Episode - 7G04
First Aired - 1/28/1990
After being humiliated at a company picnic, Homer forces Marge and the kids to be more well-behaved, but after nearly getting caught spying on the neighbors, Homer decides to pawn the TV and pay for a session with Dr. Marvin Monroe.
This episode contains examples of:
- Disproportionate Retribution: Mr. Burns fires a man because his son remarked that he had to miss ball practice.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: As noted in the commentary, everything about the episode is wrong compared to what the show soon became, with Homer being the one embarrassed by his family's antics being the most glaring (as usually this is a characteristic more appropriate for Marge or Lisa). Bart and Maggie (and maybe some of the ancillary characters, like Moe, Dr. Monroe, and the two cops, Eddie and Lou) are the only ones whose personalities aren't altered.
- Missed Him by That Much: Eddie and Lou were searching for "a family of peeping toms" (the Simpsons looking at other house windows). Their dog was growling at Homer, who says he had wieners on him. So they leave, dragging their dog with them.
- Running Gag: This is the first time Mr. Burns mentions releasing "the hounds" and the first time that he has to consult Smithers on who Homer is. Though the latter is probably justified since Burns doesn't seem to care to know the names of ALL his employees.
- This was also meant to be a Shout-Out to Ronald Reagan, who would have info about people he was meeting on index cards.