- For others named Tom, see Tom.
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After Bart and Homer had a falling out, Bart saw an advert for the Bigger Brothers Agency and went to sign up for it. Bart gave a sob story about how his father had abandoned him six years ago and got assigned Tom as his "Bigger Brother". Tom immediately impressed Bart by picking him up from school on a motorcycle and the two started to bond. Tom took Bart to a baseball game, worked out together, and watched The Ren & Stimpy Show with him. However, Bart started to feel guilty and worried that he was taking Tom away from other kids more deserving of him. When Tom and Bart were out paragliding, Homer spotted them through a pair of binoculars and realized what Bart was doing. In retaliation, Homer also signed up to Bigger Brothers and took on Pepi.
Bart told Tom that Homer was a drunken gambler, which led to Tom getting angry at Homer, despite never meeting him. Tom also threatened to hit Homer if he ever met him. When a Bigger Brothers event at Marine World took place, Tom and Bart and Homer and Pepi attended the event. Homer and Bart ran into each other at the aquarium and when Homer told Tom that he was Bart's father, Tom hit Homer. This led to a large fight across town between the two. Eventually, Tom won the fight, injuring Homer over a fire hydrant. Bart and Homer made up, with Bart saying that he never wanted Homer to get hurt. Bart then set Tom and Pepi up together, thinking that they needed each other.
Behind the Laughter
The episode was written for Tom Cruise, because the writers had been told by James L. Brooks that Tom Cruise wanted to guest star on the show. The role of Tom was written full of references to Tom Cruise and his movies, however, he refused to guest star. Phil Hartman then took over the role of Tom.
- Episode – "Brother from the Same Planet"
- Episode – "Behind the Laughter" (archive footage)
- – The Simpsons Movie