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Encyclopedia > Tales from the Public Domain
The Simpsons episode
"Tales from the Public Domain"
Episode no. 283
Prod. code DABF08
Orig. airdate March 17, 2002
Show runner(s) Al Jean
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Josh Lieb
Matt Warburton
Directed by Mike B. Anderson
Chalkboard Vampire is not a career choice”
Couch gag The family enters the living room and walks to the couch in flip book form.
Season 13
November 6, 2001May 22, 2002
  1. Treehouse of Horror XII
  2. The Parent Rap
  3. Homer the Moe
  4. A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love
  5. The Blunder Years
  6. She of Little Faith
  7. Brawl in the Family
  8. Sweets and Sour Marge
  9. Jaws Wired Shut
  10. Half-Decent Proposal
  11. The Bart Wants What It Wants
  12. The Lastest Gun in the West
  13. The Old Man and the Key
  14. Tales from the Public Domain
  15. Blame It on Lisa
  16. Weekend at Burnsie's
  17. Gump Roast
  18. I Am Furious Yellow
  19. The Sweetest Apu
  20. Little Girl in the Big Ten
  21. The Frying Game
  22. Papa's Got a Brand New Badge
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It is one of several Simpsons episodes with three mini-stories, rather than a single long one.

Contents

Plot

Homer is told that he has an overdue book from the library, which he checked out when Bart was a baby. He says that he had intended to read to Bart every day, but various things had gotten in his way. (“Mostly car-related,” he remarks. “Piece of crap.”) Before he returns it, he reads from the book, telling three stories. Reading the title of the first story, Homer wonders if it is about the Honda Odyssey he had rented. Lisa tells him that it has nothing to do with the car, but Homer goes on saying that it had “the biggest cup holders, and change slots for every coin...from penny to quarter.” Homer Simpson is also a character in the book and film The Day of the Locust. ... For the comic book series of the same name, see Bart Simpson comics. ... The Honda Odyssey is a minivan / large MPV produced by the Japanese automaker Honda since 1995. ... The United States one-cent coin is a unit of currency equaling one-hundredth of a United States dollar. ... A quarter is a coin worth one-quarter of a United States dollar, or 25 cents. ...


D’oh, Brother Where Art Thou? (The Odyssey)

In this story, Homer is Odysseus, and delivers the King of Troy (Ned Flanders) a Trojan horse. He and his crew, including Apu, Lenny, Moe, Professor Frink and Carl, kill all of Troy’s citizens and win. However, he refuses to sacrifice a sheep, angering the gods, Zeus (Mayor Quimby), Dionysus (Barney), and Poseidon (the Sea Captain). Poseidon literally blows Odysseus and his crew to the Sirens (Patty and Selma) and visit Circe (Lindsey Naegle), who turns his crew into pigs, whom Homer eats. Circe orders Odysseus to go through Hades, crossing the River Styx, in order to go home so he can see Penelope (Marge) and Telemachus (Bart). When he arrives back to Ithaca, he spears all of the suitors trying to please Penelope. Odysseus and Nausicaä - by Charles Gleyre For other uses, see Odyssey (disambiguation). ... For other meanings, see Odysseus (disambiguation) Ulysses redirects here. ... King Priam killed by Neoptolemus, son of Achilles, detail of an Attic red-figure amphora In Greek mythology, Priam (Greek Πρίαμος, Priamos) was the king of Troy during the Trojan War, and youngest son of Laomedon. ... Nedward Ned Flanders is a fictional character on The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... For other uses, see Trojan Horse (disambiguation). ... Apu redirects here. ... Lenford Lenny Leonard, MPhys is a fictional character in The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... Morris Moe Szyslak (pronounced //) is a fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Hank Azaria. ... Professor Johnathan I.Q. Neidelbaum Frink, Jr. ... Carlton Carl Carlson, MPhys is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Species See text. ... For other uses, see Zeus (disambiguation). ... Mayor Diamond Joe Quimby Joseph Joe Quimby, Jr. ... This article is about the ancient deity. ... Barnard Barney Gumble is a character on The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ... Neptune reigns in the city of Bristol. ... Horatio McCallister (or McAllister), a ships captain, is a fictional character from the animated TV comedy The Simpsons. ... In Greek mythology, the Sirens or Seirenes (Greek Σειρῆνας) were sea nymphs who lived on an island called Sirenum scopuli which was surrounded by cliffs and rocks. ... Patty Bouvier Selma Bouvier [[ The Bouvier Sisters (Patricia Patty and Selma, voiced by Julie Kavner) are fictional characters on The Simpsons. ... Circe, a painting by John William Waterhouse. ... The following are a list of fictional recurring characters in the animated television show, The Simpsons. ... Hades, Greek god of the underworld, enthroned, with his bird-headed staff, on a red-figure Apulian vase made in the 4th century BC. For other uses, see Hades (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Styx River (disambiguation) River In Greek mythology, Styx ([river of] hate) is the name of a river which formed the boundary between earth and the underworld, Hades. ... The Vatican Penelope: a Roman marble copy of an Early Classical 6th-century Greek work (Vatican Museums) For other uses, see Penelope (disambiguation). ... Marjorie Marge Simpson (née Bouvier) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons and is voiced by Julie Kavner. ... Slaughter of the suitors by Odysseus and Telemachus, Campanian red-figure bell-krater, ca. ... For the comic book series of the same name, see Bart Simpson comics. ...


Hot Child in the City (Joan of Arc)

Lisa is Joan of Arc, who leads the French against the English in the Hundred Years’ War. During a battle, the English capture Joan and put her on trial. She is accused of witchcraft, and sentenced to death. When Lisa claims that she was following God’s will, Groundskeeper Willie reveals that he too was chosen by God, but to lead the English armies against the French. God’s voice then excuses Himself by revealing that the two were never supposed to meet. For other uses, see Joan of Arc (disambiguation). ... Lisa Marie Simpson is a character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Yeardley Smith; Lisa is the only character Smith voices on a regular basis. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Combatants France Castile Scotland Genoa Majorca Bohemia Crown of Aragon Brittany England Burgundy Brittany Portugal Navarre Flanders Hainaut Aquitaine Luxembourg Holy Roman Empire The Hundred Years War was a conflict between France and England, lasting 116 years from 1337 to 1453. ... “Witch” redirects here. ... Groundskeeper Willie (a. ...


As they read the end, Joan of Arc is being burnt at the stake. Lisa asks Homer “Do they actually burn her?” Marge then interrupts, and rips out the last page of the book, claiming that Sir Lancelot rescues her, and they escape and live in a spaceship. (Marge then eats the page, remarking that it is easier to chew than the video of Bambi.) For other uses, see Lancelot (disambiguation) and Sir Lancelot (disambiguation). ... Ariane 5 lifts off with the Rosetta probe on 2nd of March, 2004. ... Bambi is a 1942 animated feature produced by Walt Disney and originally released to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures on August 13, 1942. ...


Do the Bard, Man (Hamlet)

Bart is Prince Hamlet in this Simpsons version of William Shakespeare’s classic. His uncle Claudius (Moe) marries Gertrude (Marge) after killing King Hamlet (Homer) by way of poison. The King returns to his son as a ghost, telling him of the betrayal and requesting that his death be avenged. Prince Hamlet, with the help of a professional actor (Krusty), puts on a play to make Claudius reveal himself to be guilty, and because Hamlet knows what he did, Claudius attempts to kill him. Hamlet, aiming to kill Claudius, accidentally kills Polonius (Chief Wiggum). His son, Laertes (Ralph Wiggum), proposes to duel Prince Hamlet for revenge. As his “practice stab,” Laertes kills himself, and Hamlet proceeds to murder Claudius. Rosencarl and Guildenlenny (Carl and Lenny), meanwhile, have been covered in poison and kill each other with a high five. Hamlet walks away to celebrate, but he slips on some blood and dies. Seeing a big mess she does not want to clean up, Gertrude commits suicide by hitting herself with a mace and everyone is dead. For other uses, see Hamlet (disambiguation). ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Claudius is a fictional character from William Shakespeares play Hamlet. ... Morris Moe Szyslak (pronounced //) is a fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Hank Azaria. ... In William Shakespeares play Hamlet, Gertrude is Hamlets mother and Queen of Denmark. ... King Hamlet is a character from William Shakespeares play Hamlet, also known as The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. ... Congressman Herschel Pinkus Yerucham Krustofski (Hebrew: הרשל שמויקל פינקוס ירוחם קרסטופסקי, born c. ... Polonius is a character from William Shakespeares Hamlet. ... In the television series, The Simpsons, the Wiggum family consist of Clancy (father and police officer), Sarah (mother), and Ralph (child). ... Laertes is a character from William Shakespeares play, Hamlet. ... Ralph Wiggum is a fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Nancy Cartwright. ... A lithograph of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in the flute scene from Hamlet Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are minor fictional characters from William Shakespeares tragedy Hamlet. ... Carlton Carl Carlson, MPhys is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Lenford Lenny Leonard, MPhys is a fictional character in The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... A high five is a celebratory gesture made by two people, each raising one hand to slap the raised hand of the other - usually meant to communicate to spectators mutual self-satisfaction or to extend congratulations from one person to another. ... A development of the club, a mace consists of a strong, heavy wooden, metal-reinforced, or metal shaft, with a head made of stone, copper, bronze, iron or steel. ...


Bart thinks Hamlet was boring despite every character dying, but Homer tells him that the story led to the hit film Ghostbusters, and all the Simpsons dance to the theme. For other uses, see Ghostbusters (disambiguation). ... Ghostbusters is a song recorded by Ray Parker Jr. ...


Trivia

  • There is actually a Simpsons episode called “Homer’s Odyssey.”
  • When Penelope (Marge) wants Odysseus (Homer) to tell her the stories of her adventures, he exclaims: "Quit suffocating me! I´m going to Moe´s." However, Moe was turned into a pig by Circe (Lindsay Naegle) and eaten by Odysseus (Homer).

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Homers Odyssey is the third full length episode of The Simpsons, that originally aired January 21, 1990. ...

Cultural references

  • The title “D’oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” is a play on the film title O Brother, Where Art Thou?, itself based on The Odyssey. A previous episode from an early season of The Simpsons was titled “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” which was a reference to the fictional movie in the film Sullivan’s Travels.
  • The title “Hot Child in the City” comes from a song by Nicky Gilder.
  • The title “Do the Bard, Man” is a play on the song “Do the Bartman” and the fact that Shakespeare is also referred to as “the Bard.”
  • The song “Lady” by the band Styx plays while Homer passes the river Styx, to which Homer remarks “Oh God, this truly is Hell!”
  • When Homer sees the letter about the overdue book, he claims it is “the biggest frame-up since O.J.
  • When Bart asks Homer whether Hamlet married his mother after his father’s death, he is making a reference to the ancient Greek story of Oedipus.
  • God continually mentions that he has at least one organ more than a human, such as three eyes, or five thighs; this is a joking reference to the fact that his physical form in the Simpsons is drawn with five fingers.
  • Dionysius (Barney)’s reference to Zeus (Mayor Quimby) turning into a cow to pick up chicks may be a reference to Zeus’ rape of Europa.
  • The sirens sing an altered version of the song Copacabana.
  • Bart makes a reference about Steven Bochco being able to kick Shakespeare's ass.

For the film soundtrack, see O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack). ... Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? is the fifteenth episode of The Simpsons second season. ... Sullivans Travels is a 1941 American film written and directed by Preston Sturges. ... Hot Child in the City was a number one single in the United States during 1978 by Nick Gilder. ... Nick Gilder (born December 21, 1951 in London, England) first came to prominence as frontman for the Canadian glam rock band Sweeney Todd. ... Do the Bartman is a song from The Simpsons 1990 album The Simpsons Sing the Blues. ... Lady is a popular song written and performed by the rock band Styx. ... Styx (pronounced sticks) is an American rock band that was popular in the 1970s and 1980s, with such hits as Come Sail Away, Babe, Lady, Suite Madame Blue, Mr. ... OJ can be used in multiple ways: Nickname for O. J. Simpson Shorthand for orange juice Ojibwe language (ISO 639 alpha-2) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... For other uses, see Oedipus (disambiguation). ... Several people in history have been known by the name Dionysius: Dionysius of Syracuse, a tyrant Dionysius the Elder, a Greek mythological figure Dionysius the Areopagite, a citizen of Corinth who was converted by Paul of Tarsus Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, identified by some with a Georgian theologist Peter the... For other uses, see Zeus (disambiguation). ... Europa and the Bull by Gustave Moreau, circa 1869. ... Copacabana is a 1978 disco song, sung by Barry Manilow, and written by Jack Feldman, Barry Manilow, and Bruce Sussman. ... Steven Ronald Bochco (born December 16, 1943) is an American television producer and writer. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...

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