Episode Fact File: The Man Who Came To Be Dinner

Howdy Tappers!

Last sunday, we had a new episode of The Simpsons! Fox aired a brand new episode of The Simpsons and despite not getting an tie-in update for this episode, I’m still going to cover everything you need to know in my Episode Fact File. Since my departure there have been no Episode Fact File articles published, so basically if you are new to these type of posts, this one will give you all of the information ahead of tonight’s episode. I will include information along with exclusive pictures and videos.

The Man Who Came To Be Dinner

Episode Description: During a trip to “Dizzneeland” the Simpsons board the wrong ride, Rocket To Your Doom, and are transported through the galaxy to Kang and Kodos’ home planet, where they are held captive at the local zoo and the inhabitants decide to eat Homer.

Episode Details: ‘The Man Who Came To Be Dinner’ is the 10th episode of Season 26 as well as the 562 episode of The Simpsons. The episode will air on FOX on January 4, 2015 and was written by Al Jean and David Mirkin. This episode is considered non-canon and the events featured do not relate to the series and therefore may not have actually happened/existed.


  • ‘The Man Who Came To Be Dinner’ was originally scheduled to air on May 19, 2013 as the finale of Season 24, but was replaced by “Dangers on a Train”; so as a result, the production code is much older than the rest of Season 26.
  • The explanation for the episode being delayed was detailed on Twitter by Al Jean on December 31, 2014 and later by writer David Mirkin on January 3, 2015. Both said the episode was explored as a second Simpsons Movie option.
  • The episode was originally planned to be an tie-in update for Tapped Out, with items appearing in the files linked to it. Ultimately, the tie-in was replaced by the Season 24 Yard Sale.
  • The episode title is a pun on the film The Man Who Came to Dinner.
    • The film has also been referenced in the title of the episode “The Ziff Who Came to Dinner”, from Season 15.
  • As the Simpsons head to Dizz-Nee Land, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” plays.
  • There is a Pirates of the Caribbean attraction called Politically Correct at Dizz-Nee Land.
  • There are parodies of Mickey Mouse and Scrooge McDuck (who looks similar to The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland) in Dizz-Nee Land.
  • The flying car in the video shown at Out-of-Date Futureland looks very similar to the cars in The Jetsons.
  • Toonton Abbey is a reference to Downton Abbey.
  • When the UFO is traveling to Rigel VII:
    • The Silver Surfer from Marvel is seen.
    • A part of space looks very similar to the video game Asteroids.
    • Rocky the Flying Squirrel is seen on an asteroid with two aliens.
  • Among the few creatures seen in the zoo were a Black hole alien, a xenomorph from the Alien franchise, and, most terrifying of all, a kitten.
  • The Matrix: The Rigellian resistance live in a large underground cavern and enjoy celebrating with dancing and loud music, similar to the “Zion Dance Party” scene in The Matrix Reloaded.
  • References to Star Trek:
    • Homer makes an entry to the “Captain’s Log” on the journey away from Rigel VII.
    • As the family receives a transmission from an unknown source, theme music that accompanied the Klingons in the Star Trek film series played.
    • The end credits parody Star Trek and the theme music plays.
  • Cosmic Wars was mentioned to have been bought out by Dizz-Nee, a reference to Star Wars being bought out by Disney.
  • Star Wars: Homer uses a device similar to a lightsaber to chop off his hand and uses another setting to restore his hand. He then uses this device on Marge’s hair and gives her a hand in her hair instead.
  • Shakespeare: Homer makes “The complete work of Shakespeare made of chocolate” book on the escape ship.
  • When Kang and Kodos introduce themselves, Homer says “What the? This isn’t Halloween!” Kang and Kodos usually only appear during Halloween episodes. The last time Kang and Kodos appeared in a non-Halloween episode was in the Season 13 episode “Gump Roast”.
  • The potato chip scene previously happened in “Deep Space Homer”, except this time, Bart and Maggie kept eating them.
  • Diz-nee previously appeared in “The PTA Disbands”.

Episode Image Slideshow:

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Episode Clips:

Previous Episode: I Won’t Be Home For Christmas


Next Episode: Bart’s New Friend


That is all from this weeks Episode Fact File and I would like to thank WikiSimpsons for the information for this post. The next post will be covering the episode ‘Bart’s New Friend’ until then,

Happy Tapping.


100px-fox_broadcasting_companyThis pictures and videos are from the “The Man Who Came To Be Dinner” episode of FOX show The Simpsons. Their use is believed to qualify as fair use under United States copyright law.


17 thoughts on “Episode Fact File: The Man Who Came To Be Dinner

  1. Anyone else running into a bottled elf bottleneck with the elf cannon as you upgrade? I’m running out of bottled elves to shoot and so even though my cannon is ready to fire again I don’t have any to shoot. So I have to wait until I get enough to fire 3 rounds. Completely defeats the shortened cool down times as one upgrades.


  2. How much bells does it cost to get the sequel stop?


    1. LetsPlayNintendoITA 01/05/2015 — 02:57



  3. We NEED a Rocket to your doom ride in Krustyland.


    1. Yes. We do. Awesome ending to this episode. Almost as good as the futurama crossover… almost!


  4. Can someone tell me what happened to king toot in that one episode where in the game it was closed and told you watch the episode to find out what happened or what episode number was that and was it season 25 or 26 season part of


    1. LetsPlayNintendoITA 01/04/2015 — 17:05

      it was episode 8 of season 26 “Covercraft”.


      1. What happened to king toot in that episode


        1. LetsPlayNintendoITA 01/05/2015 — 03:50

          it closed after the fight between Moe and the owner


  5. LetsPlayNintendoITA 01/04/2015 — 16:58

    it’s stupid they didn’t include it in a tiein now
    Rigellian Billboard
    it’s in the files, it’s ready for xmas too!
    hope they do a late tiein this week!


    1. It could be in this years yard sale if they decide to do one 🙂


      1. LetsPlayNintendoITA 01/04/2015 — 17:00

        really hope so. also again welcome back nathan. good to see you here 🙂


        1. Thanks and congrats on becoming apart of the Topix team 🙂


          1. LetsPlayNintendoITA 01/04/2015 — 17:02

            thanks 🙂

            oh also it’s the first time they revealed an episode in a trailer at the end of the previous episode. some says that it was to fill in the cut part of Ice Princess Martin (for copyright reasons or cause “it was too gay for him”???) but it was a first it seems


            1. I just can’t believe they passed on this episode as the simpsons movie 2!!! 😦


              1. LetsPlayNintendoITA 01/04/2015 — 17:20

                let’s see it first i’m curious


              2. NOVA_POLARI 01/04/2015 — 18:26

                Well the thing is they said they might of wanted to make this story into a second movie but decided to make it a episode instead. Which I think is better off anyways if there is another movie I want it to be really good.


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