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'The Simpsons' Summer Vacations


The Simpsons is known for funny sight gags and quick jokes, including the names of restaurants, stores and tourist spots. The laughs continue when the Simpson family travels on summer vacations. Walk down memory lane with these memorable summer vacations on The Simpsons.

"How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"

Keith Richards, Homer Simpson, Mick Jagg
Twentieth Century Fox
In the fourteenth season premiere, Homer Simpson's family sends him to summer camp where he learns to be a rock star from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty and Brian Setzer. The rockers were game for for it, totally lampooning themselves.
Favorite Scene: Homer's Roadie Song, "You test me like the water in El Salvador!"
Original Air Date: November 10, 2002

"The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson"

The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson Picture
Twentieth Century Fox
After the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, FOX temporarily pulled "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson" from their syndication rotation, worried about offending people who were reeling from the tragedy. Homer must take his family to New York City to retrieve his car, where Barney left it after stealing it. Homer hates the Big Apple, but Marge and the kids enjoy Central Park and other sites. In classic Homer Simpson style, he faces dilemmas about eating disgusting food and urinating like the poor loser he is.
Favorite Scene: Homer attempting to drive with the boot on his car. "We're gettin' out of here, now! Jump in, Marge, trust me! Throw the kids--no time for the baby!"
Original Air Date: September 21, 1997

"Kill the Alligator and Run"

Kid Rock, Joe C and Homer Simpson
The Simpson family heads to Florida so Homer can unwind. They happen to arrive during spring break and Homer unwinds like crazy. As usual, the Simpsons get into trouble when Homer accidentally runs over the town's most famous resident, an alligator named Captain Jack. They are sentenced to a chain gang, but when Captain Jack re-appears (he was only stunned) the family is allowed to leave Florida.
Favorite Scene: When the Simpsons are hiding from the law and have transformed into hicks sitting on their front porch. Bart says, "I'm getting used to this country life. Teacher says I'm whittling at a tenth-grade level."
Original Air Date: April 30, 2000

"Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo"

In order to snag a cheap vacation, the family flies standby at the airport. They choose Japan as their destination. When Homer squanders all their money on things like square watermelons, the family must work odd jobs and eventually win tickets home on a game show. (Have you seen MXC?) The Simpsons pokes fun at our own culture, and Japan's, with simple juxtaposition. It's super fun happy time!
Favorite Scene: The family's plane is attacked while leaving Japan.
Original Air Date: May 16, 1999

"Summer of 4 Ft. 2"

Lisa wears new clothes and dumbs herself down in order to make friends on the family's beach vacation. Bart rats her out, of course, by showing all of Lisa's new friends her yearbook, pointing out all the ways she's nerdy. In the end, however, they like her for who she is. "Summer of 4 Ft. 2" is special because the message has the heart that The Simpsons used to have.
Favorite Scene: Homer's clumsy maneuvers to buy illegal fireworks. "Um, let me have one of those porno magazines... a large box of condoms... a bottle of Old Harper... a couple of those panty shields... andsomeillegalfireworks... and one of those disposable enemas. Ah, make it two."
Original Air Date: May 19, 1996

"Bart vs. Australia"

Bart must travel to Australia in order to apologize for making a terribly expensive collect call to find out which way the water drains when the toilet flushes in Australia. Again, the American culture is skewered along with another country's by the simple expedient of making comparisons.
Favorite Scene: Just as Bart is going to be kicked by the big boot of punishment, he flashes the "rear admiral" with the message "Don't Tread On Me."
Original Air Date: February 19, 1995

"The Wife Aquatic"

When the family is watching home movies, Homer sees how much Marge loved her childhood vacations at Barnacle Bay. He takes the family back, only to find the boardwalk is completely rundown. He enlists people to help him restore the town's carousel, but winds up catching it on fire when he shoots off celebratory fireworks. In order to re-pay Barnacle Bay, he goes fishing with the local fishermen. A storm catches them and Marge and Lisa mourn Homer and Bart (who stowed away). But all the fishermen burst in on the Memorial Service, explaining they were saved by a Japanese fisherman.
Favorite Scene: Homer tries to convince Bart they're going to survive the storm, but says to the captain, "Should I hit him with a shovel to spare him the pain of drowning?"
Original Air Date: January 7, 2007

"Dangerous Curves"

This episode is full of flashbacks to two different times. When Homer and Marge take the kids to Kozy Kabins for the Fourth of July weekend, they remember when they first visited the motel, when Ned Flanders made the unmarried couple sleep in separate rooms. Then each of them flashes back to a time when they visited years later, when each spouse was tempted to cheat on the other. In present time, they run into the couple who almost because Homer's and Marge's cheat-ees, and find out what the other almost did. Angered and hurt, they go their separate ways until they realize how much love they share.
Favorite Scene: Homer and Marge slowly being lowered back to earth as the bark peels from the tree where their initials are carved.
Original Air Date: November 9, 2008

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