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'Cue Detective 

A celebrity television chef challenges Homer to a barbecue cook-off. But before the competition, Homer's new, prized barbecue grill is stolen.


Timothy Bailey


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




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Ralph Wiggum (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Scotty Boom / Chief Wiggum / Lou / Carl / Comic Book Guy / Gary Chalmers (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Principal Skinner / Lenny (voice)
Alton Brown ... Alton Brown (voice)
Bobby Moynihan ... Tyler Boom (voice)
Edward James Olmos ... Pit Master (voice)
Ben Schwartz ... Shop Clerk (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Martin Prince (voice)


To Marge's annoyance Homer buys a barbecue smoker rather than a new washing machine but the result is so delicious that the Simpsons become famous and are challenged to a televised cook-off by celebrity chef Scotty Boom. When the smoker goes missing Bart and Lisa turn detective to recover it in time for the contest. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

4 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Danny Pudi is the only one of the main triplets from the DuckTales 2017 reboot to not be a guest voice in Cue Detective. See more »


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A fantastic standout
5 October 2015 | by milomakromallis13See all my reviews

The Simpson's was too good in its prime to ever be entirely ostracized even all these years after its peak. It started well with an unusually on point parody and great Skinner bit. Cue Detective was a shining example of a good episode. A classic Homer food fantasy was for once not forced and although quick, hilarious. More of these pop up and none were cringe worthy.

More classic Homerisms as well him spending money irresponsibly which yes, is a tired concept as is the competition with some big time pseudo celebrity. The jokes were funny and well timed which is an aspect that in recent years the writing team has lacked.

the new york jabs were also very funny as well as the character Tyler whose voice was just brilliant.

Best of all, I found my self having actual quotes:

"My ridiculous hoops!"

"Stephen Hawkins selling his talking motorcycle"

"I can see everyone from up here...In the shower"

The ending sequence was a great little closer that had me genuinely grinning thanks to its prime surrealist elements which pretty much sums up how I felt about this episode. An Excellent addition that will no doubt be a highlight to the season and hopefully not just another rare moment of good latter day Simpson's that shows up every so often.

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