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I Won't Be Home for Christmas

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Season 26 Episode
560 "Covercraft"
"I Won't Be Home for Christmas"
"The Man Who Came to Be Dinner" 562
"I Won't Be Home for Christmas"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 561
Season number: S26 E9
Production code: TABF03
Original airdate: December 7, 2014
Title screen: The Rich Texan is riding a Cadillac driven by five bulls.
Chalkboard gag: Reindeer meat does not taste like chicken.
Couch gag: A message appear saying "Now for obligatory Frozen reference". The scene cuts to a frozen land, with Lisa (as Elsa) sitting on a snow couch. Then Marge (Anna), Maggie (a Troll), Bart (Kristoff) and Santa's Little Helper (as his Reindeer) arrives. Bart throws a snowball at Lisa and she creates an ice castle under him, making he exclaim "Ay Caramba!" on top of the castle. Homer (Olaf) walks nearby the castle, takes out his own nose, bites it and throws it away after realizing it is only a carrot.
Showrunner(s): Al Jean
Written by: Al Jean
Directed by: Mark Kirkland

"I Won't Be Home for Christmas" is the ninth episode of season 26 of The Simpsons and the five-hundred and sixty-first episode overall. It originally aired on December 7, 2014. The episode was written by Al Jean and directed by Mark Kirkland.


"After Moe convinces Homer to stay out drinking on Christmas Eve, Marge tells Homer not to come home. This leads to Homer's sad trek through lonely Springfield, where he learns that the only place where one should truly get drunk on Christmas is home."


It was revealed to be about the sad side of Christmas in July 2014 by Al Jean.[1]

International airdates[edit]

Country Date Channel Note
Hispanic America.gif Latin America May 17, 2015[2] Fox Latin America


The episode gathered 6.52 million, and with 18-49s gathered 2.9 million and an 8% share, was Fox's best-rated animation show of the night, but failed to win its timeslot, up against football. Its 6.52 million figure was up 3.07 million from the previous episode.[3]

Critical response was mixed to positive. The A.V. Club awarded the episode a B- stating, "while pretty standard as far as such things go, [it] gets points for applying the formula so assiduously (and throwing out a handful of funny touches along the way)."[4] Den of Geek rated the episode a 3/5, stating ""I Won't Be Home for Christmas" isn't quite the magical Christmas episode that we've seen in the past, but there are great random giggles and we learn something," and praised how "This is the first time they've addressed her [Edna Krabappel] as a gone character."[5] BubbleBlabber said the episode "gets a checkmark in every box" and that "It was supposed to be meaningful and all that, but it never got too heavy or boring," finally saying "compared to a lot of the others [Christmas specials], it was much better." The reviewer awarded it an 8.5 rating.[6]

Fan response was mixed. NoHomers' forum users voted in a communal poll on the episode, which as of late, holds a 4/5 rating. One user praised the episode for "for actually having a plot and for actually having humor", referencing the putative decline in quality; another was less sympathetic, stating "not awful even if it wasn't a laugh riot. it gets some points for not being a tepid mess"; and a third saying "Tonight's episode kind of ran out of steam in the 3rd act after a really nice setup. But I still appreciate its ambition and it was delightfully understated throughout." [7]

"I Won't Be Home for Christmas" was nominated for a 2015 Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production. However, it lost to "The Hauntening" from Bob's Burgers.[8]



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