Recap / The Simpsons S 15 E 9 I Annoyed Grunt Bot

Homer and Bart participate in a Robot Wars-style robotic combat game show — with Homer disguised as a robot in order to help his son, as building an actual robot was beyond him. Meanwhile, Snowball II dies and Lisa goes through a string of replacement Snowballs.


  • Attack Its Weak Point: Played With. Bart said Professor Frink's robot had one of these, only to see Frink upgrade it to the robot's strongest part.
  • Call-Back: The montage of Homer and Bart winning their fights is set to "Watching Scotty Grow". When Homer is losing the final bout, he deliriously sings a few lines of the song.
  • Cats Have Nine Lives: Mentioned during Snowball II's funeral. Lisa wrote her a poem.
    Lisa: I wrote this poem for you. It's called "Cat Math".
    Four paws, plus one tail, plus nine lives equals one special cat.
    One special cat minus nine lives equals one sad little girl.
  • Combat Pragmatism:
    • Homer's advantage against other robots is that he can fight dirty (smashing the controller of Jessica Lovejoy's robot, for instance).
    • Ralph Wiggum's robot uses an actual handgun as a weapon. Homer somehow manages to dodge the gunshots (though a couple graze his arms), and he takes the gun away from Ralph's bot, emptying the clip on it.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Homer has a nightmare where he wins an Oscar and a robot kills him for making a speech that lasts longer than 30 seconds.
  • Loophole Abuse: Averted. When Homer was announced as a robot fight champion despite not being a robot, the one announcing Homer dared everyone to state any rule prohibiting humans from being robots. He was then shown Rule Number One.
  • Meet My Good Friends "Lefty" and "Righty": During Bart and Homer's first robot fight, Moe is seen in the audience, lamenting that he's seemingly the only adult sitting among a crowd of teenagers. The Squeaky-Voiced Teen, who happens to be sitting next to him, asks Moe if he has his children with him, prompting Moe to hold up his fists and introduce them as his two kids, "Screw" and "You".
  • Misery Poker: When in bed Marge is worried that she just doesn't know what to do with Lisa being depressed over losing many cats. Homer simply shows her a large metal shrapnel and says he just removed it from his leg. Margekinds of forget her problem and just helps Hmer removing more shards of metal scraps with a magnet.
  • Non-Protagonist Resolver: Lisa's ready to give up on getting a new cat until an angelic figure approaches the Simpson home... and it's the Crazy Cat Lady, who flings a cat to Lisa.
  • The Pollyanna: Olg Gill is glad he crashed his car because he'll get a check from insurance.
    Gil: I'll be eating food tonight.
  • Shout-Out: Frink's robot goes by the name of Chassis Clay, aka Killhammed Aleee and looks like ED-209.
  • Snap Back: Lampshaded. At the end of the subplot, Lisa christened her final cat "Snowball II". When Principal Skinner called her out on this, Lisa says "I guess it is, Principal Tamzarian."
  • Survivor's Guilt: After Snowball II's death, Marge tries to console Lisa by saying she coped with the loss of her pet guinea pig, only to break down as she says the following:
    Marge: Oh, Cinnamon! It should've been me who chewed through that extension cord.
  • Take That!: When Chief Wiggum disguises his car as a pizza car, he uses a Domino's Pizza logo to be sure nobody will want any pizzas from him. Sky 1's airing of the episode in the UK removes this scene, mainly due to the fact that Domino's sponsored the show for 10 years, and having a scene which insults the sponsor would have likely caused trouble.
  • Three-Laws Compliant: Frink’s robot, luckily for Homer.
  • Unrobotic Reveal: In-universe.
    Sideshow Mel: That robot has given birth to a man!
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: "Can robots feel pain? If so, we are horrible, horrible people!"