Episode - 3F05\\
First Aired - 11/5/1995

Homer becomes morbidly obese so he can work from home and avoid the daily workout regimens implemented by Mr. Burns, but while Homer is living large, Marge and the rest of the family worry about Homer's health and how long he can keep up this scam.


* AnAesop: Appearances affect your social life and how everyone sees you.
* BigEater: Homer. Even more than usual because he was under BackAlleyDoctor's orders (read: Dr. Nick's orders) to overeat so he can reach his weight goal.
** However, after finally gaining all the weight he wanted to, Homer isn't seen eating again until he hijacks an ice cream truck to get to the nuclear plant.
*** WordOfGod deliberately avoided showing Homer eating after becoming extremely obese, worrying he would become unsympathetic if it was shown.
* FatComicRelief: Homer, more obese than ever before, definitely falls in this trope.
* GilliganCut: After Lisa says that any doctor who disapprove of Homer's plan, Homer says "Oh, yeah, we'll see about that!" We immediately turn to Dr. Hibbert, who's so horrified he immediately refuses to help him. [[SubvertedTrope However, by Homer's request, he gives the name of a doctor that would help him, namely Dr. Nick]].
* ImagineSpot: Bart imagines himself being morbidly obese.
* {{Irony}}: Discussed by Lisa and Bart. Lisa points out that it was ironic that Homer's weight saved the day, while a slimmer man would have died. Bart then adds that it's ironic that, for once, Homer's butt prevented ([[{{Fartillery}} instead of caused]]) the release of toxic gas.
* NeverMyFault: When Homer first learned of the impending explosion, he started blaming his toy bird but he [[SubvertedTrope quickly gave in and realized it was his own fault]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Creator/HankAzaria imitates the late Cary Grant when voicing the pig encouraging Homer to gain 61 pounds. This was the idea of the writers, who thought Grant's voice would've been perfect.
** WhatCouldHaveBeen: The writers wanted the real Cary Grant to voice the pig, but he died years before this episode was made.
* ANuclearError: The nuclear power plant nearly explodes, but [[spoiler: Homer's fat ass saves the day]].
* OhCrap: Homer, when he sees the plant is about to explode.
-->'''Homer:''' ''(nervously)'' Marge...Lisa...Flanders?
* TheCakeIsALie: Lisa tells Homer Marge baked him a cake to get him to go in the kitchen so Marge could discuss all the flaws with his plan. After the discussion ended, Homer [[ComicallyMissingThePoint asked for the cake]].
* WeightWoe: Inverted. But then played straight when Homer's girth makes it increasingly difficult to prevent the meltdown from occurring.
* WhamShot: The computer saying a meltdown will occur.