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‘The Simpsons’ On Drugs: 6 Trippiest Scenes

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Some of the best scenes ever from one of the best shows on TV ever (non-cable). The Guatemalan Insanity Peppers is def my fav sequence ever on the show.


‘The Simpsons’ On Drugs: 6 Trippiest Scenes

By Don Vaughan

July 23rd, 2007

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It's no secret — The Simpsons has relied as heavily on drug humor as Diff'rent Strokes did on "whatchootalkinboutwillis." Ranging from binge drinking to marijuana use to LSD-like hallucinations, all the members of the Simpson clan — and a great many other residents of Springfield — have enjoyed a wide variety of drug-induced exploits.

The trailer for the new feature film indicates there's at least one upcoming instance of Homer craving something psychotropic, saying, "More, please!" to an Indian chief's flaming brew. But until its theatrical release on July 27th, let's re-cap some of the "high" points of what is arguably the world's foremost pop culture institution.

6. "Wow, that saxophone would make a great pipe."

Homer gets a prescription for marijuana. Marge is troubled, the kids bemused, but Homer, who indulges as expected, is also conflicted. His remedy: "Do as I say, not as I do."

In other episodes, Homer...

* Has insomnia and watches a late night TV commercial for "Nappien," which "won't cause foot-fattening or elbow stink."

* Takes expired medication he finds in a neighbor's trash. When Marge tells him to stop, he says, "But Marge, what if I'm not getting enough ... [glances at label] ... estrogen!"

* Invents a drink — the Flaming Homer, a.k.a. the Flaming Moe — in which the main ingredient is children's cough syrup.

* Gets the entire town of Springfield high when he distributes a beverage made from carrots and peyote.

* Takes another man's medications while visiting his father in the nursing home. Grandpa comments, "The pink ones keep you from screaming."

* Gets high on cleaning-chemical fumes and hallucinates that he's being attacked by Scrubbing Bubbles, Mr. Clean, and other characters.

* As he and Ned Flanders drive to Las Vegas, they pass a car driven by a warped and hallucinating Hunter S. Thompson as drawn by Ralph Steadman.

And of course, Homer's fondness for Duff beer is legendary.

5. "Kickin' It"

Marge attends the Broadway play Kickin' It, "a musical journey through the Betty Ford Center," with the kids during a trip to New York.

In other episodes, Marge...

* Hallucinates that the walls are melting, and that a roasting turkey talks to her, after she drinks tainted tap water.

* Is maliciously portrayed in a political ad as saying "Now it's time to do some coke off the blade of a knife..."

* Has a false-positive test for crack and PCP after taking a parenting course. Confesses to being high on LSD, "love for my son and daughters."

* Checks into a rehab clinic herself after excessive drinking with Homer.

4. Naked in the Fermentarium

Lisa has LSD-like hallucinations after drinking the water while on a ride at Duff Gardens. Proclaims, "I can see the music," and "I am the lizard queen!" (Homer had been binging on an enormous sandwich he'd brought home from the company picnic, and sent her to the park with her Aunt Selma.)

In other episodes, Lisa...

* Becomes addicted to "Trucker's Choice" brand speed, a gift from Bart.

* Has LSD-like hallucinations featuring The Beatles after receiving nitrous oxide at the dentist's office. Later in the same episode, the entire family gets high when the dentist accidentally leaves the gas on.

* Comments to Bart that the air at a Hullabalooza music festival "smells like Otto's jacket," a reference to their pot-smoking school bus driver (see below).

* Comments that the pot smoke emanating from Homer's room "smells like the art teacher's office."

3. "What am I smokin'? Oh yeah..."

About as straightforward as possible, and without apology: Otto is portrayed as smoking pot while driving the kids to school.

In other episodes, Otto...

* Complains about blatant false advertising as he storms out of a housewares store called "Stoner's Pot Palace."

* Is told by Mettalica to never listen to their music again, ostensibly for being a druggie.

* Mistakenly answers this true-or-false question while practicing for his driving test. "Alcohol improves your ability to concentrate."

2. "Ow! My Bones Are So Brittle."

Bart Drinks "malk" at school, "now with vitamin R" (a slang term for Ritalin).

In other episodes, Bart...

* Gets drunk on beer during a St. Patrick's Day parade.

* Asks Marge to pick up some "Flintstones chewable morphine" when he gets the flu.

And in 1990, federal "drug czar" William Bennett made headlines when he warned patients at a drug treatment center that watching The Simpsons was "not going to help you." (He'd spotted a Bart Simpson poster on the wall that said "Underachiever — and proud of it.") Later when he made a conciliatory offer to sit down and talk to Bart, Matt Groening issued a counter-statement on behalf of Bart. "If our drug czar thinks he's going to have a conversation with a cartoon character, he must be smoking something."

1. Guatemalan Insanity Peppers

Drug blog Dosenation.com calls it a highlight of The Simpsons' "nods and winks to the drug-using populace." Exquisitely crafted in theme and form, this segment could be seen as the ultimate tribute to the psychedelic drug experience, complete with self-discovery, adventure and even an animal guide (a coyote with the voice of Johnny Cash).

We imagine The Simpsons writers are especially proud of this 1999 episode. Notice when Homer first swallows the psychotropic pepper, he says, "More, please" — the exact line he's now using in the new movie's trailer. Maybe the writers are sending a secret signal to all Homer's fans in the drug culture:

He's still a druggie after all these years.

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what about the credit-card episode for Santos L. Halper?

Ahh you've been all edgy and suspicious ever since I gave you those Pep Pills.

Lisa: What are you talking about-I don't need pep pills to be suspicious-If I wanna comment on it, I'll comment on it-Who's gonna stop me-You, Pep Pill Boy?-Pep boys-pills-Beverly Sills-Oh boy ah boy-Uh oh-uh oh...

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One of my other all time favourite scenes wasn't included. I loved it when they bust the blind man for pot (he says it medicinal for his eyes ) and then the cops have a party at his house. Anytime this has been on reruns, the stupid advertising and promos for the station's upcoming stuff kills the ending credits when they are playing Marley's Jammin'.

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