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Episode Information
Episode Number: 322
Production Code: FABF04
Original Airdate: January 11, 2004
Couch Gag: The family is rendered as frosting on a cake.
Written By: Dan Greaney
Allen Glazier
Directed By: Lauren MacMullan


"I, (Annoyed Grunt)-bot" or, "I, D'oh-bot" is the ninth episode of season 15. It originally aired on January 11, 2004 and was written by Dan Greaney and Allen Glazier and directed by Lauren MacMullan.

Synopsis[edit]

"Bart and Homer enter a Robot Rumble competition. But when Homer isn't able to build a decent robot he decides to adjust the robot so that Homer can operate it from the inside. Meanwhile, Snowball II dies and Lisa tries to replace her with another cat."


Plot[edit]

While riding bikes with Milhouse, Bart realizes his bike is horrible. He smashes it in order to get a new one. When he and Homer go buy a new one, they realize it needs to be built first. Homer builds it, but when Bart starts riding it, it comes apart. He tells Homer he can't build anything. Homer tries to prove him wrong by building a robot, but it too falls apart. He remembers something Grampa said: "If you can't build a robot, be a robot." He then dresses up like robot and Bart enters him, not knowing it's Homer, in the Robot Rumble contest. Homer gets hurt badly during each match, but he takes the pain for his son's love. When it comes to the final match, Homer has to face a giant robot built by Professor Frink; the robot gets smashed and Homer comes out. Frink's robot doesn't smash him because it won't harm humans.

Meanwhile, Snowball II gets hit by a car, and after Marge reads the book When Bad Things Happen To Cute Children, she and Lisa go to find a new cat. Unfortunately, Snowball III (pictured) drowns trying to catch fish in the Simpsons' fish tank and Coltrane, aka Snowball IV, falls out the window to his death after listening to the music of the original John Coltrane. While sitting outside, the Crazy Cat Lady throws a cat at Lisa that looks exactly like Snowball II. Lisa sends it away, thinking it'll die if it's with her. When the cat walks away, a car, owned by Gil is about to hit it, but the car misses and drives into a tree and explodes. Noticing that the cat didn't die, Lisa takes it in. In order to save money on food dishes and to forget any of this ever happened, she names it Snowball II, even though it's technically Snowball V.

Production[edit]

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The episode marks a milestone in the history of the series, as Snowball II is killed off, the closest thing to an actual Simpson family member actually being killed off. (besides Homer's mother's death in season 19's "Mona Leaves-a")

Reception[edit]

The episode was watched by 16.30 million people.

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