Manitoba

'Simpsons' visit 'Peg for prescription drugs

TV's <I>The Simpsons</I> made light of Manitoba's cross-border pharmacy industry Sunday evening in an episode that had several of the hit cartoon's characters heading north to buy prescription drugs.

TV's The Simpsons made light of Manitoba's cross-border pharmacy industry Sunday evening in an episode that had several of the hit cartoon's characters heading north to buy prescription drugs.

The episode saw bumbling father Homer Simpson, his elderly dad, Abe, perky neighbour Ned Flanders and convenience store clerk Apu travelling to Winnipeg to stock up on pills for residents of their town, Springfield.

A sign reading "We were born here, what's your excuse?" greeted the visitors to the city.

The group received phoney health cards from a Johnny Canuck, who promised they'd get "enough drugs to make Regina look like Saskatoon."

Another Canadian character offered the group some marijuana, saying, "Would you like to puff on a reeferino? It's legal here."

Homer and the others were eventually stopped at the border, bringing their stint as drug mules to an end.

The Simpsons has periodically made references to Canada over the years, as several Canadians have worked as writers for the hit show.

Winnipeg was previously referenced in a 1995-96 episode in which a father threatens to take his children "back to Winnipeg" as punishment for misbehaviour during a road trip.

Homer Simpson was made an honorary citizen of Winnipeg in May 2003, a year after series creator Matt Groening said the character of Homer was based on his own father, who he said was a native of Winnipeg. That claim was later disputed, but it didn't affect Homer's honorary citizenship.

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