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The Simpsons | Episode Guide | Season Two
One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish

Homer has 24 hours to live.

Episode 7F11
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:
    1. Make list
    2. Eat hearty breakfast
    3. Make videotape for Maggie
    4. Have man-to-man with Bart
    5. Listen to Lisa play her sax
    6. Make funeral arrangements
    7. Make peace with Dad
    8. Beer with the boys at the bar
    9. Tell off boss
    10. Go hang gliding
    11. Plant a tree
    12. A final dinner with my beloved family
    13. 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.

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