Recap: The Simpsons S 13 E 9 Jaws Wired Shut

To escape a gay pride parade marching by their house, The Simpsons take in a movie, but all the cheesy trailers and useless trivia fillers wear on Homer's nerves, and he instigates a riot. While escaping the ushers, Homer runs out of the theater — and fractures his jaw on Drederick Tatum's unveiled park statue. With Homer's jaw wired shut, the only thing he can do is listen to his family and friends, and suddenly becomes a kinder, gentler Homer, which is nice at first, but soon, Marge misses Homer and his brash, wacky ways.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Bait and Switch: Before the previews, the movie screen shows a word jumble for celebrity names. One seems to obviously spell Tom Hanks, before it's revealed to be "Otm Shank". According to Apu, "He is India's answer to Brian Dennehy."
  • Comically Missing the Point: Duffman shows up at Moe's to challenge everyone to a trivia question to identify a certain beverage based on how he describes it. Homer is the only one who figures out it's beer but is unable to speak so he has to figure out another way to convey the answer. He goes as far as to push one of Moe's beer taps but the only reaction he gets a complaint from Moe, who doesn't even bother to mention the name of the liquid Homer is wetting him with.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: A masked driver in the demolition derby absolutely trashes every car, including Marge's, without ever getting hit. It gets ridiculous as said vehicle is still shown beating the already wrecked cars in "beating a dead horse" fashion.
  • Edible Bludgeon: When Homer causes a ruckus at the theater, the Squeaky-Voiced Teen and his fellow ushers threaten and pursue Homer wielding "movie-sized" Kit Kat bar pieces.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Homer's line, "Quit banging my wife!" (which was actually referring to the demolition derby drivers ramming into Marge's car)
    • The scene in Soccer Mummy where the mummy gets a boner after seeing a woman's bouncing breasts during a game.
  • Heel Realization: Parodied in a scene where Bart talks with head-braced Homer and expresses his disgust with the realization that he's a trouble-making class clown.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: "Flight of the Bumblebee" plays when Maggie's pacifier gets stuck in the wiring of Homer's head brace and he swings her around, attempting to get her off.
  • The Quiet One: Homer while in the brace which prevents him from talking, aside from a few instances where he groans understandable words like "Broken jaw?!" through his teeth. In a way, it's subverted in that we hear his thoughts.
  • Shout-Out: Marge jiggling her arms and crying for help like Olive Oyl in classic cartoons. Later, when Homer had a beer to give himself courage, the background music was one Popeye fans used to hear when he ate spinach, including Bart squeezing the beer out of the can into Homers mouth, and Homer flexing his bicep with an image representing power, though unlike Popeye which usually had a tank or a turbine, Homer has a beer in a glass. Homer later gives a donkey some beer and music resumes until the donkey falls down.
  • Suicide as Comedy: Apparently, Dr. Hibbert has a suicide machine (a wooden chair with syringes fixed to it) which Homer tries to use once fitted with the brace but apparently it only causes "sexual release" for a man Homer's size.
  • Take That: One of the reasons the film they intended to see at the beginning of the episode is rated PG-13 is due to brief rudeness and scenes featuring Garry Shandling.
    • Ed O'Neill being the star of a crummy kids' movie is a burn against him starring in Dutch and a burn against Ed O'Neill trying to find another acting job after Married... with Children's cancellation (which was hard for O'Neill to do since everyone recognized him as Al Bundy, the loser shoe salesman married to a lazy, redheaded nag. It wouldn't be until Modern Family years later that the association would slowly wear off).
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Marge can't stand mild-mannered Homer.