S12 E20
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Season 12  "Children of a Lesser Clod"  12x20

Aired 18 years ago - May 13, 2001

The Simpsons go to see if they would like to take any of the classes at the YMCA. Homer tries out the basketball class but he tears the ACL in his knee. He can't go to work while he recovers from surgery. He is bored at home. He tries unsuccessfully to breed the dog and the cat to each other, and then Homer takes care of Rod and Todd one evening. When he finds that he is pretty good at it, he starts a daycare center. He still neglects Bart and Lisa, making them jealous. He becomes eligible for a Good Guy award for his service to the community. A film crew follows him as he does good deeds. Bart and Lisa devise a plan to show the world that he is a neglectful father. At the awards ceremony, they show home movies of him. When he ends up choking Bart, everyone is outraged. Homer flees the ceremony with the kids in a stolen car. The police catch him and later he apologizes to Bart and Lisa for his behavior.

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Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 1
What with the passing, and the dribbling...
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 2
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 3
That's a foul.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 4
Boy, I am so sick of everyone assuming I'm good at basketball because I'm African-American!
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 5
Willie tickles the twine for two! Oy! Oy!
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 6
No way am I taking Groundskeeper Willie.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 7
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 8
Maybe a little morphine would refresh my memory.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 9
Anyway, it all started when I was-
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 10
Maybe a little morphine would get me there quicker.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 11
- What spinal cord injury? - Oh, he fell off the gurney.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 12
But Doctor Screwlittle sounded like a delightful romp.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 13
Now, Homer, I want you to stay off that leg for two weeks.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 14
Mmm, everyone's having fun but me.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 15
Well, I can still hang out with you guys.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 16
Aw, come on. There's lots of ways to pass the time.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 17
This place is so boring. I gotta do something to keep from going crazy.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 18
with the loyalty of a cat and the cleanliness of a dog!
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 19
- Stupid Flanders. - Hey, Homer, I need to ask you a favor.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 20
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 21
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 22
Daddy's not here, is he?
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 23
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 24
Anyway, thanks again.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 25
Oh, I sure would. It would give the boys a place to go after school.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 26
Is your knee really gross under there?
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 27
Hello. I would like to take advantage of your baby prison.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 28
I owe it all to my rewarding work with children. And not picking at it.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 29
Peekaboo! Peekaboo! Peekaboo! Peekaboo!
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 30
# Is that all there is #
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 31
Yes. But then I discovered the joys of raising children.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 32
It's so cool.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 33
He said it looked better on me!
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 34
How come parents are always nicer to other kids than they are to their own?
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 35
Perfect for my day care permit.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 36
That was "tree-mendous!" Where's Ralph?
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 37
Anyway, this film crew will shoot some behind-the-scenes footage of your amazing work.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 38
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 39
Aww. Did you make 'em yourself?
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 40
Back to normal.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 41
- Now, is anyone here from Springfield? - You know we are!
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 42
You can walk all over these doormats.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 43
Now I'm told there's a glitch in our Internet webcast.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 44
We'd like to thank our sponsor, Hanson's Hypno-Coins.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 45
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 46
Now let's take a look at Homer's wonderful work.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 47
His scabby red knee became an infectious beacon ofhope.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 48
And he gambles like crazy.
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 49
Well, I'd rather reserve judgment until l- Oh, my God!
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 50
You too, Ralphie. You're out of that day care center.

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That's a foul.
#3
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 4
Boy, I am so sick of everyone assuming I'm good at basketball because I'm African-American!
#4
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 5
Willie tickles the twine for two! Oy! Oy!
#5
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 6
No way am I taking Groundskeeper Willie.
#6
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 7 #7 Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 8
Maybe a little morphine would refresh my memory.
#8
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 9
Anyway, it all started when I was-
#9
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 10
Maybe a little morphine would get me there quicker.
#10
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 11
- What spinal cord injury? - Oh, he fell off the gurney.
#11
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 12
But Doctor Screwlittle sounded like a delightful romp.
#12
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 13
Now, Homer, I want you to stay off that leg for two weeks.
#13
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 14
Mmm, everyone's having fun but me.
#14
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 15
Well, I can still hang out with you guys.
#15
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 16
Aw, come on. There's lots of ways to pass the time.
#16
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 17
This place is so boring. I gotta do something to keep from going crazy.
#17
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 18
with the loyalty of a cat and the cleanliness of a dog!
#18
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 19
- Stupid Flanders. - Hey, Homer, I need to ask you a favor.
#19
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 20 #20 Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 21 #21 Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 22
Daddy's not here, is he?
#22
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 23 #23 Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 24
Anyway, thanks again.
#24
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 25
Oh, I sure would. It would give the boys a place to go after school.
#25
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 26
Is your knee really gross under there?
#26
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 27
Hello. I would like to take advantage of your baby prison.
#27
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 28
I owe it all to my rewarding work with children. And not picking at it.
#28
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 29
Peekaboo! Peekaboo! Peekaboo! Peekaboo!
#29
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 30
# Is that all there is #
#30
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 31
Yes. But then I discovered the joys of raising children.
#31
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 32
It's so cool.
#32
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 33
He said it looked better on me!
#33
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 34
How come parents are always nicer to other kids than they are to their own?
#34
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 35
Perfect for my day care permit.
#35
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 36
That was "tree-mendous!" Where's Ralph?
#36
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 37
Anyway, this film crew will shoot some behind-the-scenes footage of your amazing work.
#37
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 38 #38 Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 39
Aww. Did you make 'em yourself?
#39
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 40
Back to normal.
#40
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 41
- Now, is anyone here from Springfield? - You know we are!
#41
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 42
You can walk all over these doormats.
#42
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 43
Now I'm told there's a glitch in our Internet webcast.
#43
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 44
We'd like to thank our sponsor, Hanson's Hypno-Coins.
#44
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 45 #45 Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 46
Now let's take a look at Homer's wonderful work.
#46
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 47
His scabby red knee became an infectious beacon ofhope.
#47
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 48
And he gambles like crazy.
#48
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 49
Well, I'd rather reserve judgment until l- Oh, my God!
#49
Recap of The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 20 (S12E20) - 50
You too, Ralphie. You're out of that day care center.
#50