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Episode - 9F07\\
First Aired - 11/19/1992

After crashing both his car and Marge's station wagon during a drunken ride home during a snowstorm, Homer buys a snowplow and starts a business eventually rivaled by none other than Barney.

!!This episode contains examples of:
* FiveFiveFive: Mr. Plow's number is 555-PLOW, which if called soon enough, will net a free t-shirt...of Stockdale for Veep in '88.
* TheAllegedCar: Homer initially test-drives a ridiculously small car that runs on "Hekters" and is from a country that no longer exists (given the salesman's accent, you can reasonably presume that it's somewhere in the former Soviet Union.)
* [[AsHimself As Herself/Himself]]: Music/LindaRonstadt and Creator/AdamWest.
* AdamWesting: The {{Trope Namer|s}} does it years before ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' did, though ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''[='=] take on Adam West wasn't as bizarre as ''Family Guy''.
* BadBadActing: The first Mr Plow commercial (the low-budget one that airs at 3:17 in the morning)
* BadJobWorseUniform: Barney is shown handing out fliers for Lullabuy$ baby furniture store, wearing a diaper and bonnet, in the middle of winter. He then loses the diaper after [[TemptingFate saying that things can't get any worse]]...
* BeforeMyTime: Bart doesn't know who Robin is.
--> '''Adam West''': I guess you're only familiar with the ''new'' ''Batman'' movies.
* BilingualBonus: Linda Ronstadt's Spanish version of the Plow King jingle translates as "Mr. Plow is not manly. He's only a drunk." (''Senor Plow no es macho. Es solamente un borracho.'')
* BitingTheHandHumor[=/=]LeaningOnTheFourthWall: "It may be on a lousy channel, but the Simpsons are on TV!"
** Fox taping a [[DocumentaryOfLies TV special]] on Bigfoot (which accidentally--and thankfully--tapes footage of Barney being caught in the avalanche) which had the shot of "him" ruined due to the production member's [[SpecialEffectFailure wristwatch being visible.]]
* BlasphemousBoast: After saving Barney's life, Homer goes into partnership with him in the snow-plow business, shouting out that if two friends stick together, not even God Himself can stop them. Cue a voice from the clouds: "Oh, really?" and the weather immediately becomes warmer, melting all the snow.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: On Channel 4 in the UK, Homer telling the insurance agent that he was at a pornography store to cover up being at Moe's was cut.[[note]]The episode had previously aired uncut on Channel 4 (as well as Sky One and BBC Two), but during an early-afternoon showing on Christmas Day the lines were cut and not reinstated.[[/note]]
* ConfessToALesserCrime / EmbarrassingCoverUp: Homer's reply to what Moe's business is:
-->'''Insurance Agent:''' Now this place you were at, Moe's, is this a business of some sort?\\
'''Homer's Brain:''' Don't tell him you were at a bar! *gasp* But what else is open at night?\\
'''Homer:''' It's a pornography store. I was buying pornography.\\
'''Homer's Brain:''' Heh heh heh. I would'a never thought of that.
* ContinuityNod: The company that manufactured Homer's snowplow is the same one that took over Powell Motors in ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E15OhBrotherWhereArtThou "Oh, Brother, where Art Thou?"]]''.
* DadaAd: Homer's second commercial.
* DelayedReaction: When Homer had his accident, the airbag in his car deployed ''after'' he got out of the car.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment[=/=]ShapedLikeItself[=/=]SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: The Mr. Plow jingle.
-->Call Mr. Plow
-->That's my name
-->That name again
-->Is Mr. Plow.
* EpicFail: Homer managed to damage both his and Marge's car...in their own driveway.
** Also, later on while trying to rescue Barney, he crosses a very rickety wooden bridge in his plow truck and only then he spots a larger, well-built bridge ''right next to it''.
** The fact that Bart's snarky line, "You ARE fully licensed and bonded by the city, aren't you, Mr. Plow?" was never edited out of the first commercial.
* HypocriticalHumor: When Barney introduces himself as "Plow King", he tells Homer there was no problem with a fair competition. Then he shoots Homer's tires.
** After watching [[Series/MurderSheWrote Angela Lansbury]] painfully walk over hot coals in ''Carnival Of The Stars'', Homer questions how anyone can mistreat their body like that. Then he drinks a pitcher of brine that Moe was about to throw out.
** Linda Ronstadt calls Homer a "boozer", in spite of Barney being an ''even bigger'' boozer.
* ImagineSpot: After seeing the plow, Homer imagines himself driving it through a protest at the White House to clear a path for the President (George H. W. Bush).
* IResembleThatRemark: When Linda Ronstadt sings in Barney's commercial, she mentions Homer's a drinker. Cut to Homer doing a SpitTake.
* JawDrop[=/=]StunnedSilence: Homer, Bart and Lisa's reactions after meeting [[AdamWesting Adam West]] in real life.
* KitschyLocalCommercial: The first Mr. Plow commercial.
* MajorMinorInconvenience: "Are you tired of having your hands cut off by snowblowers? And the inevitable heart attacks that come with shoveling snow?"
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Homer feels remorseful for how he tricked Barney into plowing driveways on Widow's Peak.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Homer is directly responsible for Barney's descent into alcoholism.
* NoodleIncident: Barney never explains how exactly he knows Music/LindaRonstadt, other than the fact that they've been looking look for a project to do together for some time.
* PhoneNumberJingle: Barney Gumble starts competing as the "Plow King", and enlists Music/LindaRonstadt to sing this jingle:
-->''When the snow starts a-falling,
-->There's a man you should be calling.
-->That's K-L-five, four seven-nine-six! (Let it ring!)''
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Averted. Homer's rap act doesn't get any approval by his kids.
* RedshirtReporter: A reporter in a helicopter is KilledMidSentence while trying to deliver a IfIDontReturn speech to his mum.
* RockBottom: Barney announcing that "at least I can't sink any lower". Cue the wind blowing away his diapers.
* RopeBridge: On his rescue mission to save Barney, Homer crosses a rope bridge which starts to swing dangerously and fall apart.
* RecognitionFailure / YourSecretsSafeWithMeSuperman: Pulled by Barney, who mistakes Adam West for playing ''Superman'' and cries out the latter phrase.
* ShoutOut:
** ''Film/TheGodfather'': Bart being struck by numerous snowballs by Nelson and other angry students was an homage to the infamous scene in the 1972 movie where Sonny Corleone is shot numerous times in an ambush.
** Roto-Rooter: The Mr. Plow jingle is obviously inspired by the drain-cleaning company jingle.
** ''Film/TheWagesOfFear'' and its American remake ''Sorcerer'': Homer's trip across the rickety bridge is based on the films, with the music inspired by the latter.
** ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'': The melting snowmen resemble the melting Nazis in the climax, complete with a similar sounding ScareChord.
** ''Film/{{The Wolfman|1941}}'': Barney transforming from a cleancut student into a slovenly drunk after he has his very first beer mimics Lawrence Talbot's transformation.
** Creator/{{CBS}}'s ''Circus Of The Stars'': Springfield's ''[[ShowWithinAShow Carnival Of The Stars]]'', a show with local and national celebrities that Homer and the kids watch.
** Kent Brockman's newsroom announcement Barney being trapped at Widow's Peak is taken from Walter Cronkite announcing [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy President Kennedy's]] assassination.
* SpecialGuest: Creator/PhilHartman as Troy [=McClure=].
* TemptingFate: When Homer and Barney decide to be partners, Homer states even God can't stop them. God takes offense to that and acts accordingly, melting the ice and putting both boys out of business.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Barney used to be a college-bound student, before Homer gave him exactly one beer. And the rest is history.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Barney after he sets up his own snow plow business. He stole the idea from Homer, shot out his tires to give himself an edge in the competition, and based his entire advertising campaign to slandering his friend. And this is all after Homer's pep talk gave Barney the determination to make something of himself, making him an UngratefulBastard to boot.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Bart's reaction to seeing Krusty, his idol, being savaged by three Siberian tigers? "Meh, they'll be chewin' on him for a while," before changing the channel to the Mexican Bumblebee Man's sitcom.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Homer moves the snow away from the Qwick-E-Mart, allowing it to stay open. Cue Snake driving up to the door.
* VandalismBackfire: When Homer was driving home for Moe's drunk during a blizzard, he ended up crashing into the back of a car. Though the front of his car was totaled, he looked at the bright side that he got the other guy just as bad...until he saw that it was ''Marge's'' car...in their driveway.
* WeCanRuleTogether: At the end, Barney suggests to Homer that they worked together.
* WhatWereTheySellingAgain: The second Mr. Plow commercial, which looked more like an [[LeFilmArtistique overly arty]] perfume ad.
-->'''Lisa:''' Dad, was that your commercial?\\
'''Homer:''' I don't know.
* ZillionDollarBill: Homer gets rival plowman Barney Gumble to spend the day dragging his plow up a mountain with the promise of a ten thousand dollar bill. When asked which president is on it, he claims, "''All of them. They're having a party. Jimmy Carter has passed out on the couch.''". [[note]]The actual ten-thousand dollar bill features Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase, and hasn't been in cicrulation for decades.[[/note]][[TheDitz Barney]] is so impressed that he leaves immediately, abandoning his hot tub with Music/LindaRonstadt.
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