| Dr. Babcock
| Character Information
Dr. Babcock is a scientist at NASA.
Dr. Babcock told Jack Stillwater that the TV ratings for space launches were falling. He suggested that they should tell everyone the secret that all chimps sent into space came back intelligent. He then showed the other scientists clips of average Americans in TV shows that the public liked and they decided to hire one as an astronaut. He suggested that they should do a lengthy, inefficient search at the tax payers expense. At that moment, Homer rung up NASA.
Babcock and Stillwater went to Moe's Tavern to find Homer. He asked Homer if he was the person who phoned NASA, but Homer told him that it was Barney. When Homer heard that Barney was going to be an astronaut, he told both of them that it was really him. Dr. Babcock then knocked both Homer and Barney out and took them.
At the start of the training, Dr. Babcock told Barney that he couldn't drink beer for the duration. Homer then told him that Barney had a bad drinking problem. One the first day of training, he told Homer that Barney had been there since sun rise. He then took Homer and Barney through training. After training, he and Stillwater told Barney that he had won. He then joined in with a celebratory toast, where Barney took the non-alcoholic champagne bottle from him and ran off with a jet pack. Homer was then declared the winner by default. When Homer was celebrating, Babcock knocked him out again.
At the space launch, Dr. Babcock told everyone that the TV ratings were the highest in ten years. When asked how the space craft was doing, he told Stillwater that all the equipment was used to measure TV ratings. When James Taylor was telling Babcock and Stillwater about his ant problem, Babcock got annoyed and was about to knock out Taylor when Stillwater stopped him as Taylor had given him an idea.