Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
There's No Disgrace Like Home
Hook them up for electroshock therapy. In the last bit of the session, Dr. Monroe hooks the family up to the electric generator and lets them shock each other. This doesn't work and actually costs the doctor his other customers when the town's power starts fizzling out. He pays the family back double what they paid for the the session (for a total of $500) since he didn't cure them, and they end the episode heading out to buy a new TV.
|At the therapy session, what does the majority of the family draw as a figure they recognize as the cause of their fears or anxieties?||"There's No Disgrace Like Home"
Homer. Although Bart, Lisa, and Marge each draw Homer as the cause of their fears and anxieties, Homer forgets about the task and draws a picture of a plane dropping bombs. Dr. Monroe says that the family sees Homer as an ogre, and although Marge and Lisa find the term 'ogre' to be a bit much, Bart agrees with the diagnosis. Because of this, Homer threatens to throw a lamp at Bart and Dr. Monroe brings out the aggression therapy mallets.
The TV. In order to save the family, Homer plans to take them to a session with a therapist he saw during the boxing match, Dr. Marvin Monroe. Since there's only eighty-eight dollars in Lisa's college fund, Homer forces himself to take the TV to the pawn shop for the sake of the family and he exchanges it for $150. Marge thinks that selling the TV and forcing the family to go to therapy is actually harming the family more than helping.
Barney. After examining local families, Homer goes to Moe's for a drink. He's so depressed that he doesn't watch the fight on TV. Barney asks Homer why he's so depressed and they get into an argument over Homer's kids. Barney manages to punch Homer out first at the same time that the boxer on TV deals a big punch. The police also show up at the bar in between searching for a local family of peeping toms (which their search dog alerts them to), but they simply leave the bar.
No one is flinging peas. When Homer has a feeling that the Simpsons are the worst family in town, Marge suggests that they simply move to a larger community. In order to determine if this is true, the family sneaks into the bushes outside another house to observe the family. Here they see that no one is belching, fighting, or yelling. At the second house, the family hears them in the bushes and they rush off to get their gun. At the third house that they check, Homer tramples the flowerbed and Marge informs Homer that it's actually their house.
Ten minutes. After Marge is totally drunk off the punch, the family gathers to hear Mr. Burns' closing speech. He thanks everyone for coming, but warns them to evacuate the property before he releases the hounds in ten minutes. Homer is disgusted by the way his family has acted during the picnic and watches as less dysfunctional families leave the property. He decides that the family must change their ways.
Mr. Burns. When Homer finally catches up to Bart, the father/son sack race is announced. Homer and the other employees rig the race so that Mr. Burns wins (even with a head start), but Bart decides to pass Mr. Burns and win. Homer immediately jumps out and tackles Bart before he reaches the finish line and Burns still manages to win the race. Meanwhile, Marge drinks a bit too much punch.
In a nursery. As soon as they arrive at the picnic, Bart runs off to terrorize the swans and Lisa jumps into the fountain. Marge meets another mother and they drop off their babies in the nursery to go drink punch. Marge is hesitant about leaving Maggie unattended, but the other mother simply turns on the TV (to the Happy Little Elves) and the babies all stare mindlessly at the screen.
Bart. At Burns Manor, Mr. Burns reads the names of each family member off of a cue card so that he doesn't need to remember anyone. While reading the cue card, he accidentally calls Bart 'Brat'. Bart tries to correct Burns, but fearing that his boss may get angry, Homer tries to silence the boy by strangling him. Burns is more concerned with Homer's behavior than Bart's and immediately makes comments whenever he does something.
Marshmallows. In the beginning of this episode, the family prepares for Mr. Burns' company picnic and Homer begins eating the marshmallows out of Marge's contribution to the meal. Homer blames the hunger on his worries. He's nervous that he or his family might embarrass him at the picnic in front of Mr. Burns. Marge actually makes five gelatin dishes to bring and each family member carries one to Burns Manor.
|Frustrated with the family's lack of progress the doctor decides he has to bring in the most drastic therapy he has to offer. This leads to one of the most famous scenes from the early "Simpsons" episodes as the family endure what?||There's No Disgrace Like Home
Electro-shock therapy. The family are strapped to chairs with buttons in front of each other that shock other members of the family. The idea is for them to shock each other when they emotionally hurt each other, but it soon breaks down into a chaos of electrifying each other that threatens the electricity of the city. Dr. Monroe gives up and declares the family a lost cause, but the family reunite at the fact that they get double their money back due to not being cured. The episode ends as they head off to buy a new television with their gains. Thanks for playing!
|To get his family into the therapy center, Homer needs to raise $250. His initial thought of the kids' college fund raises only $85, so in a desperate act to raise the money, Homer pawns what item?||There's No Disgrace Like Home
The television. I'm not sure how a used TV can raise $250 but that may be why I'm not a pawnbroker. The family begs Homer to reconsider with Marge even willing to pawn her engagement ring, but Homer is determined to improve his family, and seeing a family walk happily out of the therapy center is enough to convince Homer that he's doing the right thing.
|Homer ends up going to Moe's to drown his sorrows and narrowly avoids the police who are searching for somebody going around the neighbourhood snooping. An advert on the TV attracts Homer's attention for a "Family Therapy Center" run by which doctor?||There's No Disgrace Like Home
Dr. Marvin Monroe. The gravelly voiced Dr. Monroe advertises his center as the sponsor of "All-Star Boxing" with a commercial that shows a family screaming at each other to "SHUT UP!". Monroe promises "family bliss, or double your money back!" and Homer immediately decides to take his family there.
|To try and prove that not every family is like the Simpsons, Homer leads the family on a tour of other houses to spy on other families. After seeing that other families are polite and kind to each other, the Simpsons end up spying on their own house. Who tramples on their own flower beds by mistake?||There's No Disgrace Like Home
Homer. After nearly being shot at by one family who hears their rustling, the Simpsons return to their house unaware that the "dump" they are peeping into is their own home, whilst Homer stamps on the "poor saps'" flower bed.
|An announcement on the loud speaker bellows across the grounds to proclaim the start of the father/son sack race. The race is heavily rigged in Mr. Burns' favour, who competes by himself, but a rebellious Bart breaks free to try and beat him. Does Bart succeed in winning the race?||There's No Disgrace Like Home
No. The employees are forced to remain a hop behind Mr. Burns much to the annoyance of Bart. He makes a dash for victory but Homer is still intent on protecting himself in front of his boss. Bart nears the finish line when Homer makes a despairing dive to stop him in his tracks, and Mr. Burns crosses the line to win the race.
|Now past the challenge of the meet and greet with Burns the family are able to start enjoying the picnic and exploring the mansion grounds. Bart and Lisa race towards the fountain, but what is Homer shouting at them as they go?||There's No Disgrace Like Home
"Be normal!". Homer chases after his children shouting, "Be normal!" in a last ditch attempt to get them to behave, but his efforts are in vain with Lisa posing as a fountain ornament, whilst Bart sets a flock of swans on his father and throws a rock at him. Bart is quick to remind Homer that he can't lose his temper in front of his boss no matter what the kids get up to!
|As they arrive at the picnic, they walk up to Mr. Burns who is given a card carrying their details. After identifying Homer, Marge and Lisa correctly, Mr. Burns misreads the name on the card for Bart. What does he call him?||There's No Disgrace Like Home
Brat. After commenting that Lisa is "growing like a weed", Mr. Burns moves on to Bart and accidentally calls him "Brat". Still desperate to keep favour with his boss and having seen a fellow employee fired for his child's indiscipline, Homer ends up siding with his boss, saying, "Don't correct the man, Brat!"
|At the beginning of the episode our favourite family are getting ready for the Nuclear Plant company picnic. After trying to stop his children from fighting Homer stops to admire the gelatin dessert Marge has prepared for the picnic. What colour is it, and what items is inside the jelly?||There's No Disgrace Like Home
Green with marshmallows. Mr. Burns had told Marge once that he liked the dessert she had made, so Homer requests his wife to make the same dessert to try and impress Burns a second time. Homer must have told several other employees of the success of the gelatin dessert as whole rooms in his mansion store nothing but jellies made by other people!