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The 20 Most Cromulent Simpsons Episodes of All-Time: #13 Thursday, May 10, 2007

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Howdy everyone. Only 12 more weeks until “The Simpsons Movie” comes out. Leading up to then CDNMoose and I are counting down the 20 most cromulent episodes of The Simpsons. We’re hear at 13 and I must give you a bit of warning before going on.

This episode is one of my favorites. It’s definitely in my personal Top Five episodes of the entire series. Yes it’s a little weird. Ok, a lot weird especially in Act II. And yes there are not a lot of LOL jokes in there. Yet the entire show, from beginning to end, just fits perfectly together. Plus, who doesn’t like talking dogs?

talking dog

So let’s go explore the rest of this episode which, along with several other already profiled shows, makes me realize that Season 8 wasn’t as bad as I thought.


El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer

Written by Ken Keeler
Directed by Jim Reardon

Season 8, Episode
Originally aired January 5, 1997

20. Homer At The Bat
19. Hurricane Neddy
18. Homer Goes to College
17. Homer’s Enemy
16. The Cartridge Family
15. 22 Short Films About Springfield
14. Treehouse of Horror II
13. El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer

Episode Synopsis

Marge tries to keep the Chili Cook-Off a secret from Homer, but can’t. When the family goes to the event, Homer eats an “insanity pepper” and starts to hallucinate. During his trip a space coyote tells him to find his soul mate. Homer states that his soul mate is Marge, but has some doubts after she gets mad at him. At the end they realize that, indeed, they are each other’s soul mates. And everyone gets some hot pants.

Why This Episode Is Particularly Cromulent

Because the animation in this episode is enough for inclusion. It’s fantastic, especially in Act II. Johnny Cash makes a guest appearance, which again is enough.

Notes and Observations

  • In case someone didn’t take Spanish I in high school (hey, maybe they took French), the title in English is “The Mysterious Voyage of Homer.” Or to be more technical, “The Mysterious Voyage of Our Homer.”
  • This episode is based on the books by Carlos Castaneda.
  • George Meyers first pitched the idea, but the staff minus Matt Groening thought it was too odd at first.
  • Meyers wanted an episode that saw someone take a mystical journey without the use of drugs. He decided to go with really hot chili peppers.
  • As stated above, Johnny Cash makes a guest staring role as the space coyote. The show wanted either him or Bob Dylan, but Dylan turned them down.
  • David Silverman animated the majority of the hallucination sequence because he wanted to get it just right.
  • The butterfly Homer runs away from was created using 3D computer animation.
  • Several of the scenes in this episode is a reference to other shows-the train heading straight towards Homer at the end of hallucination is a reference to Soul Train, and EARL being a computer is in reference to a Twilight Zone episode.
  • FOX sent a note to the writers about the scene where Homer pours candle wax in his mouth. Quote the censors: “To discourage imitation by young and foolish viewers, when Homer begins to pour hot wax into his mouth, please have him scream in pain so kids will understand that doing this would actually burn their mouths.”

Memorable Quotes

Homer: Oh, why do they have to put all of this crud in my newspaper. “World.” “The Arts.” “Religion.” Ah-ha! Here it is: “Kickin’ Back.”

Homer: Yeah, it’s a lazy dog-dangling afternoon.

Marge: Well, I just fell like filling the house with the rich satisfying smell of tobacco.

Homer: What’s wrong with you? What are you trying to hide from me…Homer smells chili
[Homer opens the door and sniffs]
What’s that smell? Onions…chili powder… cumin… juicy ground chuck? It’s chili! Oh, my God, I’m missing the chili cook-off! I’m missing the cook-off, it’s going on right now, and I’m missing it.
Marge: All right, I was trying to keep it from you, but I had a good reason. Every time you go to that cook-off you get drunk as a poet on payday.

Lisa: I’m gonna go get some vegetarian chili before they get desperate and add meat.
Bart: I’m gonna go claim some valuables at the lost-and-found.

Marge: Oh, look at that adorable spice rack! Eight spices? Some must beOre-ga-no doubles. Ore-GAH-no? What the hell?
Homer: Marge, we’re missing the chili. Less artsy, more fartsy.
Marge: Homer, I happen to like handicrafts much more than stuffing my face.
Homer: Fine, I’ll come find you when I’m ready to stop having fun.

Helen Lovejoy: Howdy howdy, Marge and Home… oh, my mistake. Homer’s not even with you. Probably just knocking back a few “refreshments.” [chuckles]
Marge: Thank you for your concern, Helen. Homer isn’t drinking today.
Helen Lovejoy: Oh! I think it’s lovely that he said that. And that you believed him.

Homer: Five-alarm chili, eh?
Ned: Uh-huh.
Homer: [eats some] One, two… hey, what’s the big idea?
Ned: Oh, I admit it. It’s only two-alarm, two-and-a-half, tops. I just wanted to be a big man in front of the kids.
Todd: Daddy? Are you going to jail?
Ned: We’ll see, son. We’ll see.

Wiggum: Afternoon, Homer. Care for some chili? I’ve added an extraInsanity Pepper ingredient just for you. The merciless peppers of Quetzlzacatenango! Grown deep in the jungle primeval by the inmates of a Guatemalan insane asylum.

Wiggum: Hey, everybody, look who’s back. It’s the biiig baby.
[childlike] Oh, dis porridge is too hot! Oh, wah-wah-wah!
Want some more, do you? Well, sure! Heck, it’s not my job to talk people out of killing themselves.

Quimby: Good lord, this can’t be happening!
Hibbert: By all medical logic, steam should be shooting out of his ears.
Krusty: His ears, if we’re lucky.

Flanders: Well, sure, buddy, I’d be happy to help out. What can I do-diddily-doodily-diddly-hobbily-hibbily-gobbily-gobbily- gobble-gabba-gabba-hey.

Ralph: Hey, Mister, do you need some help?
Otto: Let him go, Ralph. He knows what he’s doin.

Bart: …so then I says to Mabel, I says…
[Homer walks in]
Homer: Hi, kids!
Bart: I’ll finish this later. Hi, Dad.
Homer: Where’s your mother?
Lisa: Out back.
[Homer walks out]
Bart: So anyway, I says to Mabel, I says…

Homer: I always just figured my wife was my soulmate. But if it’s not Marge, then who is it? Where do I begin looking?
Man: This really goes beyond my training as a furniture salesman, sir. Now if you don’t want the sofa, I’ll have to ask you to leave.

Homer: Hello? Is this…GBM? Uh, yeah. I read in the personals that you were seeking a soulmate. Well, I also like rainy days and movies. Uh-huh… [apprehensively] Uh, no, I don’t like that…Or that…No, it’s not that I’m afraid. [very quickly] I’m going to hang up now, bye-bye.

Homer: Oh, I give up.
Coyote: [voiceover] Find your soulmate, Homer. Find your soulmate.
Homer: Where? Where?
Coyote: This is just your memory. I can’t give you any new information.

Bart: Hey look! Is that dad?
Lisa: Either that, or Batman’s really let himself go.

McAllister: Arr, matey. Nary a warning light to be seen. ‘Tis clear sailing ahead for our precious cargo.
Sailor: Uh, would that be the hot pants, sir?
McAllister: Aye, the hot pants.

Homer: Oh, Marge! We’re number one! We’re number one! In your face, space coyote!
Marge: Space coyote?

Wiggum: Look at all them hot pants.
Lenny: Hey, who likes short shorts?
Crowd: We like short shorts!

And because I could never do justice to the beginning of the second act…


Realizing that your high school sweetheart was and is your soul mate while going on a spiritual journey lead by a space coyote cause by Guatemalan insanity peppers which was eaten by the help of pouring candle wax in your mouth=13th most cromulent Simpsons episode ever.

And stay away from those insanity peppers…

run away



1. MitchKayak - Thursday, May 10, 2007

so then I says to Mabel, I says…

Why does that crack me up every single time.

2. Greek McPapadopoulos - Thursday, May 10, 2007

I always wanted to know what happened in that Mabel story.

And “In your face, space coyote!” is one of my favorite quotes that I randomly spring upon people.

3. SteveJeltzFan - Thursday, May 10, 2007

This is in my top 5 all time, for the Mabel quote, for the space coyote quote, for “the Pope of Chili-town” and for the fact that I had this on VHS during my freshman year of college.

No cable in dorms + cheap substance abuse = top 5 ever.

4. Jerkwheat - Thursday, May 10, 2007

I love this episode in sooo many ways

great choice SA

5. Baba Oje - Thursday, May 10, 2007

I like this episode. The short shorts ending is my favorite part. Also when he spits out the candle wax and it hardens. Still not as good as the softball episode, though.

6. TotalBS - Thursday, May 10, 2007

This is cause I kicked you isn’t it?

7. egroeg(drdoom) - Thursday, May 10, 2007

great choice, in your face cayote, while funny has gotten me some weird looks form people who don;t get it.

8. DougOLis - Thursday, May 10, 2007

I often think of this episode when I ponder buying a habanero chili pepper instead of a serrano.

9. Suss-- - Thursday, May 10, 2007

Is that where we got the phrase “comedy pyramid?”

10. Chris - Thursday, May 10, 2007

“Ore-GAH-no? What the hell?” gets quoted at least once a week by me and my wife.

11. Yostal - Thursday, May 10, 2007

Such a great episode.

12. SA - Friday, May 11, 2007

Thanks all. This episode is probably my number two all time fav. episode after one that’ll be coming later in the countdown. And I say all those quotes as well all the time. And I as well always wanted to know what happened next in the Mabel story.

Baba-is there any episode that is better than the softball episode to you?

13. egroeg(drdoom) - Friday, May 11, 2007

there is nothing better than the softball episode, nothing.

14. a fan - Tuesday, May 12, 2009

You’re just jealous because their’s no clock in your hat.

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16. Vicki - Thursday, July 23, 2009

This is, without question, my all-time favorite episode. Sheer brilliance. I loved reading your quotes.

17. AC - Thursday, October 22, 2009

Every line in this episode is a “memorable quote”. It is so dense. One of my favourites.

18. AC - Thursday, October 22, 2009

i love the line the capitan says about about the “precious cargo” and the other sailor says “you mean the hot pants?” and the capitan says “aye… the hot pants”

19. Liam - Thursday, December 16, 2010

Can’t believe not one of you, not ever in the main quotes, said “the spoon”, “the spoon”… “they say he carved it himself…from a bigger spoon”!!! sheer genius, never mind second best episode and screw softball, homer trippin on Guatemalan insanity peppers is the best episode EVER!!

20. Liam - Thursday, December 16, 2010

…Also hilarious from start to finish is the episode where Lisa gets a restraining order on Bart, includes best quote ever (includeing the build up) “I asked for a NICE coffee Lou, a NICE coffee) heh heh : )

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