Recap: The Simpsons S 16 E 12 Goo Goo Gai Pan

The Simpsons are going to China after Selma is diagnosed with menopause and turns to adoption to make her dream of being a mother come true. However, the Chinese government doesn't allow single women to adopt, so Selma pretends that Homer is her husband and Marge is a single, live-in nanny.


  • Big "NO!": Homer when he finds out he's going to pretend to be Selma's husband to help her adopt a baby.
  • Department of Child Disservices: The Adoption agency where Selma was about to adopt a baby allows Cletus to take the baby away from Selma. Despite the fact that Brandine clearly had Rabies.
  • Eye Scream: Ling squeezes Homer's eyes with her hands. This later becomes a plot point, as this is how Homer recognizes her out of the nearly identical babies when breaking her out of the orphanage.
  • Global Ignorance: When Homer is introduced to some monks, he expects them not to move because he mistakes them for guards from Buckingham Palace.
  • Impact Silhouette: When Selma flies out of Mr. Burns' car and lands in the snow, the hot flashes from her menopause cause the snow beneath her to melt, creating a Selma-shaped hole in it.
  • Land Of Dragons: The Simpsons & Selma travel to China to meet the baby.
  • Mangled Catchphrase: Near the end, a Chinese spy impersonating Bart says the phrase "Feast on my shorts, stupid father man."
  • In Name Only: Homer used this In-Universe about his and Selma's "Marriage".
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Madame Wu. She acts like a Jerkass to Marge and the family, and takes Ling from Selma when she learns about how she is not married to Homer. However, she eventually relents since her mom raised her alone, Selma herself can raise Ling.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Homer tries to smuggle baby panda out of China. When the cub bites him, he starts strangling it, causing its mother to strangle him in return.
  • Portrait Painting Peephole: Wu finds out that Homer isn't really Selma's husband by spying on them through a portrait of Mao — through his nostrils.
  • Special Guest: Lucy Liu as Madame Wu.
  • The Stinger: The credits roll with a live-action clip of David Silverman teaching the viewer how to draw Bart.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When the Simpsons arrive in Tiananmen Square, there is a sign reading "On this site in 1989, nothing happened," a nod to the Chinese government's denial and secrecy over the massacre.
  • Vacation Episode: The Simpsons visit China.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: In the menopause video, Robert Wagner jokes that the viewer should give menopause "men-applause", then turns to someone off-camera and saying "Men-applause? I'm not saying that."