Synopsis by Mark Deming
Youthful vegetarian Lisa Simpson (voice of Yeardley Smith) informs her family that she wants to organize a protest against a new restaurant in town called "The Slaughterhouse," which serves only meat dishes and features menus made from flattened chickens. Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) and Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) predictably think this sounds like just the sort of place they'd like to dine, and the Simpsons have dinner there that evening. While considering a steak called "Sir Loin-A-Lot" that's the size of a boogie board, Homer is goaded into an eating contest with long-haul trucker Red Barclay (voice of Hank Azaria); Red wins, but the victory rings hollow when he dies a few minutes later. Not wanting Red to spoil his perfect record on the road, Homer offers to drive his rig to Atlanta and see that his final delivery arrives on time. Homer finds trucking isn't as easy as he imagined, even with Bart on board to help, but a fellow gear-jammer lets him in on a secret -- eighteen wheelers are fitted with a special automatic pilot device that can do the work when he driver is too tired to do it himself. Warned to keep this a secret, Homer (of course) tells everyone he knows about the gadget, earning the immediate enmity of truckers everywhere. Meanwhile at home, Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) and Lisa visit Senor Ding-Dong's Doorbell Fiesta to buy a new doorbell for the house; while they're excited about their purchase, the novelty wears off once they try the new bell and it refuses to stop ringing. "Maximum Homerdrive" was first aired on March 28, 1999.