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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.


  • Banned in China: Literally; this episode wasn't broadcast in China for the same reason "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" wasn't shown in Japan or "Blame on Lisa" in Brazil (read: contained a lot of offensive jokes about the country's culture and history, and, in a country like China, they do NOT take kindly to that).
  • Big "NO!": Homer when he finds out he's going to pretend to be Selma's husband to help her adopt a baby.
  • Edited for Syndication: The original broadcast of this episode had Mao Zedong's body being covered by the Communist flag (with the hammer and sickle). Later airings substitute it with the flag of the People's Republic of China (red with gold stars). The FXX "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon aired the original version with the Communist flag.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Mangled Catchphrase: Near the end, a Chinese spy impersonating Bart says the phrase "Feast on my shorts, stupid father man."
  • Pandaing 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
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