"Homer Scissorhands" is the twentieth episode of the 22nd season of The Simpsons. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on May 8, 2011. Kristen Schaal guest stars in the episode as Taffy. This major episode sees Milhouse dating Taffy after Lisa rejected his romantic confession. Seeing the two together makes Lisa question her own feelings for him.
This episode was the last episode to be shown in the UK of season 22 during August, 2011. The season continued on October 30, when "500 Keys" first aired.
After Bart and Lisa accidentally throw paint into Patty's hair, Homer uses garden shears to cut the remaining hair, miraculously styling it. Selma demands that Homer style her hair, and he becomes Springfield's most popular hairdresser. Soon he is styling hair for Helen Lovejoy, Luann Van Houten, Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon and numerous other women in Springfield. However, he discovers that listening to the inane chatter upsets and angers him. He attempts to commit suicide by drinking a jar of disinfectant, which fails. Complaining to Moe and the other barflies, Homer realises that he cannot even look at the men in the bar without seeing everything that the women dislike about them. Eventually, after declaring that he can hear the hair growing around town, Homer styles Marge's hair for a party, and they pretend that Julio (from Three Gays of the Condo) did the hairstyle instead. Julio immediately gets surrounded by women demanding that he style them, too.
Meanwhile, Milhouse has had a life-changing experience. He has watched Finding Nemo from the beginning. Previously he and Bart have only watched the film from "Chapter 2" which takes place after Nemo's mother has died. Deciding that, since death can happen to a fish, it can happen to anyone, he decides to live each day as if it were his last. In doing so, he professes his love for Lisa even "writing" her a love song (the tune for which is clearly plagiarised from the English folk song "Greensleeves"). Lisa rejects his love, but he has managed to inspire a fifth-grader called Taffy (Kristen Schaal). Taffy and Milhouse begin to date, but Lisa finds herself jealous of their relationship and begins to spy on them both. Her appearance annoys Taffy who decides that Milhouse will never love her as he is too obsessed with Lisa and she leaves. Distraught, Milhouse asks Lisa just how upset she wants him to be in life, but she kisses him to make him feel better.
The plot of Homer becoming a hairdresser was also an unused side story idea from the season 4 episode "New Kid on the Block" after the planned B-story of Homer fighting with Don Rickles after Rickles insults him during a stand-up show was rejected. Kristen Schaal guest stars as Taffy, although her surname is spelled incorrectly as "Schall" in the credits. The chalkboard gag from the following episode "500 Keys" was written to correct the error. The error was later corrected for syndication.
In its original American broadcast on May 8, 2011, "Homer Scissorhands" was viewed by an estimated 5.480 million households and received a 2.5 rating/8% share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49. This means that it was seen by 2.5% of all 18- to 49-year-olds, and 8% of all 18- to 49-year-olds watching television at the time of the broadcast. This marked a 7 percent drop in the ratings from the previous episode.
- The episode title is a reference to the 1990 film Edward Scissorhands directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp in the title role. During the episode Homer tells Marge to just call him "Homer Fingerhands". Also many scenes are parallels to the movie (for example the first time Homer cuts hair for money is a reference to the scene where Edward carves the ice angel with Maggie dancing like Kim does in the film). Furthermore, the complete episode's soundtrack is inspired by Edward Scissorhands.
- Lady Gaga is mentioned in the episode.
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