Recap / The Simpsons S 18 E 16 Homerazzi

After selling a photo of Duffman dating Booberella (when Duffman is supposed to be in a committed homosexual relationship), Homer becomes a paparazzo and starts a war with the town celebrities.

This episode is not only notable for being one of the few latter-day episodes that can measure up to the older episodes of the 1990s, but for its Couch Gag (clocking in at nearly 2 minutes), in which Homer goes through human evolution just to reach the couch.

Tropes:

  • Big "NO!": Bart when his mother puts a baby bonnet on him to restage his lost babyhood photos.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Moe keeps a camera "to take secret photos in the ladies' toilet" but no dames ever show up at his bar so he decides to let Homer borrow it. As soon as Homer takes the camera away, two beautiful women show up and ask for the ladies' room because they need to trade bras and panties.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: When the family sees smoke coming out of their safe, Homer gives a surprisingly accurate guess on what's happening (Bart's Krusty Doll triggering the headlights of Lisa's car which overheats Homer's cologne causing it to soon explode), but the others dismiss it...until the safe does explode.
  • Fantasy Twist: When told that he could be moderately wealthy, Homer imagines himself rolling on top of a couple of handfuls of money, saying "I'm almost rich! I can rent anything I want!"
  • Gave Up Too Soon: See Contrived Coincidence above.
  • Insult to Rocks/My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: Homer failing to blow out his birthday candles (regular candles and not those trick candles that you can't blow out) prompts Lisa to point out how even by American standards, Homer's really out of shape.
  • Irony: Rainier Wolfcastle invites some of his fellow celebrities and comments that Krusty the Clown's email reply was the least funny. Justified because the reply included an attached photograph that didn't appear.
  • Jury Duty: One of the photos showing Homer in a bad light featured him burning his "jury duty" notice (even though he was in jury duty before on "The Boy Who Knew Too Much" and once told Bart on "Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie" that the best way to get out is to say you're prejudiced against all races).
  • Literal Metaphor:
    • When the editor of The Springfield Inquisitor said one of Homer's photographs had "Page one" all over it, he meant it literally. Homer wrote that to remember the book page he was reading.
    • Also, Marge's speech about tasting one's own medicine led Homer to throwing away real medicine.
  • Noodle Incident: The fire department has apparently come to the Simpsons' home numerous times. One of the fires Homer caused was deliberate because he wanted to cover he had made a false alarm.
  • Oh Crap!: Homer, Lisa, and Bart freak when the restaged photos are shredded by the lawnmower, believing they'll have to do them all over again. Fortunately, this time, Marge had duplicates.
  • Plagiarism in Fiction: Marge wrote a script and Rainier Wolfcastle stole it, but Marge doesn't care, as the film got made either way. Also, the talking Krusty doll Bart had earlier in the episode had a "stolen jokes" mode.
  • Tempting Fate: When the Simpsons' "Precious Memories" album is destroyed by fire, Lisa tries to comfort Marge by commenting that they can't "restage all our family photos". Upon seeing Marge's reaction, Bart accuses Lisa of dooming them all.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Moe says this word-for-word when two beautiful women come into the bar asking to use the ladies' room to exchange bras and panties, just after he had given his Peeping Tom camera to Homer. He's so upset that he actually snaps the beer bottle he's holding in two.
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