Recap / The Simpsons S 13 E 10 Half Decent Proposal

Artie Ziff, now a tech billionaire, returns and offers Homer a million dollars if he agrees to spend a weekend with Marge so Homer can get money for an operation to help him stop snoring.


  • Bait-and-Switch: During the oil rig fire:
    "This is how Faceless Joe lost his legs!"
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Homer uses a Funzo doll in his goodbye video.
    • Grandpa, misunderstanding the situation of Homer's leaving, believes everyone's talking about him bowling a 300 game. Marge points out that happened a year and a half ago.
  • Entendre Failure: When Marge arrives home via taxi after her evening with Artie goes sour, she instructs the driver to send the cab fare bill to "Baron Von Kiss-a-lot". However, that driver happens to be the Wise Guy, who proceeds to send the bill to a literal baron with Gag Lips.
  • HA HA HA No: After Homer suggests Dr. Hibbert perform his snoring surgery for free, Hibbert chuckles good-heartedly — then tells Homer to Get Out.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: While there are similar Ho Yay moments other times as well, this episode is heavy on the "gay couple" jokes about Lenny and Carl, or at least heavily implies that Lenny is in love with Carl.
  • Jerkass:
    • Artie Ziff. He offers Marge and Homer a million dollars to have Marge stay with him for the weekend and says that he won't try anything funny and then tries to anyway and then it's implied that he's spying on her through a camera in the mouthpiece that helps with Homer's snoring.
    • Patty and Selma, who send an email to Artie Ziff by claiming to be Marge saying she wants to have sex with him.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Artie helping save Homer when he's about to die on an oil rig and admitting defeat to Homer. Somewhat subverted by the anti-snoring device having a camera and having anti-Homer messages.
    • Homer when he thinks Marge wants to be with Artie.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Artie Ziff and Homer Simpson.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When Marge leaves in the helicopter she see a message made from Homer using nothing but rocks, mirroring the famous final scene in Mash (only the message on MASH said, "Goodbye," not "Keep Your Clothes On").
    • The entire episode (and the title) is a reference to the movie Indecent Proposal.
    • Homer's "realization" of, "If Marge marries Artie, then I'll never be born!" is one to Back to the Future.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Artie Ziff