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.

Tropes:

  • 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.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy/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.
  • Technology Marches On: Artie Ziff has become fabulously rich with a device that converts the sound of a modem dialing into soothing music. No wonder Ziff had hit the skids by his next appearance, as those were just starting to become obsolete.