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:
* 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.
* 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.
** In later episodes, Homer's supervisor [[DependingOnTheWriter is someone else completely.]]
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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, Homer Simpson!"