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Recap / The Simpsons S2 E5 "Dancin' Homer"

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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 was the first episode directed by Mark Kirkland, who would go on to direct more episodes than anyone else, and who is still with the show today.

This episode contains examples of:

  • As Himself: The first time in the show, with Tony Bennett appearing as himself.
  • Baseball Episode: Homer is the mascot for the Isotopes.
  • Billed Above the Title: As Homer's popularity as Dancin' Homer is rising, his name is shown in big letters above the Isotopes' name on billboards.
  • 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: 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.
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  • Easy Come, Easy Go: Homer's fame as a mascot only lasts for one episode and at the end he is back in obscurity.
  • 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 "Dancin' Homer", Homer performs a moonwalk.
  • National Anthem: Bleeding Gums Murphy sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the game where Homer first does his dance. Murphy sings the anthem for 26 minutes. The only person still standing straight up with her hand on her heart, and a smile on her face throughout is, no surprise, Lisa.
  • 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."
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  • 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
    • Ken Levine and David Issacs co-wrote this episode and one in Season 3.
    • Ken's work as a baseball announcer likely contributed to him landing a play-by-play job with the Baltimore Orioles.
  • Ur-Example: This is the first episode to feature Homer taking a different job.
  • Welcome to the Big City: The first thing Homer sees when riding into Capital City is an old lady being robbed on the sidewalk.
  • 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.


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