Recap: The Simpsons S 15 E 19 Simple Simpson

Homer becomes a pie-wielding local superhero.

Tropes used in this episode:

  • Asshole Victim: The Rich Texan, Comic Book Guy, and even Mr. Burns bought it to themselves.
  • Banned Episode: In some parts of Southeast Asia, this episode is either banned or edited to remove references to the Dalai Lama... including Burns blackmailing Homer (as Pie-Man) to attack him.
  • Cassandra Truth: Nobody believed in Homer when he confessed to being Pie-Man. Except Marge who bluntly states it was obviously him.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Parodied. Pie-Man's "base" is just the Simpsons' basement adorned with make-shift "superhero" gadgets and Christmas lights.
  • Humiliation Conga: Not only did Pie-Man give Comic Book Guy a well-deserved pie to the face, but it also made him a laughingstock and blew his chance of having tea (and possibly scoring a date with) Nichelle Nichols.
  • The Lopsided Arm of the Law: As Pie-Man's exploits increase, the Springfield Police Department feels undermined (even if it's somewhat nonsensical, because Pie-Man is targeting Jerkasses, not crime), and so goes after the vigilante with spotlights, chopper support, multiple men in full SWAT gear, snipers... and a "shoot on sight" order.
  • Noodle Incident: Homer did assault someone before and is warned by Chief Wiggum that he'll go to jail if he tries it again.
  • Papa Wolf: Homer (as Pie-Man) makes the Rich Texan pay for humiliating Lisa by throwing a pie in his face.
  • Pie in the Face: Pie-Man's method of handling evil-doers.
  • Religion Is Magic: The Dalai Lama demonstrates the ability to fly.
  • Shout-Out: Marge and Homer as Pie-Man share a kiss while he's upside down.
  • Shrouded in Myth: When Homer exposes himself as Pie-Man, all of the other Springfieldians go on to argue that they had directly seen or heard about Pie-Man, saying wildly diverging descriptions (and none of which fit Homer). Lisa simply says that Pie-Man has ascended to become a "symbol", and Homer exposing himself can't kill that.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: A Running Gag of the episode is Homer blurting out that he's Pie-Man, only to deny it immediately afterwards.