Recap: The Simpsons S 4 E 9 Mr Plow

Episode - 9F07
First Aired - 11/19/1992

After crashing both his car and Marge's station wagon during drunken ride home during a snowstorm, Homer buys a snowplow and starts a business eventually rivaled by none other than Barney.

This episode contains examples of:

  • As Herself/Himself: Linda Ronstadt and Adam West
  • Adam Westing: The Trope Namer does it years before Family Guy did, though The Simpsons take on Adam West wasn't as bizarre as Family Guy.
  • Bad Bad Acting: The first Mr Plow commercial (the low-budget one that airs at 3:17 in the morning)
  • Bad Job, Worse Uniform: Barney is shown handing out fliers for Lullabuy$ baby furniture store, wearing a diaper and bonnet, in the middle of winter. He then loses the diaper after saying that things can't get any worse...
  • Bilingual Bonus: Linda Ronstadt's Spanish version of the Plow King jingle translates as "Mr. Plow is not manly. He's only a drunk." (Senor Plow no es macho. Es solamente un borracho.)
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor/Leaning on the Fourth Wall: "It may be on a lousy channel, but the Simpsons are on TV!"
  • Bowdlerization: In the UK, Homer telling the insurance agent that he was at a pornography store to cover up being at Moe's was cut.
  • Continuity Nod: The company that manufactured Homer's snowplow is the same one that took over Powell Motors in "Oh, Brother, where Art Thou?".
  • Hope Spot: Homer moves the snow away from the Qwick-E-Mart, allowing it to stay open. Cue Snake driving up to the door.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Barney introduces himself as "Plow King", he tells Homer there was no problem with a fair competition. Then he shoots Homer's tires.
  • I Resemble That Remark: When Linda Ronstadt sings in Barney's commercial, she mentions Homer's a drinker. Cut to Homer doing a Spit Take.
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: The first Mr. Plow commercial.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Homer feels remorseful for how he tricked Barney into plowing driveways on Widow's Peak.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Homer is directly responsible for Barney's descent into alcoholism.
  • Noodle Incident: Barney never explains how exactly he knows Linda Ronstadt, other than the fact that they've been looking look for a project to do together for some time.
  • Shaped Like Itself/Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: The Mr. Plow jingle.
    Call Mr. Plow
    That's my name
    That name again
    Is Mr. Plow.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Godfather: Bart being struck by numerous snowballs by Nelson and other angry students was an homage to the infamous scene in the 1972 movie where Sonny Corleone is shot numerous times in an ambush.
    • Roto-Rooter: The Mr. Plow jingle is obviously inspired by the drain-cleaning company jingle.
    • The Wages of Fear and its American remake Sorcerer: Homer's trip across the rickety bridge is based on the films, with the music inspired by the latter.
    • Raiders of the Lost Ark: The melting snowmen resemble the melting Nazis in the climax.
    • The Wolfman: Barney transforming from a cleancut student into a slovenly drunk after he has his very first beer mimics Lawrence Talbot's transformation.
  • Special Guest: Phil Hartman as Troy McClure
  • Tempting Fate: When Homer and Barney decide to be partners, Homer stats even God couldn't stop them. God takes offense to that and acts accordingly, melting the ice and putting both boys out of business.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Barney used to be a college-bound student, before Homer gave him exactly one beer. And the rest is history.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Bart's reaction to seeing Krusty, his idol, being savaged by three Siberian tigers? "Meh, they'll be chewin' on him for a while," before changing the channel to the Mexican Bumblebee Man's sitcom.
  • Vandalism Backfire: When Homer was driving home for Moe's drunk during a blizzard, he ended up crashing into the back of a car. Though the front of his car was totaled, he looked at the bright side that he got other guy just as bad...until he saw that it was Marge's their driveway.
  • What Were They Selling Again?: The second Mr. Plow commercial, which looked more like an overly arty perfume ad.
    Lisa: Was that a commercial?
    Homer: I don't know.