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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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References The Simpsons: Simpsorama (2014) See more »

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A Straight Forward episode with No real Excitement,
21 November 2015 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

Cue Detective is a decent Simpsons episode with a nicely written storyline and some funny scenes. It definitely has its moments, the kids being forced to watch Doctor Dolittle at the beginning had me in stitches because of how ridiculous it was, I also the enjoyed the True Detective parody at the end, and some of Homer's lines when he is depressed are shockingly deep and emotional. The plot is very thin, it never really goes anywhere, it focuses on the family needing a washing machine, followed by Homer getting a smoker, losing it, resolution, and that's basically it, it lingers far too long on several plot points. It's biggest issue is that it's just not very exciting, as you can probably tell from the storyline, the plot is basic and straight forward, it could have done something with the story to spice it up, as the Simpsons have successfully done with cliché story lines in the past, but this really just feels like filler for the season. It has some funny moments, but Cue Detective is a weak Simpsons episode mainly because it's not particularly interesting.

A super chef challenges Homer to a cook off after he becomes a hit around Springfield with his new cooker.

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4 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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