Homerland

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"Homerland"
The Simpsons episode
The Simpsons - Homerland poster.png
Promotional artwork of the episode which is a parody of Homeland.
Episode no. 531
Prod. code RABF20
Orig. airdate September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29)[1]
Showrunner(s) Al Jean
Written by Stephanie Gillis
Directed by Bob Anderson
Chalkboard gag 25 years and they can't come up with a new punishment?
Couch gag Similar to the couch gag for season 11's "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)" and season 22's "Elementary School Musical", the couch is roped off and a bouncer lets Marge, Lisa, Bart, and Maggie in, but not Homer in celebration of The Simpsons milestone 25th season. The end credits continue the couch gag by showing everyone in Springfield (and the families from Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show [who are only let in after protesting due to allegations of racism]) being let in while Homer is still turned away, and ends up getting tasered.
Guest star(s) Kristen Wiig as Annie Crawford
Kevin Michael Richardson and an unnamed FBI agent

"Homerland" (styled as "HOMƎRLAND") is the season premiere of the 25th season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons, and the 531st episode of the series. The episode was written by Stephanie Gillis, and premiered on September 29, 2013 on the Fox Network.[1] It guest-stars Kristen Wiig as Annie Crawford and Kevin Michael Richardson as an unnamed FBI agent. The episode's title and plot is a reference to the Primetime Emmy Award-winning TV series Homeland.

Plot[edit]

After attending a nuclear power convention with Lenny and Carl; and not returning until a week after the convention ended, Homer's attitude changes drastically, as he no longer is eating fat foods or drinking beer, and manages to satisfy Marge in bed better since the conference. Lisa begins to investigate her dad. She finds blueprints of the nuclear plant and sees him praying to Mecca on a prayer mat, making her believe Homer may be planning a terrorist attack on the nuclear plant.

Lisa calls FBI agent Annie Crawford to do a further investigation, where she grows a slight attraction to Homer in the process. One day, Homer goes to the nuclear plant with an unfamiliar device. Lisa follows Homer there, and he reveals that at the convention, he befriended a group of hippies, who hypnotized him with music from Grateful Dead and encouraged him to lead a more environmentally-considerate life. It is also revealed that Homer's prayer mat was actually a relaxation mat given to him from the hippies. The device in question that Homer has would destroy the plant's air conditioning device should it be activated. But before he can turn it on, Crawford arrests him. Lisa, now proud of her father's project, turns on the device before Chief Wiggum can stop her.

Despite the device turning on, nothing happens, as Mr. Burns reveals that the plant does not have air conditioning. Mr. Burns is then arrested for his lack of installing a proper system in the plant. Homer then begins drinking beer again, after grabbing a beer from a parachute (that was launched by Moe), and reverting to his old ways.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The episode received generally positive reviews. Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club gave the episode B–, saying "In the end, there are some funny lines, the gimmick doesn’t completely overwhelm the narrative, and things are back in place for the next episode. It’s not the worst omen for a new season of The Simpsons. I'm looking forward to it with guarded optimism and an open mind."[2]

Teresa Lopez of TV Fanatic gave the episode four out of five stars — signifying a positive review — saying "The Simpsons has always done an excellent job with parody, and tonight was no exception. First, the show opened with clever Springfield version of the Homeland opening, before creating the perfect amount of creepiness of Homer's change. His sudden abstinence from both pork and alcohol were one thing, but then he went and used a napkin. He exactly mirrored Brody's calm focus and it was quite amusing."[3]

Ratings[edit]

In its original broadcast, the episode was watched by 6.37 million viewers, averaged a 2.9 rating among A18–49, and was the highest-rated show on Animation Domination that night, beating American Dad!, Bob's Burgers and Family Guy.[4]

Although down considerably from the season 24 premiere episode "Moonshine River," which was watched by 8.08 million viewers and averaged a 3.8 rating among A18–49,[5] it was up significantly from the 4.52 million viewers and 2.1 rating of the season 24 finale episode "Dangers on a Train."[6]

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