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Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder

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Season 11 Episode
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"Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder"
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"Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 232
Season number: S11 E6
Production code: BABF02
Original airdate: November 14, 1999
Chalkboard gag: "I won't not use no double negative"
Couch gag: Cement figures of the family are poured onto the couch
Guest star(s): Nancy O'Dell as herself
Penn Jillette as himself
Teller as himself
Ron Howard as himself
Pat O'Brien as himself
Showrunner: Mike Scully
Written by: Al Jean
Directed by: Mike B. Anderson
DVD features

"Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder" is the sixth episode of season 11 of The Simpsons and the two-hundred and thirty-second episode overall. It originally aired on November 14, 1999. The episode was written by Al Jean and directed by Bob Anderson. It guest stars Nancy O'Dell as herself, Penn Jillette as himself, Teller as himself, Ron Howard as himself and Pat O'Brien as himself.


"Homer blows off work and goes bowling with Carl and Lenny. When he bowls a 300 game, he becomes a local celebrity. But when his fleeting fame begins to fade, he finds little comfort in anything. Suicidal thoughts and a brush with death lead him to spend more time with Maggie, who learns to bowl and nearly upstages him."


On a normal day, Homer is 26 hours late for work. As punishment, Mr. Burns makes Homer eat toxic waste in a dark room. Lenny and Carl come in and invite Homer to go bowling. Homer lies to Marge on the phone, telling her he was unable to attend a tea party date with Maggie because there was a breakdown at the plant and Lenny was hospitalized. He then goes bowling with Lenny and Carl. Homer bowls a 300 game, and makes the evening news, earning the attention of Springfield. With this accomplishment, Homer becomes a celebrity, appearing on The Springfield Squares (which has Ron Howard as a guest). However, he attempts a walk-on during a Penn & Teller special, but that backfires on him as Penn chases him off the stage with a crossbow (and leaving Teller slowly descending into a tub of shark filled water).

Homer's 15 minutes of fame wanes, and he becomes "yesterday's news". Worrying that his life has peaked, he attempts to commit suicide from a tall building, until Otto, who is bungee-jumping, saves him. Thankful for being alive, Homer searches for a more noble life, and dedicates his life to his children. He tries but fails to connect with Bart and Lisa so he decides to spend more time with Maggie. He tries to teach her how to swim, but she does not trust him and will not go into the water. He takes her to the beach but nearly drowns; she somehow pulls him to shore. For saving his life, he treats Maggie to a game of bowling—and she bowls a perfect game. Homer penalized her for "going over the line". (The "300 game" balloon, however, was still released, which Homer knocked out of the way.)

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Season 11 Episodes
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