Homer’s Night Out
I will not call my teacher “Hot Cakes”
Couch gag: The couch collapses when the family sits down.
Director: Rich Moore
First appearance of:
Sam McMurray as Gulliver Dark, the guy at the burlesque club.
Homer is invited to a stag party and photographed by Bart dancing with an exotic dancer. The photo goes viral around Springfield, leading Marge to throw Homer on the streets. Homer apologises to a distraught Marge and tracks down the dancer in order to show Bart that women aren’t objects and deserve respect.
This is the first of Homer’s many indiscretions. It’s a wonder he doesn’t have a permanent bed at Barney’s place (in this episode, he bunks with Barney. In future episodes, he stays with Lenny, Carl, Flanders, Kirk van Houten and assorted others).
As part of the Simpsons canon, the episode serves to round out the characters a bit more. By Marge objecting to Homer’s indiscretion, she becomes more than an objectified woman: consider yesterday’s episode where she felt the thrill of having another man’s attention and being the object of his affection. Not only has Marge backflipped (double standards?) but she has also fulfilled her role as mother by insisting Bart treat women with respect and not as sex objects. I’m surprised Lisa doesn’t have more to say, but then again in these early episodes, Lisa’s full array of values are yet to be established and fully realised (she eats shrimp at the restaurant, for example).
My favourite scene is the burlesque hall, where Mr Burns and Smithers are (apparently) on a double date with twins. I’d love to see more of this… although Smithers’ sexuality is strongly questioned so it’s unlikely to be explored further.