Homer has 24 hours to live.
Written by Nell Scovell
Directed by Wesley M. Archer
Also starring: Joey Miyashima (as Toshiro), Diana Tanaka (as the hostess), Sab Shimono (as Master Chef)
Special guest voices: Larry King (as himself), George Takei (as Akira)
Premise: Lisa convinces the family to try a new Sushi restaurant, the Happy Sumo. A menu mix-up leads to Homer eating a poisoned blowfish. Dr Hibbert gives him twenty-four hours to live. He sets about placing his affairs in order.
Features: Mr Burns, Smithers, Moe, Barney, the two barflies, Grampa, Ned Flanders, Dr Hibbert, Eddie, Lou.
Couch: The sofa tips over backwards and only Maggie crawls back up again.
- Homer lists thirteen things to do before he dies. These are:
- Make list
- Eat hearty breakfastMake videotape for Maggie
- Have man-to-man with Bart
- Listen to Lisa play her sax
- Make funeral arrangements
- Make peace with Dad
- Beer with the boys at the bar
- Tell off boss
- Go hang gliding
- Plant a tree
- A final dinner with my beloved family
- Be intimate with Marge.
Homage: The Happy Sumo's karaoke machine plays host to Japanese businessman Richie Sakai (a reference to the Simpsons producer of the same name), who sings Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves, a 1971 hit for Cher, and Lisa and Bart, who duet on Isaac Hayes' '71 Theme From Shaft. The scene where Homer hammers on the car window calling Marge's name is a lift from The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967).
Hello, can I speak to: Seymour Butz.
That's Homer Simpson, sir: 'One of the schmoos from Sector 7G'.
Notes: Again, a playful dig at racial stereotypes. Homer comes over as a reasonable man who wants to live his last day in style, and the closing twist is easily as good as the farewells leading up to it.