Recap: The Simpsons S 11 E 1 Beyond Blunderdome
Homer doesn't care for Mel Gibson's remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Gibson (who is looking for someone who won't kiss up to him) enlists his help in improving it.
- Bloodier and Gorier: Homer's take on Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, which is more akin to Lethal Weapon and Braveheart.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind:Mel Gibson: You want me to replace the villain with a dog? I mean nobody will know what's going on.
Homer: They will if you set up that the dog is evil. All you do is have to show him doing this. [lowers eyelids and glances around in shifty-eyed fashion] The people will suspect the dog.
- Gasshole: There was a scene that plays this trope:Car Saleswoman: Thinking of saying goodbye to gas?Bart: You betcha :burps:Marge: Bart! :farts: well, that shut me up.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Mel.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Given everything that happened to Mel Gibson years after this episode aired makes this episode funnier than it was when it first came on, especially the plot point of Gibson making an overly violent movie that shocks and disgusts his fans (Passion of the Christ).
- Pandering to the Base : In-Universe, Homer writes a bad review of his movie so he lets him work on the redit, thinking Homer was saying what people really felt and had the guts to tell him. When in fact it was because Homer is a tasteless boob who skips over any part of a movie thats not funny or action packed (and had a grudge against Mel at the time due to Marge's infatuation with him).
- Call Back: Mel Gibson is not the first man to do the mistake of assuming that Homer Simpson knows what people really wants just because his tastes are simple.
- Pun: When the studio executives are chasing Homer and Mel, their car is hit by what appears to be Mel Gibson...William Milo: This is just a dummy!
Edward Christian: I know, but he sells tickets. (long pause as neither of the execs laugh) ... Let's go.
- Shout-Out: The episode title is one for Mel Gibson movie Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
- Take That: One of the executives said Homer's changes made Gibson's movie worse than The Godfather III and Mel Gibson told him not to say that kind of thing. The executive conceded he went too far with the comment but still wanted to destroy Homer's film.
- Unintentional Period Piece: While in Hollywood, the Simpsons see Robert Downey, Jr. in a shoot-out with the LAPD, which Marge thought was a movie being filmed, parodying his drug problems and arrests at the time.
- Wacky Fratboy Hijinx: Homer pitches a movie idea to Mel that sounds like the plot to Animal House (or American Pie, since he mentioned "nerdy teens trying to get some," and, at the time, movies like that were making a comeback).