Recap: The Simpsons S 20 E 14 In The Name Of The Grandfather
The Simpsons are going to Ireland — they pretty much have to, as a way to apologize for missing out on visiting Grampa once again.
This episode holds the distinction of airing in Ireland and the United Kingdom a week before airing on American TV.
- Artistic License – Geography: Marge, Lisa, Bart and Maggie visit the Giant's Causeway, Guinness Brewery and the Blarney Stone in one day. This is improbable, but not impossible, because the Giant's Causeway is in County Antrim in Northern Ireland, the Brewery in County Dublin and Blarney Stone in County Cork.
- Continuity Snarl: In "The Mansion Family", Moe conformed to the law against serving beer before 2:00pm on Sundays. Now, he was encouraging Homer and Abe to break that law (though he may have done it, as Ireland probably doesn't have that law).
- Cultural Translation: Bart watches a German dub of Krusty's show on the multichannel TV set of the Irish pub owner. (Also note that despite being dubbed Krusty and Sideshow Mel's lip movements still match with what they are saying in German.)
- The Fair Folk: Leprechauns appear.
- Fiery Redhead: Some Irish red haired people are seen.
- Fighting Irish: In Granpa's romanticized flashback about life in Ireland two Irishmen are fighting in a bar.
- Hurricane of Puns
- The Simpsons travel to Ireland by plane and are told to watch Western Ireland on the left and Kathy Ireland on their right.
- When Marge and the children visit Blarney Stone, a monument that can be kissed, she says: "America doesn't have any stones worth kissing. Except for Stone Phillips." Later some stoney rubble is shown with the text: "Blarney Rubble".
- Several shops have names like "Mac's Fifth Avenue" (Saks Fifth Avenue), "Sham-Rock Cafe" (Hard-Rock Cafe), "Hewlett Fitzpackard" (Hewlett-Packard"), "Mick-rosoft" ("Microsoft") and "Cisc O' Systems" (Cisco Systems).
- I Have Many Names: Ireland is described as being nicknamed the "Emerald Isle, Potatoville, East Boston, Freckled Bog, the Land of Poetry, and the Land of Bad Poetry."
- My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting:
"Don't worry, Dad. We'll get out. America is the New York Yankees of countries. Powerful and respected until the year 2000."
An Irish man: "It (Ireland) got a lot nicer since we sent all our incompetent half-wits to America. Where you, for some reason, made them police officers. Top of the morning to you."
- National Stereotypes: The Irish are shown as people with surnames ending in "O'...". Several men have red sideburns and wear green. Many references to specific Irish phenomena are made, including potatoes, Irish pubs, darts, alcoholism, boiled food, line dancing, the fiddle, "The Irish Washerwoman" song, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, leprechauns, U2, calves, sheep, The Troubles, the word "me" instead of "mine", whiskey, "Guinness", The Giant's Causeway, The Irish Diaspora, Blarney Stone, Bloomsday, the word "da" instead of "dad", shamrocks, the phrases "So its...., then?" and "Top o'the morning to ya" and the fact that Ireland was the first country to ban smoking in bars.
- An interesting subversion is that Homer and Granpa expect every Irishman to be a drunk, yet most of them don't particularly feel the need to visit a bar.
- Oh, Crap: Bart after realizing the Irish version of Nelson is, unknowingly, going to carve his initials into Bart's butt.
- Oireland: A cliché version of Ireland is shown and mocked.
- One Of These Is Not Like The Others: Homer says: "Let me say, I've always admired the Irish. Knute Rockne, Larry Bird and especially Mr.Potato Head."
- The title is a reference to In The Name Of The Father.
- Grampa mentions about feeling "as lonely as Estes Kefauver at a meeting of Murder, Incorporated." When the Simpsons look at him blankly, he retorts, "That actually makes sense! Look it up!" Senator Estes Kefauver headed highly-publicized hearings into organized crime in the 1950s. The hearings were a serious blow to the Mob in America, though they are more remembered these days for a side hearing on juvenile deliquency that became a referendum on comic books and the direct cause for the creation of the Comics Code Authority.
- Bart makes a derigatory remark about Belgium to which Marge replies: "Bart, if you hate Belgium so much: maybe I should take your Tintins away", to which Bart scaredly replies he'll be good, clutching a copy of The Crab With The Golden Claws
- The creators luckily managed to avoid directly addressing The Troubles, except for one throwaway line. As Granpa enters the Irish bar he had to miss for so many decades he nostalgically says: "Get ready to step back to a simpler age filled with tweet calves, cheerful sheep and unending Troubles."
- Tom O' Flanagan describes himself as an "old man yelling at his tapes." This is a reference to the modern Irish play, "Krapp's Last Tape".
- When Marge chases Bart and Lisa upon the Giant's Causeway, a reference is made to the videogame Q-Bert.
- The romantic couple Bart sees near the road are a reference to the film Once, with voice actors Glen Hasard and Markéta Irglová resprising their roles from that film.
- Homer references Angela's Ashes: "So I hope you'll forgive two well-meaning Americans for trying to take Ireland back to the good old days of "Angela's Ashes"".
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: The Simpsons see various locations in Ireland, including actress Kathy Ireland. A writers' caption explains it's "not her real voice. We asked her to do the show, but she said no. We wish her well."
- Special Guest: Glen Hasard, Markéta Irglová and Colm Meaney.
- What Could Have Been: Kenneth Branagh and Kathy Ireland were asked to appear in this episode, but declined.