Recap / The Simpsons S 1 E 7 The Call Of The Simpsons

Episode - 7G09
First Aired - 2/18/1990
The Simpsons go on vacation in a rickety RV — and end up lost in the woods when the RV goes over a cliff.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear:
    • Homer looking for Bart after they both go over a waterfall.
    • Also, Maggie is found by bears and taken to their cave.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Pretty much why the bears babysat Maggie when they could have mauled her.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Homer gets mistaken for a bigfoot.
  • Driven by Envy: The plot is started by the envy Homer feels upon seeing Flanders' RV.
  • Exact Words / False Reassurance: When Cowboy Bob said Homer couldn't buy anything better than the rickety RV he was selling, he didn't mean it in a nice way.
  • Special Guest: Albert Brooks as Cowboy Bob (credited as A. Brooks)
  • Vacation Episode: Though just going camping in the woods is almost downplaying the trope compared to all the times the Simpsons will visit other states, countries, and continents Once a Season or more.
  • Women Are Wiser: Marge and Lisa manage to competently build shelter in the wild, while Bart and Homer, being the experienced woodsman he is, spend the night frozen, mauled and starved.