Recap / The Simpsons S 11 E 5 EIEI Annoyed Grunt

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Forced to skip town to get out of a duel, Homer moves back to the farmland he lived on as a kid (according to the season six episode "Grandpa vs. Sexual Inadequacy," even though the last part of that episode showed the house burning downnote ) and tries his hand at growing crops, all of which fail except for a tomato plant with a disgusting surprise inside.

Tropes:

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Homer started his glove-slapping by defending Marge's honor. When he saw he could use it to get stuff he wanted, it quickly went to his head afterwards.
  • Anachronism Stew: That horrible Zorro film the Simpson family sees.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: The neighboring farmers have an Asian elephant which they named "Petunia" and refer to as female, despite the elephant having tusks which make it a male.
  • Artistic License Biology: Played with. While no one has ever cross-bred tomato and tobacco plants, since both plants are in the nightshade family, it is theoretically possible.
  • Artistic License History: Parodied. The Poke of Zorro sees him face the Three Musketeers, the Man in the Iron Mask, and the Scarlet Pimpernel. When he finally triumphs, he's declared king of England by King Arthur himself.
    Bart: It's a history lesson come to life.
    Lisa: No, it isn't. It's totally inacc—
    Bart: Quiet. Here come the ninjas.
  • Asshole Victim: After the Laramie executives steal the last plant, they try to flee via helicopter, but a tomacco-crazed sheep has snuck on board. It attacks them, causing the helicopter to crash, killing everyone on board. (Except the sheep, fortunately.)
  • Bait-and-Switch: The Simpson family are in the Googolplex Cinema, and it seems like they were watching a war film. Suddenly, it is revealed to be a commercial for Buzz Cola, with the German soldier sitting up despite being wounded, and telling them that the drinks are "available in the lobby".
  • Clothing Damage: Shown in the Zorro movie, much to the annoyance of the love interest.
    "What part of 'Stop cutting my dress off' don't you understand?"
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Homer told the family he'd accept the offer Laramie Cigarettes made for "tomacco", Lisa pleaded to him about how cruel they are, hoping to convince Homer not to make any deals with them. Homer instead took it as a sign he could charge more.
    • When the family goes to talk about the offer in private, the first thing Homer wants to talk about is how two of the executives seem to have a thing for each other.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The Laramie executives, looking to buy the tomacco in order to make people addicted to cigarettes and other tobacco products from youth.
  • Danger Takes a Backseat: The Laramie executives fly away on their helicopter and steal the only remaining tomacco plant, leaving the Simpsons behind to be attacked by the junkie farm animals. The pilot then mentions that the helicopter is overweight a few seconds before a sheep that managed to sneak on attacks the executives to try to eat the plant, making the helicopter go out of control and crash.
  • Delicious Distraction: The Southern Gentleman has a thing for mincemeat pie, evident as he got a smell of it during the duel. Subverted when Homer reminds the Colonel, who promptly shoots him in the shoulder.
  • Descent into Addiction: The animals that raid the tomacco plantation become extremely addicted to it to the point they go nuts and feral when they have finished eating everything but a small sample the Simpsons are guarding.
  • Determinator: The Southern Gentleman waited outside the Simpson house for his pistol duel, despite the family being gone for weeks.
  • Dirty Coward: The Scarlet Pimpernel in the Zorro movie.
  • Fantastic Drug: Tomacco itself. It tastes terrible, but has powerful addictive properties.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • A sign in the episode says, "Sneed's Feed & Seed, Formerly Chuck's". Replace "eed" with "uck" and you can see why it's so dirty.
    • Ralph Wiggum gets addicted to the tobacco in the tomatoes.
  • Glove Slap: Inspired by a corny Zorro movie, Homer goes around slapping people with a glove and challenging them to a duel to get whatever he wants. No one takes him up on it, so Homer keeps on doing it and getting his way, until one day he slaps a Southern Gentleman who accepts the challenge.
    • Later, after fleeing home to avoid the duel, the family looks for a place to live and bumps into Jimmy Carter. He's busy at a Habitat for Humanity, but they ask him to build a new house. When he says he's too busy with his current project, Homer yells at him—leading to Carter taking off one of his gloves. Homer drives away, as Carter demands satisfaction.
  • Halfway Plot Switch:
    • The episode starts with Homer randomly doing Glove Slaps, only to inadvertently end up in a duel with a southerner, which he escapes by hiding out at his family's farm. Unlike other episodes where the previous plotline is forgotten, when the Simpsons return home, Homer finds the southerner still waiting for him and ends up dueling.
    • The sequence with the addicted farm animals attacking the Simpsons gives the episode a momentary detour into Zombie Apocalypse territory.
  • Imagine Spot: Homer wonders how Zorro would handle the problem with the Southern Gentleman. A thought bubble shows him getting shot immediately.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Homer's initial glove slap was to defend Marge's honor. It quickly escalated out of control from there.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • It takes a while, but Homer does suffer for his constant glove-slapping.
    • The Laramie executives get killed because they stole the plant they intended to use to exploit others.
  • Loophole Abuse: The reason the Laramie execs want to buy the rights to tomacco is because they can't sell tobacco to kids, but their Ain't No Law that prohibits tomacco. (Unfortunately, Homer misinterprets their intents.)
  • Negative Continuity: The Simpsons hide out at Grampa's old farm, despite the house being burnt down last time.
  • Never My Fault: "Oh, honey, I had the worst nightmare. This glove kept slapping people, and I was getting blamed."
  • Off-Model: Despite the episode being animated by Rough Draft Studios, Bart and Lisa gain giant Anivision-like pupils when Homer dives into the "swimming hole".
  • Reality Ensues: The Southern Gentleman shoots Zorro immediately after drawing his sword in an Imagine Spot.
  • Running Gag: Homer getting stuck under the tractor.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When the animals surround the farm-house, it resembles a zombie movie.
    • The farming montage's music is the theme song from Green Acres.
    • The Dueling Colonel has a mudflap with him likened to Yosemite Sam on his RV.
  • Skewed Priorities: After being shot, Homer pauses writhing in pain to have some pie.
    Lisa: You know, Dad, that's probably something you should go to the hospital for.
    Homer: After pie.
  • Smash Cut: After Homer makes his ridiculously large offer to the tobacco company, it then cuts to the Simpsons being dumped back onto their farm.
  • Stepford Smiler: Marge briefly invokes this when she happily declares "I'll repress the rage I'm feeling" after Homer brings the family to the decrepit farmhouse, and plasters a smile on her face that makes her look like she's on the verge of murdering everyone.
  • Stylistic Suck: "The Poke of Zorro" is an abomination of a movie that somehow pits Zorro against the Three Musketeers, the Man in the Iron Mask, some ninjas, and the Scarlet Pimpernel before King Arthur declares Zorro the new king of England. It also ends with an incredibly awful rap song, and the credits list mentions there was a robot version of Zorro, a magic taco voiced by James Earl Jones, and at least one time traveler.
  • Talk to the Fist: Homer's Imagine Spot about how Zorro would handle the Southerner has Zorro pulling out his sword (probably having asked for a proper duel) and doing a flourish, which is followed by the Southerner drawing his pistol and killing him with one shot.
  • Tastes Like Feet: Ralph invokes this trope with one of the greatest lines of the entire series.
    "Eww! Daddy, this tastes like grandma!"
  • Theme Tune Rap: The cheesy rap song that ends the Zorro film.
    "From the Z to the O to the double R-O, / He's the dude in a mask from the barrio / With his horse and his mask and his big ol' sword / He'll cut your butt from a '52 Ford."
  • Too Dumb to Live: When the southerner was about to forget the duel in favor of a mincemeat pie, Homer reminded him.
  • Trigger Happy: Implied with the Southerner, with his RV having stickers for "honk if you demand satisfaction (read: duel)" and one saying that he's a member of a pistol dueling society.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Because of monster movies, Homer was under the belief that radiation caused things to grow super fast. Upon checking the field the next day, however, he didn't find the tall crops he was expecting, but rather sprouts.
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