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The Call of the Simpsons 

Homer takes the family camping, but it soon becomes a misadventure when they lose their equipment and Homer is mistaken for Bigfoot.


Wesley Archer (as Wes Archer)


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / TV Anchorman (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Todd Flanders / Boy / Scientist #2 (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Ned Flanders / TV Anchorman / Interviewer / Bear Remover / Captor #2 / Dr. Marvin Monroe / Scientist (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Camper #1 / Cameraman / Ranger / Captor #1 / Captor #3 / Scientist #3 (voice)
Albert Brooks ... Cowboy Bob (voice) (as A. Brooks)
Maggie Roswell ... Camper #2 / Reporter (voice)


Ned Flanders shows off his newly purchased (and monstrous) motor home to the Simpsons. In a fit of oneupmanship, Homer decides he needs one too. Homer's credit is very poor, but he wants that motor home, so he buys one whose oil is leaking and appears to be held together by chicken wire and duct tape. With their new motor home, Homer takes the family on an outing in the woods. Homer quickly loses his way and everyone bails from the motor home just before it tumbles into a large ravine. The family is forced to rough it the rest of the way. Maggie becomes separated from the family and takes refuge with a family of bears. Meanwhile, Homer and Bart lose their clothing and have to wear leaves. Homer quickly falls into a stream and becomes covered with mud. A couple staying in the woods, concluding that what they've seen is Bigfoot, takes a picture of Homer and sends it to a TV station. Soon, the woods are crawling with media representatives, hoping to get their own glimpse. A park ranger ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Plot Keywords:

woods | rv | bear | camping trip | bigfoot | See All (11) »


Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

18 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La llamada de los Simpson See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the original script, Homer and Bart were not talking in the scene where they concealed their private parts with mud and moss, but Sam Simon thought it would be "too funny to leave as a stage direction" and they added dialogue to the scene. See more »


Bob asks Homer if he's Roman, because he looks like a God, ".....sort of". He then proceeds to call Homer Zeus, who is a Greek God, not a Roman God. See more »


Lisa Simpson: Remember, Dad. The handle of the big dipper points to the north star.
Homer: That's nice, Lisa, but we're not in astronomy class. We're in the woods.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Lemon of Troy (1995) See more »


The Happy Wanderer
Composed by Friedrich-Wilhelm Möller
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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Best Episode Ever
14 November 2009 | by hollandprojectsSee all my reviews

Well, make that Second Best behind Homers Skateboard jump across the canyon. The Call of the Simpson is hilarious. I still laugh when I think about the rabbit trap scene. It's a classic early Homer trying to do the best he can to his family and naturally everything goes wrong, from wanting to live it up in a Winnebago to impressing his family and trying to showing his son how to survive in the wilderness, which fails miserably. The Bigfoot was a classic idea with subsequent headlines and a character voice that is only in a few episodes. It is one of the few classic episode with Homer asking for his favorite food; Pork Chops and Apple Sauce. The radio dial keeping the family from teetering off the cliff, to the family leaving Homer stranded as he teeters on the edge of a cliff, to Marge arranging the animals in the woods. Maggie taming the bears with her pacifier. Really, what is not to like about this episode.

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