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Homer Simpson in: "Kidney Trouble"

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Season 10 Episode
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"Homer Simpson in: "Kidney Trouble""
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Homer Simpson in: "Kidney Trouble"
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Episode Information
Episode Number: 211
Production Code: AABF04
Original Airdate: December 6, 1998
Couch Gag: Everyone is a frog and Maggie is a tadpole, jumping onto a lily pad; Homer uses his tongue to turn on the TV.
Blackboard Text: "I am not a licensed hairstylist"
Written By: John Swartzwelder
Directed By: Mike B. Anderson
DVD features

"Homer Simpson in: "Kidney Trouble"" is the eighth episode of season 10. It originally aired on December 6, 1998. The episode was written by John Swartzwelder and directed by Mike B. Anderson.


"On behalf of Homer's infamous ignorance, Grandpa Simpson falls victim to a textbook kidney blowout. But when Homer steps up to offer a donor kidney, he quickly finds himself suffering from a much more common phenomenon: cold feet."


On their way to a Ghost town, the Simpson's car breaks down in front of Springfield Retirement Castle. Grandpa is pleasantly surprised, having assumed the family had forgotten his birthday (which of course they had): He makes it to the car and they grudgingly take him with them. After a day of roaming the ghost town, the family heads back to Springfield. Homer wants to make great time, and ignores Abe's pleas to stop at several rest areas and The Worlds Biggest Toilet. Upon returning to Springfield, Dr. Hibbert informs Abe both his kidneys have exploded; he is going to need a kidney transplant or he will die. Homer is an exact match but runs away before the operation, to become a sailor on a ship of lost souls. When the other lost souls hear Homer's tail of deceit, they toss him overboard in disgust. The second attempt to extract Homer's kidney does not go well either; he runs out of the hospital, into the street and is crushed by a car, which fell from a car-carrying truck driven by Hans Moleman. When he awakes, he apologizes to the family for not saving Abe's life, but is shocked to learn, while Dr. Hibbert was saving his life, the kidney transplant was done against his will. Abe is better than ever, and Homer realizes Bart has a kidney to spare for his father, but keeps this to himself.

Season 10 Episodes
Lard of the Dance The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace Bart the Mother Treehouse of Horror IX When You Dish Upon a Star D'oh-in' in the Wind Lisa Gets an "A" Homer Simpson in: "Kidney Trouble" Mayored to the Mob Viva Ned Flanders Wild Barts Can't Be Broken Sunday, Cruddy Sunday Homer to the Max I'm with Cupid Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers" Make Room for Lisa Maximum Homerdrive Simpsons Bible Stories Mom and Pop Art The Old Man and the "C" Student Monty Can't Buy Me Love They Saved Lisa's Brain Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo