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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 aired at 3:17 in the morning)
  • Bilingual Bonus: Linda Ronstadt's Spanish version of the Plow King jingle
  • 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.
  • 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 introduced himself as "Plow King", he told Homer there was no problem with a fair competition. Then he shot Homer's tires.
    • In his commercial, he accuses Homer of being an alcoholic.
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: The first Mr. Plow commercial.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Homer felt remorseful for how he tricked Barney into plowing driveways on Widow's Peak.
    • And also when he made him drink beer the night before he had to take the SATs.
  • Noodle Incident: Barney never explains how exactly he knows Linda Ronstadt, other than the fact that they've been trying to look for a project to do together.
  • 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.
  • Special Guest: Phil Hartman as Troy McClure
  • Tempting Fate: When Homer and Barney decided to be partners, Homer stated even God couldn't stop them. God takes offense to that and acts accordingly, melting the ice and putting both boys out of business.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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