The Simpsons (1989– )
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The Call of the Simpsons 

Homer takes the family camping, but it soon becomes a misadventure when they lose their equipment and Homer is mistaken for Bigfoot.


Wesley Archer (as Wes Archer)


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »




Episode credited cast:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / TV Anchorman (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Todd Flanders / Boy / Scientist #2 (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Ned Flanders / TV Anchorman / Interviewer / Bear Remover / Captor #2 / Dr. Marvin Monroe / Scientist (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Camper #1 / Cameraman / Ranger / Captor #1 / Captor #3 / Scientist #3 (voice)
Albert Brooks ... Cowboy Bob (voice) (as A. Brooks)
Maggie Roswell ... Camper #2 / Reporter (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Humberto Vélez Humberto Vélez ... Homero Simpson (Spanish)


Ned Flanders shows off his newly purchased (and monstrous) motor home to the Simpsons. In a fit of oneupmanship, Homer decides he needs one too. Homer's credit is very poor, but he wants that motor home, so he buys one whose oil is leaking and appears to be held together by chicken wire and duct tape. With their new motor home, Homer takes the family on an outing in the woods. Homer quickly loses his way and everyone bails from the motor home just before it tumbles into a large ravine. The family is forced to rough it the rest of the way. Maggie becomes separated from the family and takes refuge with a family of bears. Meanwhile, Homer and Bart lose their clothing and have to wear leaves. Homer quickly falls into a stream and becomes covered with mud. A couple staying in the woods, concluding that what they've seen is Bigfoot, takes a picture of Homer and sends it to a TV station. Soon, the woods are crawling with media representatives, hoping to get their own glimpse. A park ranger ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Animation | Comedy


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Did You Know?


The tune of "The Happy Wanderer" is used as Homer drives the RV into the wilderness and just before he shouts "What am I gonna do? I've murdered us all!" See more »


The fence between the Simpsons' and Flanderses' yard is missing. See more »


Cowboy Bob: [an alarm goes off, alerting Cowboy Bob that Homer's credit rating is not so good] Mr. Simpson, I'm afraid that you couldn't pay for this if you lived for a million years.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Lemon of Troy (1995) See more »


The Happy Wanderer
Composed by Friedrich-Wilhelm Möller
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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Quite Funny and Engaging!
29 October 2013 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

The seventh episode in the first season, "The Call of the Simpsons" is a much better episode than the previous one and does not lack in gags or jokes. I liked the adventures of Bart and Homer have with each other as they have some bonding time. I also liked the scenes involving Maggie and the grizzly bears. And finally, the guest voice appearance by Albert Brooks is great as he was very enjoyable as Cowboy Bob.

In this episode, because Homer is jealous of Ned Flander's new RV, he goes out to purchase one. Because of his bad credit rating, he can only get a broken-down one. As the Simpsons head out camping, they lose the RV over a cliff. As they try to survive in the wild, Homer is mistaken for Bigfoot and Maggie gets to live with bears.

Overall, this is a way happier and funnier episode. I loved the interplay between Maggie and the bears, but also Homer and Bart. Also, the scenes that has scientists arguing whether Homer is a human or beast is nothing but a laugh riot. This is a very good episode and is one of the best ones yet. I rate this episode 9/10.

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18 February 1990 (USA) See more »

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