Episode - 7F11\\
First Aired - 1/24/1991

The Simpsons have dinner out at a Japanese restaurant, which turns deadly when Homer eats some improperly-cut fugu and is told by Dr. Hibbert that he has only 22 hours left to live.

!! Tropes:
* AesopAmnesia: When Homer is ecstatic that he's alive, he vows to live life to its fullest. The next scene is Homer watching TV and eating pork rinds. (Perhaps that ''is'' living life to its fullest, by Homer's standards.)
* ArtMajorBiology: Contrary to how Fugu's poison is potentially depicted here; the actual Fugu poison is a paralytic. Meaning that Homer would have known immediately if he ate poison; which causes paralysis and the actual death comes from the person being unable to breathe. The other difference is the fact treatment is being placed on life support until the body can regain function; not the untreatable death sentence that Fugu is shown to be here.
* AsHimself: Larry King (reading The Bible on tape)
* AutoErotica: Krabappel and the head chef of the sushi restaurant.
* BorrowedCatchPhrase:
-->'''Homer:''' Hey Burns! Eat... my... shorts!
* CaptivityHarmonica: {{Parodied|Trope}}. Homer asks his harmonica-playing cellmate what he's in for. The answer? "Atmosphere."
* CharacterizationMarchesOn:
** Lou and Eddie act like incompetent or malicious policemen when generally speaking later on in the series they are portrayed as more reasonable, competent foils to their boss, Chief Wiggum.
** Smithers sees Mr. Burns eyeing a beautiful woman and not only doesn't get jealous, but also encourages him and seems to be interested in the woman himself.
* CreatorCameo: Richie Sakai appears as himself at the karaoke bar, although Creator/DanCastellaneta voices him using his natural voice.
* CrossingTheBurntBridge: While believing he had less than 24 hours to live, Homer jumped at the opportunity to tell Mr. Burns off. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse We never get to see the consequences when it turns out that Homer isn't going to die]] (see WhatCouldHaveBeen on the Trivia page).
* DefyingTheCensors: The censors did not like Bart and Lisa singing the theme from ''Film/{{Shaft}}'', so the producers had to show a clip from the Academy Awards when that song was nominated and performed on television.
* DisneyDeath: Homer appears to die at the end of the episode, but Marge discovers that he's only fallen asleep.
* EskimosArentReal: When Lisa says she wants to go somewhere without burgers, pork chops, or fried chicken, Homer says, "[[SarcasmMode We'll go to Mars!]]", indicating he doesn't believe restaurants exist that don't sell those entrees.
* FiveStagesOfGrief: Homer and Dr. Hibbert go through this in about 30 seconds. "Mr. Simpson, your progress astounds me!"
* GilliganCut and HypocriticalHumor: When Homer survived the fugu, he tells Marge he's going to take advantage of life and start really living. The episode ends with Homer watching a bowling competition on TV while eating pork rinds.
* NotHelpingYourCase: During Homer's VideoWill recorded for Maggie, he tries to eulogize himself as "a simple man. A kind man. A gentle man who loved his children and-- D'oh!" He's been interrupted by a phone call from Milhouse, so he ends up standing up close to the camera, scratching his butt and exclaiming, "Bart, get your butt down here!"
* SequentialSymptomSyndrome: Homer starts suffering the symptoms of fugu poisoning as soon as Dr. Hibbert describes each one of them.
* ShownTheirWork: When the chef of the sushi bar finds out that Homer has been poisoned, he yells at his apprentices in Japanese. The staff wanted the language they spoke to be actual Japanese, so they hired a Japanese actor who translated the lines for them.
* SpecialGuest: Joey Miyashima as Toshiro; Sab Shimono as the sushi bar chef; Creator/GeorgeTakei as Akira ([[TheOtherDarrin later replaced with Hank Azaria]]); Diane Tanaka as the bar hostess
* StockFootage: The animation of Homer watching bowling on TV and eating Pork Rinds Lite is reused from Season 1. It originally showed Homer choking on the pork rinds, but that was cut out and Homer's chewing was put on a cycle.
* SurprisinglyGoodForeignLanguage: All the Japanese in this episode is legitimate. It probably helps that all the people speaking it are Japanese.
* VideoWill: Homer tries to film one for Maggie, but is interrupted by a phone call from Milhouse.