The Frying Game (The Simpsons)

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The Frying Game (The Simpsons)
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Who would have thought that The Simpsons joining the Meals on Wheels program would single-handly ruin everything?
Series: The Simpsons
Part of Season: 13
Episode Number: 21
Air Date: May 19, 2002
Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Michael Polcino
Previous episode: Little Girl in the Big Ten
Next episode: Poppa's Got a New Badge

The Frying Game is the 21st episode of the 13th Season of The Simpsons and was aired on May 19th, 2002.


Homer gets into trouble with the Environmental Protection Agency, and is sentenced to community service. He and Marge end up working for Myrna Bellamy, an elderly socialite, and find themselves accused of another crime: Myrna Bellamy's murder.

Why It Sucks

  1. The episode is basically nothing but torture for Marge and Homer.
    • Despite the claim of "the man with the braces" that Marge calls out, she and Homer end up on death row.
  2. The Screamapillar can be annoying to some viewers.
  3. The plot changes quite frequently in the episode, much like in Saddlesore Galactica, Kill the Alligator and Run, and Simpson Safari.
  4. To elaborate on the excessive plot changes:
    • 1. At the beginning of the episode, the episode seems to be about protecting a bug. Then out of nowhere, it's turned to Homer doing community service.
      • Disregarding that there was already an episode about Bart doing something similar to community service (Bart After Dark).
    • 2. Homer is then enslaved by an old woman. Shortly afterwards, Marge is in the same issue.
    • 3. The woman is murdered, and Homer and Marge are immediately considered murderous thieves.
      • The police in the episode don't do much of checking evidence. A will being signed to someone and a stolen diamond necklace in reality would not be enough.
    • 4. Homer and Marge are sentenced to death, only to be saved in the ending mentioned below.
  5. Bad Ending: Turns out that Homer was a contestant on some reality TV show.
    • None of the people involved in making Frame-Up (the reality show) were ever punished in the end.
      • Even after Chief Wiggum called them out, he questioned if he could be in the show!
      • Sappy music is played out through the ending of the episode, even though viewers will already be aware that Homer and Marge would never be killed off.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. When Homer's angel tries to tattle on Homer, the devil Homer kills him.
  2. Homer isn't killed in the end.
  3. There's only a small amount of Homer being a jerk (he is implied to eating cobbler but that's about it).
  4. Marge is spared thanks to Homer (although they weren't in any danger at all).


  • Although the episode is on par with some reviewers, fans of the show chastised this episode, partially due to the cruelty and cop-out ending.
  • PhantomStrider did not consider this one of the worst episodes, but felt it was very dark.


  • The Frying Game was originally on the NoHomers worst episodes list in 2003 and 2006, but later was taken off.
  • EPA would be an enemy again in The Simpsons Movie.



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