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Brother's Little Helper
Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?
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"Hey, I smell cake! Cake that says [sniffs air] farewell and [sniffs again] best wishes!"
Homer Simpson

"Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?" is the third episode of Season 11 (originally going to be an episode of Season 10 in production order).


Homer becomes a food critic for the local newspaper following the retirement of the old one. But after showering every meal with praise, his fellow critics peer pressure him into becoming caustic in his reviews, which quickly causes the local restauranteurs to plot his murder.

Homer - Guess who's coming to critisize dinner?

The Sea Captain spies on Homer


The kids of Springfield Elementary School take a trip to The Springfield Shopper headquarters. Homer is accompanying Bart and Lisa on the tour, but wanders off on his own when he smells food, and ends up crashing the newspaper food critic's retirement party. Homer eats the food at the party and sings a song about it; the editor is so impressed he hires Homer to be a food critic. Homer starts by writing an example review on the typewriter, but it's terrible. Lisa plans to help - She takes the nonsense Homer dictates to her and translates it into eloquent reviews, typing them up on her computer then giving them to Homer to send in (just like Bart and Lisa did with Grampa in "The Front").

Homer gives all the restaurants good reviews, resulting in a massive surge in obesity of town residents including the

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Homer impressed with the eclair

Flanders, Lenny and Mr. Burns (whose shins break under his new weight). He later talks to his fellow critics who say they sometimes have to give bad reviews. Homer being how he is takes this too seriously and gives every restaurant (and Marge) bad reviews. A perturbed Lisa quits ghost writing for Homer, while his unjust reviews anger every restaurant owner in Springfield, making them want to kill him. Their plan is that a French chef/assassin will bake a poison eclair for Homer, who will eat it once he reaches the man's stand at an upcoming eat-off event. When the day comes Homer sees the eclair, but Lisa, having discovered what is going on, tells him it is going to kill him. Homer apparently accepts that it will kill him, saying he had "a good run", but then Lisa says it is low fat. Homer screams in horror and throws it into Moleman's gruel, thus ruining the eat-off, and everyone chases him and beats him up for this and presumably other actions that Homer did in the episode that they were harmed by.


Season 10 Season 11 Episodes Season 12
Beyond BlunderdomeBrother's Little HelperGuess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?Treehouse of Horror XE-I-E-I-D'ohHello Gutter, Hello FadderEight Misbehavin'Take My Wife, SleazeGrift of the MagiLittle Big MomFaith OffThe Mansion FamilySaddlesore GalacticaAlone Again, Natura-DiddilyMissionary: ImpossiblePygmoelianBart to the FutureDays of Wine and D'oh'sesKill the Alligator and RunLast Tap Dance in SpringfieldIt's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad MargeBehind the Laughter