Recap: The Simpsons S 11 E 5 EIEI Annoyed Grunt

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.


  • Anachronism Stew: That horrible Zorro film the Simpson family sees.
  • 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.
  • Defictionalization: It is physically possible to cross-breed tomatoes with tobacco since they're both in the nightshade plant family. A farmer actually did this (even though the plant didn't last very long) after being inspired by this episode. He even got a chance to be on the DVD commentary for this episode.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: When the animals surround the farm-house, it resembles a zombie movie.
  • Too Dumb to Live: When the southerner was about to forget the duel in favor of a mincemeat pie, Homer reminded him.