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The Otto Show 

After Otto loses his job as school bus driver because he does not have a license, Bart convinces Homer and Marge to let Otto stay with them until he gets back on his feet.

Director:

Wesley Archer (as Wes Archer)

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 / Santa's Little Helper / Bill / T-Shirt Vendor #1 / Man Hit By Frisbee (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier / Selma Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Ralph Wiggum (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... T-Shirt Vendor #2 / Roadie / Stage Manager / Announcer / Snake / Bart's Manager in Fantasy / Chief Wiggum / Lou / Landlord / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Marty / Derek Smalls / Otto / Kent Brockman / Principal Skinner / Bob Barker (voice)
Christopher Guest ... Nigel Tufnel (voice)
Michael McKean ... David St. Hubbins (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Martin Prince (voice)
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Storyline

After attending a Spinal Tap rock concert, Bart becomes inspired to become a heavy metal guitarist. When he finds he is (at best) marginally talented, he seeks advice from Otto. Otto decides to demonstrate his guitar skills, but forgets that he needs to take his busload of students to school. In the ensuing chaos, he drives recklessly and causes a rollover accident in front of the school. Although nobody is hurt, Principal Skinner finds out that Otto is unlicensed and fires him; Skinner takes over the job, but is a little too overcautious (unlike his predecessor). Meanwhile, the now jobless Otto is soon evicted from his apartment and forced to move in with the Simpsons. Otto just wants to lay around the house and play guitar, which irritates Homer, but Otto's attitude gets worse when he is unable to pass his driver's exam, despite several tries. When Homer confronts Otto about his laziness, Otto declares that he plans to staple his new license to Homer's head once he passes the test .... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1992 (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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Trivia

The song Otto plays on the school bus is "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. See more »

Goofs

Nelson's shirt and vest switch colors for one shot then back, when he taunts Bart about attempting to play "Polly-Wolly Doodle." See more »

Quotes

[just before the show]
David St. Hubbins: I just looked out and there's puddles of water all over the stage.
Arena Manager: Well gentleman, four times a week this place is sort of a hockey rink.
David St. Hubbins: Well this is a rock concert, not the bleedin... splish-splash show.
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Connections

References The Simpsons: When Flanders Failed (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

We Like Rockin'
(uncredited)
Performed by Harry Shearer
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Rockin'N'Rollin Episode!
22 August 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This is the twenty-second episode of the third season of the Simpsons and for the most part, it is pretty good even though it's a little weaker than usual, because even though Otto is pretty chill, I'm not too sure if he makes a strong central character. Just 2 episodes ago, we had a country-themed episode, but how this episode has some nice classic rock infused into it.

In this episode, "The Otto Show," Bart has a fondness for rock'n'roll as he is able to go to a Spinal Tap concert. After the concert, he gets a guitar but is not that great at it. That directly leads to bus driver, Otto making the kids late as he plays Bart's guitar and due to his reckless driving, he is suspended. Bart is able to convince Marge and Bart to allow Otto to stay until he get his life straightened out.

Overall, this is a good episode and we learn a little more about Otto, but I don't know if I can ever be too fond of his non-intelligence. But it was a jamming episode and it features one of my favorite songs, Free Bird. I rate this episode 8/10.


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