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:

  • Anachronism Stew: That horrible Zorro film the Simpson family sees.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic Drug: Tomacco itself. It tastes terrible, but has powerful addictive properties.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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