Recap: The Simpsons S 10 E 8 Homer Simpsons In The Kidney Trouble

Production Code: AABF 04
Premiere Date: December 6, 1998

While driving home from a Old West tourist trap, Homer ignores Grampa Simpson's pleas to let him use the bathroom, which causes the old man to blow out both of his kidneys. With Grampa at death's door, Homer decides to give a kidney to his father — then runs off when he becomes afraid of what being an organ donor will do for him.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Are We There Yet?: A variant.
    Grampa: Am I dead yet?
    Marge: No.
    Grampa: How 'bout now?
    Marge: No.
    Grampa: Now?
    Marge: I'll tell you when you're dead, Grampa.
    Grampa: Thank you.
  • Artistic License Biology: A "kidney blowout" due to holding in urine for a long time is physically and medically impossible, as the kidneys (much like the liver) is just a filter that makes body waste. If any organ in the urinary tract was going to suffer from having too much urine in it, it would be the bladder (and he would have pissed himself before dying of sepsis). And if Grampa's urinary system was compromised and Homer didn't want to donate a kidney, couldn't they have put Grampa on dialysis until a donor could be found? You know "urine" trouble when Seth MacFarlane can realistically portray the trials and tribulations of dealing with kidney failure (as seen in "New Kidney on the Block" and "The Kidney Stays in the Picture".
  • Christianity Is Catholic: When Marge asks Reverend Lovejoy to perform the last rites for Grampa, Lovejoy retorts, "Marge, that's Catholic. Why don't you ask me to do a voodoo dance?"
  • Continuity Snarl: Grampa is said to have two functional kidneys, but in "Old Money"note , he told Bea he had one kidney (unless he meant one that was functioning).
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Frenchman may have stolen his accordian (actually a concertina) from a blind monkey, but he (and the other passengers on the Ship of Lost Souls) would never dream of leaving their fathers to die in the hospital after promising them a kidney.
    • Neither would Bart, a boy once hailed as "America's Bad Boy."
  • Ghost Town: The family visits one converted to a tourist trap in the first act.
  • Great White Hunter: A Englishman dressed in the usual fashion is among the passengers of the Ship of Lost Souls, and mentions his story has tigers.
  • Handicapped Badass: The bartender, apparently.
    Homer: Hey, robot! get your metal ass down here!
    [the bartender walks down to Homer]
    Bartender: First of all, I'm not a robot. And second, I got this metal ass in 'Nam, defending this country for lazy jerks like you.
  • Jerkass: A lot of viewers hated this episode, as it showed Homer at his most selfish (bailing during his father's kidney transplant operation). Even the other characters said so.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: His fears were pivoted by the fact Dr. Hibbert (and everyone else) outright lied to him about the dangers of the operation so he'd agree. When they can't make him donate willingly, Hibbert outright steals his kidney while he's unconscious. While it's Dirty Cowardice at its finest, would you trust your body in the hands of a quack that deceives and outright mutilates you without your consent?
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Homer getting crushed by a car.
  • Last Request:
    Homer: If I die during the operation, will you do one thing for me?
    Marge: Oh, anything sweetheart!
    Marge: Hrmmmm. Well, I said I'd do it, so I guess I'll have to.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Homer's cowardice is partially pivoted by the fact Dr Hibbert lied about the dangers of the operation to make him go through with it. When he fails to get Homer to willing go through with it, he outright steals the kidney from him while he's unconscious.
  • My Car Hates Me: Homer's car breaks down and won't start just outside the Retirement Castle.
  • Never My Fault:
    Homer: It's everyone's fault but mine.
  • Noodle Incident: A whole Ship of Lost Souls full of them, barring the French man with the accordion (see Even Evil Has Standards above) and the woman who robbed a bank with a frozen loaf of bread.
    • The Peter Lorre lookalike mentioned that he did something that got him ban from a car wash, though we never find out what it was.
  • Potty Emergency and Potty Failure: Played for Drama; because Homer wouldn't stop to let Grampa use the bathroom, Grampa's kidneys exploded and is now near death.
  • Screw Politeness Im A Senior: Grampa acts rudely towards the bartender, but when he mentions that, like Grampa, he's also a military veteran, Grampa simply says "Up yours, hippie!"
  • Shout-Out: Grampa slowly walking to Homer's car while he tries to restart it parodies Night of the Living Dead (1968).
    • The robot cowboy chasing the robot hooker on a balcony is based on a similar scene in the original Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland ride.
    • The passenger wearing a tuxedo looks and sounds just like Peter Lorre.