How I Spent My Strummer Vacation
Season
14
Production Code
DABF22
Broadcast Index
S14E02
Episode Number
293
Airdate
10 November 2002
Writer
Mike Scully
Director
Bob Anderson
Executive Producer
Mike Scully
Guest Stars
Elvis Costello
Mick Jagger
Lenny Kravitz
Tom Petty
Keith Richards
Brian Setzer
DVD Commentary
Matt Groening
Mike Scully
Al Jean
Ian Maxtone-Graham
Matt Selman
John Frink
Dana Gould
Tom Gammill
Dan Castellaneta
Mike B. Anderson
Steven Dean Moore
Michael Price
Editor
Jimmy Heenan
Plot On a visit to Moe's, Homer has no money to pay for his beer and Moe won't give him any freebies. As a result, he goes around town doing alternate things to feel drunk, such as breathing thin air on top of a mountain, licking toads and giving blood. Moe feels guilty about earlier and gives Homer a free beer, but Homer is already heavily intoxicated. Moe, Lenny and Carl put Homer in a taxi cab to Homer's home. He is secretly being videotaped, and what he says on tape are some unpleasant things about Marge and the kids, as well as his dream of being a rock star. His family is not impressed with him, but soon realise that they do somewhat burden him. To make up for this, the family takes Homer to a Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp, run by the Rolling Stones. At the camp, Homer and a bunch of other Springfield citizens learn about rock music, with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, Tom Petty, and Brian Setzer (all of whom lend their own voices). Homer likes the camp very much and goes wild. He learns different "rock 'n' roll" techniques, like Mick's walk, and how to showboat with the guitar (something that does not please Mick Jagger very much, considering it flies into his office and messes up his paperwork). Finally, the wannabe-rockstars have a mock rock concert, with Homer as the lead guitarist and singer. Homer, really into the rock fantasy, even jumps into the crowd, except that the crowd only contains the 6 musicians, who nearly get flattened by Homer's mass.

However, it does not last long as the camp was actually a one-week only camp. Homer's dream is shattered and he does not want to leave. That is, until Mick Jagger offers Homer a chance to perform at a benefit gig, the "Concert for Planet Hollywood". Homer, excited to no end, gets passes for his friends so they can see him at the concert. But, Homer is shocked when he is asked to do the duties of a roadie. When he goes on stage to test the microphone, seeing his family and friends out there rooting for him, he sings a rock song and steals the show. This angers the rock stars, who attempt to run Homer off the stage with a big mobile fire-breathing devil's head. The devil's head goes out of control and plows into the audience.

The performers, feeling sorry about their actions, offer Homer an opportunity to perform at another benefit concert (for the victims of the recently messed-up gig), but he declines and prefers to perform at home instead. However, at the end of the episode he replaces his car with the big devil's head (given to him by the band). Using it to take Bart and Lisa to school much to the fascination of the kids there.
Intro Gags
The living room is filled with water, and a jet ski ramp is next to the couch, the family ski to the couch. When Seated, it turns out that sharks are eating Homer's legs.
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