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Episode - 9F21\\
First Aired - 9/30/1993

'''Homer's Barbershop Quarter''' is the first episode of the fifth season of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

When Bart and Lisa find a record of a barbershop quartet called the Be Sharps, featuring Homer, Apu, Skinner and Barney on the cover, Homer tells them of the Be Sharps' rise and fall, in a hilarious send-up of the Beatles' career.

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!!This episode contains examples of (YMMV tropes can be found [[YMMV/TheSimpsonsS5E1HomersBarbershopQuartet here]]):
* ACappella: Like all barbershop quarters a lot is sang a cappella.
* AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted: What happened to Willie during the Be Sharps' tour.
* AlliterativeTitle: The song "'''B'''aby on '''B'''oard".
* AsHimself: David Crosby and Music/GeorgeHarrison
* AbbeyRoadCrossing: The cover of "Bigger Than Jesus" is a direct parody.
* BackstoryOfTheDay: As per usual with many flashback episodes, with Homer revealing his short time as a superstar, that was seemingly forgotten about and never mentioned prior to this episode (with the kids even Lampshading this heavily at the end of the episode). This likely counts as an AssPull, though it may reference [[TakeThat John Lennon's own attempts to hide his stardom from his child until he came across some merchandise]].
* BiggerThanJesus
-->'''Bart:''' Did you screw up like the Beatles and say you were bigger than Jesus?
-->'''Homer:''' All the time. That was the title of our second album.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Homer meets Music/GeorgeHarrison. "Oh my God! Oh my God...where did you get the brownie?".
* ContinuityNod: Some of the paintings Marge made in [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E18BrushWithGreatness "Brush With Greatness"]] are on display at her stand in the swap-meet. Barney's Japanese girlfriend would later reappear in the episode ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E19MomAndPopArt Mom and Pop Art]]''.
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: Homer's consoling of Marge after he told her that women would want to have sex with him (according to his manager):
--> ''Don't worry, honey. It's just until we finish our [[EuropeansAreKinky tour of Sweden]].''
* ExtraExtraReadAllAboutIt: A paperboy announced the Be Sharps singing at a roof. A man bought a newspaper and found out it had no mention of the Be Sharps.
* GrailInTheGarbage: Homer finds a copy of the Declaration of Independence, ''[[Franchise/{{Superman}} Action Comics No. 1]]'', a sheet of Inverted Jenny stamps and a Stradivarius violin in a 5 item box. He dismisses it as junk and tosses everything aside.
--> "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_Independence Junk,]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_Comics_1 junk,]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inverted_Jenny the airplane's upside down,]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stradivarius Strad-di-who-vious?!..."]]
* ItsBeenDone: The TropeNamer. George Harrison says this on seeing the B-Sharps singing on a roof-top.
* ThePeteBest: InUniverse: Chief Wiggum, kicked out for being "too Music/VillagePeople."
* RooftopConcert: In a parody of ''Music/LetItBe'' the Be Sharps perform on a roof.
* SgtPeppersShoutOut: The back cover of the "Bigger Than Jesus" album is a spoof of the back cover of ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand''
* ShoutOut: The Be Sharps' career mirrors Music/TheBeatles'. This is lampshaded repeatedly throughout the episode, once by an actual Beatle.
** A very minor Beatles reference occur in the first few minutes of the episode. One of the things Marge is trying to sell is her painting of Music/RingoStarr from "Brush Of Greatness".
** The "Melvin and the Squirrels" record is a reference to ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks''.
** Moe's bar is named "Moe's '''C'''avern" instead of tavern in this episode, in reference to the bar "The Cavern" where the Beatles where discovered by their manager Brian Epstein.
** During the audition Jasper sings "Theme From A Summer Place" and Chief Wiggum "Talk To The Animals" from ''Film/DoctorDolittle''.
** The cover of "Meet The B Sharps" is similar to Music/TheBeatles' American cover of ''Music/WithTheBeatles''.
** Homer's first attempt at a song "There was nothing in Al Capone's vault, but it wasn't Geraldo's fault" is a reference to TV presenter Gerald Rivera, who in 1986 hosted a nationally broadcast special "The Mystery of Al Capone's Vault". He build up a lot of suspense and curiosity on what might be found in UsefulNotes/AlCapone's vault once it was opened, [[AntiClimax but it turned out to be nothing but dirt and one beer bottle]].
** The band arriving at the airport and being screamed at by fans is also an obvious example.
** Principal Skinner's unfunny answer that nevertheless is perceived as funny by reporters references the witty answers that the Beatles gave to the uninspired questions of the press at the time.
** While the Be Sharps listen to Barney's new song "Number 8" they strike a similar pose as The Beatles and Yoko Ono did on a famous photograph. [[http://beatlephotoblog.com/photos/2010/08/1217.jpg]] The "Number 8" song itself is a reference to "Revolution #9" on ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum''.
** When Skinner mentions: "I can't remember the last time we were all together" Apu answers: "Last year, on that stupid Dame Edna special."
** The RooftopConcert is an obvious reference to the Beatles' rooftop concert in the concert film ''Film/LetItBe''. Homer's comment "... and I hope we passed the audition" is the final line on the album ''Music/LetItBe''.
* SpecialGuest: The Dapper Dans as the singing voices of "The Be Sharps". Music/GeorgeHarrison and Music/DavidCrosby also appear.
* TakeThat:
** [[UsefulNotes/GrammyAward The Grammy Awards]].
-->'''Homer:''' Here. ''(hands bellhop his statue)''
-->'''Bellhop:''' Oh boy, an awards statue. Oh wait, it's a Grammy. ''(throws it down the balcony)''
-->'''Man:''' Hey, don't throw your garbage down here! ''(throws it back up and Homer and knocks him out)''
** When the Barbershop Quartet performs near the Statue Of Liberty UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan is attending the ceremony. He says: "Damn ceremonies. This is a time I could be working, Mommy", poking fun at the fact that Reagan, due to his old age, didn't do much difficult or hard work in the White House. Most of it was left to his administration, while he just signed papers and gave speeches. The joke that he confuses his wife Nancy with his mother is a reference to his senility, which was already showing during his term.
** Music/YokoOno naturally comes in for this, with her counterpart having a "song" that's nothing but her saying "Number 8" and Barney belching.
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: After dropping Wiggum, the rest of the band go through one of these looking for his replacement. Candidates include Abe Simpson singing a "hip" version of ''Old [=MacDonald=]'', Willie butchering ''Downtown'' with his Scottish accent, Jasper singing ''Theme From A Summer Place''[[note]]this part is usually cut in syndication and only seen on the season five DVD set[[/note]], and [[PaperThinDisguise Dr. Dolittle]];
-->'''Skinner:''' Good lord! Dr. Dolittle is Chief Wiggum!
-->'''Wiggum:''' Uh oh, this bird's gonna fly! ''(Jumps out window)''
* TooDumbToLive: The Be Sharps had marketed a funny foam that was recalled for being poisonous if ingested. Homer then says if anyone was dumb enough to eat it, they deserve to die. Cut to Bart doing just that (eating the foam, not dying from it).
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Bart and Lisa wonder aloud several things (mostly about Homer's hidden musical abilities) of course these things are never explained in the episode.
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