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

After an incident at the Nuclear Power Plant, Homer is fired from his job as technical supervisor. Unable to provide for his family without a job and reduced to stealing from his son to buy beer, he runs away to kill himself -- until a near accident gives him a new lease on life as a local safety advocate.
!!This episode contains examples of:
* DarkestHour: When Homer smashes Bart's piggy bank for beer money. Leads to a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment from Homer.
* DrivenToSuicide: Homer runs away to kill himself after being unable to find a job and resorting to stealing money from his own son to get a beer (and there wasn't even enough money, not even close).
* EarlyBirdCameo: Blinky the three-eyed fish, who played a greater role in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E4TwoCarsInEveryGarageAndThreeEyesOnEveryFish Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish]]", first appears as a throwaway gag.
* 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.
* TheFreelanceShameSquad: An elderly couple pose as a particularly sociopathic example, heckling Homer as he walks off to kill himself.
-->'''Old Man:''' He might just be taking his boulder for a walk. ''*cackles*''
* FreezeFrameBonus: Bart's report card reads, U, F, U, F, U, D[[note]]in some American schools, the "U" is used for "unsatisfactory," particularly when grading on behavior or skills. Other letters used besides the usual A, B, C, D, and F grades are "I" [incomplete], "O" [outstanding], and "P" [pass, if you're taking a pass/fail class][[/note]]
* HypocriticalHumor: Homer's suicide note had a "Don't give up" message.
* IntoxicationEnsues: "Beer. Now ''there's'' a temporary solution."
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Father, Like Daughters]]: Homer's supervisor is implied to tear into Homer on a regular basis, and then coldly fires him in front of his son, before saying hi to his girls Sherri and Terri, who have been harassing Bart throughout the trip.
* LimitedAnimation: Done deliberately for the Smilin' Joe Fission cartoon shown at the power plant.
* {{Montage}}: Homer getting doors closed on him, including his own home. Bart actually slammed the door on him, telling him not to give up.
* NoodleIncident
-->'''Mrs. Krabappel:''' Now class, I don't want this field trip to be a repeat of our infamous visit to the Springfield State Prison. So I want you all to be on your best behavior, especially you, Bart Simpson.
-->'''Bart:''' Mrs. Krabappel, I ''didn't'' unlock that door.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Homer has inner conflict when he's offered the job of safety inspector and is told by Mr. Burns to tell his supporters that [[BlatantLies the nuclear plant is safe.]]
--> '''Mr. Burns''': You mean you're willing to give up a good job and a raise, just for your principles?\\
'''Homer''': ...When you put it like ''that'', it ''does'' seem a little far-fetched.
* ShoutOut: The title is one to ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', by Creator/{{Homer}}.
* SpecialGuest: Sam [=McMurray=] as the Worker Drone.
* VomitDiscretionShot: Wendell, who makes it all the way to the power plant, but then vomits when Bart good-naturedly slaps his back.