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."
  • Reality Ensues: While lost in the jungle, the family falls into a large flower that closes its petals around them which causes Marge to exclaim that it's trying to eat them. Homer casually tears one of the petals open and walks out.
    Bart: Wow dad, how did you do that?
    Homer: (deadpan) It's a flower.
  • 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.