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The Simpsons | Episode Guide | Season One
Call of the Simpsons

The Simpsons get in touch with nature.

Episode 7G09
Written by John Swartzwelder
Directed by Wesley Archer
Additional cast: Albert Brooks (as Cowboy Bob)

Premise: In an attempt to keep up with the Flanders, Homer purchases an RV and the Simpsons set off for the wild. Where bears, bees, rabbits and curious naturalists with camcorders await.

Features: Tod Flanders, Ned Flanders, Dr Marvin Monroe.

Couch: The Simpsons just sit down.


  • Flanders has bought a Behemoth RV. Homer peruses the Ultimate Behemoth, which comes complete with its own satellite, Van-Sat 1.
  • Homer makes the front page of the Springfield Weekly and the National Informer (several times).

Homage: The incidental score tips a hat to Swallows and Amazons, and the TV anchorman's order to 'Get those bears out of here' sounds suspiciously like Mr Peebley's weekly order to Botch in Hanna-Barbera's The Hair Bear Bunch.

Notes: This was not to be the only appearance of bears in the series. As with a lot of the first season this episode is a bit less than the sum of its parts. The early stuff at the RV Round-Up is much better than the main camping story, although there's some nice Marge-Lisa bonding, and who could resist Maggie and the bears?

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I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons GuideThe information in this section is taken from 'I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide' by Warren Martyn and Adrian Wood, published by Virgin Books. Content © 2000 Warren Martyn and Adrian Wood.

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