Recap / The Simpsons S 16 E 13 Mobile Homer

After Homer buys an RV (again) with the family's insurance money, Marge kicks him out of the house (again) and Bart and Lisa drive the RV back to the dealership in an effort to keep the family together (again).


  • Adult Fear: Homer and Marge when the kids make off with the RV.
    Homer: It's every parent's worst nightmare: they've stolen a car and they're home alone.
    • Obviously Marge's fears about what will happen to her and the kids if Homer dies.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Homer and Marge have differing views on how to handle their finances. Homer is uninsurable, wasteful with money and prone to near death experiences, so Marge has a right to be worried about them not having any savings should he die. However Homer is right that he earned every penny of it, and living as cheaply as possible over something that might not happen is sucking a lot of the fun out of life.
  • Call-Back: The store where Homer bought the RV in this episode is the same one where he bought one in "The Call of the Simpsons" and the insurance company (Merry Widow Insurance) is the same from "Homer's Triple Bypass".
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Homer's attempts to try and save the family money seem to involve trying to spend as much money as possible, as fast as possible. Homer even implies that since he will be dead, he doesn't care if he doesn't leave anything behind for his loved ones should anything happen to him.
  • Cutting Corners: After Homer is denied life insurance, Marge cuts the family's budget to build up a nest egg by buying imitation brands of cereal and coffee, having Maggie pace her sucking to conserve her pacifier and forcing Homer to bring his own drinks to Moe's.
  • Darkest Hour: After Marge drives the van buddies away from the house, Homer storms in and has a major argument with her that's so powerful, it lasts throughout the night and well into the next morning. This shows that their marriage is on the rocks, and had Bart and Lisa not stole the van, this would've ended in an ugly divorce with the former couple hating each other.
  • Left the Background Music On: When Marge is going through the pictures of Homer's near-deaths through the years, "Vacation" by The Go-Go's plays. Marge then notices a nearby radio playing the song and shuts it off.
  • Lifetime Movie of the Week: Parodied with the "Wifetime" film From Homemaker to Homeless (the title being a parody of the real Lifetime movie From Homeless to Harvard).
  • Noodle Incident: The photos in the family vacation album, which show snapshots of Homer being beaten up by Mickey and Goofy a Disney park, getting stuck in Lincoln's nose on Mount Rushmore and getting stabbed all the way through the chest with a baquette in France.
  • Shout-Out: The kids find a ''Flintstones Fun Map" in the RV and Homer wrote a message reading "Dino short for dinosaur? Remember to ask Jeeves" (on international airings, "Ask Jeeves" is replaced with Wikipedia).
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Marge does so in this episode.
  • Wrong for the Right Reasons: Marge is right to be concerned that the family will be in trouble if Homer dies, but the way she goes about it and how she acts like a massive Jerkass to Homer and seizes control of the money despite him earning every cent of it made it hard to side with her.