorbell plays the theme song from the 1960s Christian claymation show, The broadcaster who announces during the pre-fight coverage is the same man who announced, When introducing the family to their new cable, The blackboard gag refers to "The Bartman", a dance created by a Simpsons 1991 music video.
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