Day of the Nerd
| Day of the Nerd
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The school children are tasked to sell chocolate in Springfield and before Lisa starts selling, she goes home to watch a Mars rover documentary. Homer drives her to Shelbyville afterwards to sell the chocolate, as everyone in Springfield has already bought some. On the road, Homer takes a shortcut across the desert, and runs over the Mars rover on a fake Mars set. Lisa is outraged at the hoax, however she leaves when the scientists tell her there would otherwise be no space program. Later in the day, Lisa and Homer are watching the live documentary again and the words "Homer Rules" are found in the dust. A scientist attempts (probably unsuccessfully) to dismiss it as natural erosion.
Meanwhile, Bart ends up at the house of Cornelius Morgan, who has an enormous science fiction collection and is considered to be Springfield's biggest nerd. Morgan is scheduled to be placed in suspended animation and is at a loss of what to do with his collection. Bart suggests he hold a competition for all the nerds in Springfield, the winner obtaining his collection.
Kent Brockman films the nerds as they compete for the collection. Comic Book Guy turns his life into an anime, Professor Frink invents a laser which combines book and film series into one volume, Gary, Doug and Benjamin create a real-life internet and the Springfield Elementary nerds reenact The Lord of the Rings by throwing a tire into the Tire Fire.
After a week Morgan announces the result, the winner is... himself. He reveals that he was actually making a mockumentary movie on nerd antics, with Brockman helping. One nerd hits a rocket firing robot (invented as part of the competition), which destroys Cornelius's house and sends the collection scattered over town. The other nerds loot as revenge for Morgan's deceit.
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