Simpson Safari
Trilogy of Error
I'm Goin' to Praiseland
Meet Linguo, the grammar robot. I built him all by myself. If you misuse language, he'll correct you.
Lisa Simpson to Homer

"Trilogy of Error" is the eighteenth episode of Season 12. This episode features many connections in the three stories. For example, at the end of Homer's story, he witnesses Linguo fall into a trash can from and explosion, and it is explained in Bart's story where they have to sacrifice it.


Homer's thumb is severed following breakfast and the episode follows three different paths. Homer's day; as he and Marge race to get his thumb reattached. Lisa's day; as she misses the bus and tries to get to school so that she can win the science fair. Bart's day; as he and Milhouse make use of a stash of fireworks that Fat Tony has illegally smuggled into the country. In the end their respective paths come together.

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Every segment begins with the garbage truck coming by. It picks up Ned's mailbox (making him say "Son of a diddily"), and then a newspaper saying that Spring has arrived is tossed.

Homer's Day

Homer's Day

Homer is getting ready for work and after coming out of the shower he tries to eat breakfast. However, Marge bought a really hard to eat breakfast from Europe. Bart leaves when Milhouse rings the doorbell. Lisa tries to spare her mother's feelings by winking to Homer and asking if he wants to see her school project, Homer not understanding what Lisa is doing says no but he would rather do that than eat the crappy breakfast, leaving Marge in the kitchen hurt, before going back downstairs and winking at Marge.

Lisa shows Homer her science project, Linguo, a grammar fixing robot. When Homer says "Me love beer," Linguo corrects it by saying "I love beer." Homer misinterprets into thinking that Linguo loves beer, so he grabs a can of Duff and pours it on Linguo, which causes it to malfunction. Homer then sees a tray of brownies and wants one but Marge says he has to wait til dinner. He dances around her and singing in a mocking faction that he is going to take one, but as she is still cutting them, she accidentally cuts off Homer's right thumb. Marge tries to call 911, however Chief Wiggum, who picks up, he misinterprets the information as a deliberate murder attempt and states that she will be arrested, forcing Marge to use a fake address of 123 Fake Street. Marge drives Homer to see Dr. Hibbert, but crashes into Rainier Wolfcastle's car forcing them to carjack him.

After learning from Dr. Hibbert that Homer's finger insurance does not cover his thumb, Marge starts to drive Homer to Dr. Nick's. Homer's thumb starts to decay, so they stop at Moe's Tavern and Moe gives Homer a new jar to put his thumb in to preserve it. After wasting time in the bar, Homer comes out and finds out that Marge and the car are gone. Homer catches a ride with Cletus to go to Dr. Nick's. However, it's on fire by an item that was supposed to be inflammable and Cletus's truck is stolen, forcing Homer to walk to Shelbyville. On the way, he finds out that he was too late to save his thumb. Just when all seems lost, he sees Linguo's head flying towards him following an explosion. Linguo's last words are "," and Homer grieves it.

Lisa's Day

Lisa's Day

After Homer causes Linguo to malfunction, Lisa goes to her room and repairs it. When she has to leave, however, her bike is missing, the bus has left, and Homer and Marge have left for the hospital. Lisa runs to school and sees Krusty's limo after it almost hits her. Krusty has his chauffeur Mr. Teeny take Lisa to school, passing Chief Wiggum along the way who asks for directions to 123 Fake Street. However, Mr. Teeny thinks that Lisa is supposed to go to West Springfield Elementary School. There, she meets a student named Thelonious, who she falls in love with, only to run out of time and leave him.

Lisa then runs to Moe's Tavern to find Homer, but he is not there. She notices that Chief Wiggum is working on a sting operation to catch firework smugglers and is listening to the conversation with some people he sent undercover and the criminals. When Lisa recognizes one of the criminals as Fat Tony, Wiggum speaks into the microphone which exposes his undercover people. Just as Lisa leaves Moe's, Homer and Marge arrive and Lisa sees Marge outside. When Homer is heard raving about the Blue Man Group, the two leave for school; however, the car instructions are in Italian and they run out of fuel. Marge and Lisa then hitch a ride in Cletus' truck by hiding in the back and after arriving at Dr. Nick's, Marge steals the truck during the time that Homer and Cletus observe that the hospital is on fire. With only a few minutes of school left, they nearly run over Bart.

Bart's Day

Bart's Day

Milhouse comes over and explains that he found something in a forest and Bart tags along with him. They steal Lisa's bike and go to a cave where Milhouse has found firecrackers. They then proceed to blow stuff up including Dr. Nick's office (where the firework hit the falsely inflammable gas tank) until they hear sirens and hide in an abandoned building which is, unfortunately, addressed as 123 Fake Street, the same address Marge gave to Chief Wiggum, who catches the boys.

The boys are then put into a sting operation to find the real firework smugglers, which is the Springfield Mafia. Bart and Milhouse are exposed when Wiggum speaks loudly into their receiver and are forced to escape. They navigate through a sewer and exit through a Manhole cover. They are nearly run over by Marge and Lisa. The boys, Marge, and Lisa are then confronted by Fat Tony in an alley, but Marge has to sacrifice Linguo by having him fix the terrible grammar of Legs and Louie. It causes Linguo to explode due to the sparks igniting Fat Tony's fireworks which also takes down the mobsters. Linguo's head then falls into the trash where Homer finds it. Marge finds out that both Bart and Milhouse were hiding in a trash can.


Legs is able to reattach Homer's thumb with success and Lisa presents it as her science project. It wins first place. Then the episode cast comes and laughs except for Mr. Teeny who murmurs "this plot made no sense."


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