Recap / The Simpsons S 11 E 10 Little Big Mom
The Simpsons are forced to go to a ski resort to make use of the skis they bought, but never used. While Homer gets hit in the groin by moguls after being distracted by the mental image of Flanders' butt in a skintight ski suit and Lisa nearly gets attacked by deer, Marge ends up the one being injured when a cuckoo clock falls on her leg. While Marge is laid up in the hospital, Lisa steps in as her replacement — and realizes that it's a lot of work in cleaning up after the slovenly Homer and Bart.


  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Lisa quotes "Excellent" like Homer's boss, Mr. Burns, when Homer and Bart are convinced they have leprosy, even tenting her fingers while saying it like Burns does.
  • The Casanova: Disco Stu is apparently trying to hit on Edna Krabappel at the ski lodge before Marge catches his eye, but he backs off trying to make a move on her when Bart and Lisa appear.
  • Domestic Abuse: Homer and Bart are watching I Love Lucy. All of a sudden, we hear Lucy crying.
    Fred: You hit her pretty hard there, Rick.
  • For Want of a Nail: The plot only goes ahead because Homer, Bart and Lisa catch Marge after having cleaned up the attic.
  • Irony: Marge was the only one who refused to go outdoors while at the ski resort and she was the only Simpson to break a leg.
  • Kick the Dog: When Homer and Bart are watching TV late at night and Lisa is trying to sleep, she yells for them to turn it down. Homer responds with this: "Sweetie, if we didn't turn it down for the cops, what chance do you have?"
    • The Jerkass park ranger also qualifies for telling Lisa to leave the deer alone instead of them to leave Lisa alone.
  • Lazy Bum: Homer and Bart, as usual. Homer even implies on the first morning without Marge that Marge dresses him, after he turns up in the kitchen in nothing but his underwear. After only a few days without Marge, the house is a squalid mess, and when Homer and Bart do any chores, they do them very poorly or ineffectively. This eventually causes Lisa to try cajoling them into doing some cleaning up by convincing them they have leprosy. It backfires, since instead they go to Ned Flanders, who convinces them to go to a lepers' colony in Hawaii, leaving Lisa to tidy up the house by herself.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Lisa when she discovers Homer and Bart have gotten sent to a leprosy treatment facility by the Flanderses.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted. Bart asks if he can go to the bathroom during a snowboarding session. Otto replies he has to "say it in snowboard" first, and after he does, Otto lets him go.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Inverted. Homer squirts interferon into Hibbert's mouth when he catches Homer and Bart playing with it. Hibbert immediately spits it out, then realises to his surprise that it cured his canker sores.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Homer has one when he starts sliding down the snowy hill after Ned shows off his ski suit.
    • Lisa has one when the deer she approach growl at her and poise themselves to attack.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: This is the reaction of the ski lodge staff after the clock falls and breaks Marge's leg, as can be told by one of them saying: "Oh, man. Another clock accident."
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Trope Namer.
  • Third-Person Person: Disco Stu's habit backfires while hitting on Marge.
    Disco Stu: Disco Stu wants you to be comfortable while he does his thang.
    Marge: Who's Disco Stu?
  • Took a Level in Jerkass and Artistic License Biology: Lisa using green paint and oatmeal to simulate leprosy scars (even though the skin-rotting lesions on a leper would actually be red and brown). Granted, Homer and Bart were being obnoxious, but that's a bit harsh.
  • Trash of the Titans: The Simpson house is, once again, trashed while Marge is away (see also: "Homer Alone"note , "Marge in Chains," "$pringfield (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)," and "Bart After Dark").
  • Worth It: At some point after their arrival, Homer and Bart realized they didn't have leprosy because one of Homer's lesions fell off, and they found out what it really was. However, they opted to stay at the clinic and endure the painful needles because it meant a Hawaiian vacation.
    Homer: All we have to do is endure two hours of blinding pain, then it's nothing but sun, surfing and shopping!
    Bart: Tonight, we're gonna put our fake sores back on, then jump the fence at Club Med and scare the normals!
  • You Monster!: Homer says this to Marge at the beginning for attempting to throw out his, Bart's and Lisa's junk without telling them, after clearing out the attic. She points out that a lot of the things she was going to throw out they don't use any more, such as a pair of skis. This inspires the trip to the ski resort.