Recap / The Simpsons S 17 E 16 Million Dollar Abie

After attempting assisted suicide when the town blames Grampa for losing out on an NFL franchise, Grampa decides to get a new lease on life and becomes a matador.

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  • Animal Wrongs Group: Lisa gets irked with the whole "recycle the Springfield Meltdowns field and turn it into a bull-fighting arena" scheme and convinces Grandpa to release the bulls. The "wrongs" part is that they both decided to just allow the bulls to rampage through Springfield, causing massive collateral damage and potential fatalities while they watched from a balloon.
  • Charlie Chaplin Shout-Out: Grampa thinks he's dead and thinks he's in Heaven. His notion is further proven when he sees a Chaplin impersonator holding an advertising sign, and is amazed that he can talk.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Of all the houses in town, the football commissioner ended up in front of the Simpsons' house where Abe mistakes him for a thief.
  • Double Entendre: "Old Man Beats Meat".
  • Interrupted Suicide: Abe's was interrupted by a new law being passed on the nick of time.
  • It Can Think: Used as the final gag: Grandpa and Lisa are safe from the bulls' rampage because they are on a balloon... and then the bulls tie balloons to themselves and fly up to where they are to get them as well.
  • Mistaken for Afterlife: After the Springfield Police prevented the doctor from assisting Grandpa's suicide (while Grandpa was passed out), Grandpa wakes up believing he's in Heaven (the Chaplin impersonator reinforces this)... and then he arrives to the Simpsons home, where he believes for a moment that either Homer or Bart went on a murder-suicide spree and killed the whole family.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Thanks to Abe mistaking the commissioner of pro football for a burglar and holding him hostage, Springfield loses out on their football team. Of course, the town bears as much fault in this, since (a) the town changed the names to ALL the town's streets and (b) did not arrange to either meet the commissioner or tell him of the changes.
  • Oh, Crap!: The doctor who was about to assist Abe's suicide when he learned one of his previous patients was Chief Wiggum's brother-in-law.
  • Pun: The assisted suicide machine is called the DiePod. With one setting labeled as "MegaDeath".
  • Same Content, Different Rating: Because of the references to assisted suicide and animal cruelty (along with such crude innuendo as "Old Man Beats Meat" and Lenny saying he has "Touchdowns Syndrome"), this episode was given a TV-14 rating in America, while Australia gave this an M rating (which is like a TV-14 in America in that it's the highest rating a TV show can get on free-to-air TV, as the MA-15+ and R-18+ are reserved for cable shows and video games) and the UK gave this a 15 rating for discriminatory language, playing assisted suicide for laughs, and violence centered on animals.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The DiePod. With one setting labeled as "Mega Deth". It's not clearly defined whether it's an actual setting on the suicide machine, or the thing has actual Megadeth music on it.
    • The suicide room sequence resembles Sol's assisted suicide on Soylent Green.
  • Suicide as Comedy: Grampa wants to be euthanized and most of it is played for laughs.
  • Suicide Is Shameful: When Marge hears that Grampa wanted to be euthanized, she is quite shocked and says that suicide is a sin.
    Marge: Suicide?! Grampa, killing yourself is a sin. God wants us to die of old age after years of pain and reduced mobility.

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