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

Episode - 9F07First 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:

  • 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Moe tries to kill 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.
  • 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 Never Ending Story.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • What Could Have Been: The subplot of Homer suing "The Frying Dutchman" was originally going to be one of these two stories:
    • Homer getting in a feud with guest star Don Rickles for making fun of him during his act. Don Rickles turned down the opportunity—accusing the writers of ripping off his act instead of parodying it.
    • Homer becoming a barber. It was rejected because the writers back then didn't have Homer get a new job every episode and ignore his main job as a safety inspector for the nuclear plant. On top of that, they didn't think it was all that funny. Season 22's "Homer Scissorhands" would ultimately try out this idea.