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Homer Goes to Prep School

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Season 24 Episode
516 "To Cur, with Love"
"Homer Goes to Prep School"
"A Test Before Trying" 518
"Homer Goes to Prep School"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 517
Season number: S24 E9
Production code: RABF02
Original airdate: January 6, 2013
Title screen: Plopper web slings across the screen a la Spider-Man
Billboard gag: Sideshow Mel: Hair-Bone Removal Clinic - Live the Bone-Free Life
Chalkboard gag: Teacher did not get fat over the holidays
Couch gag: The family are awards. Homer is an Oscar, Marge is an Emmy, Lisa is a Grammy, Bart is a Kid's Choice Award, and Maggie's a Stanley Cup. They sit on a trophy shelf and are then crushed by a crusher and turned into a best Grampa award, which is taken by Abraham Simpson
Guest star(s): Tom Waits as Lloyd
Maurice LaMarche as Tom Skerritt
Showrunner: Al Jean
Written by: Brian Kelley
Directed by: Mark Kirkland

"Homer Goes to Prep School" is the ninth episode of season 24 of The Simpsons and the five-hundred and seventeenth episode overall. It originally aired on January 6, 2013. The episode was written by Brian Kelley and directed by Mark Kirkland. It guest stars Tom Waits as Lloyd and Maurice LaMarche as Tom Skerritt.


"Homer joins the "Springfield Preppers," an off-the-grid survivalist group whose leader has set up a top-secret retreat outside of town to prepare for the end of the world. But Marge grows skeptical of the group's alarmist shenanigans."


Marge takes the family to the Smart Tykes where Homer plays with Bart and Lisa, but after he gets tired of them, he visits the other fathers in the café. Meanwhile a kid escapes and the alarm locks them all in. The mothers remain calm, but the fathers have an outbreak and Rainer Wolfcastle throws Homer through the door so they can escape. The door gets broken and Homer is on the ground while the fathers run over him, and he gets scared and stays home for eight months. Homer is on his way to work, but is still scared and visits Moe's instead, where he meets Lloyd, a survivalist, who shows him what will happen in the future. Homer decides to follow Lloyd. Lloyd takes Homer to Springfield Preppers who say that they can help him survive the future, but he must do everything in secret. Homer tries to hide what he's doing, but Bart discovers him and they watch disaster movies together. Homer visits the Preppers headquarters where they tell him that the world will soon go under. They give him the keys to their camp and asks him to help prepare for the apocalypse.

Homer packs everything he deems necessary for the apocalypse, but when Marge discovers that several items of food are missing, he tells her about the Preppers. Homer is at work and watching movies that will prepare him for the apocalypse, causing him to forget his duties, and start an EMP that knocks out all electronics. Springfield falls into chaos and Homer's requested to take his family to the camp. At the camp, Marge tells him that she did not think they would leave their friends and old life behind when she married him, and he had a good heart. They have a meeting at the camp, where they decide that they must be prepared to kill the people who are coming who are not prepared. At night Homer starts feeling guilty and he decides to take the family back to Springfield with their stock of goods. The other members of the camp discover this when the alarm blares, and start chasing the Simpsons. The family manage to get to Springfield, where they discover that the world has not ended, and everything has returned to normal. They find out that the electronics have come back and only the city of Springfield was affected. Lloyd says that this non-disaster is a catastrophe and Marge asks him if he is disappointed the world didn't end, just so he could be proven right. Lloyd says it is not that, but in the new world he was to be their new leader. The other members reveal that they planned seal him in a cave, rather than let that happen. Lisa tells them that she is glad they're stuck with civilization, and she thinks it will stay that way for a long, long time. Unbeknownst to them, an asteroid is nearing Earth, with monsters onboard, who are talking about being ready to eat as many brains as they want in ten minutes.


On January 9, 2012, the storyboard, the animatic and the full color images of two scenes from the episode were posted on Pinterest.


The episode gathered 8.97 million viewers, likely due to a strong lead-in from Sunday Night Football on FOX, which ran the show late by 3 minutes.[1]

International airdates[edit]

Country Date Channel Note
Hispanic America.gif Latin America May 19, 2013 Fox Latin America
800px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png United Kingdom May 12, 2013; 6pm Sky1 Gathered 726,000 viewers
Spain flag.png Spain December 30, 2014 Antena 3

Promotional images[edit]


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Season 24 Episodes
Moonshine River Treehouse of Horror XXIII Adventures in Baby-Getting Gone Abie Gone Penny-Wiseguys A Tree Grows in Springfield The Day the Earth Stood Cool To Cur, with Love Homer Goes to Prep School A Test Before Trying The Changing of the Guardian Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing Hardly Kirk-ing Gorgeous Grampa Black-Eyed, Please Dark Knight Court What Animated Women Want Pulpit Friction Whiskey Business The Fabulous Faker Boy The Saga of Carl Dangers on a Train