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Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment

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Season 2 Episode
025 "The Way We Was"
"Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment"
"Principal Charming" 027
"I have an announcement to make: The Simpsons have cable!"
Homer Simpson
"Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 26
Season number: S2 E13
Production code: 7F13
Original airdate: February 7, 1991
Chalkboard gag: "I will not make flatulant noises in class."
Guest star(s): Phil Hartman as Troy McClure, the cable guy and Moses
Showrunner(s): James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
Written by: Steve Pepoon
Directed by: Rich Moore
DVD features

"Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment" is the thirteenth episode of season 2 of The Simpsons and the twenty-sixth episode overall. It originally aired on February 7, 1991. The episode was written by Steve Pepoon and was directed by Rich Moore. It guest stars Phil Hartman as Troy McClure, the cable guy and Moses.


"Homer becomes the most popular guy in town when he gets an illegal cable hook-up. But Lisa doesn't approve and fears that Homer will go to hell for violating the Eighth Commandment ("Thou shalt not steal")."


After seeing Ned Flanders reject an offer to get an illegal cable hook-up, Homer chases after the cable man and wants to be hooked up for free. He likes the new channels he gets, which the family watches with him. However, Lisa feels suspicious. Following a Sunday School lesson regarding the existence and nature of Hell, Lisa becomes terrified of violations of the Ten Commandments, the adherence to which she is assured will keep one's soul safe from Hell. Lisa imagines her house melting, and the devil sits at their couch with them. He tells her that watching T.V. will cost her nothing, but "Her Soul". She fears that because Homer violated the Eighth Commandment ("Thou Shalt Not Steal"), he will go to Hell when he dies. She additionally opposes other examples of common and harmless thievery, including her mother's tasting of grapes in a grocery store which she has not paid for. Lisa pays a visit to Reverend Lovejoy at church, where he suggests that Lisa cannot turn her father into the police (as she must Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother), and instead encourages Lisa to not watch anything on Homer's cable hook-up, setting a good example.

Homer invites his friends from the power plant, as well as Apu, Moe and Barney to watch "The Bout to Knock the Other Guy Out!", on the pay-per-view movie channel The Blockbuster Channel. (Mr. Burns and Waylon Smithers, Jr. show up as well). Meanwhile, Bart has set up posters on the back door for his showing of the adult-only channel "Top Hat Entertainment" for 50 cents (although his age requirement is 8), but is caught a few seconds later by Homer, whose conscience eventually bothers him, more so in the form of his daughter's distress than a moral objection to stealing cable, and he gives in to Lisa's protests, begrudgingly choosing not to watch the fight. Marge and Maggie join them as well. Bart, on the other hand, decides to go back to see the fight, but Homer stops him for good. He sits the fight out and when it is over, he hesitantly (and unprofessionally) cuts his cable hook-up, despite Bart's objection. He accidentally manages to cut the electricity to all of Springfield in his random wire-cutting, before finally cutting the cable wire.



"Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment" won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in the 43rd Primetime Emmy Awards.[1]

Sound mixers Brad Brock, Gary Montgomery, Jim Fitzpatrick, Brad Sherman received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation in the 43rd Primetime Emmy Awards for the episode. However it lost to "Doogenstein" from Doogie Howser, M.D.[2]

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
Germany.png Deutsch "Das achte Gebot" The Eighth Commandment
Italy Flag.png Italiano "Homer contro Lisa e l'ottavo comandamento" Homer vs. Lisa and the eighth commandment
Brasil Flag.png Português "Homer Contra Lisa e o 8º Mandamento" Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment
Hungary flag.png Magyar "A Homer-Lisa meccs, avagy a nyolcadik parancsolat" The Homer-Lisa encounter or the 8th commandment
Flag of Japan.png 日本語 "良心の呵責" The Torture of the Conscience


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