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Convinced he's the only man with guts to tell him the truth, Mel Gibson insists Homer accompanies him in Hollywood to help fix his newest film project.


Steven Dean Moore


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Mayor Quimby / John Travolta / Senator Payne (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Electaurus Voice / Comic Book Guy / William Milo / Professor Frink / Chief Wiggum / Dr. Nick Riviera / Moe Szyslak / President / Adam West (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Narrator / Ned Flanders / Montgomery Burns / Male Tour Guide / Senate Leader / Rainier Wolfcastle (voice)
Jack Burns ... Edward Christian (voice)
Mel Gibson ... Mel Gibson (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Saleswoman (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Robin Hannah / Irene Ryan (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Female Tour Guide / Jimmy Stewart's Granddaughter (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Burt Ward (voice)


Homer test drives an electric car because it'll get him a gift. The gift is that Homer and Marge get to be part of a test audience for the new film of Mel Gibson, a remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). Everybody loves the film except for Homer, who totally hates it. Because a very insecure Mel Gibson thinks Homer is the only one who dares to speak his mind he asks Homer to help him change the film. Therefore, Mel Gibson takes Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa to Hollywood. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

26 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Blackboard: "Fridays are not "pants optional"". See more »


When Bart asks Homer if he can stay with him and Mel Gibson, Homer puts his hand on Bart's shoulder. When Homer moves his hand away, his fingers are still on Bart's shoulder. See more »


Mel Gibson: Maybe this wasn't a good idea, Homer. I'm sorry I dragged you out here. Let me pay your bus fare home.
Homer Simpson: Uh, uh, uh. Now here's your biggest problem of all.
Mel Gibson: The filibuster scene? That was Jimmy Stewart's favorite.
Homer Simpson: And it was fine for the 1930s; the country was doing great back then. Everyone was into talking. But now,in whatever year this is, the audience wants action.And seats with beverage holders. But mainly action.
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References The Monkees (1966) See more »


You're a Grand Old Flag
Written by George M. Cohan
[A snippet plays in the revised ending to "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington".]
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Mr Smith goes to Washington - Homer's version
16 July 2017 | by studioATSee all my reviews

Although perhaps past what many people describe as being its 'peak' 'The Simpsons' is still a great show at this point and this episode is a fine example of that.

Full of great laughs, and a star cameo that actually has some value rather than being just shoved in, it's a fun jab at Hollywood and celeb culture that still holds up all these years later.

A really fun episode.

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