Recap: The Simpsons S25 E10 "Married to the Blob"

The Comic Book Guy falls in love again — this time, with a manga writer/fan named Kumiko Nakamura, but Homer's bad love advice and Kumiko's father may split them apart.


  • Art Shift: Yet another Couch Gag from Bill Plympton, and Homer and Mr. Nakamura's drunken vision of a Hayao Miyazaki wonderland.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: When offered a wine made of rice and snakes, Homer expresses disgust at the idea of making wine from rice.
  • Continuity Nod: When Milhouse reminds Comic Book Guy he was Fall Out Boy.
    • Milo, a rival Comicbook store owner from Husbands and Knives, appears to taunt Comic Book Guy over his lack of a life.
    • Kumiko mentions Homer's resemblance to Japanese detergent mascot Mr. Sparkle, as seen in season 8 episode "In Marge We Trust".
    • The chalkboard gag is "Judas Priest is not 'Death Metal'". This is a reference to how, in the previous episode, Judas Priest was labelled as such.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Kumiko first appeared in The Simpsons: Tapped Out a few days prior to this episode airing.
  • Gargle Blaster: The cobra rice wine Homer and Mr. Nakamura drink.
  • Heel Realization: During the Mushroom Samba sequence, Mr, Nakamura realizes that "I am the monster!", which leads him to give his blessing to Kumiko and Comic Book Guy's marriage.
  • Mushroom Samba: Homer and Mr. Nakamura have a hallucination from the cobra rice wine (and following meal at White Castle) that's an extended Hayao Miyazaki homage.
  • Negative Continuity: Averted. Comic Book Guy is now married to Kumiko Nakamura.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Kumiko's Dad is initially against her marriage to Comic Book Guy.
  • Romantic Rain: During their first date, Kimiko compliments Comic Book Guy's snark. Then they decide to "go walking and mocking in the rain" — Comic Book Guy then says he's in love, yet still a little bit bitter.
  • Shout-Out: Some of the kids lined up at Comic Book Guy's store are dressed as members of the X-Men, as well as Doctor Doom and Radioactive Man.
  • Straw Feminist: When Comic Book Guy gets a new job to impress Kumiko's father, Lisa says she's not sure about how she should feel about his new employers because they're polluters whose CEO is a woman.