Recap / The Simpsons S 15 E 10 Diatribe Of A Mad Housewife

Marge writes a romance novel with Homer and Ned as the men who fight for her love. Meanwhile, Homer gets a job as an ambulance driver.

This episode contains examples of (YMMV tropes can be found here):

  • Bait and Switch: A long one involving Homer furiously hunting Ned down for learning about the novel showing Ned as a model husband and Homer as a violent drunk as seen by Marge. Turns out Homer only wanted to beg Ned to give him pointers.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: When Homer sees a Help Wanted sign at a car dealership, he says it gives him an idea: he'll steal the sign so the dealership will pay him to make a new one. Upon catching Homer trying to steal the sign, the dealership owner says he'll show what he does with people like Homer: he hires Homer as a sales representative.
  • Literal-Minded: Homer says he once read To Kill a Mockingbird and the book disappointed him for not teaching him any ways to kill mockingbirds.
  • Self-Deprecation: Thomas Pynchon makes fun of his Reclusive Artist status in his cameo appearance.
    Thomas Pynchon: Hey, over here! Have your picture taken with a reclusive author! Today only, we'll throw in a free autograph! But wait, there's more!