Episode - 1F07
First Aired - 12/9/1993
Mindy Simmons, a sexy new employee at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant proves alarmingly compatible with Homer, who worries that his attraction to her may mean danger for his marriage. Meanwhile, Bart becomes a nerd after being fitted for glasses and prescribed medicated hair salve, orthopedic shoes, and throat spray that makes him sound like Jerry Lewis
from the original version of The Nutty Professor
This episode contains examples of:
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Homer's guardian angel appears to him in the form of Sir Isaac Newton, "a man you would respect and admire." When he realizes Homer has no idea who Newton is, he instead takes the form of Colonel Klink — which he really didn't want to do.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Mindy just vanished after Homer tells her that they can never be in love because he's a married man. While Wild Mass Guessing has suggested that Homer imagined Mindy as Marge so he can finally have sex with her, later episodes with Homer at the nuclear plant don't have Mindy Simmons at all, suggesting that Mindy left, Marge somehow found out where Homer was, and came down to cheer him up. "Another Simpsons Clip Show" from season six explained that Mindy was fired from her job at the plant after succumbing to alcoholism, but later episodes (such as "Team Homer"note and "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson"note ) have Mindy clean and sober, suggesting that she either went to rehab and came back or the "Mindy drank herself out of the job" story was a rumor.
- Riddle for the Ages: How did the employees escape the gas that was threatening to kill them?
- Special Guest: Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz; Michelle Pfeiffer as Mindy Simmons; Werner Klemperer as Colonel Klink
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Both Mr. Burns and Dr. Hibbert use a suction tube on hapless victims. Marge is spared because she has insurance.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Homer, Lenny and Carl were moaning about the things he couldn't do at work with a woman around, Homer mention peeing on the drinking fountain. Noticing their reactions he lamely tried to deny he ever did that.
- Shout-Out: Mr. Burns has winged monkeys. They can't fly.
- Sympathetic Almost-Adulterer: The commentary goes into some detail about how they were very careful to portray Homer and Mindy's attraction to each other as something that neither of them actually wanted, so both could be kept sympathetic.
- Tempting Fate: Homer said he had no reason to worry about going with Mindy to a convention for as long as the two of them have no moment alone.