When Buzz Aldrin, second man on the moon, guest starred in The Simpsons, writers were concerned he would be offended by his line, “second comes after first,” and offered an alternative- “first to take a soil sample.” However, Aldrin preferred the original line, and it remained in the script.

Deep Space Homer

“Deep Space Homer” is the fifteenth episode of the fifth season of American animated sitcom The Simpsons, which was first broadcast on Fox in the United States on February 24, 1994. In the episode, NASA selects Homer Simpson to participate in a spaceflight to spark public interest in space exploration and boost low ratings of the launches. Once in space, his incompetence destroys the navigation system on board the Space Shuttle.

The episode was written by showrunner David Mirkin and directed by Carlos Baeza. Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin and musician James Taylor guest-starred as themselves. The episode parodies the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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  1. malam1210

    Buzz was like ‘Nah, I’m cool with it. I was using Neil just in case the moon was made of lava or something.’

  2. JoeyJoeJoeJrShab

    “second comes *right* after first” is the correct line. “second comes after first” would have sounded lame.

  3. RumHam_ImSorry

    Buzz seems like a cool guy. Just don’t call him a liar and a coward and accuse him of faking the moon landing. He’ll sock ya! Look it up, that video is awesome. The asshole he punched was a total douche

  4. twiggez-vous

    Good attitude, “Buzz” – if that is your real name.

  5. highoncraze

    Commonly known as the space dude that punched a guy for mocking his life’s work.

  6. critical_glitch_

    Men and women of science have little trouble choosing the truth over consolidating words

    And I greatly respect them all

  7. brad-corp

    It’s one of my favourite simpsons jokes. Buzz is also quick to point out that he was actually ‘equal first man on the moon’.

  8. theglenlovinet

    One of my favorite anti-jokes, god bless Buzz.

  9. 53withtrollhair

    With a, handle like Buzz you know he is pretty easy going.

  10. slater_just_slater

    Fun fact. Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was “Moon”

  11. lurker69

      

    “Excuse me, Dr. Aldrin. I’m sorry, there wasn’t a door, so I just..”

    “I don’t believe in barriers, because I always break them.”

    -30 Rock

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