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Pin Pals

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For other uses of "Pin Pals", see Pin Pals (disambiguation).
Pin Pals
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Bowling Team Information
Members: Coach: Moe Szyslak
Members: Homer Simpson
Barney Gumble
Lenny Leonard
Carl Carlson
Former: Otto Mann
Mr. Burns
Dan Gillick
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
First Appearance: "Team Homer"

The Pin Pals are a bowling team.


The original logo featuring Moe, Homer, Burns and Apu.

In order to bowl when there were team matches being played, Homer claimed that he, Moe, Apu and Otto were a team. However, they had to pay the $500 registration fee for new teams. Homer went to see Mr. Burns, who was experiencing ether-induced hallucinations and thought that Homer was Poppin' Fresh. In his elevated mood, Burns gave Homer the money. The team called themselves the Pin Pals, and proceeded to go on a winning streak in the bowling league, moving up to second place behind the Holy Rollers. At this point, Burns realized what he had done, and he went to shut down the team, only to have a change of heart and join it instead, at the expense of Otto. Though Burns was an awful bowler due to his frail physique, the team made it to the championship game against the Holy Rollers, for which Burns gave the team special "Pin Pals" shirts. With two pins needed for victory, Burns bowled the final ball, which glanced off two pins and made them wobble. At that point Otto, oblivious to the game, accidentally caused a claw prize machine to topple over; the vibrations caused the two pins to fall and thus the Pin Pals won. Homer, Moe and Apu briefly celebrated with the trophy, before Burns took it for himself and left the team. Later, Homer broke into Burns' mansion to get the trophy back, only to be mauled by Burns' hounds.[1]

After Burns left, Otto was taken back into the team. However, he was fired again and this time was replaced with Dan Gillick. In one game, the Pin Pals lost against the Holy Rollers after Dan had to leave the game to visit Fat Tony.[2]

After making Moe feel bad, Homer, Lenny, Carl and Barney decided to bring back the Pin Pals, with Moe as the coach. After winning several games, they ended up going to a best of three game against the Fund Bunch. After easily winning their first game, the Fund Bunch destroyed them in the second game, having lured the Pin Pals into a false sense of security. Lisa and the Number Crunchers then revealed secrets about the Fund Bunch, causing them to lose the game and leaving the Pin Pals victorious.[3]

The Pin Pals played a game against the worst team in the league, The Weaklings. However, since Carl had gone to play bowling with Naima instead, the team was down a player and lost.[4]


The team originally had white T-Shirts saying Pin Pals in black writing on the back, causing them to be laughed at. Mr. Burns later made new outfits for them that were more graphic and had their heads on bowling pins on the back and their name on the front. John later got hold of Homer's one. However, Homer must have gotten it back as it was seen in his cupboard again.