Episode - 7F08
First Aired - 11/15/1990Homer is becoming increasingly annoyed by Ned Flanders inadvertently one-upping him in every possible way, what with having a better house, well behaved children, and a more attractive wife. Ned humbly tries to apologise for having things easier than Homer by sending him a letter, only to be met by ridicule. Things come to a head when Homer and Bart run into Ned and his sons at Sir Putt-A-Lot's Merrie Olde Fun Center, where Ned is quick to point out what a talented miniature golfer Todd is.Todd and Bart are both interested in entering a miniature golf tournament, and Homer uses this as an excuse to try and show up Ned once and for all by goading him into making a bet where the father of the 'boy-who-doesn't-win' has to mow the winner's lawn in his wife's Sunday dress. Ned agrees, and Homer begins to put Bart through his paces so that he'll easily beat Todd.To date, this is the last Simpsons episode with music composed by somebody other than Alf Clausen until Season 29. This episode was composed by Ray Colcord* .
This episode contains examples of:
- Absurdly High-Stakes Game
- A Day in the Limelight: For Todd, though most of the plot focused on Bart.
- This is the first episode to prominently feature the Flanders family, rather than their just being a one-shot gag.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Flanders drinking?
- Later episodes do feature a beer tap in the Flanders family basement so it is possible that Ned enjoys a good beer now and then. Also it is a way to avoid Moe's Tavern.
- Also the mention of him being in a fraternity- where he apparently wore a dress as a gag/hazing ritual.
- Homer is also perpetually miserable and agitated throughout much of the episode. Not much of his happy-go-lucky personality was visible here.
- E = MC Hammer: The geometry Lisa used when preparing Bart for his match donít really make a lot of sense.
- Exact Words: Because of how the bet between Homer and Ned was worded (the father of the kid who "doesn't win" instead of "the loser", because Ned found the wording too cruel for his sensibilities), Homer insisted that both of them mow each other's lawn in their own wives' Sunday dresses.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!:Ned: You have yourself a bet, you... jackaninny!
- Green-Eyed Monster: Homer's envy of Ned is the driving force in this episode.
- Heh Heh, You Said "X": Ned's apology letter is supposed to be taken seriously, but Homer and Bart just giggle that the letter contains the word "bosom".
- I Call It "Vera": Homer tells Bart to give his putter a name. Bart says "Mr. Putter," so he specifies it should be a girl's name. Bart selects "Mom," to which Homer snaps "Your putter's name is Charlene!"
- I Have No Son:Homer: Remember what Vince Lombardi said: "If you lose, you're out of the family!".
- It's All About Me: Homer is basically a black hole in this episode, drawing in everyone he can in his crusade against Ned Flanders whether they want to or not. Even Ned himself has to be dragged into it kicking and screaming.
- Jerkass: With his petty antagonism towards Ned and the undeserved pressure he puts on Bart, this episode marked a really low point for Homer in the show's early years.
- As noted in the DVD Commentary, Homer is very irritable and full of rage in this episode for no real reason. He starts out angry and gets angrier as the episode goes on.
- Not So Above It All: Marge scolds Homer and Bart for laughing at Ned's melodramatic apology letter, but she privately finds it amusing as well.
- Rhetorical Question Blunder: Lisa asks Bart, "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" Bart demonstrates by swatting his fingers into his palm.
- Serious Business: The championship match between Bart and Todd is broadcast in its entirety on KBBL Radio, complete with I Am Very British announcers.
- Take a Third Option: Bart and Todd decide to forfeit and declare a tie.
- Unishment: Ned is actually amused at mowing the lawn in a Sunday dress (as it reminds him of his fraternity days), much to Homer's frustration.
- Worth It: Homer doesn't mind facing the losing penalty if that's what it takes to make Ned face it as well. He changes his mind once he sees Ned enjoying it.
- X Must Not Win: Homer is willing to accept both Ned and him facing the losing penalty so long at it means Ned suffers. Unfortunately for Homer, Ned enjoys it due to being reminded of his fraternity days.