Day: August 26, 2018

The Simpsons – One Foot in the Grave – tape 1913

Mostly The Simpsons on this tape. First, Fear of Flying, in which Homer pretends to be an airline pilot so he can drink in their bar, and Marge confronts her fear of flying, caused by some childhood trauma.

Anne Bancroft plays a psychiatrist.

And there’s a Cheers crossover, featuring almost the whole cast, including Ted Danson and Rhea Perlman.

George Wendt and John Ratzenberger (although not Kelsey Grammer).

Next, Homer the Great, featuring a guest appearance by Patrick Stewart as the head of the ancient order of Stonecutters.

After this episode, recording continues for a bit with Beverly Hills 90210, then recording switches to the end of the news.

There’s weather from Peter Cockroft, and trailers for Ghostswith Kevin McNally, and Heroes and Villains with Rowan Atkinson.

Then, an episode of One Foot in the Grave. Victor manages to scald himself in the shower.

He gets a job as a chauffeur for John Bird.

When he tells a van full of rugby players off for bad parking, they have their revenge on his car.

A second car has a mishap with a garage with a missing floor.

And the third one ends up worse off after an encounter with a tank.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 29th January 1995 – 21:10

After this, back to the Simpsons with And Maggie Makes Three. Homer tells the story of when Maggie was born. He’s just reached the point where he’s out of debt, so he quits his job, literally burning his bridges.

His ideal job is at the bowling alley, but when Maggie is on the way, he can’t afford to stay there, and has to crawl back to Mr Burns, literally. Returned to his old job, he’s given a demotivational poster.

Before Maggie arrives, he worries that he can’t love her, because of his job, but (this being generally a heartwarming show) he loves her from the start, and when the kids ask why there’s no pictures of Maggie at hime he tells them he keeps them where he needs them the most.

Regular readers will be unsurprised to learn this always makes me cry.

Next, it’s Bart’s Comet, in which Bart discovers a comet, which then looks like it’s going to wipe out the town.

In Homie the Clown, Homer becomes a professional Krusty impersonator.

In Bart vs Australia, the whole episode is based on the myth that toilets and sinks drain in a different direction in the Southern Hemisphere. Which they don’t, really. Lisa explains it’s because of the Coriolis effect, which is a real thing, but the direction a sink drains in depends much more on the shape of the sink or toilet than the effect.

Homer vs Patty and Selma guest starring Mel Brooks.

Bart takes Ballet. Of course, the rest of the kids ruin it. His teacher is Susan Sarandon.

And finally on this tape, Lisa’s Wedding which I’ve already looked at before.

After this recording stops, and there’s some Beverly Hills 90210 underneath.


  • Crunchy Nut Cornflakes
  • Energy Rush K9
  • Daily Express
  • Surf
  • Duracell
  • trail: Hot Shots part Deux
  • trail: Football
  • Diet Coke
  • St Ivel Baby & Toddler
  • The Return of Jafar on video
  • Nissan Micra
  • Direct Debit
  • trail: Star Trek The Next Generation
  • trail: September
  • Prudential
  • Somerfield/Gateway
  • Marmite
  • Radion
  • Neutrogena
  • Kingsmill
  • Dance Mania 95
  • Sky Telethon
  • Disney Sing Along Songs on video
  • Dairylea
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Jacob’s Club
  • Fresh Brew
  • trail: Highlander
  • trail: Football
  • Vauxhall Corsa – Ruby Wax
  • UK Gold – Morecambe and Wise
  • Bassett’s Jelly Babies
  • Daily Mirror
  • Special K
  • trail: Beverly Hills 90210/Melrose Place
  • Radox
  • Now 30
  • trail: Beverly Hills 90210/Melrose Place
  • trail: Kids’ Easter Classics on Sky
  • Time Out
  • Nesquik Cereal
  • Soft & Gentle
  • Playmobil
  • Surf
  • Into the Eighties
  • trail: Boxing
  • trail: Sky Summer of Sports
  • Bird’s Eye Vegetable Cuisine
  • Quavers
  • Green Giant Corn
  • behind the Scenes: Hawkeye