Recap / The Simpsons S 12 E 17 Simpson Safari

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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.
  • Bait and Switch: Just as it looks Joan's madness for collecting diamonds would convince the Simpsons to put her in jail, the family (except Lisa) accept the proposal and happily leave Africa behind.
  • Broken Pedestal: Lisa says that Joan Bushwell's research has really inspired her when they first meet. At the end of the episode, Lisa is disgraced by the revelation that she's actually using the chimps to run a diamond mine, and is the only one to leave Africa without any diamonds.
  • Eat the Camera: Homer, at the end of the second act.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Homer points out that their old tour guide, Kitenge, became the new president of Tanzania. Marge wonders what became of President Muntu. He immediately appears as a flight attendant, clearly humiliated, and the Simpsons all laugh when they realise that he was overthrown.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Or chimpanzees in this case.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Marge and Lisa shoot bees at a jeep to deflate the tyres with the stingers. Somehow, this also causes the jeep to burst into flames.
  • 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."
  • Oh Crap!: Joan Bushwell when the Greenpeace member asks her about the diamond mine she's running.
  • 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.
  • Sanity Slippage: "No! Don't put me away. I'll give you diamonds. Everybody wants diamonds. Diamonds will make everything all better. Diamonds! Diamonds!!!" Everyone but Lisa accepts her crazy proposal.
  • 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.
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