Recap: The Simpsons S 12 E 17 Simpson Safari

After Homer's jerk ways at the supermarket causes a bag boy strike, the Simpsons are left without food — until they find a 1960s-era box of animal crackers advertising a contest where the winners get to go to Africa.

Tropes appearing in the episode:

  • Artistic License Biology: Rhinos lay eggs, hippos are afraid of water, giant spiders exist and giraffes live underground. Lisa is neither impressed nor amused.
  • Eat the Camera: Homer, at the end of the second act.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Or chimpanzees in this case.
  • Evil Poacher: Subverted. The poachers turned out to be Greenpeace members.
  • Language Barrier: When the Simpsons are lost in the jungle, sailing down a river, they encounter two ominous sounding tribesmen, so Homer tries to hit them with a spear. However, they were actually saying very nice things, at least according to the subtitles.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: "Don't worry. Getting eaten by a crocodile is like going to sleep... in a giant blender."
  • Red Herring: The episode starts with bag boy's strike. It is referenced by Homer twice during the trip just to really drive home its Herring status.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Lisa wouldn't take any diamonds Joan Bushwell tried to bribe the Simpsons with.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Or diamonds in that case as Homer, Marge, Bart and even Maggie can confirm.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: As the African tribal chief N'Gungo senses the Simpsons are coming.
    Tribesman: What is it, N'gungo?
    N'Gungo: Evil is coming...
    Tribesman: What shall we do, N'Gungo?
    N'Gungo: (takes mask off and puts it on the Tribesman) You are N'Gungo now! (runs away screaming)
  • Vacation Episode: The Simpsons travel to Africa.
  • Whale Egg: The rhino has just hatched out of the egg!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The bag boy crisis is never resolved.