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The Simpsons | Episode Guide | Season Two
Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment

Is TV or honesty more important to Homer?

Episode 7F13
Written by Steve Pepoon
Directed by Rich Moore
Also starring: Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille
Special guest voice: Phil Hartman (as Troy McClure)

Premise: Homer gets hooked up to cable TV for $50 - '1600 hours of quality programming every day!' Lisa's not happy - will cable piracy send the Simpsons to hell?

Features: Ned Flanders, Rev. Lovejoy, Miss Allbright, Milhouse, Martin, Dr Nick Riviera, Lenny, Carl, Smithers, Mr Burns, Barney, Moe, the two barflies, Lou and Eddie.

Couch: The Simpsons perform a shimmying dance number.

And introducing: Troy McClure.


  • Cable delights include Hear Me Roar - the network for women, pro-wrestling from Mexico, reruns of Jaws, Die Hard and Police Academy, Congress, World Series of Cock-fighting, I Can't Believe They Invented It!, The Blockbuster Channel, and Top Hat Adult Entertainment (titles including Stardust Mammaries and Broadcast Nudes).

Hi, I'm Troy McClure, you may remember me from: Such movies as Cry Yuma and Here Comes the Coastguard.

Notes for Brits: Tatum and Watson are close cousins of Mike Tyson and James 'Buster' Douglas respectively (Douglas, like Watson, was in the habit of dedicating matches to unlikely people).

Notes for the Uneducated: Lisa's non-violent protest is reminiscent of Mahatma Gandhi's protests against the British occupation of India, during which, just like Lisa, he would drink only lemonade. 'Gentleman Jim' Corbett (1866-1933) was the first heavyweight boxing champion under the Queensberry Rules. The fight remembered by Mr Burns took place in 1897! 'Hear Me Roar' is a reference to a line in the chorus of Helen Reddy's hit 'I Am Woman'.

That's Homer Simpson, sir: 'One of your drones from sector 7G'.

Notes: A skilful demonstration of a moral dilemma that must have plagued millions since the inception of cable TV.

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