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The Homer They Fall

The Homer They Fall

Rating: 3.9 (113 votes)


Trying to stand up for Bart, Homer runs into trouble with the parents of Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney. However, despite repeated blows to the head, he is not injured because his thick head absorbs punches from his opponent. Moe realizes this and persuades him to take up boxing. Although Homer cannot throw a punch, he lets the opponent collapse from being tired of punching him. Soon however, Homer finds himself in a match with Drederick Tatum, the best boxer in the world. Lucius Sweet, Tatum's manager, wants three rounds, and Marge wants Moe to throw in the towel if Homer is in trouble. During the match Homer finds out that Tatum's punches are to powerful. Homer is in danger of getting hurt very badly, and so Moe airlifts Homer to safety.

Memorable quotes

Bart: Hey, Lis! Check out this space-age toothbrush.
Lisa: That's an electric nostril groomer.

Comic Book Guy: I would like to return your quote-unquote Ultimate Belt.
Sarcastic Clerk: I see. Do you have a receipt, quote-unquote, sir?
Comic Book Guy: No, I do not have a receipt. I won it as a door prize at the Star Trek Convention, although I find their choice of prize highly illogical, as the average Trekker has no use for a medium sized belt.
Sarcastic Clerk: Whoa, whoa! A fat, sarcastic, Star Trek fan. You must be a devil with the ladies.

Comic Book Guy: I must hurry back to my comic book store, where I dispense the insults rather than absorb them.

Jimbo: Hey Simpson, wanna trade belts?
Bart: Well, not really, 'cause yours is just a piece of extension cord.
Kearney: Hey, dude, he's ragging on your cord.

Bart: (beat up) Hey, dad.
Homer: Looking good, son. Hey! What happened to your belt?

Homer: Son, there's only one thing punks like that understand: squealing. You've got to squeal to every teacher and every grown-up you can find. Coming to me was a good start.

Moe: They called me Kid Gorgeous. Later on, it was Kid Presentable. Then Kid Gruesome. And finally, Kid Moe.

Homer: You know Lucius Sweet?! He's one of the biggest names in boxing! He's exactly as rich and as famous as Don King, and he looks just like him, too!

Marge: Homer, of all the crazy ideas you've had... this one ranks somewhere in the middle.

Dr. Hibbert: You have an absolutely unique genetic condition known as "Homer Simpson" syndrome.
Homer: Oh, why me?

Lucius: Your boy looks a little soft, Moe. You do remember our arrangement?
Moe: Yeah, don't worry, you'll get your three rounds.
Lucius: Stupendous. Because if he goes down before that bell rings, your future's going with him.
Moe: Okey-doke. Future's down the crapper. Gotcha.

Moe: Back when I was Gorgeous everybody wanted a piece of me. But somehow I just never made it to the big time.
Homer: Why not?
Moe: I got knocked out forty times in a row Thhat plus politics, it's all politics.
Homer: Lousy Democrats.


  • Drederick Tatum first appeared in 7F13, Homer Vs. Lisa and the Eighth Commandment.
  • Drederick Tatum's prison number is 4F03, the production code for this episode.
  • Bart gets his belt from ''Miscellaneous, Etc.''
  • The parents of Dolph, Jimbo and Kearney hang out together.
  • Fat Tony's real name is revealed to be Antony DeMico.
  • Homer boxes under the auspices of the Association of Semi-Pro Boxers, or ASSBOX.


  • Drederick Tatum is based on Mike Tyson, and his manager, Lucius Sweet, is based on Don King.
  • The movie ''Raging Bull'' has some black and white scenes in the middle, as did this episode.