| See Homer Run
| Episode Information
| Episode Number:
| Production Code:
| Original Airdate:
|| November 20, 2005
| Couch Gag:
|| The Simpsons sit on the couch as normal. The camera zooms out to reveal that they are a part of a zoo on Kang and Kodos’s home planet, Rigel IV.
| Written By:
|| Stephanie Gillis
| Directed By:
|| Nancy Kruse
"See Homer Run" is the sixth episode of the seventeenth season. It originally aired November 20, 2005. It was written by Stephanie Gillis and directed by Nancy Kruse.
- "Homer becomes the Springfield Elementary School's "safety salamander" to make an amend to stop Lisa's frustrations against men. After he saves many drivers from a multiple car crash, Homer runs for mayor."
The family goes to the Springfield Mall to buy a Father's Day gift for Homer. He is impressed by Bart's gift – a Leather Buddy multi-function knife. But Lisa's gift, a book she created, with caricatures of herself and Homer as unicorns, doesn't go over so well. In a half-hearted attempt to make Lisa feel better, Homer hangs the book on the refrigerator, but it quickly becomes a water-soaked glob of paper. He then blames the magnet he hung it on which was actually a gift from Lisa for his birthday, then she runs off crying.
Lisa takes out her frustrations at school, and her parents are called to talk with Principal Skinner. School psychiatrist Dr. Loren Pyror determines Lisa has a development disorder, which can only be resolved by Homer trying to make amends. He does so by deciding to dress as the "Safety Salamander" and giving safety talks at school, as for Skinner's suggestion. However, a fireworks display during a school assembly causes a fire.
Meanwhile, Bart, on a dare from the bullies, steals a "Bart Blvd." street sign. This leads to a fiery multi-car pileup when Cletus is unable to find Bart Boulevard (looking for the hospital to gave his son born). Police cars, fire trucks and ambulances race to the scene but crash into the wreck, making matters worse.
Homer, still dressed in his Safety Salamander costume, runs to the rescue, extricating people who were trapped in their cars just before the pileup explodes in a fireball, including Smithers, Mr. Largo, Drederick Tatum and Nelson. Homer gets a rousing reception, and Mayor Quimby is blamed for the bumbling response. Springfield residents pick apart Quimby's administration for other failures, and demand a recall election.
The election causes many of Springfield's residents to run. On Lisa's suggestion, Homer decides to run for mayor, playing on his popularity as the Safety Salamander. Marge wants to wash the costume, since it is too dirty and Homer puked inside it. Marge does so, but during a debate forum, the costume falls apart, disappointing the crowd. People don't like Homer as a normal person, and eventually none of the new candidates gain enough of the vote to oust Mayor Quimby. However, Lisa confides in Homer that she is very proud of him and glad he is her father. They start dancing at the end of the debate, but Homer still feels his tail, much to his disgust.
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