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Recap: The Simpsons S 5 E 13 Homer And Apu

Apu is fired from the Kwik-E-Mart (thanks to Homer working with Kent Brockman to rat him out after Homer gets sick from bad Kwik-E-Mart food) and agrees to stay at the Simpsons' house. Meanwhile, James Woods is hired as the new Kwik-E-Mart clerk.

Tropes:

  • All for Nothing: Apu and Homer travel all the way to India, and from there several hundred miles, through mountain ranges, to find the first Kwik-E-Mart... and Homer blows Apu's chance of getting his job back.
  • Ambulance Cut: The two times Homer gets sick from eating bad Kwik-E-Mart food (the expired ham and the two buckets of shrimp that aren't frozen and smell funny).
  • Bait and Switch: When Homer learned how far India was from Springfield, it cut to a scene with him and Apu riding donkeys... to Springfield Airport. They spent so much money on the plane tickets they couldn't pay for a cab ride.
  • Brick Joke: When Apu gave the impression he wanted to strangle Homer for getting him fired, he was actually trying to apologize. When Apu did want to strangle him, Homer thought it was another apology.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: James Woods' cursing a blue streak as he's scraping melted cheese off the microwave walls.
  • Driven to Suicide/Interrupted Suicide: When Apu was fired for getting caught selling rotten food, he tried to kill himself by eating Kwik-E-Mart food. His boss prevented him from doing so.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: The hidden camera cowboy hat not only obviously has the camera lens sticking out, but makes a loud buzzing sound.
  • Irony: The worlds first conveniance store is in a horribly inconveniant location.
  • Just Following Orders: Apu's defence when confronted by a senior Kwik-E-Mart official. The man turns it around him by doing the exact same thing seconds later.
  • Noodle Incident: Barney has apparently killed someone (possibly a woman) by accident before, or at least thinks he has and it was similar to knocking over the oversized Mrs. Butterworth bottle. This might be a callback to when Barney accidentally shot a woman after Homer slammed the door in his face on "Rosebud," but, considering how this series doesn't really care about continuity, it might have been an unseen incident.
  • Not Helping Your Case: The traditional form of apology in Apu's village involves slowly approaching someone with your arms outstretched. As Apu puts it, many have died needlessly because of it.
    • Also, Apu when trying to defend his store's policies on TV.
  • Retirony: Kent tells Homer that the hidden cam hat he smashed was a day away from retirement.
  • Riddle for the Ages: When James Woods was talking at the phone to his manager, he asked how his upcoming movie was the same if his character was retconned from a store clerk to a "jittery eskimo firefighter". He never learned the answer but whatever it was, Woods accepted it.
  • Rule of Three: When Apu and Homer met the owner of the Kwik-E-Mart chain to ask for Apu's job back, he said they'd only be allowed three questions. Apu only wants to ask one, but Homer wasted all of them asking if that guy really owned the Kwik-E-Mart. And the answers weren't enough for him.
  • The Scapegoat: Kwik-E-Mart policy is to make one of these when something goes wrong.
  • Shout-Out: The scene with the Indian train being so crowded that passengers are hanging on the outside spoofs a similar scene in Gandhi.
  • Too Dumb to Live and What an Idiot: Homer still buys bad food from the Kwik-E-Mart even after he got sick from it twice. He even goes in and orders a hot dog immediatley after he saw the disgusting close-up of a hot dog that fell on the floor being put back on the rack.