Homer's Odyssey is the eleventh episode of my fanon. Bart's school takes a trip to the power plant and Homer gets fired again. Also featuring Black Smithers!

  • Dan Castellana as Homer Simpson
  • Julie Kavner as Marge Simpson
  • Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson
  • Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson

Guest stars

  • Hank Azaria
  • Harry Shearer
  • Tress MacNeille
  • Phil Hartman
  • Eileen Stevens as Oscar Tamaki

Plot[edit | edit source]

The chalkboard gag is. “They are laughing at me. Not with me.”

”I’m laughing with him...” said Oscar.

Bart's class are being taken on a school trip to the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.

“Now I hope we don’t have a repeat of that infamous trip to the Springfield Penitentiary, children?” said Mrs Krabappel.

“I didn’t open that door Mrs K!” Bart whined.


On the bus Otto is late. His excuse was that he was partying late last night.

“Hey Otto. Got any new Tattoos?” Bart asked Otto.

“Well I woke up with this one this morning...”

“Cooooo!” said Bart. “Well I still have this one from Christmas....”

Lisa was annoyed at Bart for showing off his defiant tattoo.

“Bart sit down at once. Since there’s no space sit next to Wendell.”

“But Mrs K! Wendell is always travel sick...” Bart whined.

“Maybe so but there’s nowhere else to sit Bart...” said Mrs Krabappel.

“Keep your arms in the bus children! We all know what happened to that little boy...” said Mrs Krabapple.

“And I was that boy!” said Bart standing on his seat with one of his arms hidden in his shirt to pretend he only had one arm. Everyone laughed.

“Bart sit down!” Mrs Krabapple told him off.

“Mrs Krabappel! Mrs Krabappel!” Bart calls out.

“Bart if I here one more word out of you I’ll make you sing in front of the whole bus...” Mrs Krabappel warned him.

“Can I choose the song?” said Bart.

“No it will be a degrading folk song like Polly Wolly Doodle.” said Mrs Krabapple.

"We're gonna make you sing, Bart Simpson," chimed Sherri.

"Yeah, Bart Simpson..." Terri chimed. "We're gonna make you sing."

Bart tried to be quiet but Sherri and Terri kiss him, thus making him scream.


Mrs K makes him get up and sing a lame folk song.

Oscar thinks Bart's singing is funny and that he actually sounds good. Bart explains that he used to sing all the time for his aunts Patty and Selma before his sister Lisa was born.

Eventually Bart is allowed to sit down. They soon arrive at the plant.

“Hey it’s the Plant! You made it Wendell!” said Bart. He slapped Wendell on the back and he was sick everywhere.

“Eeeeeeew!” Everyone groaned.


At the plant they are met by Black Smithers. Yes a black Smithers, don't ask. He gives them a guided tour of the plant.

“This is where all the power comes from that powers your video games to egg timers to making yummy candy!” said Black Smithers.

“What have you done with the real Mr Smithers sir?” Oscar asked.

Black Smithers sighed and ignored his stupid question.

Then Black Smithers shows them a cartoon of the mascot, Smilin' Joe Fission.

Bart stands up during the cartoon so we see his silhouette. "Bart! Sit down!" Mrs Krabapple tells him off.

“Hi! I’m smiling Joe Fission!” said a cowboy atom. Um... Texanium? Well there’s a Californium... why not?

Some blue growling little monsters appeared.

“Oh no! Radioactive fall out! I’ll just stamp out these out!” Smiling Joe Fission stuffed the blue monsters under a rug and stamped them out. One escapes and growled before being kicked away by Smiling Joe Fission.

Then Smiling Joe Fission encounters some orange rods.

“We’re uranium 235 fuel rods!” said the rods.

“And that one is Rod Flanders.” said Oscar.

Bart laughed.

“Shhhhh!” Mrs Krabappel hushed them.

“We are really, really hot today Joe!” said the rods sweating.

“We wish there was some way to cool down!” said another rod.

“Well luckily there’s a nice cool swimming pool over there!” said Smiling Joe Fission pointing to a swimming pool.

The rods cheer and run off to the pool. Smiling Joe Fission watches them dive and splash about happily.

“Of course those rods are so hot kids, that they boil the water they’re in!” said Smiling Joe Fission.

The uranium rods are in boiling hot water yelping and crying in pain. “Ow! Ow! Ouch!”

"Any questions?" Black Smithers asks. Everyone puts their hands up. "One's not about my skin color. I'm Mr Smithers' long lost African cousin, okay!'

"Oh, so you haven't been on holiday Mr Smithers, or Matt hasn't accidentally colored everyone in wrong..." said Bart

"No!" Black Smithers yelled.

They then go through several security doors.

“Follow me children!” said Black Smithers.

"Mr Burns sure is secretive or paranoid of visitors..." said Bart to Oscar.

"Hey that guy from the title sequence is eating a sandwich with the tongs!" said Oscar as the random background guy from the title sequence was having his lunch using the tongs for picking up deadly radioactive samples to hold his sandwich.

“This is a energy monitoring station. It’s to warn if a reactor is malfunctioning.” said Black Smithers. “And if you look out the windows you’ll see where our water rejoins the rest of nature.”

Oscar sees a three eyed fish swimming about where the waste water is expelled.

They pass over one of the concourses where employees are at work. Some of the kids have parents working at the plant. Sherri and Terri say hi to their dad.

Bart says hi to Homer while he's riding a cart, but he is distracted by Bart and crashes it into a gas pipe that sets off the poison gas alarm. It's quickly rectified by some hazmat workers, but Sherri and Terri's father, who is Homer's supervisor fires him.

However Mr Burns is watching from his office and demands to know what is happening. Yellow Smithers explains Homer caused an accident and has been terminated by Mr Mackleberry. Probably quite rightfully under his own judgment, since Homer's accident could have cost lives. Mr Burns angrily demands Mr Mackleberry be called to his office at once.

However he's not angry about the accident that happened under his watch, he's furious that Mackleberry took it upon himself to fire an employee. He immediately sacks him and orders Smithers to contact Homer and explain he is reinstated but has been demoted to safety inspector.

"And take your cousin home before people start wondering why you were brown in this episode!" said Mr Burns.

"Um it was a coloring error..." said Matt Groening.

Meanwhile the fourth graders are going on a trolley ride through the factory. They see various things such as the radioactive lakes full of blinky the three eyed fishes, passing the cafeterias and the concourses.

Oscar and Martin watched the cartoon again.

The big with uranium rods came up.

“And these are rods of Uranium 235! Hi Rod!” said Smiling Joe Fission.

“Hi Mr blasphemous cartoon!” said Rod Flanders in the theatre.

“Rod... you don’t even go to our school... why are you here...” Oscar sighed.


Homer laments being fired from work that evening until there is a knock at the door. Smithers is there with two goons to explain Homer is being reinstated however as punishment for his accident he is demoted to safety inspector. A boring job that involves sitting at a computer terminal all day that operates the plant.

Mr Smithers then takes his leave, stating he must fly his cousin, Black Smithers home.

Homer celebrates by going to Moe's as in canon but he's able to buy drinks.

"Wow! My hair is black!" said Moe. "And my apron is so orange!"


Matt slumps on his desk with embarrassment.

Barney with blond hair burps.

"Okay we get it! I accidentally colored everyone in wrong!" Matt cried. "Are you finished?"

"Um no. Is that why Chief Wiggum used to have black hair, Akira used to be pale and Bart used to have a blue t shirt?" Oscar asks.

"Ay carumba! I can't wear blue! It's just not me!" Bart whines wearing a blue t shirt.

"And I'm still not finished! Look at the school!" Oscar is standing in front of the school one morning. "It's grey! It's supposed to orange!" Oscar rolled his eyes. Then we go to Homer's workspace while he's working. "And why are Homer's tongs sometimes orange and sometimes grey?"

"Okay stop breaking the fourth wall and get back to my scene!" Homer yells. We return to Moe's. Moe suddenly gets a prank phone call.

"I P freely? Hey everybody! I.P. Freely!" said Moe.

Everyone laughs at him.

"Oh it's you again you little puke! When I get ahold of you, I'm gonna gut you like a fish!" Moe yelled down the phone.


At the other end Bart was laughing having pranked Moe.


At School, Sherri and Terri are angry because their father got fired for firing Homer and Bart lets slip that he was reinstated which makes them even more mad. They are determined to make Bart's life hell.

At work, Homer is in his room working at the terminal when the guy with one huge eye walks in to tell the news that Barry Mackleberry committed suicide. Homer doesn't care much, he never liked Mackleberry.

At School, things get worse for Bart after Sherri and Terri explain their father killed himself. They prank him with all sorts of horrible pranks until Oscar finds out and promises to get them back, with a spider on a string.

Homer drives home and argues with the old couple that live in the brown house. That night Barry Mackleberry's ghost haunts him and makes him his sworn enemy. However Homer's asleep dreaming about asking Marge to change the channel.

At School Oscar scares Sherri and Terri with a toy spider on a string. They vow to get him back, because they secretly think he's cute.

That afternoon Bart and Oscar skateboard home from school. They pass the bus stop. There are an unusual group of people waiting. They are, Sherri and Terri's grandmother, Bart as an adult, a red haired lady and some mobsters Bart made up in Bart's guide to life with funny, gross names like Halitosis Harry and unpleasant armpit odour Ernie.

Bart was feeling naughty. As he skateboarded past he nicked the bus stop sign. The bus went past and wouldn't stop so the people went after it frantically.

"Those people are so weird. I swear the bloke in the middle looks like you as a grown up, Bart." said Oscar.

"Uh yeah, sure..." said Bart.

At home Marge had words with Oscar.

"Oscar, people around town have been complaining about you painting everything weird colours..." Marge sighed.

"I'm just painting everything their proper colours... Why is the school grey and not orange? And why does this Bart doll have a blue shirt?" Oscar asked.

"Okay that's enough now Oz..." Bart sighed as he confiscated the Bart doll.


That night after Moe's Homer is almost run over on the Springfield bridge. He is so incensed by the lack of safety signs he vows to make the bridge safe. However he decides to wait until the morning when he's sober to tell his family.

He also argues with the Winfields again on the way home.

The following morning Homer starts his campaign but is struggling with ideas so he lays on the sofa until the kids start poking him. Maggie pokes him very hard in the eye.

"Uh, Homeboy, didn't that hurt?" Bart asks.

Eventually they get him to go around petitioning but everyone slams their doors on him, including Bart.

"Sorry, but you're not giving up that easily Homeboy!" Bart replies before shutting him out again.

Homer goes on the news and with Kent's support gets his wish. The bridge is made safe with traffic signs. However he decides to continue protesting to make all of Springfield safe for everyone much to the annoyance of the newspapers who even ask in their headlines for him to stop already.

Eventually there are signs all over Springfield warning people of danger. Springfield then becomes very boring.

Meanwhile in Canon Mr Mackleberry somehow has the authority to fire Homer. Homer can’t buy beer ad goes home to break Bart’s piggy bank.

In my Fanon Homer accidentally dropped it.

“D’oh!” Homer groaned.

“My piggy bank! I love-ved you piggy! I love-ved you!” Bart cried over his broken piggy bank.

Homer rolled his eyes.

Then in canon so consumed with Guilt over being desperate to steal from his own son, Homer writes a suicide note and goes off to kill him self. By throwing himself off the bridge but not without tearfully saying goodbye to his family.

“Bye Marge.”

“Bye Lisa. My little genius.”

“Bye Bart. Try to be good!”

“Goodbye Maggie. I’ll never get to hear your first words or watch you grow up!”

In my canon.

“Oh god! That’s so heartbreaking! Why Matt?! Why would you write that?!” Homer sobbed loudly.

“I think he just really hated you that episode then realised he went too far. I’d have killed you off for real...” said Oscar.

“Oh thanks Oscar...” said Homer.

In canon Oscar does just that. The Simpsons are too late to stop Homer and he dies by drowning himself.

“Oh Homer!” Marge cries. And so did the kids.

“That’s horrible! Make it stop! Make it stop!” Homer in my canon cried.

“Matt how can you be so cruel?” Bart berated their creator.

“It’s called sadness! You need sadness in a show!” Matt ranted.

Later that evening Bart was going on about something involving Nelson while Oscar was drawling piggies.

“I am trying to draw an evil little piggy! Can’t you see I’m trying to draw an evil little piggy?!” He twists his head like the girl in the Exorcist. “Now be quiet.”

Bart was speechless.

At Mr Burns’s office.

“Who the devil are you?!” Mr Burns said to Black Smithers.

“I’m Mr Smithers but Black sir.” said Black Smithers.

“Get out of my office!” Mr Burns shouted.

Black Smithers left.

“Mmmmmm! Black Smithers...” Homer groaned and drooled.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

This is the only episode to ever feature Black Smithers. It was a mistake with the inks. One of the cartoonists accidentally coloured him brown instead of yellow.

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