Homer's Paternity Coot

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"Homer's Paternity Coot"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no. 366
Directed by Mike B. Anderson
Written by Joel H. Cohen
Showrunner(s) Al Jean
Production code HABF03
Original air date January 8, 2006
Chalkboard gag "I am not smarter than the President".[1]
Couch gag A photographer comes in and takes a series of family photos: the family is normal in 2006 and 2007, Homer dies in 2008, Marge marries Lenny in 2009, Marge leaves and Lenny and Carl take care of the kids in 2010, Lenny and Carl are gone, Marge returns and is now married to Jimbo Jones in 2011, Jimbo Jones is gone and Homer returns as a robot in 2012, and the Simpsons are now robots in 2013.[1]
Commentary Matt Groening
Al Jean
Joel H. Cohen
Matt Selman
Dana Gould
Michael York
Mike B. Anderson
Mike Marcantel
David Silverman
Guest appearance(s)

"Homer's Paternity Coot"[1] is the tenth episode of The Simpsons' seventeenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on January 8, 2006. Mail from forty years earlier is discovered, and a letter from Homer Simpson's mother's old boyfriend states that he is Homer's true father. Homer sets out to find his new father, leaving Abe Simpson behind.[1] It was written by Joel H. Cohen and directed by Mike B. Anderson.[1] The episode guest stars William H. Macy and Joe Frazier as themselves, and Michael York as Homer's new father, Mason Fairbanks.[1]


As Marge goes shopping, a toll booth appears, but Marge and other Springfield residents take "The Ol' Cheapskate Trail". Mayor Quimby enforces tire spikes and blocks off the escape route because he desperately needs the money in order to “de-python” the town fountain. The next time Marge comes up to the booth, she backs up, causing many cars' tires to become severely damaged. The tires are thrown in the tire fire, melting ice on Mount Springfield and revealing a mailman which has been frozen for 40 years. His letters contain many revelations (Dewey Largo never knew he was accepted into a prestigious music program, and Moe never had an allergy that kept him inside for most of his childhood) and one of the forty-year-old letters is delivered to Homer's mother, Mona Simpson. It is from her old lifeguard boyfriend, whose name begins with an M, who writes that if Mona replies to the letter, she has chosen him, and if she does not, she is choosing to stick with her husband, Abe. He also writes that either way, in his heart he knows that the baby she is carrying is his.

Homer goes to the library to find his supposed father by looking in "Lifeguards of Springfield in the Twentieth Century." The only person in there whose name begins with M is Mason Fairbanks. Homer goes to his relatively large house pretending to be a reporter. He tells him that he is interviewing people who wear sweaters, and he is let inside. Mason shows him around his home, and shows him his ship, The Son I Never Knew. Homer eventually tells him that he thinks that he is his father, and Mason is delighted. He takes Homer and the rest of the family, excluding Abe, on a ride on his ship and tells them the story of the lost emerald treasure of Piso Mojado, which impresses the family. However, when they come home, Grampa angrily accuses Mason of having tried to steal his wife and now trying to steal his family, and is deeply saddened that Homer would even think that Mason could be his real father. They decide to have a DNA test, and after a suspenseful wait, Homer is thrilled to learn that his real father is Mason Fairbanks.

While Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie are having an awkward, uneventful visit with Grampa, Mason and Homer are underwater (which is terribly polluted by nuclear waste) in their own individual submarines looking for the lost treasure. Homer gets separated from Mason, and he follows a small light that he thinks is him. It is actually a glowing fish, and Homer gets stuck in some coral. As his oxygen begins to run out and he starts to lose consciousness, he sees poignant flashbacks of himself and Abe. They show Abe entertaining a child Homer, praising teenage Homer's (poorly drawn) picture of Abe, and supplying for Homer's marriage some money (which a bird subsequently steals, leading Abe to sadly say, "I gave you all I had, and it still wasn't enough.") When his last bit of oxygen runs out, the last thing he sees is Mason heading towards him. When he wakes up, he is in the hospital, and Bart tells him that he has been in a coma for three days. Abe starts to leave, but Homer grabs his arm and asks Mason, Marge, and the kids to leave. He tells Abe of his memories and says he doesn't care what the DNA test says--he still considers Abe his real father. Abe then tells a shocked Homer that he is actually his father; he switched the labels on the DNA samples after seeing how happy Homer was with Mason, and the episode ends with the fully confirmed biological father-son duo sharing a hug.[1]


Mike B. Anderson (pictured) directed the episode.

Ryan J. Budke of TV Squad gives the episode a strong positive rating, quoting its ingenuity and charm.[1] He calls it a funny episode with a lot of heart, and quotes that it was a great episode by comparing it alongside his other favorite, "The Girl Who Slept Too Little".[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Ryan J Budke (2008). "TV Squad's "Homer's Paternity Coot" Review". TV Squad. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 

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