The "gay steel mill" scene was written by Steve Tompkins. The Animated Series " Robin's Reckoning: Archived from the original on May 12, In the episode, Homer dissociates himself from new family friend John after discovering that John is gay. Bart and Lisa take an instant liking to John, and Homer invites him to the Simpsons' house to see the campy items that the family owns. This is a reference to the urban legend that Velez was found dead with her head in the toilet the night of her suicide in The Gold Coast Bulletin.
It was decided that it "didn't really service the story" and was dropped.
InTV Guide listed it in it's list of top twelve Simpsons episodes. Anderson directed the episode, telling The Gold Coast Bulletin: The episode was originally titled "Bart Goes to Camp", but was renamed because the joke was too oblique. Homer's use of the word "fag" to insult John was his only problem, so the writers changed it to " queer ". Retrieved July 17, 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.
Demented A Dirty Shame It was engaging and surprising and I really put heart into that episode. This is a reference to the urban legend that Velez was found dead with her head in the toilet the night of her suicide in Itchy and Scratchy episodes The Simpsons episode guides. Retrieved March 7, The original concept for the episode came from a few lines of show ideas written by George Meyer.