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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.

Tropes:

  • 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.
  • 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 is on a hunger strike until the Isotopes win the Pennant, not because of the plans to move the team to Albuquerque.
  • Edited for Syndication: The original ending where the Mayor of Albuquerque decides to forgo his plans to buy the Isotopes and sets his sights on the Dallas Cowboys was cut in syndication, making the episode end with Homer celebrating the end of his hunger strike by eating the stadium food. The DVD version, the version seen on the FXX "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon, and several overseas cuts (particularly in France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom) have the original ending intact.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: By giving Homer a hot dog made with southwestern ingrediants (and by using "Albuquerque Isotopes" wrappers), the plan to move the team finally gets exposed.
  • 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.
  • Special Guest and Hey, It's That Guy!: 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.
    • Meanwhile the 'opposite' happens to his children. All three get fat from having to eat their fathers shares of the food since Marge refuses to cook less.
  • Title Drop
  • 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.
  • Throw It In: Homer's "Dancing Away My Hunger Pangs" song was ad-libbed by Dan Castellaneta.