Synopsis by Mark Deming
Knowing her family has a habit of forgetting important dates, Lisa Simpson (voice of Yeardley Smith) has been reminding everyone that her birthday is coming up. Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) is trying to brainstorm a suitable gift for his daughter, but as often happens, life takes a rather odd turn for him; after Homer's work shirts turn pink in the wash (thanks to a red hat in the washer), Mr. Burns (voice of Harry Shearer) becomes convinced Homer is some sort of troublemaker, and when Homer is given a take-home exam to measure his emotional stability, he lets Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) fill it out for him. Bart's answers win Homer a one-way trip for a short stay the New Bedlam Rest Home For the Emotionally Interesting, where he meets a 300-pound Caucasian bricklayer who is convinced he's Michael Jackson (voice of John Jay Smith) -- and can sing and dance just like him. Homer, not familiar with the King of Pop, doesn't think there's anything unusual about this, but when he gets his release papers, Homer informs the family he's bringing Michael Jackson home with him, leading to a great deal of confusion which doesn't cast a positive light on Homer's mental hygiene. While one John Jay Smith was credited with providing the voice of Michael Jackson in "Stark Raving Dad," it was later revealed that Smith was actually Jackson himself, appearing under an assumed name to avoid legal action over contractual conflicts.