Episode - 8F08\\
First Aired - 11/21/1991

Moe steals Homer's recipe for a cough syrup-laced cocktail that becomes the toast of Springfield.

!!This episode contains examples of:
* AccidentalDiscovery: Homer discovers the "Flaming Homer" after accidentally adding Krusty-brand cough syrup to a hastily-made cocktail, and discovers "fire made it taste good" after ashes from his sister-in-law's cigarette fell into it.
* AnAesop: "Some things are too good to keep for yourself."
* [[AsHimself As Themselves]]: Music/{{Aerosmith}} (Steven Tyler, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford). They were the first music act to guest star on the series.
* ChekhovsGun: At school, Martin talks about the gas chromatograph in "The Inventor I admire" section. Later, we see Professor Frink using a gas chromatograph to try and find out what the secret ingredient is. [[SubvertedTrope Only it doesn't work out as expected]].
* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: As Homer becomes more obsessed with Moe, he starts hearing his name in the family's breakfast conversation, until it degenerates into the family only saying "Moe". Then when he runs outside, he starts seeing Moe's face on everyone and everything.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: After Moe and his waitress Colette have sex:
-->'''Colette:''' Morris, something troubles me.\\
'''Moe:''' Don't worry, baby, my mother won't be home for another 20 minutes.\\
'''Colette:''' No, I was thinking about Homer Simpson.\\
'''Moe:''' That's okay, I was just thinking about Sybil Danning.
* DrivenToMadness: Homer at the climax.
* {{Expy}}: Collette for [[Series/{{Cheers}} Diane Chambers]].
** Also, the Flaming Moes Theme Song is similar to the ''Cheers'' theme "Where Everybody Knows Your Name."
*** Heck, the graphics during the Flaming Moes theme and the ''Cheers'' opening credits are similar.
** Finally, Barney is treated similar to Norm Peterson on ''Cheers.''
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The name Flaming Moe. The writers assumed the censors didn't get it. [[note]]"Mo" is a rarely-used slang term for a homosexual[[/note]]
** For that matter, the drink's original name "Flaming Homer," which is the same joke.
* IAteWhat: When Moe is turning down an offer to sell the cocktail, he asks if the guy knew how much of his blood and sweat went into it. Cue everyone in the bar doing a SpitTake.
-->'''Moe''': Just a figure of speech!
* IncendiaryExponent: The Flaming Homer tastes better after being put on fire.
* {{Jerkass}}[=/=]KidsAreCruel: Lisa and her friends chase Bart all over the house to forcibly give him a makeover which ends with him falling out his window just to avoid it. [[UncannyValleyMakeup Then the girls turn their attention towards poor Maggie]].
* LaughingMad: Homer, after revealing the secret ingredient.
* MadnessMantra: Moe, Moe, Moe...
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Homer gives away the secret ingredient to the Flaming Moe, unknowingly screwing both Moe and himself out of a small fortune.
** And for sharing his drink to Moe in the first place.
-->'''Barney:''' Good for you, Moe. Only an idiot would give away a million-dollar idea like that!
* NothingPersonal: Moe tells Homer he's sorry for stealing his drink, "It's nothing personal. This is business."
-->'''Homer:''' Business, huh? Well let me tell you, you just lost yourself a customer.
* OverlyLongGag: When Homer tries to tell Moe that he just lost himself a customer, Moe can't hear him over the excited crowd, flaming drinks and cash register, causing Homer to try and make the thread many times without success.
-->'''Moe:''' Yeah, you can use it!
* PlagiarismInFiction: Moe stealing Homer's recipe.
* PrecisionFStrike: Drederick Tatum gets one while being interviewed about his youth in Springfield.
-->'''Drederick Tatum''': That town is a ''dump''! If you ever see me back there, you know I really ''[bleep]''ed up bad!
* PunnyName: Bart's prank call of this episode backfires because there is someone named "Hugh Jass" who actually takes the prank call in good spirit.
* RunningGag: This episode introduces one of the series' running gags: the perpetually burning Springfield Tire Yard [[note]]The yard itself was briefly seen before in ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E3HomersOdyssey Homer's Odyssey]]'', but it wasn't on fire there, even though a later episode established that the tire fire has been burning since the mid-1980s[[/note]].
* SarcasmMode: One of the funniest moments in this episode.
-->'''Homer:''' Stupid Moe, non-inventing, recipe-stealing, pug-nosed...\\
'''Marge:''' Well, Homer, maybe you can get some consolation in the fact that something you created is making so many people happy.\\
'''Homer:''' Oh, look at me! I'm making people happy! I'm the Magical Man from Happy-Land, in a gumdrop house on Lollipop Lane! ''[leaves the room, slamming the door. Pokes his head back in]'' [[CaptainObvious Oh, by the way, I was being sarcastic.]] ''[closes the door]''\\
'''Marge:''' Well, DUH!
* SayMyName: A jinxed Bart writes this on a card, trying to get Homer to say it.
-->'''Homer:''' Why should I do that, my lad?\\
'''Bart:''' Cause I'm jinxed, damn it!\\
''[Homer punches him in the arm for talking.]''
* SecretTestOfCharacter: One could interpret Moe's advances towards Colette when she ask for a position as a waitress as a test to see if she has what it takes to deal with the bar's many uncouth customers.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Homer invokes this when he sees the results after Lisa and her friends give Maggie a makeover.
* ShoutOut:
** The song about Flaming Moe, including the imagery, is similar to the opening credits of ''Series/{{Cheers}}''. Afterwards, when everybody in the bar greets Barney and the bartender asks him: "How does the world treat you, Mr. Gumble?" this is similar to the way Norm enters the bar in every episode in "Cheers".
*** The character of Colette is clearly a stand-in for Diane Chambers. When she leaves to become a movie actress, it references Shelley Long's decision to leave ''Cheers'' for a film career.
** Homer hiding his face behind a cloth while addressing a crowd, while hiding on the ceiling is a reference to the ending of ''Theatre/PhantomOfTheOpera''.
** Music/{{Aerosmith}} plays their biggest hit "Walk This Way".
* {{Smurfing}}: Homer goes crazy thinking about how Moe screwed him over, and his "Moe on the brain" spell extends to him imagining his ''family'' doing this at the breakfast table:
-->'''Marge''': Bart, are you going to Moe the lawn today?
-->'''Bart''': Okay, but you promised me Moe money.
-->'''Marge''': I Moe, I Moe...
-->'''Lisa''': When Bart's done, can we Moe to the Moe-vies? There's a Moe-tinee!
-->'''Marge''': Of course! All work and Moe play makes Moe a Moe Moe!
* SpecialGuest: Creator/PhilHartman as Lionel Hutz and Music/{{Aerosmith}} as themselves.
* TheUnReveal: A million dollar one.
--> '''Professor Frink:''' According to the gas chromatograph, the secret ingredient is... love?! Who's been screwing with this thing?
** For the record, we already know the secret ingredient from when Homer first created the drink.
* UncannyValleyMakeup: Maggie ends up a victim of this from Lisa and her friends. It is enough to drive Homer out of the house and lead to the main plot.
* WhatTheHellHero: Colette is angry at Moe when she learns that the drink was originally Homer's. Later, she tells him he should sell the drink and give half the money to Homer. But it's too late, and for that she breaks up with him and leaves to pursue a movie career.
** And also, at the beginning of the episode, Marge is gone and Homer is the only parent watching Bart, Maggie, and Lisa and her friends. Homer takes one look at Maggie after the girls put makeup all over her and basically says, "ScrewThisImOuttaHere" and goes to Moe's, leaving all those kids (including an infant) with no adult supervision.
** Future episodes will reveal Lisa as mature beyond her years. Therefore, Homer can allow Lisa to be on her own for a little while.