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2000-02-10 00:00:00 - [1F13] Deep Space Homer - (Mr.M.Good, "Your total news source." <matthew_f_r_good@hotmail.com>)

[1F13] Deep Space Homer Deep Space Homer Written by David Mirkin Directed by Carlos Baeza ============================================================================= == Production code: 1F13 Original airdate in N.A.: 24-Feb-94 Capsule revision I, 22-Feb-97 Title sequence Blackboard :- None due to shortened intro. Lisa's Solo:- None due to shortened intro. Couch :- OFF runs in to find a very fat man sitting on the couch. He moves a tiny bit to his right, and the family sits to his left all scrunched together. Recycled from 1F05. Did you notice... Dave Hall: ... most of the plant employees don't care for the worker of the week award, yet all of them wear theirs? ... Homer carries a union rule book on him? ... the green food at dinner? ... the space thingy on the NASA control's orbit chart is slightly off course? ... Tim's riding mower had a windshield and four wheel drive? ... Homer uses Moe's telephone to make long-distance phone calls? ... Homer doesn't hang up on the President? ... how good the scientist is at knocking out two grown men with one whack? ... Homer and Barney's training program only lasts three weeks? ... Homer starts his training by eating a donut? ... how different Barney looks when sober? ... even with gloves on, Scratchy clawed the sides of the spaceship? ... food particles leaving Homer's mouth when he screams at the ants? ... James Taylor wore suspenders? ... Maggie doesn't looked that all surprised when she saw the "huge" ant while the rest of the family screams? ... Marge turns Maggie's head away from the TV screen? ... neither Patty nor Selma smoke nor talk? (If Homer were there, he'd probably be pleased.) Don Del Grande: ... the person who introduces Homer and Barney at the press conference calls them "Nassau astronauts"? ... Homer breaks into a sweat after watching the I&S cartoon? ... the shuttle's name is CORVAIR, and the mission patch is a gold star above a wavy red/white/blue-striped strip on a red background? ... the shuttle does a slow (about 5 RPM) roll in space? ... when Bart writes "HERO" on Homer's head, it's on the right side of the head (when viewed from behind)? Don Milenko: ... when Smithers puts the medal on the rod, Burns' arm dips for a moment because of the weight of the medal? Olafur B. Gudnason: ... Barney sings the lyrics to W. S. Gilbert's "The Modern Major- General"? ... Homer refers to James Taylor as president, confusing him with Zachary Taylor? Jussi Pakkanen: ... the security camera under Burns' balcony? ... the woman at the fighting arena? ... the NASA guy almost whacks James Taylor? ... Maggie eats with her pacifier? Voice credits - Starring - Dan Castellaneta (Homer, Tom Brokaw's partner, scientist, chimp, Barney, Grampa) - Julie Kavner (Marge) - Nancy Cartwright (Bart) - Yeardley Smith (Lisa) - Hank Azaria (Lenny, Tim Taylor, Al Bundy, researcher, reporter, Race Banyon) - Harry Shearer (Smithers, X-ray machine guard, Carl, Burns, "You stupid..." man, Tom Brokaw, assistant, Jim Wallace, I&S Announcer, mission controller, Kent Brockman) - Special Guest Voice - Buzz Aldrin (himself) - James Taylor (himself) - Also Starring - Pamela Hayden (Peg Bundy) - Maggie Roswell (Woman scientist, Toby Hunter) Movie (and other) references + "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" - episode title + "Total Recall" - everyone walking through the X-ray machine + "2001: A Space Odyssey" - Itchy attacking Scratchy with the space-pod is identical with HAL attacking Frank Poole - Homer eating chips to "Blue Danube" same as spaceship docking sequence - Bart throwing the marker which becomes a satellite same as Ape throwing bone - Homer the star-child like Bowman the star-child + Tom Brokaw {tfb} - "Tom", the boring commentator, sounds just like him, lisp and all + "Married...With Children" - even stupider version watched by the NASA people + "Home Improvement" - another show watched by the NASA people + "Beverly Hillbillies" - the family arriving at Cape Canaveral + "Planet of the Apes" - Homer imitates Charlton Heston: "Damn them all to hell!" + "Johnny Quest" - astronaut Race Banyon similar to Race Bannon + "Popeye" - Homer on the centrifugal force machine + "Star Trek" (the original series) - Homer and Barney in the ring is from "Gamesters of Triskelion" - music is classic Star Trek "fight music" - "I'll wager 400 quatloos on the newcomer" + "Star Trek: The Next Generation" - title of I&S cartoon: "Scar Trek: The Next Laceration" + "Alien" - Itchy coming out of Scratchy's stomach just like in the movie + "The Right Stuff" - scene at Moe's similar to scene at Edwards Air Force Base - Barney and Homer in the centrifuge {mfj} - Barney and Homer blowing into the tube with the ball - shot of Homer and others walking towards the camera down the hall - using the rod to lock the hatch, like Yeager needed with his broken ribs that he concealed {mfj} - singing on reentry after equipment malfunction - Homer: "...the right...what's that stuff?" + "The Reluctant Astronaut" {rc} - Homer at the payphone like Don Knotts - food floating around in the shuttle clogging up controls + "Airplane II: The Sequel" {gp} - Homer turning into Nixon like all the passengers in Airplane II + "Hellstrom Chronicles" {rc} - the ants talking and taking over + "Empire of the Ants" {rc} - ants ruling from sugar caves Previous episode references - [7F19] Bart's class election is a "popularity contest" - [8F19] Bart draws on the back of Homer's head - [9F07] Barney before beer ("Lachrymose is to dyspeptic as ebullient is to...effervescent! All right, Harvard: here I come!") - [9F14] Skinner's "Nooo!" in slow motion (cf. Homer in 1F13) - [9F15] Homer reads the union rules - [9F15] Homer running sideways like a Stooge - [9F18], [1F01], [1F02], [1F04] More Nixon gags - [9F19] A pillow factory appears (Luke Perry lands in one in 9F19) - [9F20] Lionel Hutz to Apu: "...if that _is_ your real name" (like Homer to Buzz Aldrin) - [9F20] "Married...With Children" appears (the cause of Ned's downfall in 9F20) - [9F22] Gilbert and Sullivan is sung - [1F01] Homer endorses Big Macs (cf. Golden Grahams in 1F13) - [1F03] Homer: "I'll bash it good!" to weather station (cf. "I'll bash you good!" to Banyon in 1F13) {ra} Freeze frame fun - On the back of Homer's head: {rc} - Insert Brain Here - Hero - NASA stuff: {rc} - Cape Canaveral Formerly Cape Kennedy Formerly Cape Arbuckle - "Hail to the Chef" - In the Corvair (Dynaglider) re-entry spaceship: {rc} - Potato Chips, Heavily Salted - Children's Letters to God, To Jettison - Experimental Ant Colony - The chip - 536 837-1717 (no such area code as 536 *sigh*) - The ants' conversation: {rc} - Protect the Queen! - Which one's the Queen? - I'm the Queen. - No you're not. - Freedom! - Horrible, horrible freedom! - TIME magazine: In Rod We Trust {rc} - Barney's accident: {rc} - Pillow Factory - Marshmallow delivery truck Animation, continuity, and other goofs Homer's never been "worker of the week" - but isn't he the only person other than Smithers to be "employee of the month" (in "Homer Defined")? {ddg} Homer's shadow doesn't quite match his profile. Since when is carbon green? {at} OFF's position changes at the kitchen table. {dh} OFF shouldn't be eating dinner at the kitchen table. {dh} When Marge says that the whole family respects Homer, Maggie's plate disappears, then reappears empty. {tkc} The parking meter is missing from in front of Moe's Tavern. Did Moe have it removed? {dh} Barney is sitting at the end of the bar, yet some scenes don't depict this. {dh} Before Cape Canaveral was called Cape Kennedy, it was called Cape Canaveral. [not really a goof, but anyway - ed] The microphone is missing from stand in the wide shot. {dh} Homer seems not to figure out that "Planet of the Apes" is actually about the Earth until this episode. Yet, in 8F10, when Marge asks him if he's thought about the future, he asks, "You mean, when apes will rule the earth?" This might imply he'd already understood the ending of "Planet of the Apes" before this episode. {kh} Homer's egg turner disappears. {dh} Barney's golf club appears to turn into two beer cans. {dh} Both the lung-test machines appear to be hooked up to the one monitor. {dh} When Homer's at the gas station, the moon is a crescent, but there's a star right in the middle where the invisible part of the moon is. {gp} After Barney takes the champagne bottle, he holds it upside down for several seconds, yet no champagne flows. {md} The champagne glasses disappear. {dh} Barney first holds the champagne bottle in his left hand, but changes hands when he blasts off. Later, he loses the champagne bottle. {dh} Homer's arm stretches during the struggle. {jp} Another hatch replaces the blown one in I&S cartoon. {dh} Banyon asked permission to "sedate cargo ahead of schedule" - he never did "sedate cargo", on schedule or otherwise. {ddg} One of the astronauts appears to change his helmet. {dh} Floating potato chips aren't seen when Homer crashes into the ant farm. {dh} The gravity on the shuttle is inconsistent. While they're in their ant farm, the ants are standing on the ground, as if there were gravity. Similarly, when the ants short out the controls, Race and Buzz run back and forth on the floor, while Homer runs on the ceiling, as if both had gravity. {at} You can't create a total vacuum outside of a house, at least not without destroying the house. {ddg} SLH and SBII join the family for one scene. {dh} In some later scenes the ant farm isn't smashed. {dh} When the hatch is blown open, Homer isn't not wearing his seat harness; nobody is strong enough to prevent being pulled out by the force simply by "holding onto something". Also, when Homer is holding onto the handle, chips are still being "forced" out of the shuttle, but neither of the other two astronauts are affected. {ddg} In one scene, the shuttle hatch appears to be the wrong scale. {dh} The inside of the shuttle shouldn't get hot on re-entry. {ddg} The only way they could survive the sudden stop caused by a nose-first landing into a building is with VERY large air bags. {ddg} In space the rod jamming the hatch appears to come out easily once the shuttle is back on earth. {dh} Homer's hand made the cover of TIME, yet his spacesuit glove isn't on in the photo. {ddg} Reviews Samuel Walch: IMHO, the best episode this season! The Malibu Stacey episode had some great social satire, but when it comes to all out laughs, Deep Space Home takes the cake (or floor pie). Up to this point, I've been worried that the show had run out of gas, but the last two episodes have restored my faith. Tom Celentano: Last night's episode was hysterical. The barbs at the news media were especially funny and right on target. As a long time space buff, I loved the space humor. The takeoffs of Home Improvement and Married With Children were perfect. John J. Wood: Yow! Two weeks in a row, The Simpsons produce another hilarious outing! Like James Cherry said: choice gags, an interesting plot, the pre-beer Barney, and the 2001- Homer-chows- potato-chips gag (another classic Homer bit). Interestingly enough, I've found that many of my favorite Simpsons episodes have had "Homer" involved in its title (Homer The Heretic, for example): this one's a keeper. My grade: A! Don Del Grande: (B+) A very good episode overall, but it lacked that one standout item that would have made it "excellent". The bit about the "giant ants" was overdone a little, and the animators could have made the shuttle look a little more like the real thing. Jeff Briskin: IMHO, this was the best episode (maybe second to "Homer 'n Mindy") of the season so far. The writing, pacing, even the references were sharp as nails. [...] After the nadir of "Bart Gets Famous," OFF has rebounded with a bang over the last few episodes. Carl Frank: The plot was a trifle slow to develop and the big theme (Homer needs respect) was never really tied together. Moreover, the SF references were rather easy and slight (Right Stuff, Apes, ST and ST-TNG, and Alien). And the carbon rod was too much of a gimmick. Rating A-. Andrew Ross: I give the episode a B, not because it was below par, but because there were too many space movie references that went right by me. Ron Carter: [ B ] Awfully good, but not great. The pacing gets thrown off at odd times, and usually by the guest appearances. Homer as a "2001" icon was super as always, but the awkward moments were a downer. Matthew Kurth: "Deep Space Homer" was decidedly average. I thought the dialogue was uninspiring, and more expositional than usual. In fact, for the the first act the lines seemed a little forced and uncharacteristic. The references were superb, but there was no punch to the script. [...] 5 of 10. Yours truly: Awright! A giant leap for the Simpsons over 1F12, "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy". Packed with choice lines, references everywhere, previous episode gags. Barney reverts to the smart, pre-beer Barney first seen in 9F07. I give it an A-. Comments and other observations Homer and Tang Bill Lapworth notes, "Homer is on the phone to NASA and talks about Tang, among other things. Next we see him talking to the President (and I don't have the exact quote) because the Pres. knows Tang. The way my twisted mind works, they were alluding to 'tang, as in poon tang, as in Gennifer Flowers, et. al." Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle Scott Renshaw says Arbuckle was a silent film comedian who "was blackballed from the film industry after a scandal in which he was accused of inadvertently killing a young woman during particularly rough intercourse." Kurt Eppley adds, "Though Mr. Arbuckle was acquitted of killing his friend (one Virginia Rappe), he suffered irreparable harm to his career due to the persistent rumor that he had violated and ruptured the young lady using a wine bottle." Minneapolis Star Tony Hill says, "The Star folded in April 1982. The Tribune was the renamed the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, but even a child could tell it was 90% Tribune, 10% Star. In 1987, the paper was renamed StarTribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities (an appellation for this area which I never EVER use!), with separate Minneapolis, St. Paul, and outstate editions. [...] On the day the Star published its last issue, I called the paper and asked where the answer to the crossword puzzle would appear." "Corvair" as the shuttle's name Tom Long says, "The Chevrolet Corvair (automobile) was the subject of Ralph Nader's book/expose' of the auto industry in the sixties -- `Unsafe At Any Speed.' Corvairs, as I recall, just were plain old accident prone cars, and they were eventually discontinued as the publicity got real bad. So, it seems to me that the name of the ship in the 2/24 episode was a reference to the shoddiness, etc., and dangerousness of the ship, in the general sarcastic Simpsons manner." Homer as an Ape: the gags continue Here is a list of episodes with Homer being compared to an ape in them: - [7G01] "Simpsons, what a bunch of savages. Especially that big ape father." - [7G02] Bart calls Homer a "KWYJIBO" (a balding ape) - [7G09] Homer is mistaken for Bigfoot - [7G10] Burns calls Homer an "over-sexed orangutan in heat" - [7F02] uses 'Gorilla Man' hair tonic - [7F05] Bart calls him one sad, ape-like dude - [7F08] Homer can't make the shot at the Ape hole - [7F10] Burns wants to buy off Homer with a banana or two. - [7F19] Lisa to Homer: "You, sir, are a baboon!" - [8F06] Opening scene with 2001 - [8F18] Marge calls Homer a big ape - [8F22] Homer hoots like an ape - [9F04] "King Homer" sketch - [1F01] "Planet of the Apes" with Homers pulling the carts - [1F13] Homer looks like an ape walking through the X-ray machine Quotes and Scene Summary [Syndication cuts are marked in curly braces "{}" and are courtesy of Ricardo Lafaurie and Frederic Briere.] Grim music plays at the nuclear power plant as Smithers' voice comes over the PA system. "Attention. All workers trudge immediately to the main yard for the mandatory 'Worker of the Week award' festivities." Each person must walk through an X-ray machine watched by several security guards. One of them watches each worker: "Clean. Clean. Pistol. Uzi. Two kids posing as an adult. Oh -- " he says, seeing a Neanderthal-looking skeleton, "hey Homer." Carl: I hate these "Worker of the Week Award" ceremonies. Lenny: Who even cares any more? Everyone at work sure has already got one. Carl: Except foooooor -- Homer: Hello! Well, today's the day for Homer J.! I _know_ I'm going to win this time. Lenny: Yeah? How come? Homer: Union rule 26. "Every employee must win 'Worker of the Week' at least once, regardless of gross incompetence, obesity, or rank odor." Heh heh heh heh. -- He's a shoo-in, then, "Deep Space Homer" Smithers uses a megaphone to make an announcement. Smithers: Attention, everyone. Let's have an awed hush please for Mr. Burns. [Everyone gasps] Burns: Compadres, it is imperative that we crush the freedom fighters before the start of the rainy season. And remember, a shiny new donkey for whoever brings me the head of Colonel Montoya. [Smithers whispers to him] Hmm? What? Oh, and by that I mean, of course, it's time for the "Worker of the Week Award". I can't believe we've overlooked this week's winner for so very, very long. We simply could not function without his tireless efforts. So, a round of applause for...this inanimate carbon rod! [Everyone cheers] Homer: [growls] Ooh...inanimate, huh? I'll show him inanimate! [stands perfectly still while his shadow elongates] -- Homer, master impressionist, "Deep Space Homer" Homer is despondent that night at dinner. Homer: Stupid carbon rod. It's all just a popularity contest! Bart: Wow! Did you actually get to _see_ the rod? Marge: Oh, I'm sorry, Homey. Homer: [mournful] Nobody respects me at work. Marge: Well _we_ respect you! [Bart writes "Insert Brain Here" on the back of Homer's head] [Lisa and Bart laugh] Bart, I told you, don't draw on your father's skull. [Marge reads it and begins to chuckle] -- Once a Simpson, always a Simpson, "Deep Space Homer" Since everyone's laughing, Homer asks, "What does it say? I want to see!" He tries spinning around to see it, but only ends up falling on the ground and gasping as he continues to run in circles. The family's laughter tapers off slowly. Soon, they all groan. Homer: Ah, TV respects me. It laughs _with_ me, not at me! [Turns it on; a man points at him] Man: You stupid -- [laughs uncontrollably] Homer: D'oh! [switches channels] -- "Deep Space Homer" The channel Homer happened to flick to shows two men talking about the impending launch of the space shuttle. Tom: It's a lovely day for a launch, here, live at Cape Canaveral, at the lower end of the Florida Peninsula, and the purpose of today's mission is truly, really electrifying. Man 2: That's correct, Tom. The lion's share of this flight will be devoted to the study of the effects of weightlessness on tiny screws. Tom: Unbelievable, and just imagine the logistics of weightlessness. And of course, this could have literally millions of applications here on Earth -- everything from watchmaking to watch repair. Homer: Boring. [tries to switch channels, but the batteries fall from the remote control] No! The batteries! Tom: Now let's look at the crew a little. Man 2: They're a colorful bunch. They've been dubbed "the Three Musketeers". Heh heh heh -- Tom: And we laugh legitimately. There's a mathematician, a different _kind_ of mathematician, and a statistician. Homer: Make it stop! [panics] Bart: Oh no, not another boring space launch. Change the channel. Change the channel! Homer: I can't! I can't! [Bart dives for the plug and tears it from the wall] [He and Homer both sigh] -- Close call, "Deep Space Homer" Meanwhile, at Mission Control... Assistant: Sir, we've run into a serious problem with the mission. These Nielsen ratings are the lowest ever. [holds a piece of paper] Scientist: Oh my God...we've been beaten by "A Connie Chung Christmas!" -- NASA's ultimate nightmare, "Deep Space Homer" A meeting is called to discuss the ratings fiasco. Scientist: People, we're in danger of losing our funding. America isn't interested in space exploration any more. Assistant: Maybe we should finally tell them the big secret: that all the chimps we sent into space came back super-intelligent. Chimp: No, I don't think we'll be telling them _that_. [Roller skates away, making monkey noises] -- The best-kept secret, "Deep Space Homer" Scientist: We need a fresh angle to keep the public interested. Assistant: The public see our astronauts as clean-cut, athletic go- getters. They hate people like that. Woman: Well, who do they like? Assistant: Well, here are the most popular personalities on television, or "TV". [Turns one on, shows "Home Improvement"] Taylor: I did it! I supercharged my riding mower. [Makes his characteristic noises. Backs through a fence by mistake] Oh, no! I've killed Wilson. Looks like it's back to jail for me. [Makes more train noises] [The next channel shows "Married...With Children"] Peg: [whines] Al...let's have sex! Al: Ehh, no Peg. [Audience laughs and claps] [Al flushes a toilet, and everyone hollers and cheers] -- Fox: only the best programs, "Deep Space Homer" The scientist sees the common theme in the popular shows. Researcher: Why, they're all a bunch of blue-collar slobs! Scientist: People, that's who we need for our next astronaut. Assistant: I suggest a lengthy, inefficient search. At the taxpayers' expense, of course. Scientist: I wish there was an easier way. [Phone rings] Homer: Hello, is this NASA? Scientist: Yes? Homer: Good! Listen: I'm sick of your boring space launches. Now I'm just an ordinary, blue-collar slob, but I know what I likes on TV. Scientist: How did you get this number? Homer: Shut up! And another thing: how come I can't get no Tang 'round here? And also -- [a toilet flushes] Scientist: People, our long search is over. -- At no expense to the taxpayers, yet, "Deep Space Homer" Homer's next phone call from Moe's is to the President of the United States. Homer: Hello, is this President Clinton? Good! I figured if anyone knew where to get some Tang, it'd be you. ...Shut up! Assistant: Excuse me -- Homer: Aah! Assistant: Are you the person that called NASA yesterday? Homer: No, it wasn't me, I swear! It was...him! [points to Barney] Scientist: Sir, how would you like to get higher than you've ever been in your life? Barney: Be an astronaut? Sure! Scientist: Well, welcome aboard. I think you'll find this will win you the respect of your family and friends. Homer: [gasps] Respect? Nooo! It was me. _I_ made the crank call. I do it all the time! Check with the FBI: I have a file. I have a file! Scientist: Ehh, better take both of them. [The assistant clubs Barney and Homer, knocking them out] I don't really think that was necessary; they _wanted_ to be astronauts. Assistant: I know. -- "Deep Space Homer" [End of Act One. Time: 6:05] Homer drags his whole family down to Florida in a Beverly Hillbillies- style junker. They arrive at a gate through which a guard motions them. The scientist has called a press conference. He stands at a podium on a stage in front of red curtains. Scientist: Ladies and gentlemen and members of the press. I'd like to present the new generation of NASA astronauts: the average American. [Curtain rises to show Homer wearing a "Hail to the Chef" apron and Barney dressed as a golfer] Reporter: Jim Wallace, Associated Press. [clears throat] Is this a joke? Scientist: [cheery] Far from it, Jim. One of these men will prove space travel is within the reach of the common man. Reporter: Toby Hunter, Minneapolis Star. No really, is this a joke? Scientist: No, Toby, and no more questions about whether this is a joke. [Everyone lowers their hand, dejected] -- "Deep Space Homer" Another reporter decides to grill Homer. Reporter: Uh, question for the barbeque chef. Don't you think there is an inherent danger in sending underqualified civilians into space? Homer: I'll field this one. The only danger is if they send us to [ominous] that terrible Planet of the Apes. Wait a minute... Statue of Liberty...that was _our_ planet! You maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you! Damn you all to hell! [weeps] Barney: [burps] Oh -- [falls over] Scientist: Thank you, that's all we have time for. -- The NASA press conference, "Deep Space Homer" The scientist tries to impress on Homer and Barney the weight of their responsibility. Scientist: Now of course only one of you will be chosen to go into space. So the next few weeks will be a grueling series of tests to determine which one of you is most qualified. Assistant: Oh, and Mr. Gumble: for the duration of the training there will be no more beer. Barney: What? Three whole weeks with only wine? I'll go crazy! Homer: And may the best man win. [whispers to assistant] He's got a big drinking problem; could embarrass the program. Meet me up in that tree later and I'll tell you more. -- Good sportsmanship, "Deep Space Homer" At their new homette on-site, the family sits down for dinner. Bart: Wow, my father an astronaut. I feel so full of...what's the opposite of shame? Marge: Pride? Bart: No, not _that_ far from shame. Homer: [quavering] Less shame? Bart: [happy] Yeah... -- English has a word for everything, "Deep Space Homer" Marge: You know, Homer, when I found out about this, I went through a wide range of emotions. First I was nervous, then anxious, then wary, then apprehensive, then...kind of sleepy, then worried, and then concerned, but now I realize that being a spaceman is something you have to do. Homer: Who's doing what now? -- Does Marge read "Life in Hell"?, "Deep Space Homer" The next day, Homer shows up for training eating a pink donut. (But not wearing a pink shirt. Careful, he wets his -- oh, never mind.) Homer: Well, here I am, right on time. I don't see Barney "Let's crash the rocket into the White House and kill the President" Gumble... Assistant: Actually, he's been here since sunrise. [Barney works with a punching bag] Barney: Hi Homer. Since they made me stop drinking, I've regained my balance and diction! Observe: [does backflips] "I am the very model of a modern major general, I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral." Homer: Oh, that's nothing. Watch this: [does cartwheels] "There once was a man fron Nantucket, Whose --" [smashes into a wall] -- Let's not complete that limerick, "Deep Space Homer" Both men are tested on the centrifugal force machine, their faces taking on obscene-looking shapes (Homer's remarkably reminiscent of Popeye). They both blow into small tubes connected to columns filled with water and a white ball, to test the strength of their lungs. Homer drinks his water instead, sighing, "Mmm...mediciney." {They are even forced to do b -- ---------------------------- VICTORY THROUGH SHEER VOLUME ---------------------------- Sent via Deja.com http://www.deja.com/ Before you buy.