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Homer's Phobia 

After Marge befriends John, a gay store owner, Homer worries that his presence will have a negative effect on Bart's sexuality.

Director:

Mike B. Anderson (as Mikel B. Anderson)

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Steel Mill Worker #1 / Barney (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / "Cockamamie's" Salesgirl (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Steel Mill Worker #2 / Steel Mill Worker #3 / Steel Mill Worker #4 / Moe Szyslak / Annual Gift Man (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Skinner / Smithers / Roscoe (voice)
John Waters ... John (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
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Storyline

Homer fears that Bart's masculinity is at stake when he suspects he is being influenced by a flamboyant homosexual collectible store owner named John. All his efforts to show Bart how to be a man keep backfiring on him... or do they? Written by Daniel Timothy Dey

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John's custom car horn is "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz (1939), the rainbow is a symbol of gay pride and diversity. See more »

Goofs

Homer's black eye and bruises disappear by the final scene. See more »

Quotes

Marge: [about a gay man] Homer, he prefers the company of men.
Homer: Who doesn't?
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Connections

Featured in The Simpsons: Behind the Laughter (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Everybody Dance Now
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Clivillés and Freedom Williams
Performed by C+C Music Factory
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deserved Emmy Award winner - endlessly re-watchable
17 November 2006 | by jvframeSee all my reviews

I had been waiting for the Eight Season of The Simpsons to be released on DVD just to own a good quality, complete copy (i.e. not compromised by annoying station watermarks, careless editing to advertisement breaks or having the ending cut short while a voice-over promotes whatever happens to becoming up next on that channel).

The great surprise with the DVD is that it not only looks pin-point perfect, but also includes a highly entertaining commentary track by Matt Groening, the artist/director/production team, and John Waters. You'll see the show through enhanced eyes.

I liked that Homer's Phobia was made with such informed awareness of the stereotypes which persist of both gay men and of the people who refuse to accept them as being OK.

We see Homer quickly forming a trusting, affectionate and purely platonic relationship with John Waters - only to aggressively discard that friendship when he (finally) comprehends that John is gay.

This show is certainly empowering for viewers - both young and old - who know they are same sex attracted, but it also must be the most entertaining, concise and effective program in the history of television for letting the general public know that there is nothing at all to fear about being gay.

Homer's Phobia is packed with memorable lines - such as "You know me Marge - I like my beer cold, my TV loud and my homo-sexuals FLAMING!".

There's no condescension, no lecturing - just high quality talent on show. And the ending rocks!


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