Recap / The Simpsons S 4 E 8 New Kid On The Block

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Episode - 9F07
First Aired - November 12, 1992

When the Simpsons' other neighbours, the Winfields 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: Bart's Imagine Spot of Laura ripping out his heart. "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.
  • Euphemism Buster: The subversion is subverted:
    Homer: Heh, heh, heh... I know what you mean. (pause) Just let me make sure we're not talking about food.
    Ruth Powers: I'm not.
    Homer: Right! Me, neither. (pause) We're talking about sex, right?
    Ruth Powers: Right.
    Homer: I hear you loud and clear.
  • 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.
  • Fictional Video Game: Escape from Death Row.
  • 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!"
  • Knight of Cerebus: Moe. His portrayal in this episode is one of the few times we get to see the truly vicious side of him, intending to cause serious harm to Jimbo for a prank call.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After years of getting away with tormenting Springfield Elementary's students, Jimbo finally gets his comeuppance from Moe of all people.
  • 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.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Homer calls Abigail, one of the kids' past babysitters to watch them while they go out to dinner. Abigail's sister answers instead, saying she takes care of her because something Bart did caused her to have a mental breakdown and is now sitting on a rocking chair with a thousand-yard-stare muttering to herself.
    Abigail: No Bart put it down... put it down Bart... Bart put it down...
  • Precocious Crush: Bart develops a crush on new neighbor Laura Powers, who is in her mid teens. When he finds out she's going out with Jimbo, one of the bullies who picks on him, he arranges a plan to break them up. It's successful by the end of the episode, Laura's broken up with Jimbo and even tells Bart that she would date him if he were older. The character was never seen again.
  • 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."
  • Stock Footage: The shot of Homer drooling at the commercial for The Frying Dutchman is recycled from "Bart's Friend Falls in Love" (the scene where Homer is drooling over a food commercial) and is mirror flipped in this episode.
  • 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.


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