Recap / The Simpsons S 3 E 10 Flaming Moes

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Episode - 8F08
First Aired - 11/21/1991

Moe steals Homer's recipe for a cough syrup-laced cocktail that becomes the toast of Springfield.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Accidental Discovery: Homer discovers the "Flaming Homer" after accidentally adding Krusty-brand cough syrup to a hastily-made cocktail, and discovers "fire made it taste good" after ashes from his sister-in-law's cigarette fell into it.
  • An Aesop: "Some things are too good to keep for yourself."
  • As Themselves: Aerosmith (Steven Tyler, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford). They were the first music act to guest star on the series.
  • Chekhov's Gun: At school, Martin talks about the gas chromatograph in "The Inventor I admire" section. Later, we see Professor Frink using a gas chromatograph to try and find out what the secret ingredient is. Only it doesn't work out as expected.
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: As Homer becomes more obsessed with Moe, he starts hearing his name in the family's breakfast conversation, until it degenerates into the family only saying "Moe". Then when he runs outside, he starts seeing Moe's face on everyone and everything.
  • Comically Missing the Point: After Moe and his waitress Colette have sex:
    Colette: Morris, something troubles me.
    Moe: Don't worry, baby, my mother won't be home for another 20 minutes.
    Colette: No, I was thinking about Homer Simpson.
    Moe: That's okay, I was just thinking about Sybil Danning.
  • Driven to Madness: Homer at the climax.
  • Expy: Collette for Diane Chambers.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The name Flaming Moe. The writers assumed the censors didn't get it. note 
    • For that matter, the drink's original name "Flaming Homer," which is the same joke.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: When Moe is turning down an offer to sell the cocktail, he asks if the guy knew how much of his blood and sweat went into it. Cue everyone in the bar doing a Spit Take.
    Moe: Just a figure of speech!
  • Jerkass/Kids Are Cruel: Lisa and her friends chase Bart all over the house to forcibly give him a makeover which ends with him falling out his window just to avoid it. Then the girls turn their attention towards poor Maggie.
  • Laughing Mad: Homer, after revealing the secret ingredient.
  • Madness Mantra: Moe, Moe, Moe...
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Homer gives away the secret ingredient to the Flaming Moe, unknowingly screwing both Moe and himself out of a small fortune.
    • And for sharing his drink to Moe in the first place.
    Barney: Good for you, Moe. Only an idiot would give away a million-dollar idea like that!
  • Nothing Personal: Moe tells Homer he's sorry for stealing his drink, "It's nothing personal. This is business."
    Homer: Business, huh? Well let me tell you, you just lost yourself a customer.
  • Overly Long Gag: When Homer tries to tell Moe that he just lost himself a customer, Moe can't hear him over the excited crowd, flaming drinks and cash register, causing Homer to try and make the thread many times without success.
  • Plagiarism in Fiction: Moe stealing Homer's recipe.
  • Precision F-Strike: Drederick Tatum gets one while being interviewed about his youth in Springfield.
    Drederick Tatum: That town is a dump! If you ever see me back there, you know I really [bleep]ed up bad!
  • Punny Name: Bart's prank call of this episode backfires because there is someone named "Hugh Jass" who actually takes the prank call in good spirit.
  • Running Gag: This episode introduces one of the series' running gags: the perpetually burning Springfield Tire Yard note .
  • Sarcasm Mode: One of the funniest moments in this episode.
    Homer: Stupid Moe, non-inventing, recipe-stealing, pug-nosed...
    Marge: Well, Homer, maybe you can get some consolation in the fact that something you created is making so many people happy.
    Homer: Oh, look at me! I'm making people happy! I'm the Magical Man from Happy-Land, in a gumdrop house on Lollipop Lane! [leaves the room, slamming the door. Pokes his head back in] Oh, by the way, I was being sarcastic. [closes the door]
    Marge: Well, DUH!
  • Say My Name: A jinxed Bart writes this on a card, trying to get Homer to say it.
    Homer: Why should I do that, my lad?
    Bart: Cause I'm jinxed, damn it!
    [Homer punches him in the arm for talking.]
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Homer invokes this when he sees the results after Lisa and her friends give Maggie a makeover.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The song about Flaming Moe, including the imagery, is similar to the opening credits of Cheers. Afterwards, when everybody in the bar greets Barney and the bartender asks him: "How does the world treat you, Mr. Gumble?" this is similar to the way Norm enters the bar in every episode in "Cheers".
      • The character of Colette is clearly a stand-in for Diane Chambers. When she leaves to become a movie actress, it references Shelley Long's decision to leave Cheers for a film career.
    • Homer hiding his face behind a cloth while addressing a crowd, while hiding on the ceiling is a reference to the ending of Phantom of the Opera.
    • Aerosmith plays their biggest hit "Walk This Way".
  • Smurfing: Homer goes crazy thinking about how Moe screwed him over, and his "Moe on the brain" spell extends to him imagining his family doing this at the breakfast table:
    Marge: Bart, are you going to Moe the lawn today?
    Bart: Okay, but you promised me Moe money.
    Marge: I Moe, I Moe...
    Lisa: When Bart's done, can we Moe to the Moe-vies? There's a Moe-tinee!
    Marge: Of course! All work and Moe play makes Moe a Moe Moe!
  • Special Guest: Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz and Aerosmith as themselves.
  • The Un-Reveal: A million dollar one.
    Professor Frink: According to the gas chromatograph, the secret ingredient is... love?! Who's been screwing with this thing?
  • Uncanny Valley Makeup: Maggie ends up a victim of this from Lisa and her friends. It is enough to drive Homer out of the house and lead to the main plot.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Colette is angry at Moe when she learns that the drink was originally Homer's. Later, she tells him he should sell the drink and give half the money to Homer. But it's too late, and for that she breaks up with him and leaves to pursue a movie career.


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