Homer's not bowled over by Mr Burns.
Written by Mark Scully
Directed by Mark Kirkland
Also starring: Doris Grau, Pamela Hayden, Russi Taylor
Premise: Homer puts together a bowling team. All's going well - until feeble, unsporting Mr Burns demands to come on side. Principal Skinner's got plans, too - he's going to introduce school uniforms.
Features: Quimby, Krusty, Bumblee Man, Groundskeeper Willie, Patty and Selma, Nelson, the Flanders, Moe, Barney, Apu, Otto, Wiggum, Mr Burns, Smithers, Ms Krabappel, Martin, Jimbo.
Couch: The Simpsons rush in - as do a family of mice.
Homage: Homer's stolen Oscar was awarded to Dr Haing S. Nor as best supporting actor in The Killing Fields (Roland Joffe, 1984). He sings a snatch of Styx's 1985 hit Mr Roboto.
Notes: One of our least favourite episodes. The sub-plot, involving new school uniforms, is a lot more satisfying than the bowling story, with the fashion parade a particular highlight.