Talk:The Call of the Simpsons

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August 17, 2008 Good article nominee Listed
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Current status: Good article


What does it mean that this episode has aired "five times in the United States"? I'm in Canada, where there are about 10 different reruns on various channels every day of the week, and I assume it must be even higher in the US. I have certainly seen this episode more than five times. Adam Bishop 14:10, 2 September 2006 (UTC)

In the UK it's probably aired hundreds of times. I don't see the need of listing any more than the first showing in the article, ditto for all the other Simpsons episode articles. BillyH 16:20, 2 September 2006 (UTC)

"The Call of Cthulu" related[edit]

The story's mainly about homer as a monster, cthulhu is also a monster. Episode's title "The Call of The Simpsons" is like the book "The Call of Cthulhu". Could it be related? Maybe, some trivia stuff. -- 17:59, 9 October 2006 (UTC)

It's only related in that both take their name from Jack London's The Call of the Wild. BrianAshe (talk) 03:09, 13 July 2008 (UTC)


"According to Bob, Homer couldn't afford the Ultimate Behemoth if he lived to be a million, but could afford $350 a month. Assuming Homer is 35 in this episode, the Ultimate Behemoth would cost over $4,199,853,000." This is a really ridiculous trivia point IMO, as the "lived to be a million" phrase is what we that speak English like to call an exaggeration. I'll just delete it then.--Charibdis 01:58, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

Television in Ultimate Behemoth[edit]

Also on the subject of the Ultimate Behemoth, the article states that it had a flat-screen TV. Seeing as this was 1990, I am left doubting if they even existed at that time. I thought the first ones were only made commercially available in the late 90s, early 2000s. Was this actually what the guy in the episode listed the vehicle as having, or is it just someones observation of what looks like a flat-screen tv? Ortac (talk) 18:29, 11 May 2008 (UTC)

The salesman says nothing about a flat screen TV. A big screen TV can be seen for about a second when he shows the Simpsons the inside of the RV. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:04, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

Cultural references[edit]

I couldn't find any sources to back up the following cultural references:

  • The tune for the camping scenes is called "The Happy Wanderer".
  • The episode title is a reference to the novella "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London.
  • When Homer is shot with tranquilizer darts, his last words to Bart before he loses consciousness are "Avenge my death." This is similar to Harry Dean Stanton yelling out to his two sons in Red Dawn.
  • When the camper is filming the deer grazing in the mud which Homer falls into, there is a short excerpt from the main theme of Claude Debussy's 'Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune'

If someone finds any sources, please add this back to the article. =) --TheLeftorium 13:55, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:The Call of the Simpsons/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Everything's looking pretty good right now. Here are a few suggestions for improvement:

  • Homer and Bart leaves Marge and Lisa at the camping place -> plural; "Homer and Bart leave..."
  • Homer and Bart falls into a fast-moving river -> same deal; "Homer and Bart fall..."
  • WP:MOSTV#Plot section recommends that the plot synopses in episode article should be at around 200–500 words. This one here's only slightly over 500, but considering it's only a half-hour show, I think it could be decently trimmed.
  • a conversation between the two about boys and other stuff -> "other stuff" is a little unencyclopedic; could we reword?
  • Sam Simon thought "that's too funny to leave as a stage direction" and they added a dialogue to the scene -> how about "Sam Simon thought that it was 'too funny to leave...'"? And I'd say "they added dialogue" without the "a".
  • like a lot of the other early guest stars on The Simpsons -> "a lot" is also kind of unencyclopedic; maybe go with "many of the other..."
  • A lot of resources was spent on the backgrounds -> plural; "were spent"?
  • "The Call of the Simpsons" finished 2nd place in the ratings that day - spell out "second"; maybe also "the ratings for that day".
  • Nielsen rating -> Nielsen Rating
  • Emmy Award in 1990 in "Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special" -> "in 1990 in the category of..."
  • is fine as an external link, but it cannot be used as a reference (ref 8) because it is not considered a WP:RELIABLE source as it is user-edited. Can you find another source to support the fact?
  • Image:SimpsonsMPG 7G09.jpg is not low-resolution as it needs to be for fair use requirements. It should be scaled down to the size of the other image, or smaller.

I'll place the article on hold for a week, so good luck with making any changes - it's not far away! Just ask if you have any queries or issues. —97198 talk 01:03, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

Done and done. I couldn't find a reliable source for the title reference anywhere so I removed that line, but otherwise I think everything else has been fixed by me and Martarius. TheLeftorium 10:05, 16 August 2008 (UTC)
Awesome. I'm happy to pass the article. —97198 talk 02:02, 17 August 2008 (UTC)


This was the first episode to air in the UK, on Sky 1 (I still have the momentous moment on VHS) - is this worth a mention? Clearly Sky 1 showed the episodes out of order. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:48, 30 May 2009 (UTC)

Sure, do you have a source for it? TheLeftorium 10:55, 30 May 2009 (UTC)
I concur - "Satellite TV Europe" magazine even printed a picture from this episode in that months edition when it launched. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:44, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

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