Recap / The Simpsons S 4 E 8 New Kid On The Block
Episode - 9F07
First Aired - 12/11/1992

When the Winfields (The Simpsons' neighbors who aren't the Flanderseses; the elderly couple who appeared in the earlier episodes, mostly to make disparaging remarks about how uncivilized the family is) decide to move to Florida to run out the clock, a new family consisting of a divorced mom named Ruth and her teenaged daughter, Laura, move in. While Bart falls for Laura (and gets his heart broken when he discovers that Jimbo Jones is her boyfriend), Homer and Marge go out to eat at Captain MacAllister's seafood restaurant "The Frying Dutchman" — and Homer sues the establishment for not getting his fill at the "All-You-Can-Eat" buffet.

This episode contains examples of:

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys:
    • Well, bad girls want bad boys, which Laura has for Jimbo. When he is unjustly made to cry, Laura isn't slow in ending their relationship.
    • Lampshaded when Bart asks Laura why she likes Jimbo, since he's "just" a good-looking rebel who plays by his own rules. Laura and Lisa both sigh at this.
  • And Show It to You: "You won't be needing this!"
  • Big Eater: One of the biggest examples in the series even for Homer. Homer eats continuously for literal hours without stopping. He keeps eating well after closing time and until midnight, not because he's full mind you, but because he is dragged out kicking and screaming by the waiters who want to go home. Still not full he drives around looking for another all you can eat fish place, and when he can't find that he makes Marge go fishing with him.
    • During the trial, Homer even orders a pizza.
  • Broken Tears: Marge, when Lionel Hutz gets her to confess what Homer did after they were kicked out of the Frying Dutchman.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: Marge tries to lie in court, only for Hutz to coldly remind her she's under oath.
  • Common Nonsense Jury: Lionel Hutz wins the lawsuit against the restaurant because everyone in the jury is an obese food-lover that sympathizes with Homer.
  • Cool Big Sis: Laura for Bart eventually.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Moe tries to cut Jimbo with a knife when Bart frames him for making all the prank calls to the bar.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Averted, although Homer wants it enforced at the "all-you-can-eat" restaurant. He's determined to make the restaurant hold to its word that it is, indeed, an "all-you-can-eat" establishment.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Homer ate two plastic lobsters at the Frying Dutchman without suffering any ill effects.
  • Frivolous Lawsuit: When Homer is kicked out of the "all-you-can-eat" restaurant (because it's closing time), Homer files a huge lawsuit against the place, saying they failed to deliver and are, as thus, frauds.
    Lionel Hutz: Mr. Simpson, this is the most blatant case of fraudulent advertising since my suit against the film, The NeverEnding Story.
  • Imagine Spot: Laura ripping out Bart's heart after she told him she had a boyfriend.
  • Innocent Inaccurate: A flashback reveals how Homer learned about sex.
    "Zookeeper! Zookeeper! Those two monkeys are killing each other!"
  • Mad Woman In The Attic: Bart makes up a horror story about the Winfields hiding a mutated son in their basement.
  • Metaphorgotten: When attempting to give the Talk to Bart, Homer compares a woman to a refrigerator, then to beer. A case of beer later, Homer's story has wandered a bit.
  • Put on a Bus: The Winfields, an elderly couple who live next door to the Simpsons, had made a decent amount of appearances in the previous seasons, and were referenced more than that. In this episode, they sell the house (that Ruth and Laura Powers buy), move to Florida, and are never seen or mentioned again. The only exception was a crowd scene in Lisa the Iconoclast where Mrs. Winfield appeared.
    • Given that they haven't appeared on the show in two decades and even many fans have forgotten about them, it is very unlikely they will ever appear again.
  • Shout-Out: During the trial, a group of men bring in bags of what turn out to be 18,000 letters addressed to Santa Claus.
    "You want The People of Springfield vs. Kris Kringle. That's next door."
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Lionel Hutz actually manages to win a case, by making it clear that Homer did not in fact have all he could eat.