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.
  • 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 mascot in "Dancin' Homer" Homer performs a moonwalk.
  • Overly Long Name: As this episode establishes, Mr. Burns doesn't call them "company parties" or "picnics." He calls them "Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Employee, Spouse, & No More Than Three Children Nights."
  • Pet the Dog: Mr. Burns buys Homer a large beer during the baseball game, and the two bond by heckling the players.
  • 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.