Recap: The Simpsons S 10 E 10 Viva Ned Flanders
After Ned Flanders reveals that he's sixty years old and looks young because of his cautiousness and clean living, everyone begins pitying Ned for being a boring old man. To combat this, Ned joins Homer on a trip to Las Vegas, where the two gamble away their money, drink themselves stupid, and end up married to two skanky barmaids who call upon Vegas' most popular entertainers to capture them when Homer and Ned plot to divorce them.
This episode contains examples of (YMMV tropes found here):
- Accidental Marriage: Homer and Ned's drunken marriages to Amber and Ginger.
- Back for the Dead: The Monty Burns Casino
- Bait and Switch: Ned sees Grandpa Simpson and Jasper in a convertible with four sexy women and think that they're having the time of their lives. When the car drives off, it turns out Grandpa and Jasper are being held hostage by the women ("Shut up and take us to Dress Barn!").
- Bowdlerise: In the original version, when thinking of a number to bet on, Homer has the line "Marge's birthday is April 20th, same as Hitler's..." The second FOX airing of this episode actually aired on April 20, which was also the date of the Columbine High School massacre; as a result of this, the line was changed for the third FOX airing to "Marge's birthday is July 15th, same as Lassie's..." Unfortunately, even though the replacement line only aired that one time (in syndication it's the original line), it is the version found on both FXX and the DVD.
- Call Back: The Monty Burns Casino, introduced back in Season 5's "$pringfield", is demolished in this episode (and Lisa brings up the events of "Trash of the Titans" when she asks why the casino — which hasn't seen any action since "$pringfield" — would be brought back if nobody wants it anymore). Its absence prompts Homer to take Flanders to Vegas for fun.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Homer and Ned get their asses kicked by almost everyone in Vegas, including Drederick Tatum, The Moody Blues, and a white tiger.
- Good Is Boring: Springfielders are amazed at Ned's longevity and youthfulness until he reveals how much he's deprived himself in order to attain it.Ned: I resist all the major urges.Sideshow Mel: All of them?Marge: You mean you've never splurged and say, eaten an entire birthday cake and blamed it on the dog?Edna Krabappel: You've never licked maple syrup off your lover's stomach?(Agnes Skinner glares at Seymour)Bart: (halfway outside, holding a crowbar) You've never snuck out of church to break into cars?Ned: No, no, and double no! I haven't done any of those things, folks. You name it, I haven't done it!Homer: Jeez, Flanders, you're sixty, and you've never lived a day in you life!Carl: Yeah, even the boy in the bubble had a deck of cards.
- I Take Offense to That Last One:Ned: This is all your fault. You and your stupid program!Homer: Blame me if you must, but don't ever speak ill of the program!
- It Burns!: Moe says it after splashing himself with holy water, thinking it's what makes Ned look young.
- Lampshade Hanging: The Monty Burns Casino is finally seen in an episode after the one from when it was built and it was commented in-universe how, one week after its opening, nobody would remember it until now.
- Mugged for Disguise: Hilariously subverted. While being chased, Homer and Ned grab a pair of janitors and fight them offscreen in a closet. The janitors walk away unscathed, whereas Homer and Ned collapse badly bruised.
- No Ending: Homer and Ned are thrown out of Vegas and are forced to walk home. When the credits roll, they're being attacked by vultures.
- Older Than They Look: In this episode, it's revealed that Flanders is sixty. He apparently accomplished his younger appearance through "clean living, chewing thoroughly, and a daily dose of Vitamin Church".
- Real Men Cook: Apparently men who live in the impulse zone spit-roast meats over their chimneys using tires as fuel for the fire.
- Rhymes on a Dime: The Moody Blues begin a rhyming piece concerning Homer and Ned's predicament and seeming cruelty of fleeing their Vegas wives until they decide to "can the poems" when it's "ass-whooping time".
- Riddle for the Ages: Homer has an explanation for why Mr. Burns' casino has been taken with the rest of town but, when he was about to tell it, he was interrupted by the noise of the casino being demolished and the issue has never been brought up again.
- Rule of Three: This conversationNed: This may sound just a teensy bit insane in the ol' membrane, Homer, but I was wondering if you could show me how to have some fun.Homer: [with arms crossed] Well, well, well, so Flawless Flanders needs help from Stinky-Pants Simpson.Ned: Heh, heh, yeah, I guess I do.Homer: Welly, welly, welly. Mister Clean wants to hang out with Dirty Dingus McGee.Ned: How 'bout it, Homer, will you teach me the secret of your intoxicating lust for life?Homer: Wellisy, wellisy, wellisy...Ned: Stop that!
- Series Continuity Error: Ned is said to be 60 years old, however previous episodes, most notably "Hurricane Neddy", had shown he was a child in The Fifties with Beatnik parents, which would make him a baby boomer (born between 1946-64) and put him in his early 50s at most.
- Though since the show is still on the air in the 2010s, Ned would indeed be in his 60s by this point.
- So Long, Suckers!: Subverted; Homer and Ned try to escape in a Vegas contest car with Homer, with Homer shouting this. Before they can pull off, however, the angry crowd beats them up and throws them out of town.
- The Cameo: Ralph Steadman's caricatures of Hunter S. Thompson and Oscar Acosta from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas drive past Homer and Ned, coming from Vegas with the Raoul Duke caricature complaining there are too many kids there.
- Viva Las Vegas: The setting, naturally.
- What Could Have Been: The producers wanted to use a Bruce Springsteen cover of "Viva Las Vegas" instead of the original Elvis Presley rendition that's often used in television and film depictions of Las Vegas, but were unable to clear the rights for the Bruce Springsteen cover in time.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: Homer and Ned's drunken stupor, culminating in accidentally marrying Amber and Ginger.