"Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
" is the fifteenth episode of The Simpsons
<nowiki>'</nowiki> second season
. It originally aired on the Fox network
in the United States on February 21, 1991. In the episode, Grampa
confesses that Homer
has a half-brother, whom Homer immediately tries to track down. He eventually discovers that his brother is Herbert Powell
, the head of a car manufacturer. Herb immediately starts to bond with Bart
, and he invites Homer to design his own car. Homer's car design turns out to be a disaster, which causes Herb to become bankrupt
The episode was written by Jeff Martin
and directed by Wes Archer
. American actor Danny DeVito
provided the voice of Herb. The episode features cultural references to cars such as the Edsel
, the Tucker Torpedo
, the Ford Mustang
, and the Lamborghini Cheetah
. Since airing, the episode has received mostly positive reviews from television critics. It acquired a Nielsen rating
of 15.4, and was the highest-rated show on the Fox network the week it aired. Some fans were upset with the sad ending of the episode, and as a result the producers decided to write a sequel, "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?
", in which Herb regains his fortune and forgives Homer.
After watching the latest McBain
suffers a mild heart attack
. Thinking he might die, he is prompted to confess a long-hidden secret: Homer
has a half-brother. Grampa explains that he met a carnival prostitute
before... Read More