Recap / The Simpsons S 11 E 7 Eight Misbehavin

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Apu and Manjula become the parents of octuplets thanks to Manjula ingesting fertility pills (some of which were given to her by Dr. Hibbert and The Simpsons), and when the initial media frenzy blows over, their only hope for financial aid is allowing the kids to become a zoo attraction.

Tropes:

  • Adam Westing / Former Child Star: Butch Patrick, who still dresses like Eddie Munster as an adult.
  • And the Rest: Mr. Kidkill is only able to come up with creative costumes and entrances for four of the eight babies; he announces the remaining four as "the rest".
  • Anti-Role Model: "Kids are a blast, Apu. You can teach 'em to hate the same things you hate. And they practically raise themselves, what with the internet and all."
  • Artistic License Biology: Koalas can only ingest eucalyptus leaves and would not be able eat meat without ill effects like the ones in the zoo.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Apu and Manjula thought they would. They were wrong. Very, very wrong.
  • Big "NO!": Homer does one, when Apu tries to offer Marge and him one of the Octuplets, before stopping Marge from taking it.
  • Big "WHAT?!": A variant. When Dr. Hibbert reveals Apu actually has eight children (holding six in his jacket and one in his breast pocket), Apu goes "WHAAA?!" in shock.
  • Captain Obvious: When Homer comes across the hardware store mascot, Allen Wrench, he observes: "He's named after what he is."
  • A Day in the Limelight: This episode focuses more on Apu and Manjula than it does The Simpsons. Lampshaded with the car ride where we see all the adventures The Simpsons have been on in the nine months that Manjula was pregnant (Marge got a job as Sideshow Marge, Bart learned the true meaning of Columbus Day and winter, and Lisa became popular in school, but blew it all by becoming conceited).
  • Didn't Think This Through: Manjula was subjected to fertility drugs when she was having trouble conceiving, not just from herself, but also from Apu, Homer, Marge and Bart. Come the birth, and now Apu and Manjula have to raise eight babies simultaneously.
  • From Bad to Worse: Trapped on their act's stage and surrounded by angry cobras, Homer shouts for the animal handlers offstage to "release the mongoose!". Said mongoose takes one look at the amount of snakes it's being faced with and promptly latches onto Homer's head and starts biting.
    Homer: Stupid mongoose! Get the snakes! The snakes! Do I look like a snake?! Ow! Ow! Why isn't he listening to me?!
  • Gone Horribly Right: Well the fertility pills did work, didn't they?
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Not only Apu and Manjula's octuplets but also the nine babies born to a Shelbyvillian couple.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Larry Kidkill.
  • Noodle Incident: See A Day in the Limelight.
    • It is never explained exactly why Lisa and the rest of the school hate the Popli kids.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Butch Patrick insists that being in the spotlight as a kid didn't warp him one bit... while dressed as Eddie Munster.
  • Oh, Crap!: Apu has a hysterical look of frozen panic on his face after Hibbert reveals he and Manjula are parents of octuplets. Adding insult to injury is Homer laughing at the expression on Apu's face.
  • Plot Hole: In-Universe, when Homer has written a script to help Apu and Manjula get pregnant which portray the couple as a pair of teenagers having their first time before the boy goes away, the explanations he has for his leaving are going to college, being shipped off to the Vietnam War and a bone-digging expedition.
  • Reality Ensues: An overdose of fertility pills results in Manjula giving birth to octuplets.
  • Series Continuity Error: At the restaurant in the mall, Homer builds a Lego four-forks-in-one item and eats what appears to be meat from his family's plate, which makes little sense given that Lisa is a vegetarian.
  • Tempting Fate: Mr. Kidkill reveals where the octuplets will be working:
    Apu: The zoo?
    Kidkill: What? Everybody loves my zoo. You don't love my zoo? I dare you to look at a kangaroo and not laugh. I dare you.
    (the animals have long frowns on their faces)
    Kidkill: Well, they're usually funnier.
  • Too Much Information: Apu does this twice to Homer while he is sitting in the ice cream freezer. He tells Homer that by doing so he improves the chances of impregnating Manjula. Homer reacts by stating the trope name in a sarcastic voice. He does it again when Apu receives word that Manjula has begun to ovulate.
    Homer: [sarcastically] Eww! Thanks for sharing! [Apu starts to drive off] More than I wanted to know!
  • Two Rights Make a Wrong: While trying to get pregnant, Manjula started using fertility drugs. However Apu also added fertility drugs to her diet, which would have caused quintuplets. Until, it's discovered the Simpson family also added fertility drugs.
  • Unfortunate Names: Mr. Kidkill.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Not only that but, why did the snake-like robots have to be full of poison?
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