Recap: The Simpsons S 2 E 5 Dancin Homer

Episode - 7F05
First Aired - 11/08/1990

Homer tells his bar buddies the story of how his drunken antics at a baseball game with his boss landed him a job as a dancing mascot for the Isotopes.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Call Back: The Capital City Goofball would later return in 22 Short Films About Springfield in a short cameo.
  • Celebrity Cameo: That's actually Tony Bennett singing "Capital City".
  • Early Installment Weirdness/Reality Ensues: In this episode, Homer actually asks Mr. Burns for time off work so he can be a dancing mascot. These days, Homer not going to work at the nuclear plant because of a new job he has for the episode and not telling Mr. Burns about it are very commonplace (and one of many reasons why the show has Jumped the Shark).
  • First Appearance: Not a character, but a place: this episode marks the first mention of Shelbyville.
  • Location Song: "Capital City", where Tony Bennett sings an appropriate theme song about it, in itself a parody of the Pep Talk Song "Theme From New York, New York"
  • Moonwalk Dance: As part of his dancing as a Springfield mascotte in "Dancin' Homer" Homer performs a moonwalk.
  • The Other Darrin: Normally, Ron Taylor voices Bleeding Gums Murphy (or did, up until Murphy died in season six's "Round Springfield"). However, for this episode, Daryl L. Coley is credited as the voice of Bleeding Gums Murphy.
  • Special Guest: Daryl L. Coley as "Bleeding Gums" Murphy; Ken Levine as Dan Horde; Tom Poston as the Capital City Goofball
  • Ur Example: This is the first episode to feature Homer taking a different job.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Homer flashes back on failing to be a dancing mascot for the entire episode, only in the end realizing that he might not be a loser at all, because everyone enjoyed listening to the tale of this failure and want to hear it again.