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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and ask him to build a new house. When he says he's 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.
  • Imagine Spot: Homer wonders how Zorro would handle the problem with the Southern Gentleman. A thought bubble shows him getting shot immediately.
  • 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.)
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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