Recap / The Simpsons S 11 E 6 Hello Gutter Hello Fadder

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Homer becomes a local celebrity for bowling a 300 game, but is Driven to Suicide (again) when his star fades, but when he gets rescued, he decides to give his neglected daughter, Maggie, some attention.


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  • Artistic License Biology: At the bowling alley, Milhouse is being tortured by Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney by having his head stuck repeatedly in the bowl shine. He the cries out to them that they're polishing bone, only for them to ignore him and keep doing it. In reality, if they had reached his bone, Milhouse would already be dead.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Homer plays Where's Waldo?:
    Homer: This would be a lot easier without all these people.
  • Continuity Nod: Homer knowing Ron Howard.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Not only is it one of many, many episodes focusing on Homer, but it also focuses on Homer trying to bond with Maggie "The Forgotten" Simpson.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Homer borders it once he feels he has no reason to live, but comes back strong once he meets Ron Howard and gets parenting advice.
  • 15 Minutes of Fame: Homer wins a 300 game and gets a short window of fame and keeps going until the news has to call him out on it.
  • Noodle Incident: How did Hans Moleman get in the sewer and become King of the Moles (unless that's an identical twin)? And did it have anything to do with getting pushed around by the guy on the street?
    • On Homer's list of things he wants to do before he dies is "See Stevie Nicks Naked", and there's three check-marks next to it.
  • Police Code for Everything:
    Wiggum: You just bought yourself a 3-17: pointing out police stupidity. Or is that a 3-14? Nah, nah. 3-14 is a dog, uh- No. Or is that a 3-15?. You're in trouble, pal!
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: When Homer is pulled over for speeding:
    Wiggum: All right, smart guy. Where's the fire?
    Homer: Over there. (points to a fire)
  • Shout-Out: To entertain his daughter, Homer dresses as a a Teletubby named "Homie-Womey", which then morphs into a Take That! towards the Rev. Jerry Falwell with him then declaring that he's "all man" to clear up some things.note 
  • Suicide Dare: When Homer deliberates a little too long in a line to jump off a skyscraper, the guy behind him says "Less chat, more splat, pal" and pushes him off. Subverted both in that Homer wasn't hurt by the fall, and because the guy was planning to do the same thing himself immediately afterwards, so he wasn't being a hypocrite.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Springfield's state was about to be revealed via the Krusty the Klown Show's mailing address. Too bad breaking news had to interrupt.
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