Recap / The Simpsons S 15 E 5 The Fat And The Furriest

Homer is publicly humiliated after footage of him running from a bear is put on the news.

This is one of only two episodes to be animated by Toonzone Entertainment (the other being season 16's "She Used to Be My Girl").


Tropes:

  • Androcles' Lion: Homer removes a radio tracking device from the bear's ear, making the bear friendlier with him.
  • Bear Hug: When Homer gets a hug from the bear, it ends up scratching his back.
    Homer: I don't know why bear hugs enjoy such a great reputation.
  • Bears are Bad News:
    • The bear that attacks Homer at the dump, but it eventually gets subverted. They become quite a duo of friends.
    • Played straight, though, with all the other bears in Homer's hallucinations...including the Care Bear.
    Homer: Are you a Care Bear?
    Care Bear: (Tapping a crowbar in his hand) I'm an intensive Care Bear.
    Homer: Why does a bear need a crowbar?
    Care Bear: Eh, I don't like to get my hands dirty.
  • Be Yourself: According to Homer, this is the Central Theme behind Moby-Dick.
  • Dramatic Gun Cock: Parodied.
  • Face Death with Dignity: While briefly believing the bear would kill him, Homer decided there was no need to worry about the harms of smoking so he decided to try it until the bear took away his pipe. Subverted afterward where he cries to the point the bear can't even bother attacking him.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • While guiding the bear to a wild life sanctuary, Homer notices some hunters and comes up with some ideas to protect the bear. He explains one of his ideas by drawing a knife and commenting that the hunters are looking for a male bear.
    • Homer's line, "That's it. Suckle Daddy's sugar ball," when Bart and Lisa eat the gigantic cotton candy ball.
  • Hypocrite: Several cases in this episode.
    • During the episode, Homer is being labeled a coward and everyone makes fun of him because he was afraid... after being attacked by a grizzly bear. What kind of person wouldn't be scared after being attacked by a 500 lb animal with huge claws and teeth? The hypocritical part comes from the fact that the whole town overreacted to the one harmless bear that strolled into town in "Much Apu About Nothing".
    • Another point is that the hunter who filmed Homer most likely was watching the whole incident, since he was able to film it, yet he didn't move a finger to help him, even though he's later shown to possess a gun, and it could have costed Homer his life. Who's the coward there?
    • Finally, after Homer strangles Bart for mocking him, Lisa admonishes Homer for not confronting his real fear. Later, when Homer decides it's time to confront his fear and chase the bear, Lisa admonishes Homer again, even though Homer is doing exactly what she told him before (other characters who had mocked Homer, like Bart, Carl, Lenny, at least join to give Homer moral support).
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Homer's cries disgusted the bear. Part of why the video wasn't Homer's proudest moment.
  • Jewish Mother: Referenced.
    Grant Conner: Now listen! The bull grizzly is 7 feet tall, weighs more than a Mazda Miata, and can tear through a tree like a Jewish mother through self-esteem.
  • Parting Words Regret: Played with. While looking for Homer, Marge was hoping her last words to him wouldn't be "Clip your toenails, they look like frittos".
  • What the Hell, Townspeople?: Everyone mocked Homer for being afraid of getting killed by an enormous grizzly bear. It's not as cruel as what they did to Bart on "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace," "The Boys of Bummer," and "Bart's Girlfriend," (or even as cruel as what they did to Homer in "Homer Badman" when Ashley the university student accused him of grabbing her butt and calling her "Precious Venus") but it's pretty close and shows just how petty the townspeople can get.
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