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Simpson Tide 

Homer causes an international incident after he joins the Naval reserves.


Milton Gray


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Donut Attorney / Giant Donut / Barney / Pastry Chef / Grampa / Mrs. Gumble / Corn Vendor / Lenin / Jack Marley (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Ralph (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... TV Announcer / Naval Recruiter / Apu / Moe Szyslak / Recreationist Instructor / Haiti Veteran / Kennedy / Ear Piercer / Russian Representative / Mr. Sulu (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Donut Judge / Smithers / Mr. Burns / Skinner / Kent Brockman / United States Representative / Russian Officer (voice)
Bob Denver ... Self (voice)
Rod Steiger ... Captain Tenille (voice)
Michael Carrington ... Drill Sergeant (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones / Female Officer (voice)


Bart has his ear pierced and gets an ear-ring but Homer confiscates it.Later Homer and some colleagues join the Naval Reserve and sail on a submarine,where Homer accidentally fires the captain out of the torpedo hatch and,left in charge,allows the sub to drift inti enemy waters. It is attacked and springs a leak but Homer saves the day by sealing it with Bart's ear-ring before returning home for a dishonorable discharge. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Did You Know?


Around 02:28, Lisa is reading an issue of Junior Skeptic magazine, which is a real magazine bound into every copy of Skeptic magazine. See more »


When Homer and Lisa are sitting in the living room, Lisa is seen wearing her nightgown. A few seconds later it changes to her normal dress without an explanation. See more »


Homer Simpson: [Keeps to get angry at his son has ear pierced, and thinks about it on board of the submarine sinking after a pinhole leak]
Bart: Dad? The earring could plug the hole.
Homer Simpson: I'll plug your hole!
[thinks a little]
Homer Simpson: I mean, eureka!
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References Crimson Tide (1995) See more »


Anchors Aweigh
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
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One of the worst of Season 9
24 July 2007 | by Mike7075See all my reviews

In my opinion, "Simpson Tide" is one of the worst episodes of Season 9, preceded only by the clip show, "All Singing, All Dancing." The episode starts off well with Homer's dream and zany antics, but quickly goes downhill when Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia rely strictly on parody for cheap laughs...this could be why they've only been involved with two Simpson's episodes. I do enjoy the gag with Russia converting back to the Soviet Union, but most of the last 3/4 of the episode I do not care for. I think what bothers me the most is Michael Carrington as the drill sergeant. The voice does not sound like a drill sergeant and sounds annoyingly out of place.

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Release Date:

29 March 1998 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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