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There's No Disgrace Like Home

There's No Disgrace Like Home

Rating: 3.2 (245 votes)


The Simpsons attend a company picnic for the power plant. After the kids misbehave and Marge gets drunk, Homer realizes the family need help. He sees and advert on TV for Dr. Marvin Monroe's Family Therapy Center - "family bliss or double your money back." Homer uses the kids' college fund and pawns the television to pay for the treatment. However, they turn out to be uncurable, and Dr. Monroe is forced to repay them double. The family leave, Homer decides to go and buy a brand new TV, and the family is blissful after all.

Memorable quotes

Homer: I want you to show your father some love and/or respect.
Lisa: Tough choice.
Bart: I'm taking respect.

Mr. Burns: And this must be (reads card) little Brat.
Bart: Bart!
Homer: Don't correct the man, Brat.

Mr. Burns: Make yourselves at home.
Bart: Hear that dad? You can lie around in your underwear and scratch yourself.

Homer: Now, as far as anyone knows, we're a nice, normal family.

Bart: Kiss you? But dad, I'm your kid.

Homer: I'm sorry, Marge, but sometimes I think we're the worst family in town.
Marge: Maybe we should move to a larger community.

Homer: You know, Moe, my mom once said something that really stuck with me. She said, "Homer, you're a big disappointment." And God bless her soul, she was really onto something.

Homer: When will I learn? The answers to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle. They're on TV!

Marge: Couldn't we pawn my engagement ring instead?
Homer: Now, I appreciate that, honey...but we need one hundred and fifty dollars here!

Receptionist: Will you be paying by cash or check?
Homer: Cash, of course! I've got two hundred and fifty dollars right here with me. I'm holding it right now... here it is, look, check it out... two hundred and fifty big ones...
Bart: If you really wanted to impress her, why don't you show her the empty space where our TV used to be?


  • Smithers wears his ID badge at the picnic.
  • One of the gelatin desserts at the picnic is shaped like the cooling towers from the plant.
  • The "perfect" family leaving the therapy center resemble the Simpsons family.
  • At the picnic, some people change color while clapping.
  • Dr. Marvin Monroe keeps the aggression therapy mallets in a gun cabinet.


  • The scene where Homer sees his family turn evil parodies The Twilight Zone.