[[caption-width-right:350:[[EarWorm Who needs the Kwik-E-Mart? I do!!]]]]
Apu is fired from the Kwik-E-Mart (thanks to Homer working with Kent Brockman to rat him out after Homer gets sick from bad Kwik-E-Mart food) and agrees to stay at the Simpsons' house. Meanwhile, Creator/JamesWoods is hired as the new Kwik-E-Mart clerk.

!! This episode provides examples of:
* ADayInTheLimelight: For Apu. This is the first episode to have him as a main character instead of a side-character.
* AnAesop: Marge delivers the moral, "I guess happiness is wherever you find it," when the Simpsons assume the episode is ending on the second act.
* AllForNothing: Apu and Homer travel all the way to India, and from there several hundred miles, through mountain ranges, to find the first Kwik-E-Mart... and Homer blows Apu's chance of getting his job back.
* AmbulanceCut: The two times Homer gets sick from eating bad Kwik-E-Mart food (the expired ham and the two buckets of "frozen" shrimp that aren't frozen and smell funny).
* BaitAndSwitch: When Homer learns how far India was from Springfield, it cuts to a scene with him and Apu riding donkeys... to ''Springfield Airport''. They spent so much money on the plane tickets they couldn't pay for a cab ride.
** Earlier in the episode, Apu watches Homer through the window and says, "This is all because of Homer Simpson! It's time to settle the score!" When Homer answers the door, Apu comes at him with his hands stretched out, causing a terrified scream from Homer. After the commercial break, it turns out that Apu was merely doing an Indian forgiveness custom and wasn't intending to choke Homer.
* BigNo: Apu does this in slow-motion when taking a bullet for James Woods near the end.
* BrickJoke: When Apu gives the impression he wants to strangle Homer for getting him fired, he's actually trying to apologize. When Apu does want to strangle him, Homer thinks it's another apology.
* ClusterBleepBomb: James Woods' cursing a blue streak as he's scraping melted cheese off the microwave walls.
* DoWrongRight: The Kwik-E-Mart official chastises Apu, not for selling dangerously inedible stock (that was in fact the company's standard procedure), but that he failed to place the blame on a suitable scapegoat.
* DrivenToSuicide[=/=]InterruptedSuicide: When Apu is fired for getting caught selling rotten food, he tries to kill himself by eating Kwik-E-Mart food. His boss prevents him from doing so.
-->'''Apu:''' I DON'T WANT TO LIVE ANYMORE!!!\\
* DumbassHasAPoint
-->'''Homer:''' ...You're selling what now?\\
'''Apu:''' I'm ''selling'' only the concept of karmic realignment.\\
'''Homer:''' [[LiteralMinded You can't sell that]]! Karma can only be portioned out by the cosmos! ''(slams door)''\\
'''Apu:''' He's got me there.
* TheGhost: Ned Flanders doesn't appear in this episode, but he is mentioned once.
-->'''Homer:''' I've learned that life is one crushing defeat after another until you just wish Flanders was dead.
* IncrediblyObviousBug: The hidden camera cowboy hat not only obviously has the camera lens sticking out, but makes a loud buzzing sound. Apu not only falls for it (he assumes that the noise is caused by a bee, [[TooDumbToLive as does Homer when Apu mentions this]]), but directly talks to the camera after Homer stomps on it.
-->'''Apu:''' Now, this is just between me and you, smashed hat.
* InsigniaRipOffRitual: When Apu is fired, the Kwik-E-Mart official tears off his name tag and "Ask about our fried pickles" badge from his uniform.
* {{Irony}}: The world's first conveniance store is in a horribly inconvenient location. Homer even points it out.
* JustFollowingOrders: Apu's defence when confronted by a senior Kwik-E-Mart official. The man turns it around him by doing the exact same thing seconds later.
* MethodActing: In-Universe, James Woods takes Apu's job at the Kwik-E-Mart to prepare for his upcoming role as a store clerk.
-->'''James:''' Do I sound like a laid-back convenience store kind of guy?\\
'''Jimbo:''' Actually, I thought it sounded a little labored. You gotta lose yourself in the moment, man.
* MushroomSamba: The incredibly spicy Indian food Apu cooks for the Simpsons has this effect on Lisa.
-->'''Lisa:''' ''(strained voice)'' I can see through time!
* MustMakeAmends: Apu decides to move into the Simpsons' house and do chores for them to atone for causing Homer's illness.
* NoodleIncident:
** Barney has apparently killed someone (possibly a woman) by accident before, or at least thinks he has and it was similar to knocking over the oversized Mrs. Butterworth bottle. This ''might'' be a {{callback}} to when Barney accidentally shot a woman after Homer slammed the door in his face in "Rosebud" but, considering how this series doesn't really usually care about continuity, it might have been an unseen incident.
** Grampa once recorded and released an album that Homer finds to be just as disturbing as Lisa playing the shenai.
* NotHelpingYourCase: The traditional form of apology in Apu's village involves slowly approaching someone with your arms outstretched. As Apu puts it, many have died needlessly because of it.
** Also, Apu when trying to defend his store's policies on TV.
--->'''Brockman:''' Apu, will you ever stop selling spoiled meat?\\
'''Apu:''' ''(sweating profusely)'' No. I mean yes. I mean... oh, dear.\\
''(Pan out to the Kwik-E-Mart, where Apu and a customer are watching the interview on TV.)''\\
'''Apu:''' ''(turns the TV off)'' I think I come off rather well.\\
'''Customer:''' [[YouMonster Monster]]! Run, children!
* OhCrap: When Apu accidentally slips that he sells bad food.
* {{Retirony}}: Kent tells Homer that the hidden cam hat he smashed was a day away from retirement.
* RiddleForTheAges: When James Woods is talking on the phone to his manager, he asks how his upcoming movie was the same if his character was retconned from a store clerk to a "jittery eskimo firefighter". We never learn the answer but whatever it was, Woods accepted it.
* RuleOfThree: When Apu and Homer meet the owner of the Kwik-E-Mart chain to ask for Apu's job back, he says they'd only be allowed three questions. Apu only wants to ask one, but Homer wastes all of them asking if [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment that guy really owned the Kwik-E-Mart]]. And the answers still aren't enough for him.
* TheScapegoat: Kwik-E-Mart policy is to use one of these (or a sacrificial lamb) when something goes wrong.
-->'''Apu:''' [[LiteralMinded Uh-huh, and if I could obtain for you these animals?]]
* ShoutOut: The scene with the Indian train being so crowded that passengers are hanging on the outside spoofs a similar scene in ''Film/{{Gandhi}}''.
* SpyCam: The hidden camera that Homer is asked to carry to tape Apu's mishandling of food. Although it's "hidden" [[IncrediblyObviousBug only in the sense that it's inside of a gigantic novelty cowboy hat]], it weights so much that it can damage a man's spine if worn too long and makes a very loud buzzing sound when it's adjusting its lens that Apu (and [[IdiotHero Homer]]) confuse for that of a bee.
* SureLetsGoWithThat:
--->'''James Woods:''' But as for me, I'm off to battle aliens on a far away planet.\\
'''Marge:''' That sounds like a good movie.\\
'''James Woods:''' Yes...yes, a movie.
* TakingTheBullet: The example from this episode is the trope image!
* TooDumbToLive: Homer ''still'' buys bad food from the Kwik-E-Mart even after he got sick from it twice. He even goes in and orders a hot dog immediately after he saw the disgusting close-up of a hot dog that fell on the floor being put back on the rack.
** Him wasting all three allowed questions he and Apu got ''on the same one'' when talking to the owner of the Kwik-E-Mart chain also counts.
* TurnInYourBadge: After the InsigniaRipOffRitual mentioned above:
-->'''Official:''' Now... turn in your pricing gun.\\
''(Apu takes gun out of shoulder holster and hands it over)''\\
'''Official:''' The other one too.\\
''(Apu takes gun out of ankle holster and hands it over)''
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Whether the armed robber that shot Apu escaped or was apprehended is not delved upon.
* WhiteDudeBlackDude: The subject of a black comedian's stand-up.
--> '''Comedian:''' Black guys, we drive a car like this... ''(leaning back and humming)'' yeah but white guys, they drive a car like this... ''(leans forward and hums in a dorky tone of voice)''\\
'''Homer:''' ''(laughs)'' It's true! It's true! We're so lame!
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: Apu decides no-one is stupid enough to buy expired ham from him... until Homer walks into the Kwik-E-Mart.
* YouMonster: A woman calls Apu a monster after he's exposed for selling spoiled meat.