History Recap / TheSimpsonsS1E3HomersOdyssey

19th Sep '17 12:37:31 PM Theriocephalus
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Episode - 7G03\\
First Aired - 1/21/1990

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Episode - -- 7G03\\
First Aired - -- 1/21/1990


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* FiringDay: The plot is started when Homer's carelessness causes an accident at the power plant, costing him his job.
15th Sep '17 3:29:15 PM N8han11
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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Homer gets fired from his job for crashing a forklift. He goes into such a deep depression at losing the identity of household breadwinner that he ''actually attempts suicide'' so he wouldn't feel like a failure around his wife and children. At the end of the episode, he becomes the power plant's safety inspector because he's very concerned that the plant isn't being run safely and wants to make a difference. In later episodes, [[UltimateJobSecurity his on-the-job negligence is legendary, with him personally committing safety violations that would not only get him canned]], but probably sent to prison for a long time, [[RuleOfFunny if the show cared about realism]]. He would regularly be sacked for gross incompetence and show little-to-no concern, or casually ditch work for the sake of whatever zany adventure he's going on in the episode. Also, even though his title of safety inspector continues to be mentioned, [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything his job rarely seems to involve any safety inspecting]]. Admittedly, the plant itself, even without Homer's incompetence, is terribly run and would be shut down in an instant if Burns ever ran into [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney someone he couldn't bribe]]. [[FridgeBrilliance Which is probably why Homer has his job security (outside of Burns saying he's here forever after Homer had to beg for the job back when Maggie was conceived); anyone competent would have gotten the place shut down.]]

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Homer gets fired from his job for crashing a forklift. He forklift, and goes into such a deep depression at losing the identity of household breadwinner that he ''actually attempts suicide'' so he wouldn't feel like a failure around his wife and children. At the end of the episode, he becomes the power plant's safety inspector because he's very concerned that the plant isn't being run safely and wants to make a difference. In later episodes, [[UltimateJobSecurity his on-the-job negligence is legendary, with him personally committing safety violations that would not only get him canned]], but probably sent to prison for a long time, [[RuleOfFunny if the show cared about realism]]. He would regularly be sacked for gross incompetence and show little-to-no concern, or casually ditch work for the sake of whatever zany adventure he's going on in the episode. Also, even though his title of safety inspector continues to be mentioned, [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything his job rarely seems to involve any safety inspecting]]. Admittedly, the plant itself, even without Homer's incompetence, is terribly run and would be shut down in an instant if Burns ever ran into [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney someone he couldn't bribe]]. [[FridgeBrilliance Which is probably why Homer has his job security (outside of Burns saying he's here forever after Homer had to beg for the job back when Maggie was conceived); anyone competent would have gotten the place shut down.]]



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and OffModel: Smithers is black in this episode due to a coloring mistake that couldn't be fixed. The animators wanted to keep him that way, but saw that a black man being hired as a servile assistant to his white boss wouldn't go over well with American audiences, so they made sure that Smithers was yellow (which is Caucasian in the Simpson world) so this mistake wouldn't happen again. Smithers' skin color was [[HandWave hand-waved]] by saying he was ''really'' tan from being on vacation.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and OffModel: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
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Smithers is black in this episode due to a coloring mistake that couldn't be fixed. The animators wanted to keep him that way, but saw that a black man being hired as a servile assistant to his white boss wouldn't go over well with American audiences, so they made sure that Smithers was yellow (which is Caucasian in the Simpson world) so this mistake wouldn't happen again. Smithers' skin color was [[HandWave hand-waved]] by saying he was ''really'' tan from being on vacation.


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** The episode's tone is [[DarkerAndEdgier much darker]] than the [[LighterAndSofter following seasons]]: for one, Homer ''attempts suicide'' and it's {{played for drama}}, while a later episode would have it {{played for laughs}}.


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* MoodWhiplash: As Homer has finally dragged the boulder all the way to the bridge so he can [[DrivenToSuicide end his life]], and the family has found his suicide note, the tone is [[TearJerker somber]]... until Homer finds a boulder already at the bridge, rendering all that heavy lifting pointless.
-->'''Homer''': ''(upon discovering a boulder already at the bridge)'' Well, live and learn.
10th Sep '17 3:25:55 PM ClintEastwood
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* OffModel: Smithers is black. Sherri and Terri are also (briefly) drawn without bodies.
1st Sep '17 2:52:56 PM TomServo
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* DerangedAnimation: Due to the show still figuring out its look. Check out some of the weird background characters in the crowd when Homer is giving his speech at the power plant (which is currently on the front page of this episode's page). Particularly eye catching is the guy with a bulging head and the left side of his face and mouth jutting out to the side. And the guy who seems to be wearing a bright red bandit mask for some reason. Also, see the guy in the "El Barto" scene with the spiky hair and slack jawed look. Matt Groening eventually made it a rule that background characters shouldn't be strange looking or distract from the action in the scene.
22nd Mar '17 11:57:35 AM Asue
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** In later episodes, Homer's supervisor [[DependingOnTheWriter is someone else completely.]]



* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: The Springfield Shopper repeatedly headlines Homer's safety advocating, culminating with, "Enough Already Homer Simpson!"
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: This is the one and only time when we see Sherri and Terri'S father.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: This is the one and only time when we see Sherri and Terri's father.
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: The Springfield Shopper repeatedly headlines Homer's safety advocating, culminating with, "Enough Already Already, Homer Simpson!"
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: This is the one and only time when we see Sherri and Terri'S father.
Simpson!"
22nd Mar '17 11:51:33 AM Asue
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: This is the one and only time when we see Sherri and Terri'S father.
22nd Feb '17 12:58:46 PM Mdumas43073
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* MyDadCanBeatUpYourDad: Homer's immediate supervisor at the plant is Sherri and Terri's father, and they make a point of telling Bart how little he thinks of Homer's work ethic and abilities.
22nd Jan '17 1:49:59 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Homer gets fired from his job for crashing a forklift. He goes into such a deep depression at losing the identity of household breadwinner that he ''actually attempts suicide'' so he wouldn't feel like a failure around his wife and children. At the end of the episode, he becomes the power plant's safety inspector because he's very concerned that the plant isn't being run safely and wants to make a difference. In later episodes, [[UltimateJobSecurity his on-the-job negligence is legendary, with him personally committing safety violations that would not only get him canned]], but probably sent to prison for a long time, [[RuleOfFunny if the show cared about realism]]. He would regularly be sacked for gross incompetence and show little-to-no concern, or casually ditch work for the sake of whatever zany adventure he's going on in the episode. Also, even though his title of safety inspector continues to be mentioned, [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything his job rarely seems to involve any safety inspecting]]. Admittedly, the plant itself, even without Homer's incompetence, is terribly run and would be shut down in an instant if Burns ever ran into [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney someone he couldn't bribe]]. [[FridgeBrilliance Which is probably why Homer has his job security (outside of Burns saying he's here forever after Homer had to beg for the job back when Maggie was conceived); anyone competent would have gotten the place shut down.]]
* ClassTrip: Bart's class goes on a trip to the nuclear power plant, where Sherri and Terri simultaneously kiss Bart.


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* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: The Springfield Shopper repeatedly headlines Homer's safety advocating, culminating with, "Enough Already Homer Simpson!"
18th May '16 9:41:25 AM speedyboris
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* LimitedAnimation: Done deliberately for the Smilin'joe Fission cartoon shown at the power plant.

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* LimitedAnimation: Done deliberately for the Smilin'joe Smilin' Joe Fission cartoon shown at the power plant.
18th May '16 9:41:09 AM speedyboris
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* LimitedAnimation: Done deliberately for the Smilin'joe Fission cartoon shown at the power plant.
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