Recap / The Simpsons S 12 E 18 Trilogy Of Error
In this homage to such movies as Go
and Run, Lola, Run
, Homer's severed thumb, Lisa's mad rush to school, and Bart and Milhouse enountering the local Mafia are interconnected to show how each of these events are related.
- An Arm and a Leg: Homer's severed thumb.
- Commercial Break Cliffhanger: "Lisa's Day" ends with Marge hitting the brakes as Bart (who was last seen running off to answer the door during breakfast) suddenly emerges from a manhole. Not only do we have to wait through the commercials, we also had to watch "Bart's Day" to see what led to this situation before it's resolved. Bart turns away from the truck anticipating impact, only to be lightly hit by it as comes to a complete stop. "Ow. Mom...!"
- Despair Event Horizon: Homer gives up on saving his thumb when he realises he can't reach Shelbyville in 20 miles on foot, so he promptly dumps Moe's pickle brine into the trash.
Homer: (to his severed, shriveled thumb) Well, friend, we always knew this day would come. Say goodbye to your brother.
- French Jerk: The West Springfield counterpart of Lisa's classroom has a French class, who laugh at her predicament.
- Logo Joke: The audio for the Gracie Films logo is replaced with this:
(West Springfield students laugh)
French Teacher: en francais...
(students laugh in snooty manner)
- Naked People Are Funny: The title screen for "Homer's Day" is Homer losing the towel around his waist as he dashes off to get dressed for breakfast.
- Parenthetical Swearing: When Marge accidentally gets into a rear-end collision with Rainier Wolfcastle's Ferrari, she mutters, "Aw, doodlebugs."
- Recycled Set: An animation version. Lisa is mistakenly dropped at West Springfield Elementary, which looks exactly identical to Springfield Elementary. One of the students notes that all schools in the area were drawn from the same floorplan. This is Truth in Television in some areas, especially areas with a lot of schools built at the same time.
- Shout-Out: To Run, Lola, Run.
- Something Completely Different: Much like "22 Short Films About Springfield," this episode tells its story in interconnected vignettes. Unlike "22 Short Films About Springfield," this episode focuses on how Homer getting his thumb cut off, Lisa ending up in the wrong school, and Bart and Milhouse running afoul of Fat Tony and his men are related to each other.
- Take That: Chief Wiggum has Bart record the mobster's confession on a Hootie & the Blowfish album because "It's cheaper than blank tape."
- Three Shorts: The episode is split into "Homer's Day", "Lisa's Day", and "Bart's Day".
- Too Dumb to Live: Or in Homer's case, "too dumb and impatient to realize that one shouldn't reach into a pan when your wife is using a knife to cut the brownies."
- The mobsters were also stupid enough to keep taunting Linguo with bad grammar until he blew up — never mind that the explosion set off the illegal fireworks.