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Beyond Blunderdome 

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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Did You Know?


Chinese Man's Theater is a parody of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, formerly known as Mann's Chinese Theatre See more »


The Hollywood tour guide directs the tour group's attention to "the notorious spot where Hugh Grant filmed the movie Nine Months". Nine Months was filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area. See more »


Homer Simpson: Movies aren't stupid. They fill us with romance and hatred and revenge fantasies. Lethal Weapon showed us that suicide is funny.
Mel Gibson: That really wasn't my intention.
Homer Simpson: Before Lethal Weapon 2, I never thought there could be a bomb in my toilet, but now I check every time.
Marge Simpson: It's true. He does.
Mel Gibson: Do movies mean that much to you, Homer?
Homer Simpson: They're my only escape from the drudgery of work and family.
[to Marge and the kids]
Homer Simpson: No offense.
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References Frasier (1993) See more »


America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)
Music by Lowell Mason
[A snippet plays in the revised ending to "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington".]
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Mad Mel
16 January 2019 | by Gerardrobertson61See all my reviews

The first episode of Season 11 kicks off with guest Mel Gibson in one of the better celebrity episodes. I found this episode very entertaining and love the way Mel and Homer interacted, all in all a great episode

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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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