Simpsons Did It!: “The Homer Of Seville”

Holy crap…I don’t think I’ve seen this one before.

It was OK.

Sunday morning is the one time Marge insists she doesn’t have to cook, but all the breakfast establishments have long lines.  What to do?  Well, the family spots a catered event at what is presumably a nice party.  Would the Simpsons do something like crash it?  You know what…Marge will, and if she will, no one else in the family is going to object too hard.

Things go a bit bad when the Simpsons realize this party is actually a funeral, even if Bart is tricking some kid into giving him money.  Before the Simpsons can politely leave, Homer gets asked to be a pallbearer, and he agrees because he thought he was being asked to be a polar bear.  Makes sense…

The long and the short of it is Homer falls into an open grave and hurts himself.  But then the most wondrous thing happens.

I saved money on car insurance!

No, wait, I mean Homer was revealed to have an angelic singing voice, but only when he was lying down.  His voice revives the recently deceased and stops crying newborns from crying.  He’s so good, he even gets Mr. Burns’ geriatric heart to pump a little.  I’m assuming Burns has a steam-powered heart for no good reason at this point, but Burns asks Homer to join the local opera company.

Given the episode title, you know Homer agreed.

And Homer becomes an opera star, where his entourage of Lenny and Carl get the opera groupies (largely older women) while Homer stays true to Marge.  And even if Homer is giving pointers to guest star Placido Domingo (or “P Dingo” as he prefers), he’s also soon running with Marge from mobs of well-off elderly women.  Only a fast-thinking, fast-driving individual on a motorcycle can get the Simpson parents to safety.

That person turns out to be a woman named Julia (guest star Maya Rudolph), and as soon as Marge leaves the room, Julia likewise throws herself at Homer because opera singers are just that hot.  Homer isn’t interested, but Julia has already been approved as Homer’s new assistant, and she threatens to tell Marge a lie about what happened if Homer doesn’t stay silent.

Why would Marge believe a stranger over Homer?

But Homer does eventually fire the woman after Julia tied on a blue beehive wig and hid in Homer and Marge’s bed.  Does she take it well?  Well, the cobra in Homer’s cereal box would suggest not.  Fortunately, Homer can swing a cobra with the best of them and knock the snake out.  Now with everyone alerted, Chief Wiggum can stake out the opera house rather than cancel Homer’s next performance.  There are snipers, the chandelier has already been dropped, and Homer balloons act as decoys.  How can anything go wrong?

Well, Julia can sneak in as the orchestra conductor and fire some poison darts Homer’s way.  Marge can reroute them back with a sudden grab at a French horn, and then we can see that the Springfield PD’s snipers are terrible shots.  One manages to hit Julia, and then the chandelier falls on her anyway.  The bullet wound and the chandelier actually manages to push the poison out, so she’ll live.

Wait, that doesn’t sound biologically correct.

Homer decides to quit the opera.  Now he’ll just take up painting the ceiling to look like the Sistine Chapel.


Defender of the faith, contributing writer, debonair man-about-town.

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