Recap / The Simpsons S 2 E 6 Dead Putting Society

Episode - 7F08
First Aired - 11/15/1990

After feeling Ned Flanders is better than him in every way, Homer decides to prove his family's worth by forcing Bart to compete in a mini-golf tournament with Todd Flanders.

To date, this is the last Simpsons episode with music composed by somebody other than Alf Clausen. 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 just being a one-shot gag.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Flanders drinking?
    • Also the mention of him being in a fraternity- where he apparently wore a dress as a gag/hazing ritual.
  • 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.
  • 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.