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Encyclopedia > Midnight Towboy
The Simpsons episode
"Midnight Towboy"
Homer and Louie (Matt Dillon)
Episode no. 403
Prod. code JABF21
Orig. airdate October 7, 2007
Written by Stephanie Gillis
Directed by Matthew Nastuk
Couch gag The family is built out of Lego bricks, in a Lego living room. Homer is accidently built with hair, but it is then removed.
Guest star(s) Matt Dillon as Louie
Season 19
September 23, 2007 – Spring, 2008
  1. He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs
  2. The Homer of Seville
  3. Midnight Towboy
  4. I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  5. Treehouse of Horror XVIII
  6. Little Orphan Millie
  7. Husbands and Knives
  8. Funeral for a Fiend

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Contents

Plot

The episode begins with Marge putting Maggie to bed, however Maggie refuses to leave Marge's arms. After Maggie's attachment towards Marge causes a jar of milk to be spilled, Marge (with difficulty) attempts to email "C.R.I.E" (Creative Responses for Independent Edu-loving), a group which enables attached children to be more independent. Marjorie Marge Simpson (née Bouvier) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons and is voiced by Julie Kavner. ... Margaret Maggie Simpson is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons. ...


Meanwhile, Homer finds out the Kwik-E-Mart does not have any more milk, so he takes a trip past Shelbyville and Ogdenville to Guidopolis, a sleazy-looking town where everyone speaks with a Welsh accent. He goes to the "Mook-E-Mart", and purchases milk and ends up having his car towed by a man named Louie. Louie shows Homer the joy of towing cars for a living, and will agree to help Homer become a successful tow truck driver if, and only if Homer would "stay off [his] turf". Homer then becomes Springfield's tow truck driver. An exterior of a fictitious typical Kwik-E-Mart store. ... Shelbyville is a fictional city on the television series The Simpsons that is located adjacent to Springfield. ... The landscape of Springfield. ... Look up Welsh, welsh in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Heavy Tow truck A tow truck (also called a wrecker, a breakdown truck or a breakdown lorry), is a vehicle used to take disabled motor vehicles off a roadway to another location in case of breakdown or collision, or to impound illegally parked vehicles on public or (more commonly) private... Springfield is the fictional city in which the animated American sitcom The Simpsons is set. ...


At home, a woman dressed in attire similar to those of a hippie arrives to help Marge with Maggie's independence. After the woman orders Marge to leave Maggie alone in the room, Maggie's cry makes Marge desperate to hug Maggie; however the woman explains that "hugs are drugs, and [Maggie] is addicted". After rushing to the living room, she finds Maggie is happily building her own blocks, which spells "I'm OK". Later, a more independent Maggie climbs on a table leg in the kitchen, picks up a book and banana and seats herself in her high-chair, much to Marge's sad disappointment that she's no longer needed.


Homer then becomes a successful tow truck driver, going even as far as to tow down Arnie Pie's helicopter. After a brief celebration at Moe's, he then tows Lenny's car, Principal Skinner's car, as well as the Sunday School bus, causing Ned to sardonically call Homer, "Towmer". The residents of Springfield begin getting frustrated with Homer's continuing tow-antics, so they plan a revenge upon him. They put a car in Guidopolis (however, they cover the city limits sign with one saying "You're still in Springfield") beside a fire hydrant. They then spray on a handicap parking only logo near the car's parking spot and stuff multiple tickets under the windshield wipers, with the intention of luring Homer to Guidopolis. This is a List of fictional celebrities in the television show The Simpsons. ... appearance=Life on the Fast Lane Lenford Lenny Leonard, MPhys is a fictional character in The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nedward Ned Flanders is a fictional character on The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ...


At home, Maggie clips her own toenails with a pair of scissors, clips a wad of her hair out, and makes her very own "baby book". After seeing her more independent, Marge begins to miss her, so she bonds with a sack of potatoes. At Guidopolis, Homer becomes abducted by Louie who keeps him in a traphole in his basement with other tow truck drivers who trespassed his area, where he bonds with them. For other uses, see Scissors (disambiguation). ... Potatoe is an archaic spelling of the word potato as a variant form, with the most recent usage cited from 1880: She found the parson in his garden. ...


Homer's absence causes parking pandemonium. Lenny and Carl park in the handicap area, Agnes Skinner parks sideways, Rainier Wolfcastle parks his truck on top of her, Duffman lowered his blimp down, the Sea Captain brings his ship on the sidewalk, and a train truck driver crashes through it all. Marge worries about Homer, who had not returned home for four days. Maggie, worried for her father and mother's happiness uses her newfound independent abilities to save Homer by riding on Santa's Little Helper through the night to Guidopolis. A humble Maggie rescues all tow truck drivers from the cellar, and returns home with Homer. After giving the sack of potatoes a punch, Maggie gives Marge her pacifier and hugs Marge, reuniting with her. Carlton Carl Carlson, MPhys is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Agnes Skinner (voiced by Tress MacNeille) is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons, and Principal Seymour Skinners mother, with whom he still lives. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This is a List of fictional celebrities in the television show The Simpsons. ... This article is a list of recurring fictional characters in the animated American television situation comedy The Simpsons. ... Santas Little Helper or once known as Santos L. Halper (voiced by Frank Welker or Dan Castellaneta) is the Simpson familys pet dog. ...


Cultural references

  • The episode title is a reference to the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy.
  • When Homer is seen singing Shout! while dressed in a toga, riding a motorbike down the stairs, it is a reference to Animal House, possibly extending to repeat useage of "Under the Boardwalk", by The Drifters.
  • When Homer cries, it is a reference to the phrase, don't cry over spilled milk.
  • Guidopolis is a referece to an Italian American life style called Guido
  • While in captivity, Homer enthralls the kidnapped drivers by describing summer 2007 relates Transformers and Shrek The Third. The mention of these films was actually good foresight by the show, as this episode was filmed long before the summer 2007 movie season officially began, and presumably was based on a combination of general speculation about the films and common knowledge (for example, Homer describes how Shrek has a modern speaking style although the film's are set in medieval times).

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Soundtrack

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Reception

Robert Canning of IGN gave the episode 7.4/10, calling it a "solid, funny episode". He felt that "The odd scene involving the Duff blimp, the Sea Captain's pirate ship and a train engine driving through the streets was simply too ridiculous not to be funny."[1] For other uses, see IGN (disambiguation). ...


References

  1. ^ Robert Canning. "The Simpsons: "Midnight Towboy" Review", IGN, 2007-10-08. Retrieved on 2007-10-09. 

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External links

The Simpsons Portal
  • "Midnight Towboy" at The Simpsons.com

 
 

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