Recap / The Simpsons S 12 E 15 Hungry Hungry Homer

Homer, who has been on a Good Samaritan kick lately, goes on a hunger strike to protest the Springfield Isotopes being moved.


  • Affably Evil: The Springfield Isotopes executives.
    Marge: It's been a whole week. Why are you letting my husband die? What does that have to do with baseball?
    First executive: (cheerfully) Death is a part of baseball!
    Second executive: Oh yes, the main part.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Parodied—Cesar Chavez appears before Homer looking like Cesar Romero since Homer doesn't know what Cesar Chavez looks like.
  • Audience Surrogate: Homer ends up being one during a point when having gone days without eating, he witnesses and hears the thousands of attendees in the stadium eating their food. Loudly. All at the same, exact time. Which drives him to ask, "Must they all chew so loudly?!"
  • Berserk Button: Homer says he's fine with being called a liar when he's lying, or when he's about to lie, or when he's just finished lying. But not when he's telling the truth!
  • Bittersweet Ending: Homer finally exposes the plan to move the Isotopes to Albuquerque, and the Mayor of Albuquerque decides to give up trying to buy the team... in lieu of acquiring the Dallas Cowboys and making them play baseball.
    Mayor of Albuquerque: Looks like we'll have to steal some other baseball team. (to his aide) See what Dallas wants for the Cowboys.
    Mayor of Albuquerque: They'll play what I tell 'em to play. (walks to a window; menacingly) For I am the Mayor of Albuquerque!
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: When Sherri says that Bart is "a smelly, ugly dork", Homer retorts by saying "Ugly is such a smelly word."
  • Blatant Lies: According to Duff Stadium's announcer, Homer's on a hunger strike until the Isotopes win the Pennant, not because of the plans to move the team to Albuquerque.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The Isotopes have not won even one game since Howard K. Duff VIII has owned it; he's clearly trying to turn them into a disgrace on purpose to justify moving the team.
  • Good Samaritan: Homer, during the entire episode, the hunger strike being his CMA as one.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: By giving Homer a hot dog made with southwestern ingredients (and by using "Albuquerque Isotopes" wrappers), the plan to move the team finally gets exposed.
  • Not Hyperbole: The salon owner wasn't kiing when he said he couldn't afford to streak Marge's hair. Homer goes over his books and finds out that the salon's profit margin is razor thin.
  • Shame If Something Happened: When trying to get a beauty parlor to honor his wife's coupon, Homer spies a hairnet and comments, "It would be a shame if it was hurled to the ground." However, it lands gently on the ground no matter how hard he throws it, so he resorts to unscrewing lids.
  • Shout-Out: Duffman's The Dog Bites Back moment on Howard K. Duff is one to Return of the Jedi, with him looking between Homer and Duff, much like Vader did with Luke and the Emperor, before grabbing Duff and tossing him over the leftfield wall.
    • Bart finds Homer passed out on top of the doghouse, to which he says "Good grief."
  • Smash Cut: At one point, Homer is expressing doubt that a hair salon cannot afford to honor Marge's coupon. The very next scene is him crunching the salon's numbers with the owner, expressing surprise that the owner was telling the truth.
  • Special Guest: Howard K. Duff is voiced by Stacy Keach (from the first Cheech and Chong movie and played Christopher Titus' hard-assed father, Ken, on the sitcom Titus [which was in production at the time of this episode's premiere]).
  • Temporary Bulk Change: A big part of the episode. Homer loses an unhealthy amount of weight over a period of days.
    • At home, the opposites to Bart, Lisa and Maggie—the kids all get fat from Marge telling them that the four of them have to pitch in and eat Homer's share of the food. Lisa questions why her mom doesn't just cook less food, but Marge responds with, "I don't do things that way, Lisa."
  • Title Drop: "Hungry Hungry Homer" is the name given to Homer when the Isotopes adopt him as a new attraction to the stadium.
  • The Cassandra: Nobody would believe Homer's claims about the Springfield Isotopes moving to Albuquerque until he pointed out the food being served at the stadium had typical Albuquerque spices. It didn't help the Isotopes' case that the napkins had "Albuquerque Isotopes" written on them.
  • The Dog Bites Back: With Homer's incentive, Duffman turns against Howard and throws him out of the stadium.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: This is one of the few times that Homer's crazy stunts ends with success.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Paint Drinking Pete is dumb even by this show's standards.
  • Waiting Skeleton: As Homer prepares to go on a hunger strike to protest the Isotopes' planned move to Albuquerque, he sees the skeleton of previous striker holding a sign reading "CLEAN THE LADIES ROOM".