Retrieved March 7, Oakley and Weinstein combined the two ideas and they eventually became "Homer's Phobia". In its original broadcast, "Homer's Phobia" finished tied for 47th place in the weekly ratings for the week of February 10—16,with a Nielsen rating of 8. The censors stated that they did not like the use of the word " gay ", or the discussion of homosexuality at all, and closed with a paragraph which stated that "the topic and substance of this episode are unacceptable for broadcast ". Retrieved July 17, Archived from the original on September 29,
The next morning, Homer tells Marge that he likes John and suggests they invite him and "his wife" over for a drink some time.
The case was thrown out after one day. Usually the censor notes are ignored as the offending lines and problems are dealt with after the episode has been animated. George Meyer pitched "Bart the homo" as an initial idea for an episode while show runners Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein were planning an episode involving Lisa "discovering the joys of campy things". When the episode aired, the production team received "very few" complaints about its content, with most of the response being positive. The "gay steel mill" scene was written by Steve Tompkins.
Retrieved February 10, Clone Wars Volume 1: The episode ends with everyone driving off in John's car. The next morning, Homer tells Marge that he likes John and suggests they invite him and "his wife" over for a drink some time. InOff the Telly writers Steve Williams and Ian Jones named "Homer's Phobia" one of the five worst episodes of The Simpsonsstating that it "leaves such a nasty taste in the mouth," as Homer is "quite simply a bastard" throughout the course of the episode. The new censors sent back merely one line: Retrieved March 1,