| Captain Tenille
| Character Information
Captain Tenille was the captain of the Springfield Naval Reserve submarine during its annual war games.
A man of few words, he takes an instant shine to Homer due to misunderstanding of naval jargon. He later invites Homer to eat with him and, misunderstanding what he was actually saying, concludes Homer's views on peace are the same as his and thus Homer is "like the son I never had." When informed that there is a blockage in a torpedo tube he goes to clear it, but leaves Homer in command. He comments this decision may have been influenced by the saltwater in his veins and the nitrogen bubble in his brain. Tenille finds the blockage was caused by an unattentive and asleep Barney who had filled it with contraband. As Tenille begins to clear it out, an enemy sub approaches. With Homer in command, he opts to do what the captain would and decides to fire the torpedoes, not realizing that Tenille is inside the tube and thus actually wants the exact opposite to happen. Tenille is fired into the enemy sub and is killed, leaving Homer in charge for good.
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