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Dangers on a Train
Treehouse of Horror XXIV
Homerland poster
Episode Number 531
Production Code RABF20
Original Airdate September 29, 2013
Blackboard Text "25 years and they can't come up with a new punishment."
Title Screen Chalmers flies by in a chair with a balloon reading "SPRINGFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PICNIC" with Chalmers yelling, "Skinner!"
Billboard Are you moving yourself, Bully and son moving
Couch Gag The family runs to the couch to see a guard standing there. The guard looks at his list and lets the family through except Homer who is hit with a nightstick by the guard.
Special Guest Voices Kristen Wiig as FBI Agent Annie Crawford
Written By Stephanie Gillis
Directed By Bob Anderson
Convention, convention, convention...
Homer Simpson, Lenny Leonard, Carl Carlson

"Homerland" is the Season 25 premiere. It premiered on September 29, 2013. It was written by Stephanie Gillis.


In a parody of Homeland, when Homer acts oddly polite after a Nuclear Power Convention, Lisa decides to hire someone to investigate - an FBI agent portrayed by Kristen Wiig. [1]

Full StoryEdit


The episode opens with a montage parodying the real life television drama Homeland. Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Mayor Quimby, and Bill Clinton are a few the characters throughout the montage speaking about terrorist activities.

Act IEdit

Marge pours Lisa some Belfast Charms cereal. Marge explains to Lisa that she has hidden Bart's medication into the cereal, or "vitamins" (Focusyn, Blissium, Brozac, and Crystal Math) After Bart begins to eat his cereal, Homer interrupts with the news that he is going to the Nuclear Worker's Convention. Homer feigns sadness about his departure and his family believes him. However, when they reach the Springfield International Airport, it is revealed that Homer, Carl, and Lenny are excited about their trip, chanting, "Convention, convention..." throughout their trip.

The three arrive at the Boise Astoria, the place of the convention. The three partake in the excessive collection of swag before they are thrown out by security. Later that night, they return to the Boise Astoria for a party. The trio run into an old friend Helburn, which Homer begins to fight over an old quarrel. Then they get Sherman from IT drunk by pouring alcohol into his soda can.

Act IIEdit

Three days later the family waits for Homer's arrival at the airport, but only Carl and Lenny arrive with no knowledge of Homer's location. Patty and Selma come over to try to comfort Marge, but only seem to exacerbate the situation. Suddenly to everyone's surprise Homer arrives in a robotic fashion, explaining he had overslept and missed his flight. Once the family is satisfied Homer has a fantasy of his kidnapping, torture and the explosion of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.

Later at dinner the family begins to suspect Homer's new pacifist, vegetarian behavior. He surprises the group at Moe's Tavern as well when he asks for water instead of beer. Despite these bizarre happenings Marge is content with the Homer after his sexual abilities have improved, but Lisa isn't convinced. Lisa hears from Chief Wiggum that some 'intel' has tipped off a terrorist attack. After finding Homer praying to Mecca and making suspicious plans Lisa thinks Homer is planning a terrorist attack.

After Marge ignores Lisa's fears Lisa calls bipolar, Lunatrix-abuser, FBI agent Annie Crawford. Crawford says she will go to Springfield to investigate.

Act IIIEdit

Crawford arrives at the 742 Evergreen Terrace and sneaks into Homer and Marge's bed, 'interrogating' Homer while Marge is asleep, but Homer fails to give her any information.


Annie Crawford walking into a pseudo-rainow'd horizon.

The next day Homer brings a suspicious, concealed object on a wheelie into work. He gets past the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Security Guard. While Homer does this, Agent Crawford watches him from a security van. Homer enters the Plant Operations Center where Lisa (who snuck into the plant with Girl Scout cookies) attempts to stop Homer from blowing up the plant. Homer explains how, after missing the flight back to Springfield, he was actually taken by Eco-friendly Activists and was stripped of his previous meat-eating, beer-drinking behavior. Homer reveals that he plans to put 'spoiled milk and utility chicken' into the plant's air-conditioning.

Homer is stopped by Crawford and the local police force. Lisa initiates the machine while they're distracted apprehending Homer. Although it turns out the plan failed because the air-conditioner wasn't functioning. After Mr. Burns reveals this a present FBI Agent arrests him and closes down the plant after Burns also reveals his plans to move to China. Homer quickly returns to his old habits and Agent Crawford walks off into the drug-induced horizon, pushing Ralph Wiggum for good measure.

Behind the LaughterEdit


Homerland received mostly positive reviews. Teresa Lopez of TV Fanatic gave the episode a 4/5 and wrote that, "The Simpsons has always done an excellent job with parody, and tonight was no exception." She also added that, "The half hour was a lot of fun and featured a lot of great sight gags and jokes."[2] Dennis Perkins of the A.V. Club also gave a positive review, rating the episode a 'B-'. He wrote in his conclusion, "In the end, there are some funny lines, the gimmick doesn't completely overwhelm the narrative, and things are back in place for the next episode. It’s not the worst omen for a new season of The Simpsons. I'm looking forward to it with guarded optimism and an open mind."[3]


Homerland was the most watched show on Animation Domination, beating American Dad, Family Guy and Bob's Burgers with 6.37 million viewers and a rating of 2.9. [4]

This premiere for Season 25 is considerably lower than Season 24's premiere, Moonshine River, which had 8.08 million viewers; however, it was much higher than the Season 24 finale Dangers on a Train that was only watched by 4.52 million.[5][6]


Season 24 Season 25 Episodes 25
HomerlandTreehouse of Horror XXIVFour Regrettings and a FuneralYoloLabor PainsThe Kid is All RightYellow SubterfugeWhite Christmas BluesSteal This EpisodeMarried to the BlobSpecs and the CityDiggsThe Man Who Grew Too MuchThe Winter of His ContentThe War of ArtYou Don't Have to Live Like a RefereeLuca$Days of Future FutureWhat to Expect When Bart's ExpectingBrick Like MePay PalThe Yellow Badge of Cowardge

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