Recap / The Simpsons S 13 E 19 The Sweetest Apu

Homer stumbles upon an illicit affair between Apu and his Squishee delivery girl, and when Manjula finds out too, Apu is made to go on a "12 Labors of Hercules"-style journey to forgiveness.

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  • Artistic License History: Happens In-Universe with the Civil War reenactment, with lots of Anachronism Stew and Critical Research Failure too.
    Homer: Hey Apu, in a Civil War reenactment we need lots of Indians to shoot!
    Apu: (beat) I don't know which part of that sentence to correct first.
  • Calling Your Attacks: During the Civil War reenactment:
    Lenny: (holding rifle) Bang, bang!
    Carl: (holding pistols) Pow, pow!
    Moe: (holding tree branch) Hit with stick, hit with stick!
  • Freudian Slippery Slope
    Homer: The score is dirty love... I mean, thirty, love! I mean, anyone for penis?!... I'll just get the cock... shuttlecock!
  • Genius Bonus: Played with, Homer has a dream where he watches Apu in an India like setting with the Squishee Lady. Apu tells him in annoyance "Avert your eyes eunuch." This causes Homer to scream himself awake, but then looks up the dictionary to find the definition of Eunuch, which causes him to scream loud enough to wake Marge. Anyone who knows what a eunuch is, would understand why he screamed.
  • Gilligan Cut: Homer wants to tell Krusty about Apu cheating on Manjula. Marge asks what that would do, and Homer says that Krusty's reaction would be hilarious. Smash Cut to Krusty:
    Krusty: (downbeat) That's sad. All those kids.
    Homer: I think he's building to something.
  • Overly Long Gag: Homer backing away after seeing Apu and the Squishee lady lasts for nearly a full minute, with him walking all the way from the Kwik-E-Mart to home, then continuing after he falls asleep. Then it continues at the end of the episode after he sees Apu with Manjula.
  • Shout-Out: Part of the Civil War reenactment is a giant mechanical spider controlled by Professor Frink, spoofing Wild Wild West.
  • Take That!: On Apu's reincarnation chart, one of his past lives was a "clod" (Alfred E. Neumann from MAD magazine) and one of his future reincarnations is assistant to Saturday Night Live executive producer, creator, and showrunner Lorne Michaels.
    Apu: It is going to be a rough couple of lifetimes.
  • Your Cheating Heart