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"I Am Furious (Yellow)"
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I Am Furious (Yellow)
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Episode Information
Episode Number: 288
Production Code: DABF13
Original Airdate: April 28, 2002
Couch Gag: The Simpsons sit on the couch as normal. A crane game clamp comes down and picks up Homer. Homer screams, “Ow! My brain!” as he's being lifted.
Special Guest Voices: Stan Lee as himself
Show Runner(s): Al Jean
Written By: John Swartzwelder
Directed By: Chuck Sheetz


"I Am Furious Yellow" is the eighteenth episode of season 13.

Contents

Synopsis

Bart is inspired by one of the school's motivational speakers to become a cartoonist, in which he creates a popular comic and later internet series titled "Angry Dad", which is based on Homer's anger problems. Homer becomes the town's laughing stock, and decides to give up anger completely.

Plot

At Springfield Elementary School, Kirk Van Houten holds a unsuccessful short speech about his occupation of being a assistant fllyer distributor. Principal Skinner becomes disappointed about not being to find any good speakers for their assemblies about the importance of studying, while Lisa suggests that they invite cartoonist Geoff Jenkins, the creator of a cartoon named "Danger Dog". However, instead of the 'buckle down and study' speech Skinner had been hoping for, Geoff tells the kids how easy and rewarding his job is and that he didn't even need to work hard in school to get it, and all he does is "eat candy and watch R-rated movies". Jenkins' speech prompt all the students to start stop paying attention in class and try to become catoonists.

However, their creativity is sadly lacking and they all create blatant rip offs of "Danger Dog", especially Bart, who makes the worst rip off called "Danger Dude", which turns out to be a dog. Expecting to make millions, he shows his work to Comic Book Guy, who, with no mercy, criticizes his comic as the worst comic he has every seen. Stan Lee enters the store and judges Bart's comic. Lee agrees with Comic Book Guy, but encourages Bart to keep trying. Bart then sits at home, struggling to think of a new idea for his comic, notices an angry Homer outside trying to unfold a lawnchair. Bart then spawns the idea of making a comic about Homer's anger problem, thus creating the comic "Angry Dad". Bart publishes the first issue of Angry Dad, making an instant hit at the kids at school. Lisa hates the comic book and confronts him for his plagirism on Homer's daily actions. She finds it insulting to make jokes about their father with his frequent rage. Bart decides that he will add a new character to the series called Know-It-All Sister (based on Lisa) as Angry Dad's new sidekick. She reconsiders as long as she gets a pony and the last line of each scene.

Later, Bart shows Comic Book Guy his new and original comic, and Comic Book Guy likes the comic and dubs it as "shelf worthy". Bart notices Stan Lee across the room, trying to persuade Database that a "Thing" action figure from the "Fantastic Four" fits perfectly in his toy Batmobile, but ends up breaking it. Bart ask why Stan Lee came back, when Comic Book Guy remarks "Stan Lee never left. I'm starting to think his mind is no longer in mint condition". Bart later hosts an autograph signing session in the schoolyard, when a spokesperson from an Internet company titled BetterThanTV.com wants to make Bart's comic into an online animated cartoon series. Bart agrees as long as he gets his share of stock.

"Angry Dad" then becomes the single most non-pornographic website of all time, making it 10 trillionth overall. Homer, still unaware of the website, finds Lenny, Carl, and Mr. Burns watching a webisode in which Anrgy Dad's head explodes after reading a headline in the newspaper that reads "YOU SUCK, ANGRY DAD!". Infuriated at becoming a world-wide laughingstock, Homer rushes home to strangle Bart when the family stops him. Lisa and Marge points out that Homer does tend to have anger problems. Homer then tries his best to overcome his anger and try to stay calm as much as he can. Homer then starts to take a walk outside when he realizes that a lot more things anger him then he thought, such as the paper boy, the milk man, and the piano lady throwing their respective objects at him, discovering that Marge invited Ned Flanders over to have a sing-along, and the town of Springfield trying to egg Homer on to do something angry. Homer stills keeps his promise and holds back his rage. This however, cause lumps to break out on Homer's neck everytime he suppresses his anger.

Bart starts to run out of ideas for "Angry Dad" sketches after Homer's promise to stay calm, so Bart and Milhouse come up with a trap for Homer in order to infuriate him. Bart becomes too late when the internet company goes bankrupt. He soons realizes that he no longer needs the trap he set up, and rushes home to dismantle it. Homer reaches home when he notices a "Free Doughnuts" sign on the front door leading to Bart's treehouse. Homer climbs up in order to get his doughnuts, when he falls through a carpet-covered hole in the floor and gets hung upside-down by the foot dangling from a laundry line, which starts to move. He passes through a placed set of cacti and dirty diapers, and reaches the end of the line where he finds scissors to cut him down, and falls into a kiddie pool filled with green paint. Homer is now covered with green and resembles The Incredible Hulk, and releases his pent up rage through a rampage across town. The police then easily restrain him as he is not a strong as he appears to be. Stan Lee is seen at the sidelines, ranting how he is actually The Incredible Hulk. Lee then miserably fails at trying to transform in The Hulk, as Comic Book Guy remarks that he "couldn't even tranform into Bill Bixby" and how he wishes that he could have the power to leave his store.

Dr. Hibbert then sends Homer to the hospital and relaxes him. Dr Hibbert then reveals to the family that the violent outburst was just what Homer needed to release all the anger he had been holding back before it overwhelmed him. Homer decides to stop getting angry and Bart decides to stop making Angry Dad cartoons. The two then go fishing where Bart still angers Homer, which he is thankful for.

Production

The episode was written by John Swartzwelder and directed by Chuck Sheetz. Stan Lee guest stars as himself.

Reception

The episode received positive reviews from critics, and is one of the best reviewed episodes of season 13.

Nathan Ditum (from Total Film) ranked Stan Lee's appearance as the 12th best guest appearance in the show's history.[1] Colin Jacobson of DVD Movie Guide called the episode one of the better installments from season 13, referring to it as "very good" and saying that "the series has milked Homer's rage as one of its chief sources of humor for years, but it does so in creative and satisfying ways here".

References

  1. Ditum, Nathan. "The 20 Best Simpsons Movie-Star Guest Spots", Total Film,. Retrieved on 2009-08-02. 



Season 13 Episodes
Treehouse of Horror XII The Parent Rap Homer the Moe A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love The Blunder Years She of Little Faith Brawl in the Family Sweets and Sour Marge Jaws Wired Shut Half-Decent Proposal The Bart Wants What It Wants The Lastest Gun in the West The Old Man and the Key Tales from the Public Domain Blame It on Lisa Weekend at Burnsie's Gump Roast I Am Furious (Yellow) The Sweetest Apu Little Girl in the Big Ten The Frying Game Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge

 
     
 
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