- Homer Alone
Infobox Simpsons episode
episode_name = Homer Alone
image_caption = Homer putting on a puppet show for Maggie
episode_no = 50
prod_code = 8F14
February 6 1992
show runner =
Al Jean& Mike Reiss
David M. Stern
blackboard = "I will not spank others"
couch_gag = The Family forms a pyramid
Phil Hartmanas Troy McClure
Matt Groening Al Jean Dan Castellaneta Julie Kavner Mark Kirkland Brad Bird
season = 3 "Homer Alone" is the 15th episode of "
The Simpsons" 'third season and the 50th episode of the entire series. The title is based on the film " Home Alone". The episode is written by David M. Stern, the brother of actor Daniel Stern, who co-starred in " Home Alone" and . [ [http://www.hollywood.com/celebrity/Daniel_Stern/191197 Daniel Stern at Hollywood.com ] ] This episode aired 2 days before the opening ceremony of the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Marge decides she needs a vacation, after all the stress at home causes her to have a mental breakdown. She leaves for a place called "Rancho Relaxo", putting Bart and Lisa into the care of Patty and Selma and leaving Maggie at home with Homer. Homer invites Barney over to help him take care of Maggie, but he soon realizes how much he needs Marge to take care of things. Maggie, upset about her mother's absence, makes her way out of the house looking for Marge and goes missing. After a long search from Homer and Barney, Homer calls a baby search. Meanwhile, Marge has done everything she wanted to do in her vacation and calls Homer to tell him she is coming back and he should pick her up at the train station. Maggie is found on the edge of the top of an ice-cream shop and is returned to Homer just in time for Marge's arrival, and everything is back to normal.
Cultural References and Allusions to Earlier Episodes
*In the beginning when the screen freezes on Bart and Homer, the reference is to the
Wile E. Coyote and Road Runnercartoons.
*At the train station, the list of stops is a reference to the Jack Benny radio show.
*The song that plays while Homer is on hold on the missing child hotline is "Baby Come Back" by Player.
Les Claypool, the bassist and founding member of the band Primus named his house Rancho Relaxo after the hotel in which Marge stays.
*This is the first appearance of
Chief Wiggum's blue hair.
*When Marge is at one of the
Bowlingstores, you can see a picture of Jacques from the episode Life on the Fast Laneon the wall.
*When Marge is on the Springfield Bridge and the bus driver says "Look lady, this better be good" Marge reacts with a lion's roar, a sped-up version of the Leo the Lion roar from the
*When Bart rummages through Patty and Selma's closet, finding a bra he says: "I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Ay Caramba!". This first happened in
Krusty Gets Busted, commenting the sisters' slideshow.
*Homer's reaction to finding Maggie missing from her crib is a reference to the movie
Home Alonefrom the famous aftershave scene.
Gruesimpson of IGN called it "This episode, was actully a pain to watch again to review, I didin't like it." and gave it a non avrage 2.4!
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