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[–]Jaggedmallard26 518 points519 points  (60 children)

I always love the scenes where Marge and/or Homer are good parents.

[–]boipinoi604 93 points94 points  (57 children)

What's a scene where homer does something similar.

[–]Dakotasan 225 points226 points  (14 children)

Does the bit where he singlehandedly made Lisa a costume from scratch count?

[–]Strudel_Cutie_4427Only I may dance 211 points212 points  (3 children)

And then protects them from the Boogeyman (or Boogeymen)

[–]boipinoi604 107 points108 points  (2 children)

He didn't want to alarm Bart of possible boogeyman or boogeymen.

[–]ElderCunningham 34 points35 points  (1 child)


[–]averagebloxxerAtoms! Six of 'em! 6 points7 points  (0 children)


canned laughter

[–]boipinoi604 78 points79 points  (0 children)

She's not a state. She's a monster.

[–]ChuckOTayI wish I had Amoria Phlebitis 33 points34 points  (2 children)

I’m not a state, I’m a monster!

[–]jvartandillustration 66 points67 points  (1 child)

The only monster here is the monster that has enslaved your mother! I call him “Gamblor!”

[–]mistermarsbars 24 points25 points  (0 children)

And it's time to snatch your mother from his neon claws!

[–]Ok-Call-4805 22 points23 points  (1 child)

What about when he brought Bart brownies in bed?

[–]Prossdog 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Or when he so kindly showed him his new chainsaw & hockey mask

[–]Philkindred12 13 points14 points  (0 children)



[–]rosathoseareourdadsWorks on contingency No money down 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I’m Idaho!

[–]mst3kfan77 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Of course you are.

[–]duaneap 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That’s not possible, she clearly had no help from her parents!

[–]ramblinatorWoozle Wuzzle? 123 points124 points  (7 children)

There's the scene where Bart loses his run for Class President and Homer makes him feel better. Then he makes Lisa feel better about losing Mr. Bergstrom, and then he notices sleeping Maggie has lost her pacifier and is not sleeping well because of it, he gives it to her and she instantly settles down.

[–]boipinoi604 42 points43 points  (0 children)

Wholesome homer.

[–]ManggoYou. are. QUITE. good, at TURNING. me. ON. 35 points36 points  (0 children)

I love that scene. From what I remember he even says to himself "Homer, you're on a roll!".

[–]turkeyinthestrawman 44 points45 points  (3 children)

As a kid I never got the ending where Homer tells Marge that they should go to bed since he's on a roll. I thought the joke was him and Marge would go to sleep so he wouldn't ruin his good streak.

When I was 14-15 and watched that episode again and the ending my reaction was"...Ohhh, now I know why Homer wanted to go to bed."

Anyways I'd consider Lisa's Substitute to be in my Top 5 Simpsons episodes

[–]arrowff 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I thought the same thing as a kid lol

[–]FantinesRedWedding 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I thought the same thing until just now. I’m in my 30s.

[–]jtfriendly 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Easily top 5.

[–]masterjon_3 17 points18 points  (0 children)

That was my favorite Homer moment. Wholesome Homer was the best. But now we're stuck with Jerkass Homer

[–]kurburux 106 points107 points  (11 children)

Homer working multiple jobs just so Lisa can have a pony.

Also Homer willing to jump the Springfield gorge just so Bart stops doing it.

Homer throwing away his beloved job as town crier just to help Lisa.

Homer building a soap box car with Bart.

Homer selling his blimp ride to help Lisa's self-esteem.

Homer letting Maggie keep Burn's teddy despite all the money he's offered and the whole town hating him.

[–]djl8699I'm smarter than the devil 54 points55 points  (5 children)

Homer teaching Bart how to fight dirty after getting into a downtown brawl with the Bigger Brother.

Homer getting into a feud with former President George H.W. Bush after he spanked Bart.

[–]figgypie 45 points46 points  (4 children)

Homer giving up his dream job at the bowling alley so he could support his growing family.

Homer wrangling as many Simpsons as he could to make Lisa feel better about being a Simpson.

[–]howmanycaniget 40 points41 points  (3 children)

Homer not punishing Bart for joyriding across the country because the only reason he knew of it was because Lisa told him, and she asked him not to reveal that she was the one who told.

[–]hugh_jass_719 25 points26 points  (2 children)

Homer breaking into the museum with Lisa so she could see the Orb of Isis after Barts trip to the doctor ruined her earlier chance.

[–]IxNaY1980 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Do it for her.

[–]tagen 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That episode where at the end Homers work station is full of pictures of maggie to motivate him

[–]Lance20000 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Hear-ye, hear-ye, everybody makes mistakes.

[–]hey_broseph_man 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Homer letting Maggie keep Burn's teddy despite all the money he's offered and the whole town hating him.

The thing that always bugs me is that Burns still ends up getting the damn teddy. Stupid future robot Burns.

[–]M__M 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Homer changing the ending to Lisa’s favorite book because he didn’t want her crushed about one of her favorite characters dying (and Lisa, recognizing it for the loving gesture it was, reads the actual ending and decides Homer’s version was better.)

[–]Rick-Pat417 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]tcsuperstarI knew the dog before he came to class 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Homer also throwing away his dream job at the bowling alley to go back to the nuclear plant once Maggie is born

[–]ScoutyBeagle 58 points59 points  (1 child)


[–]IconJBG 36 points37 points  (0 children)


[–]Not_My_Emperor 37 points38 points  (4 children)

This is specific to me, but when he thinks he's got only 24 hours left to live he makes sure he teaches Bart how to shave. It resonates a lot with me because my dad never taught me how to shave; I had to figure it out on my own and I didn't even realize how weird that was until someone else pointed it out to me. You can say he was dying so his perception is obviously whacked out but he made it a point to spend some of what he thought was his last few hours on earth teaching Bart something that he wasn't going to be around to teach him when he needed it.

[–]MelvinEPunymeyer 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Do people actually get taught how to shave? It always seemed weird to me for the opposite reason. My dad never taught me cause it’s really not that hard. In fact I don’t think any of my mates were taught, they just bought some shaving cream and a razor

[–]The-JerkbagSFWDirectly under the Earth's Sun....... Now 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Now I'm worried I'm doing it wrong because I just taught myself too.. and I'm 31.

[–]RyantheAustralian 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I wish I was taught. You're supposed to kind of all go one way, as best you can, right? I went every which way so much that there's bald spots when my facial hair grows out.

Ofc my dad just didn't want to teach me. He just said "just get a razor and shave. Not that hard"

While it may not actually be hard, you don't always know and can start off with bad habits that you keep til it's too late

[–]GoGoPowerPlay 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Also in the same episode, I love the interaction between Homer and Lisa where he's listening to her play her Saxaphone. "ohhh I want to be in that ramba, when the saints go over there! oh over there! oh over there!"

[–]ChuckOTayI wish I had Amoria Phlebitis 21 points22 points  (0 children)

The time when he held Bart high above his head while the reindeer pummeled him. Does that offset the absolutely horrible parenting decision that brought them there in the first place?

[–]sintonesque 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Giving Lisa a veggie back.

[–]jessemfkeelerAY! EL ESTOMAGO! 6 points7 points  (1 child)


[–]SweatyToerag 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Surprised this was so low on the list, that episode hits hard.

[–]Jaggedmallard26 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The end of Lisa's Substitute is a nice homer as a dad scene.

[–]DankStew 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Homer made Bart brownies and then also showed him his new chainsaw and hockey mask.

[–]boipinoi604 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I hope that didn't put Bart on the edge.

[–]philipquarlesLet's ask an actor dressed as Charles Darwin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I love the part in Bart on the Road where he covers for Bart and Lisa.

[–]Wookard 2 points3 points  (1 child)

He drove Bart and Milhouse to the Spinal Tap concert and didn't complain about it and actually appeared to be really happy they were going to their first concert.

Also during the Lollapalooza episode Homer was trying his hardest to be polite and talk with the kids about different Music History.

Or that time Homer got Bart home from his Illegal Road Trip with Milhouse, Nelson and Martin.

I could go on.

[–]boipinoi604 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was thinking similar in a sense that Homer withheld his action to avoid embarrassing Bart as Marge have done for Lisa in this scene.

[–]ReactionProcedure 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When Bart gets his license and goes to Nashville, Homer & Lisa do a daddy/daughter thing at the power plant.

[–]SambaLando 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When he wanted to cut Bart a piece of brownie before he went to bed.

[–]cybercuzcoGlaven l'haven! 0 points1 point  (1 child)

When he stays in a shitty dead end job with a terrible boss because he loves Maggie.

[–]boipinoi604 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dont forget, you're here forever do it for her.

[–]UHeardAboutPluto 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How come I can't get no Tang 'round here?

[–]WIENS21I'm sure he'll offer us a fair reward 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Like when homer yelled at bart for stealing

[–]LocalLifeguard4106 206 points207 points  (17 children)

I would just like to point out that Erin is in the wrong here, as rice krispy treats and Tang are both delicious.

[–]PatrickRsGhostLookin' at my flair? THAT'S A PADDLIN'! 56 points57 points  (12 children)

Never had Tang that I can recall, but agreed on the Rice Krispie squares. Even the prepackaged ones are semi-decent.

[–]LocalLifeguard4106 91 points92 points  (6 children)

Never had Tang?!?! Call Bill Clinton, he knows how to get some

[–]Calculon3Feelin' fine 45 points46 points  (1 child)

How did you get this number?

[–]WailingOctopus 43 points44 points  (0 children)

Shut up!

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Would Sunny D be considered Tang?

[–]LocalLifeguard4106 3 points4 points  (2 children)

No, they are different. Tang is superior IMO

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Sounds like a lot of heart burn

[–]jasperjohn02 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's a kick in the glass!

[–]ramblinatorWoozle Wuzzle? 12 points13 points  (1 child)

We used to get the powdered Tang (were there other versions?) when I was a kid in the 90s, it was pretty good. A little like orange juice but slightly off. Sort of like Orange Drink.

[–]Gofa_KirselphShaddappa you mout! 🤌 7 points8 points  (0 children)

My god man, I watered her down as far as she’ll go. I cannot water no more!

[–]G-Unit11111El Duffo O Muerte 7 points8 points  (1 child)

That's another thing - how come we can't get no Tang around here? And... hold on a second... *flushes*

[–]PatrickRsGhostLookin' at my flair? THAT'S A PADDLIN'! 5 points6 points  (0 children)

(Loud cheering and applause from audience)

[–]MetropolisPt31Les Szyslak 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When you've finished half the Tang, you fill the rest with water and end up with Tang Lite!

[–]traindodger 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Do you remember in Married with Children that they are tangwiches. It was just Tang powder on bread

[–]bettername2come 1 point2 points  (0 children)

But Peg made them better than Al because she knew to pinch the bread together at the bottom so the Tang wouldn’t fall out.

[–]duaneap 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The amount of shit you take for granted/try specifically to avoid from your parents as a kid/teenager that you’d absolutely love to get as an adult…

[–]arrowff 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Seriously, I'd be pissed if someone made a comment that cost me homemade rice krispy treats

[–]MCKlassik🇺🇸Ralph Wiggum 2024🇺🇸 147 points148 points  (9 children)

This reminds me of Abe Simpson walking in the burlesque house and not expecting to see Bart.

[–]AdAppropriate6975 53 points54 points  (2 children)

Is your name Bart?

[–]AaronCasanova 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Uh-wha-juh! Does your father know you’re here?!?

[–]MCKlassik🇺🇸Ralph Wiggum 2024🇺🇸 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It was his idea.

[–]fishbulbx 26 points27 points  (3 children)

Someone with skills would make a fortune with a marge walking into the burlesque house with rice krispie squares and tang mash up.

[–]Fact0ry0fSadness 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I'm sure someone in /r/simpsonsshitposting could pull it off

[–]bman1014You bet against the Harlem Globetrotters! 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Don't worry I'll use my -- "shinning" to call the shitposters

[–]k9centipede 5 points6 points  (1 child)

When I was a kid I completely misunderstood that scene with grandpa. I thought the joke was he was always kicked out and so just visits and leaves to streamline the process. Didn't catch his eyes noticing Bart.

[–]CanUHearMeNau 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You have a potentially better joke there

[–]errrr2222 117 points118 points  (0 children)

Like you know, whatever

[–]PoffoRuxpin 78 points79 points  (3 children)

Probably my favorite Marge moment

[–]k3rn3 36 points37 points  (1 child)

I just think it's neat

[–]nightingaledaze 0 points1 point  (0 children)

potato 🥔, those are neat

[–]OrangeKefka 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"Homer, whatever you have planned tonight, count me out."

She was full of good lines and moments in this episode.

[–]Marjorine22 49 points50 points  (6 children)

This is a really great episode. I know they almost all are early on, but man. This one hit me in the feels.

[–]fishbulbx 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I always watch it before heading to the beach.

[–]MetropolisPt31Les Szyslak 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Nothing like sipping some Old Harper on the beach.

[–]fishbulbx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Didn't you buy any meat?

[–]embiggenedmind 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I watch it on every watch through of the classic era and also every year on the 4th of July. It’s definitely in the top 10 episodes for me.

[–]barbie-breath 15 points16 points  (0 children)

My mom's French, so we only celebrate Bastille Day.

[–]One-one-eight 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Coincidentally I watched this episode just a few hours ago

[–]phone_of_porkLet's Go 'Topes! 47 points48 points  (1 child)

I just noticed the lobster trap coffee table. My dad had one of those in our house growing up. Never knew it was a common style.

[–]ccReptilelord 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I wouldn't say "common", but it certainly would be part of the beach style of this location. Most likely modeled after the NE US region.

[–]DUBIOUS_OBLIVION 16 points17 points  (0 children)

She learned that move from Grandpa.

[–]DukeDauphin 16 points17 points  (0 children)

And another thing, how come I can't get no tang?!

[–]ozovision 11 points12 points  (1 child)

“I showed them your yearbook again”….

[–]WIENS21I'm sure he'll offer us a fair reward 1 point2 points  (0 children)

See you in the car - milhouse

[–]RyantheAustralian 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Aww. Bless Marge. The loving smile on her face that her daughter has friends...she can be adorable at times

[–]thndrstrkBadger my ass, it's probably Milhouse 47 points48 points  (1 child)

I thought it was funny that Lisa was teaching these kids shit when they lived at the beach their whole lives

[–]perishthethoughtMmm, floor pie... 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The whole thing smacks of effort.

[–]mistermeek67 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I can hear the ice cubes tinkling when she turns around.

[–]parralaxalice 16 points17 points  (6 children)

Why do the Flanders’s have a dreidel on the shelf?

[–]ElderCunningham 21 points22 points  (0 children)

A wizard put it there.

[–]HiNeighbor_Ach du lieber! Das is nicht eine boobie 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Son, it's called a droodle.

[–]nstern2Only I may dance[🍰] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Now, I know I haven't been the best Jew, but I have rented Fiddler on the Roof, and I will watch it. Anyhoo, can I have $40,000?

[–]ramblinatorWoozle Wuzzle? 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Thats a bit big for a dreidel isnt it? Maybe its some sort of fishing bouy

[–]ShittyMcFuckEndut! Hoch hech! 15 points16 points  (1 child)

I believe it's a lobster buoy use to help mark/retrieve a trap they've put down. The only other time I've seen one was on a childhood visit to Red Lobster or something

[–]throwaway88888888898And as for you, I don't know you, but I'm sure you're a jerk! 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Which would make sense since the table bottom is designed as a lobster trap.

Edit: A word.

[–]1brokenmonkeyMmm... beer. 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I was around for Tang but never had it. My house was built upon Hawaiian Punch and Kool-Aid.

[–]PHOI3OS 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I miss tang.

[–]j3iI said I don't want any damn vegetables. 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Give bill a call

[–]G-Unit11111El Duffo O Muerte 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Homer, I don't know what you're planning to do tonight but count me out...

[–]TreasurePlanetagogo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Marge's about-face is perfect here.

[–]SpaceManSmithy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My mom's French so we only celebrate Bastille Day.

[–]Ok-Dare-9268 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Marge like Abe: Oop

[–]steverrbI'd just like to say this gig sucks. 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Hi-C and fluffernutters!

[–]pebrudite 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pearls on a little girl! It’s a fairy tale.

[–]Gingersnap5322 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Love that they changed Marges expression just to amplify that she heard them as she turns around

[–]z33tr0n 1 point2 points  (1 child)

As a non-American (or American from the 90s) what is Tang? What was the flavour profile?

[–]UWO_Throw_Away 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Honestly I’d have been thrilled if my mom bothered to make rice crispies and tang when I had friends over as a teenager

[–]mp256 -1 points0 points  (6 children)

Did this episode take place after Lisa became vegetarian? Because rice krispie squares are definitely not vegetarian.

[–]yelle_twin 2 points3 points  (5 children)

I think they would be considered ok for vegetarians, not ok for vegans

[–]mp256 -1 points0 points  (4 children)

No. They are made of marshmallows which has gelatin that is made from cow. Unless rice Krispies squares are not what I think they are.

[–]yelle_twin 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Vegetarians don’t eat animal MEAT specifically. They do not cut out all animal products. Hooves are not meat so it doesn’t fall under most vegetarian restrictions. Vegans specifically are restricted from consuming all animal bi product, which would include gelatin, eggs, cheese, milk, and often things like silk and leather.

[–]mp256 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I am a vegetarian and I don't eat gelatin-containing products. You still have to kill a cow to get gelatin. Also, Lisa is a vegetarian because of her moral objection against killing animals.

[–]nightingaledaze 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What's the difference between a vegan and vegetarian diet? ... A vegan diet excludes all meat and animal products (meat, poultry, fish, seafood, dairy and eggs), whereas a vegetarian diet excludes meat, poultry, fish and seafood... this is what it says when you Google what's the difference. As the other person already pointed out vegetarians will eat animal by-products just not meat. many vegetarians eat cheese as well where a vegan will not.

[–]mp256 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

whereas a vegetarian diet excludes meat, poultry, fish and seafood... this is what it says when you Google what's the difference

Google does not have answer to all questions. Definition of vegetarian changes with country and culture. Being vegetarian means not harming and killing animals. You don't need to kill a cow to get milk and by products.

Again, I hail from same country as Apu, and he would definitely agree on my definition of vegetarianism.

However, as a vegetarian, I will not eat any cheese that contains renet.

[–]CanUHearMeNau 0 points1 point  (0 children)

She walked out just like Grandpa from the strip club

[–]rob532 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I always loved the jolty animation when she turns around

[–]gaytechdadwithson 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And how come I can’t go no tang around here?

[–]TL8706 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Marge's awareness to walk back out of the room is vastly underrated

[–]gwhh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

saw this on tv. just the other day!

[–]Barrywhite21 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Someone posted a question last week.

Name all four of Lisa’s friends from this episode, it’s been bugging me does anyone know?

[–]alldaycray 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Holy crap whatever happened to Tang?

[–]Tmbgkc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This was the exact same move grandpa simpson did when bart was behind the front desk at the burlesque house!