Synopsis by Mark Deming
The Simpson family pays a visit to "The Java Server," Springfield's first Internet café, which takes a turn for the worse when Snake (voice of Hank Azaria) embraces new technology and empties the bank account of Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) while he's checking his balance online. Homer and Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) figure the family won't be able to afford a vacation this year until they attend a seminar by Chuck Garabedian (also voiced by Azaria), who teaches folks how to "live a Burt Reynolds lifestyle on a Mac Davis income." Taking Garabedian's advice, the family is able to take a trip to Japan by purchasing last-minute stand-by seats. However, Homer and Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) prove to be a poor fit for Japanese culture, and an unfortunate incident at a sumo wrestling match lands them in jail. Bailing them out costs the family what little money they have left, and they find themselves gutting fish for the Osaka Seafood Concern to raise the fare for the trip back home. However, Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) thinks the family might be able to make enough money to get home by appearing on a popular game show, "Happy Smile Super Challenge Family Wish Show," where the host (voice of George Takei) warns them, "Your shows reward knowledge -- we punish ignorance." "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" first aired on May 16, 1999.