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.


  • 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.
    • Earlier in the episode, Apu watches Homer through the window and says, "This is all because of Homer Simpson! It's time to settle the score!" When Homer answers the door, Apu comes at him with his hands stretched out, causing a terrified scream from Homer. After the commercial break, it turns out that Apu was merely doing an Indian forgiveness custom and wasn't intending to choke Homer.
  • Big "NO!": Apu does this when taking a bullet for James Woods near the end.
  • 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.
  • Do Wrong, Right: The Kwik-E-Mart official chastises Apu, not for selling dangerously inedible stock (that was in fact the company's standard procedure), but that he failed to place the blame on a suitable scapegoat.
  • 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.
  • The Ghost: Ned Flanders doesn't appear in this episode, but he is mentioned once.
    Homer: I learn that life is one crushing defeat after another until you just wish Flanders was dead.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: The hidden camera cowboy hat not only obviously has the camera lens sticking out, but makes a loud buzzing sound.
  • Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: When Apu is fired, the Kwik-E-Mart official tears off his name tag and "Ask about our fried pickles" badge from his uniform.
  • Irony: The world's 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.
  • Method Acting: In-Universe, James Woods takes Apu's job at the Kwik-E-Mart to prepare for his upcoming role as a store clerk.
    James: Do I sound like a laid-back convenient store kind of guy?
    Jimbo: Actually, I thought it sounded a little labored. You gotta lose yourself in the moment, man.
  • Mushroom Samba: The incredibly spicy Indian food Apu cooks for the Simpsons has this effect on Lisa.
    Lisa: I can see through time!
  • 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.
    • Grampa once recorded and released an album that Homer finds to be just as disturbing as Lisa playing the shenai.
  • 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.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Apu accidentally slips that he sells bad food.
  • 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". We 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 use one of these (or a sacrificial lamb) 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.
  • Taking the Bullet: The example from this episode is the trope image!
  • Too Dumb to Live: 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.
  • Turn in Your Badge: After the Insignia Rip-Off Ritual mentioned above:
    Official: Now... turn in your pricing gun.
    Apu: [takes gun out of shoulder holster and hands it over]
    Official: The other one too.
    Apu: [takes gun out of ankle holster and hands it over]
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Whether the armed robber that shot Apu escaped or was apprehended is not delved upon.
  • White Dude, Black Dude: The subject of a black comedian's stand-up.
    Comedian: Black guys, we drive a car like this... (leaning back and humming) yeah but white guys, they drive a car like this... (leans forward and hums in a dorky tone of voice)
    Homer: (laughs) It's true! It's true! We're so lame!