Recap / The Simpsons S 13 E 14 Tales From The Public Domain

Airdate - March 17, 2002

Homer finds out he has an overdue library book. Before he returns it he reads three stories from it; the stories of Odysseus, Joan of Arc, and Hamlet.

Tropes featured:

  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    Discus Stu: Discus Stu has ouzo for two-zo!
    Bart: (to Marge) I'll just leave you guys alone.
    Discus Stu: (to Bart) Discus Stu was talking to you!
    Bart: (shuddering)
  • Abnormal Ammo: Lisa suggested the French army use bigger soldiers in their catapults, or better yet, rocks. The soldier who was about to be fired doesn't know how to feel.
  • Bag of Kidnapping: Just as Lisa says she can't be stopped, Groundskeeper Willy puts her in a bag.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Homer's crew are turned into pigs by Circe (the Greek sorceress who turned those who offended her — mostly men — into animals). He eats them.
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: When Lisa tells the family that God told her to lead the French to victory, Homer remarks "Victory? We're French! We don't even have a word for it!!"
  • Dance Party Ending
  • Didn't Think This Through: During the trial, God admits he told Lisa and Willie that he told them to fight their respective nations with him on their side, but never anticipated that they'd meet in person, prompting him to say "Goodbye, now!" and leave.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: While heading down the river Styx, one of the headbanging skeletons flashes "her" chest at Homer.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison / Lame Rhyme Dodge: "I didn't use that much poison! I mean, I didn't use that much poi, son! At the... royal luau."
  • The Ophelia: Lisa's only appearance in the Hamlet segment.
    Lisa: Ah, great. Now Hamlet's acting crazy. Well nobody outcrazies Ophelia.
  • Shipper on Deck: Bart during the Odyssey segment.
  • Shout-Out:
    Homer: Son. It's not only a great play [Hamlet]. But also became a great movie. Called Ghostbusters.
    • When Poseidon/Sea Captain flicks Homer's ship in the other direction on the map when they are close to home:
      Poseidon: Y'arr, ain't I a stinker?
  • Something Completely Different: Another Three Shorts episode that isn't a Halloween episode (see "Simpsons Bible Stories" and "Simpsons Tall Tales").
  • Stealth Pun: Homer sailing on the river Styx, which has "Lady" blasting and skeletons rocking out.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Lenny and Carl in the Hamlet parody are poisonous to anyone who touches them and, in spite of knowing this, high-five each other. Ralph, upon being told he's entitled to a test poke before his duel with Bart starts, hits himself with his sword.