Recap: The Simpsons S 1 E 7 The Call Of The Simpsons

Episode - 7G09
First Aired - 2/18/1990

The Simpsons go on vacation in a rickety RV — and end up lost in the woods when the RV goes over a cliff.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear:
    • Homer looking for Bart after they both go over a waterfall.
    • Also, Maggie is found by bears and taken to their cave.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Pretty much why the bears babysat Maggie when they could have mauled her.
  • Exact Words: When Cowboy Bob said Homer couldn't buy anything better than the ricket RV he was selling, he didn't mean it in a nice way.
  • First Appearance: Rod Flanders.
  • Special Guest: Albert Brooks as Cowboy Bob (credited as A. Brooks)
  • Throw It In: According to the commentary, Albert Brooks improvised so much good material that the scene of Homer buying the RV could have been the whole episode (making it similar to Seinfeld's "The Chinese Restaurant" episode in that it's a Bottle Episode). Only a bit of the ad-libbing was used.
  • Women Are Wiser: Marge and Lisa manage to competently build shelter in the wild, while Bart and Homer, being the experienced woodsman he is, spend the night frozen, mauled and starved.