History Recap / TheSimpsonsS21E9ThursdaysWithAbie

12th Jan '18 2:37:59 PM RAraya
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* TakeThat: There are two potshots aimed at newspapers: First, Abe tells Marshall that at least something will die before him. Later, when Homer wonders if the world has gone upside-down (as a result of Grampa being interesting), he decides to check if ''Cathy'' is funny for once. It isn't.

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* TakeThat: There are two potshots aimed at newspapers: First, Abe tells Marshall that at least something will die before him. Later, when Homer wonders if the world has gone upside-down (as a result of Grampa being interesting), he decides to check if ''Cathy'' is funny for once. It isn't.isn't.
* WorldWarII: The first story Abe tells Goldman is about the time he and his fellow Navy men rode on some sharks after their ship is wrecked by a missile... launched by them. Actually, Grampa is still friends with the servicemen and the sharks.
12th Jan '18 2:34:49 PM RAraya
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Just when Grampa realizes that no one wants to hear his stories, Marshall Goldman, a feature writer for the ''Springfield Shopper'' takes interest in him. Soon, the column "From the Mouth of Abe" becomes a national phenomenon. However, Homer discovers that Marshall also wants to kill Grampa to win awards.

Meanwhile, Bart is forced to take care for the weekend of Larry, the class' lamb doll, much to his chagrin, so he gives him to Lisa, who ends up losing him. Now it's up to them to save the lamb from the sewers.

!!This episode includes examples of:
* ActorAllusion: Marshall is voiced by Hank Azaria, who also appeared as Mitch in ''Tuesdays with Morrie''. He was also to appear on a movie version of Grampa's memoirs.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: A newspaper headline in a 1930s flash-back sequence mentions that bicycle wheels "are now the same size". "Safety" bikes had replaced penny-farthings in the 1880s-1890s.
* AsHimself: Mitch Albom (author of ''Tuesdays'') attempts to snatch Abe from Marshall.
* AwardBait: Goldman decides [[spoiler:to kill Grampa so that his death]] will win him a Pulitzer.
* DownTheDrain: Larry the Lamb ends up in the sewers after Lisa looks away for a second. She asks Wiggum for help, but he tells her that it's up to the "water police", which he admits it doesn't really exist.
* Irony: Bart is the only one at class who doesn't want to take Larry for the week-end. Guess who gets Larry...
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: When Lisa loses Larry, she finds out that Nelson is looking forward for it, mentioning that it's the thing that keeps him sane.
* ParentalIssues: Homer only begins to take Abe seriously after he becomes famous. Meanwhile, Marshall wants a Pulitzer to win his mother's respect.
* RealityEnsues: Grampa looks at "Hoover-villes" and closed banks thinking that they are re-staging TheGreatDepression as a side attraction, only for Marshall to tell him that those are actual shanties and banks in the wake of the Great Recession.
* ShoutOut:
** The episode is a WholePlotReference the book ''Tuesdays with Morrie''.
** Passengers at the "Tinseltown Express" include Will Rogers, Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire, W.C. Fields, Laurel and Hardy, Boris Karloff (in character as Frankenstein) and most important of all... Clark Gable.
** A newspaper headline of the 1930s mentions Shemp leaving The Three Stooges. Indeed, he left the trio in the early 30s, only to return in 1946 after his (and Moe's) brother Curly became incapacitated.
** Slimu is a parody of Shamu.
* TakeThat: There are two potshots aimed at newspapers: First, Abe tells Marshall that at least something will die before him. Later, when Homer wonders if the world has gone upside-down (as a result of Grampa being interesting), he decides to check if ''Cathy'' is funny for once. It isn't.
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