Recap / The Simpsons S 3 E 20 Colonel Homer
After an embarrassing night at the movies with Marge, Homer gets the chance to manage an aspiring country music singer, Lurleen Lumpkin, but has to fight off her seductive charms and his own feelings for her to stay true to Margenote .

This episode contains examples of:

  • Bar Brawl
    Man 1: Hey you! Let's fight!
    Man 2: Them's fightin' words!
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Lurleen falls in love with Homer because he is the first man in her life who treats her with respect and genuinely cares for her.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Marge screams this to Homer for talking during the movie (and even give away the ending after figuring it out), humiliating Homer.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Marge the entire episode. Luckily for her Homer didn't feel the same about Lurleen.
  • Country Music: Lurleen Lumpkin is a country musician.
  • Death Glare: Marge gives a murderous one towards Lurleen during the recording of the single. Towards the end, when Lurleen sings "I've finally bagged me a Homer", Marge goes completely furious with hatred, and starts grinding her teeth.
  • Intercourse with You: Lurleen's song "Bunk With Me Tonight", which she wrote specifically to seduce Homer. He doesn't get it.
  • Jerkass: Marge, although her paranoia is understandable, she's very untrusting towards Homer and constantly nags and insults him throughout the episode until she gets what she wants. She refuses to listen to him, forces him to stay at home with his family, gives a Death Glare and gnarls her teeth in a live-recording out of hatred, and threatens to divorce him if he continues to see Lurleen.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Marge assumes Homer is having an affair with Lurleen, and refuses to listen to his pleas that he's just trying to help her. It doesn't help that Lurleen flirts with him in front of her, giving Marge a reason to hate her at near-Yandere levels.
  • Morton's Fork: Marge speaks with Patty on the phone, and tells her that Lurleen is one for the family. If she fails, the family is broke. If she succeeds, Marge will divorce Homer.
  • Never My Fault: Homer was angry at Marge for telling him to shut up, despite the fact that he was being his usual obnoxious self and talking during the movie.
    Homer: Stupid Marge tells me to shut up?
  • Oblivious to Love: Homer fails to notice that Lurleen is in love with him, even when she invites him to her trailer, and sings the highly suggestive song "Bunk with me Tonight" for him (according to DVD commentary, everyone thought Homer was being a jerkass in this episode, but Groening explains that Homer was just trying to help Lurleen out because he liked her songs and wanted to make money for his family — until he sees her true intentions):
    Homer: Oh, that's hot. There isn't a man alive who wouldn't get turned on by that. (stands up) Well, goodbye!
  • Running Gag: Homer keeps holding his breath when he drives pass nasty smells.
    Homer: (exhales) Oh no! (inhales)
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Beer 'N' Brawl redneck bar is based on the bar in Film Urban Cowboy.
    • The title, as well as Homer himself, refer to Colonel Parker, manager of Elvis Presley.
    • Coal Miner's Daughter: Many of the elements of the 1980 film, starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones and showing Loretta Lynn's real-life rise to stardom, are present.
    • Hee Haw: The TV show "Ya-Hoo," with its corny, countrified characters and country music.
    • The title of Lurleen's last song, "Stand By Your Manager" is a reference to Tammy Wynette's most famous single "Stand By Your Man".
    • Lenny, believing that singing to his bowling ball will improve his game, begins to sing the Carpenters version of "There's a Kind of Hush".
  • Special Guest: Beverly D'Angelo as Lurleen Lumpkin.
  • Take That!: Homer explains to Marge about the most famous people in country music includes "the jerk in the cowboy hat" note  and "that dead lady".note 
  • Tranquil Fury: Homer quietly, but sternly drops off Marge and the kids and drive off into the night. He then quickly backs up when he realize Maggie is still inside, then drives away again.
    • Marge remains silent throughout Lurleen's recording, but at the end when the song is revealed to be a love song towards Homer, Marge beings to gnarl her teeth out of fury and hatred.
  • Unknown Rival: Marge hates Lurleen to near-Yandere levels, and wants her out of the family's lives out of fear she'll take Homer away from them. Lurleen mostly ignores her.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The film was heavily inspired by Coal Miner's Daughter,, which co-starred Beverly D'Angelo as Patsy Cline.
  • X Days Since: The trailer park where Lurleen lives has a sign counting the days since the last tornado. The second time we see it, the number is lower.