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The Simpsons: Fear of Flying

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 3rd 2006 9:05AM

simpsons(S06E11) This episode has a great opening scene at Moe's. The gang decides to play a few pranks on Moe, so Lenny puts a cobra in the cash register that bites Moe several times and Barney hits Moe with a flame that shoots from a flower on his lapel. Moe actually laughs these pranks off, but when Homer unscrews the lid to the sugar and it gets on the bar, Moe gets so angry he bans Homer from the bar. As a final insult, he even takes Homer's favorite record out of the jukebox ("It's Rainin' Men").

Homer tries some other bars, and finally ends up at an all-female bar that doesn't seem quite right to him. Finally, he figures it out: "This lesbian bar doesn't have a fire exit!"'

At this point Homer appears at Moe's in disguise and tells everyone his name is actually "Guy Incognito." At least, Moe and the gang assumes it's Homer, but it really is a totally different person. That kind of gag that seems to be going one way than veers off into a totally weird direction is very Simpsons-y, as is Homer discovering the man on the sidewalk and then being distracted by a dog's puffy tail.

Finally, Homer pretends to be a pilot so he can drink at an airport bar, and to save embarrassment for almost letting him fly the plane, the airline offers he and his family a round trip ticket to anywhere they want to fly. That's when the story becomes about Marge, who has a fear of flying.

Marge doesn't want to face her fear, and Lisa warns her that her fear will begin to manifest itself in weird ways. It does just that, and Marge does some rather odd things such as insisting the dog and cat get married, and putting shingles on the roof at three in the morning, a time when she should be banking, according to Homer. She finally decides to visit a shrink, and it's revealed that her father was a steward on an airline, and the repressed shame was the cause of her fear.

Favorite moments: Homer rents movies like Fearless and Alive to get Marge's mind off her fear of flying.

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How can anyone discuss this episode without mentioning Marge's "Lost In Space" dream? Homer as Doctor Smith is an *amazing* vocal performance.

August 03 2006 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jillie B.

Was happy to see this epi reviewed - it is truly chockful of cleverness - also very Simpson-y! (Love the coinage!) One correction, tho - when Marge was working on the roof, Homer said "Shouldn't you be baking?", in reference to her previous compulsive cooking/baking streak. Was hilarious when she pulled an elaborate decorated cake out of the oven. Shades of the mother on The 70s Show!

August 03 2006 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did he say banking or baking? I thought it was baking.

August 03 2006 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Keller

The first 10 minutes of his episode were the best. Especially when Homeer is in the plane's cockpit. Homer is about to push one of the buttons and the pilot goes something like 'That button kills us all'. Then Homer presses another button and the landing gear all retract, causing the plane to crash onto the tarmac. It was hilarious the first time I saw it.

August 03 2006 at 10:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Haven't seen it in forever, but I'll give my best shot at my favorite part:

Whenever I hear the wind rustle I'll think to myself "Loenstein"

-My name isn't Loenstein


August 03 2006 at 9:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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