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I’ve seen one eye imagery in “The Simpsons” so many times, I wouldn’t mind betting it’s in every episode, except maybe the original “Tracey Ullman” shorts. For other non-Simpsons one eye occurrences, see my Symbolism section.

Two of the characters are often seen with one eye: DOLPH (his hair usually covers one eye) and the Sea Captain who has at least one glass eye (possibly two). One of his eyes is usually partially closed.

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Sea Captain

In the opening credits for the more recent series, an ice cream cone is in one eye of a statue head that covers up Ralph’s head.

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ice cream in Ralph’s eye.

This article is ongoing as I add more episodes.

Series 12

Episode 14 “New Kids On The Blecch” – A soldier is hit in the eye with a flower. Homer closes one eye when running a marathon. A pop star (“N Sync” member) winks.

Episode 17 “Simpsons Safari” – Homer is accidentally hit in the eye by a box. Homer and Bart accidentally hit each other in the eye when doing a ‘High 5’ gesture.

Series 17

Episode 4 “Treehouse of Horror XVI” – two decapitated heads have faces with one eye closed (The Sea Captain and Music Teacher). A wicked witch has an eye that accidentally falls out of its eye socket, so hangs by the nerve cord. She puts it back, then her eye twitches.

Series 18

Episode 3 “Please Homer, Don’t Hammer ‘Em” – In a dream, MR PEANUT (the half-man, half-peanut shell character who is the logo for PLANTERS PEANUTS) removes his eye monocle. Out of his eye shoots winged peanuts.

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Mr Peanut

Marge holds a camera to one eye.

Episode 5 “GI (Annoyed Grunt)” – A mini-helicopter with a camera for spying is pestering Homer, so he creates a ‘female’ equivalent to distract the ‘male’ drone. The female (with two eyes) winks at the male.

Episode 7 “Ice Cream Of Margie” – A brown bear is shown with one eye closed. Police Chief Wiggum closes one eye whilst aiming a gun.

Episode 8 “The Haw-hawed Couple” – A sad Nelson has to clean his cat’s eyes. He says: “Something in your eye, Mr Mooch? Well, there’s something in my eye too.” Bart opens one of his closed eyes when he realises he’s not going to be hit. Homer is poked in the eye with an umbrella, so he closes his hurt eye.

Episode 10 – “The Wife Aquatic” – A wolf wakes up, but only one open eye is seen. Homer is kicked in the face, so one of his eyes twitches.

Episode 13 – “Springfield Up” – 2 police officers at the firing range close one eye for aiming. A joke book cover shows a man winking.

Series 19

Episode 1 “He Loves To Fly And He D’Ohs” – Mr Burns winks twice. SCRATCHY the cat has a pink eye after being hit there. Bart pokes Homer in the eye, then Homer puts his hand over his eye in pain. The Rich Texan winks.

Episode 8 “Funeral For A Fiend” – Sideshow Bob’s father winks.

Episode 9 “Eternal Moonshine Of The Simpson Mind” – this episode has occult overtones, I believe, as it revolves around memory loss and a machine for exploring buried memories. It finishes on the night of a full moon. Homer closes one eye before exploring his memories. Marge has a black eye and covers her eye several times. So does Homer’s father. The episode’s title is derived from the movie “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind”, about deliberate memory erasure. The movie was written by CHARLIE KAUFMAN, who also wrote “Being John Malkovich” (flexible identity theme) and “Synecdoche, New York”, about a theatre director’s play that blurs the line between fact and fiction. The word SYNECDOCHE is similar to HOLOGRAPHIC, in that both denote a relationship between the ‘whole’ and a part of the whole.

Series 23

Episode 1 “The Falcon And The D’Ohman” – An ice hockey mascot (dressed as a green monster) has one eye set on fire.


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