Episode - 7F23
First Aired - 10/3/1991Ned Flanders announces during one of his barbecues that he's quitting his job as a pharmacist and going into business for himself by running a specialty store catering to the left-handed, but Homer's jealousy (and a wishbone wish) drive Flanders' business into the ground. Meanwhile, Marge encourages Bart to do other things with his time rather than watch TV, so Bart takes karate lessons — and skips them for time at the arcade.
This episode provides examples of:
- And Show It to You: Bart claims he learned how to do this in karate class.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Homer wishes that Flanders' store goes bankrupt, but in the end he does feel guilty about it.
- Everyone Has Standards: Homer thinks that outright wishing for Ned to die would be going too far,note but not wishing he'd go broke and lose his store (until it actually happened).
- Evil Laugh: Homer at the end of the barbecue scene. Unfortunately for him, he had a mouthful of burger at the time, causing him to choke partway through the laugh and for Ned to have to perform the Heimlich manouevre on him.
- Gratuitous German: Lisa tells Homer about Schadenfreude, the German term for taking pleasure in the suffering of others. This leads Homer to ask what's the opposite of that; when she replies that would be "sour grapes," he believes that it's another German word, saying "Boy, those Germans have a word for everything."
- Green-Eyed Monster: Homer. He breaks out of it when he sees Ned's life being wrecked all around him.
- Jerkass: For years the writers used this episode as the limit for how much of a jerk Homer could be. Seems like it didn't stick.
- Kick the Dog: When Ned has a garage sale out of desperation, Homer takes advantage of it and buys a lot of his stuff for next to nothing. He feels bad later on and decides to give his stuff back.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Bart getting beat up by the bullies after skipping karate class to play video games, while trying to get Lisa's sax back.Lisa: It's funny how two wrongs sometimes make a right.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Homer after seeing Flanders' store going bankrupt.
- National Stereotypes: The karate teacher is of course a Japanese man. His name "Akira" is also a Stock Foreign Name for a Japanese person.
- Off Model: Like you wouldn't believe. (though compared to the disaster that was "Some Enchanted Evening", this one wasn't too bad). This happened because the episode was farmed out to a "company that no one had ever heard of; it was people that had just recently gotten opposable thumbs". Mike Reiss had said he will always remember the episode "that came back animated with a thousand mistakes in it and was just a complete and utter mess." They had attempted to clean up as much as possible, but errors still made it through.
- Pursue the Dream Job: Ned Flanders quits his job as a pharmacist and opens a specialty store catering to the left-handed. Deconstructed when his business nearly goes under and the Flanders are forced to move away; reconstructed when Homer gathers everyone in town who's left-handed to come to his store.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Upon finding out that the karate lessons weren't as much fun as he expected, Bart walks out within seconds of the first class.Bart: Pay money to read books. The hell with this.