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Poorhouse Rock

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Season 33 Episode
727 "Meat Is Murder"
"Poorhouse Rock"
"Habeas Tortoise" 729
Donut Homer.png This episode is considered non-canon and the events featured do not relate to the series and therefore may not have actually happened/existed.

The reason behind this decision is: Large amount of the episode has a song and dance routine, part of which took place in the past.

If you dispute this, please bring it up on the episode's talk page.

"Poorhouse Rock"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 728
Season number: S33 E22
Production code: UABF14
Original airdate: May 22, 2022
Couch gag: Several of the kids from Springfield Elementary are having a party in the house, when Marge and Homer suddenly arrive and everyone hides behind furniture or in other rooms. Lisa then retrieves a shirt that was left on the floor just as they're sitting on the couch. Everyone peek from around the corner and Maggie pops her lollipop out of her mouth.
Guest star(s): Hugh Jackman as the janitor
Megan Mullally as Sarah Wiggum
Robert Reich as himself
Showrunner(s): Matt Selman
Al Jean
Written by: Tim Long
Directed by: Jennifer Moeller

"Poorhouse Rock" is the twenty-second and finale episode of season 33 of The Simpsons and the seven-hundred and twenty-eighth episode overall. It originally aired on May 22, 2022. The episode was written by Tim Long and directed by Jennifer Moeller. It guest stars Hugh Jackman as the janitor, Megan Mullally as Sarah Wiggum, and Robert Reich as himself


"After Bart humiliates him at church, Homer finally teaches his son to admire his dad - until a visit from a magical, singing janitor changes everything they thought they knew."


Marge has organized a reunion with her lady friends to watch Tunnelton and denies the rest of the family access to the biscuits and pastries she has prepared. The ladies start watching the show, using Helen Lovejoy's Netflix password while drinking. The next morning Marge has hangover and asks Homer to take the kids to church.

At the church after the hymn the kids are taken to Sunday school with Helen, where Bart is asked to present his work on "Honor Thy Mother and Father", where he shows how much Marge is a role model while Homer is a goofball, showing videos of the past, including a prank with him and Lisa and Homer chasing Capital City Goofball after he proposes to Marge with flowers.

Homer gets tired of church and uses Maggie as an excuse to get out of it, but discovers Bart's presentation, seeing how he thinks he's a loser, and gets angry once more, confirming how he acts in the scenes is real and gets sent into the angry grownup room. Later, Homer convinces himself that taking Bart to work will change his idea of him being a loser, so he takes him there while using a trick to take him inside once he shows no interest in going.

Once in the Power Plant, Homer shows Bart the best parts of his job, gaining Bart's respect, ending with them getting the money from his paycheck. The next morning Bart gets dressed just like Homer and announces he wants to be a nuclear safety inspector just like Homer.

Later, Bart goes to the Plant to see his father working again, but only finds a janitor, which explains with a song how his job is coming to pass and doesn't exist anymore, with the help of Lisa. Bart tries to counteract with him saying he could use all the new technologies instead to make money and then they show him the crude reality of how making money out of them is impossible, thanks to the help of other Springfielders.

Bart realizes it's all true and goes to his treehouse, where the janitor tells him to burn the system, but Bart misunderstands him and burns the treehouse instead, getting saved by the Springfield Fire Department, and finally realizing what he's going to do, becoming a fireman. Later, Marge and Homer are recovering the backyard, thinking of upgrading it, but Lisa tells them their homeowners policy doesn't cover musical numbers.


The story is inspired by an article in The Atlantic of February 2021, inspired by a twitter post by Erika Chappell, about how the middle-class lifestyle of The Simpsons is no longer realistic.[1][2]

The episode's couch gag was designed by Venezuelan artist Spike Monster.[3]


In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
Italy Flag.png Italiano "Il Rock della classe media" The middle class rock


Promo videos[edit]

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