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Recap: The Simpsons S 2 E 2 Simpson And Delilah
Episode - 7F02
First Aired - 10/18/1990
Homer buys a human hair growth serum that's not covered by his company insurance plan, and enjoys the high life now that he has a full head of hair, but it all comes crashing down when Smithers reports the insurance fraud and Bart uses up all the serum.
This episode provides examples of:
- Absurdly Dedicated Worker: "Simpson and Delilah", Homer uses a hair grower to get his hair back and is promoted and gets an assistant, Karl, who then takes the blame for something Homer did, gets fired, and still writes Homer's speech for him even after having been fired. The assistant is absurdly faithful to Homer.
- Ambiguously Gay: Karl (and his appearance is not only the first time a celebrity [Harvey Fierstein voices Karl] has done voicework on The Simpsons, but the first time an animated series depicts a character established to be a homosexual kissing another man, though Mission Hill would later go down in animation history as the first animated show to show an established gay male couple kissing). And unlike how Homer acted in "Homer's Phobia," he doesn't even notice or care that his secretary Karl is gay, but he does find it odd that Karl kissed him. The difference is that Marge wasn't around to tell Homer about Karl's sexual orientation and these were the early episodes where Homer wasn't very bright, whether intellectually or socially.
- Bland-Name Product: Dimoxinil stands in for Minoxidil.
- The Cassandra: When Mr. Burns commented on how the productivity increased and the number of accidents decreased ever since Homer's ideas started being implanted, Smithers pointed out the productivity only increased to the level it usually does during Homer's vacations and the number of accidents only decreased to the level he was either guilty or suspected of but Burns dismissed this as jealousy.
- Continuity Snarl: Mr. Burns states his age is 81. In every future episode where his age is mentioned, it's 104 (and in some much later episodes, Burns' age is implied to be four digits long).
- Green-Eyed Monster: Smithers becomes vehement on bringing down Homer after he steals Burns' approval.
- Hyper Competent Sidekick: Karl to Homer.
- Loophole Abuse: Every year, Mr. Burns must promote one of his employees. For as long as he gives the employee's job a different name, it doesn't matter if said employee's work and pay remain the same.
- Shout-Out: The episode's title is a reference to the Biblical story of Samson and Delilah, in which Samson lost his strength when he was seduced into cutting his hair. Similarly, Homer loses his success without his hair.
- Special Guest: Harvey Fierstein as Karl, who is noted in the commentary to be the show's first guest star who wasn't ashamed to say he'd done it. "Maybe not the most important barrier he ever broke down."
- Strange Minds Think Alike: As Homer runs through town with his new hair, he meets up with a man who's done the same thing he did.
- Also, when Homer's colleagues suggested him to fraud the company's insurance plan, they reasoned Burns would probably use the Money to buy a backscratcher made of ivory. In fact, that's what Burns moaned about when he learned about the fraud.
- Taking the Heat: Karl willingly took the fall when Homer was about to be fired for insurance fraud.
- What the Hell, Hero?: After Bart destroys his one bottle of Dimoxinil, Homer decides not to kill him, but to tell him he's ruined his father, crippled his family, and that baldness is hereditary. Bart seems pretty choked up about the final one.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Karl convinces Homer that it's his own competence and personality, not his hair, that makes him a shining employee. However as it turns out, the plant's community are genuinely that shallow, quickly rejecting him for his baldness and leaving him demoted back to his old job.