In honor of the Simpson’s 500th episode - our favorite Irish moments from the show
The world's favorite cartoon that dubbed St. Patrick’s Day 'the busiest drinking day of the year'
"The Simpsons" made history on St. Patrick's Day in 2009 when an episode appeared in Ireland before the US, for a special "Irish-themed" edition.
It was the first time an episode of the world's favorite cartoon was premiered outside of the U.S.
Called "In the Name of the Grandfather," the episode involves Homer and Grandpa visiting Ireland - and buying a pub.
This won't be the first time that “The Simpsons” have a joke on the Irish - and after 500 episodes, the Irish just can’t get seem to get enough of them.
Booze is the number one topic – especially on St. Patrick’s Day, “The busiest drinking day of the year,” according to Moe.
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As Homer and a group of men wait outside Moe’s Tavern, Moe continues: “Where are the designated drivers?” When two men raise their hands, Moe then says, “Beat it! I got no room for cheap skates!”
Brawling is next up - or maybe even a boozing/brawling combo.
During at a parade at another St. Patrick’s Day, one float is called “The Drunken Irish Novelists of Springfield” – and shows a James Joyce-like figure who jumps off the float to start a mass brawl!
And then there always a steady stream of leprechauns at hand.
Bart makes a crank 911 call in which he complains about a “Leprechaun bite.”And Homer tells Marge that she is living in a world of make-believe with "flowers and bells and leprechauns and magic frogs with funny little hats.”
When Liam Neeson plays an Irish priest who converts Bart and Homer to Catholicism, Homer exclaims, "Catholics Rule! We've got Boston, South America and the good part of Ireland"!
In that same episode, Protestant heaven is full of posh polo players. Catholic heaven features the cast of Riverdance in an Irish bar, filled with drunks fighting.
Here then, are some of the best Irish Simpsons moments in The Simpsons:
1. Homer thinks that Mr. Burns is in search of a rare “sober Irishman.”
2. Ned Flanders says that the Flanders don’t use the “I-word” in their house.
3. A book on Mr. Burns desk that’s called, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, You've Just Been Robbed?”
4. Kent Brockman, reporting from Main Street, St. Patrick’s Day: “Where today, everyone is a little bit Irish! Except, of course, for the gays and the Italians."
5. Homer tries to get into a U2 concert by disguising himself as the potato delivery man.
6. Mayor Quimby says that St. Patrick’s Day will be “booze free.” Bart replies, “Where are the IRA when you need them?”
7. Guess who Groundskeeper Willy’s arch-enemy is? A drunken Irish poet named Groundskeeper Seamus.
8. Grandpa says that during the last meteor shower they thought the sky was on fire so naturally they blamed it on the Irish and hanged a few more.
9. (From "The Simpsons" movie)
Colin: I'm Colin.
Lisa: I haven't seen you at school
Colin: Just moved from Ireland. My dad's a musician.
Lisa: Is he...?
Colin: He's not Bono.
Lisa: I just thought because you're Irish and you care about...
Colin: He's NOT Bono.
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