| Homer Sucks!
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Homer Sucks! is a Simpsons Comics story first printed in Simpsons Comics #217.
- "Homer accidentally invents the most powerful vacuum cleaner on Earth and teams up with door-to-door salesman Gil Gunderson to peddle his wares. Meanwhile, when Bart and his pals get in trouble and are assigned to help out Groundskeeper Willie, the school handyman has enough extra time on his hands to earn his GED and teacher's credential. In no time, he becomes Springfield Elementary's most sought after substitute teacher. With so much sanitizing getting done, this is, hands down, the cleanest comic you'll read all year!"
Seymour Skinner has moved his office to a bouncy castle after someone leaves a stink bomb in his office. Skinner visits Stinky Pete's Stink Shop to find out who bought the stink bombs. He finds out that it was Nelson, Bart and Milhouse, and as punishment, they are made to help Groundskeeper Willie for a month.
Back home, Marge asks Homer to fix the vacuum cleaner while Nelson, Bart and Milhouse begin to help Willie with his chores. Homer has fixed the vacuum cleaner and when he starts it, it sucks up all the dirt in the house at once. Homer and Marge get a visit from Gil, who wants to sell a vacuum cleaners to the family. Homer decides to show Gil his new vacuum cleaner, and they start selling his vacuum cleaners. Willie has lots of free time now because others are doing his chores, and he begins to read all the books in the school library. The next day, Willie has finished reading all the books in the library. Homer and Gil have started to sell the new vacuum cleaners to the residents of Springfield and it's a big success.
Willie has taken a college degree and Skinner lets him become a substitute teacher. Gil begins to feel bad and Willie begins to teach the students, who are impressed with his knowledge and how he does it. Willie becomes the school's best substitute teacher for several years, and he begins to teach all subjects and the students love him. Homer and Gil continue to sell the vacuum cleaners, and they visit Dr. Nick when Gil passes out again. Dr. Nick realizes that Gil is allergic to success as Homer starts selling the vacuum cleaner by himself and keeps all the money.
Homer gets a visit from Professor Frink, who tells him that the vacuum cleaners have sucked up all the pollen. However, Homer does not care because they have become rich. Lisa decides to pick up Willie, who tells him why they need pollen. So Homer changes his mind, and Willie decides to quit teaching and go back to his old job as groundskeeper because he does not like children and is tired of teaching them, and he also misses the cleaning. Lisa tries to make him change his mind, but fails.
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