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Recap: The Simpsons S 5 E 16 Homer Loves Flanders

Homer loses out on winning tickets to an upcoming Springfield Atoms football game. What's worse, his goody-two-shoes neighbor, Ned Flanders, won the last pair. After a failed attempt at bashing Flanders' skull in and take the tickets, Homer decides to spend the day with his neighbor at the game — and Homer realizes that Flanders is not such a bad guy after all...but all the time Homer spends with Ned puts a strain on the Simpsons and the Flanders.

The tropes in this episode include:

  • Antiquated Linguistics: Mmm, sacrilicious.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Homer: "You know Stan Taylor?"
    Stan: "Know me? Ned Flanders saved me. I used to party all night and sleep with lingerie models until Ned and his bible group showed me that I could have more."
    Homer: "Professional athletes, always wantin' more."
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Shelbyville poisoned the Springfield water supply, causing Marge to see the walls melting and a turkey fly away after drinking a glass of water.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Bart offers Rod and Tod a Pixie Stix, despite the fact that they're not allowed to eat sugar. When they do try it they get hooked on the stuff and start fighting and insulting each other over it.
  • Dude Where Is My Respect: Homer gets a lot of attention, news coverage and respect for doing good deeds that Flanders already does for years on a daily basis. This starts to irk Flanders until he finally snaps.
  • Epic Riff: Homer's opinion about the riff in Two Tickets To Paradise by Eddie Money is that it's an excellent riff.
  • Food Fight: Homer and the Flanders have one.
  • God: Homer mistakes God for a waffle sticking up the ceiling.
  • Haunted House: The Simpsons must spend a night there to obtain an Unexpected Inheritance.
  • Humiliation Conga: Flanders, when taking a alcohol test, trips over, when a church tour bus passes by. When he enters the church everyone whispers and badmouths him. Reverend Lovejoy even titled his sermon What Ned did.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Homer accuses Marge of hating Flanders for years and wanting to bash his brains in with a club, to which Marge correctly points out it was him.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Flanders usual pureness is tested enormously by Homer's obnoxious gratitude.
  • Insult Backfire:
    Homer: "Why am I such a loser? Why?"
    Bart: "Well, your father was a loser, and his father, and his father... it's genetic, man. [realizes] D'oh!"
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Stan, Stan, he's our boy. If he can't do it, no one... will!
  • Medium Awareness:
    Lisa: "Don't worry, Bart. It seems like every week something odd happens to the Simpsons. My advice is to ride it out, make the occasional smart-alec quip, and by next week we'll be back to where we started from, ready for another wacky adventure."
    Bart: "Ay, caramba!"
    Lisa: "That's the spirit."
  • My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: Flanders drives Homer to a sports game. When Homer notices Lenny and Carl he pushes Flanders' face down from sight because he is afraid of being seen with him. Carl notices Homer's car is driving without a chauffeur and assumes his driving "one of those electrical cars." As the car crashes Lenny sarcastically remarks: "One of those AMERICAN electrical cars."
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Homer's love for Flanders.
  • The Parody: Flanders' children watch a religious children's cartoon TV show.
  • Protectorate: Flanders blocked out all TV channels on his satellite dish, except two, to protect his children.
  • Ronald Reagan: Homer brought his Rappin' Ronnie Reagan tape.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Homer listens to Bobby Mcferrin's I'm Worried, Need Money on the radio, a stab at his one-hit wonder Don't Worry, Be Happy
    • Flanders has a painting of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper hanging on the wall. This is also a reference to the religious mother in Carrie, who has the same painting hanging on her wall.
    • Homer fails to win the tickets to the game, hits the radio and suddenly Two Tickets To Paradise by Eddie Money starts playing on another channel.
    • The homeless shelter is named Helter Shelter, after the The Beatles song Helter Skelter.
    • Moe reads My Friend Flicka and Little Women to the sick children.
    • Homer orders nachos and sings Nacho Man, in a pun on Macho Man by The Village People.
    • The Ten Commandments: Chief Wiggum says to Flanders Where's your Messiah now, much like Edward G. Robinson did in this film. An extra joke is that Wiggum is based on Robinson's accent.
    • Terminator 2: Judgment Day: Homer appears through Flanders' hedge, much like the Terminator robot, who is so liquid that he can go through walls. Then when he chases Flanders car with two golf clubs his attack mimicks the scene where the Terminator robot chases the protagonists in this film and clings on to their car.
    • Vertigo: Flanders' dream shows him climbing up a staircase into a tower.
    • Homer awakes from his dream and thinks he hates Ted Koppel. Then he concludes that he actually likes this ABC journalist and goes back to sleep.
    • Live and Let Die: Homer flies the boat over the parking lot, much like James Bond did in this film.
    • Psycho: The haunted house is Norman Bates' motel.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Bart sells Homer tickets to the game, but, of course, it's just a trick.
    • The ticket saleswoman sells a man 30.000 tickets, and allows him to pay 10 dollar instead of the 950.000 dollar, because he promised to pay the rest back later.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: Rappin' Ronnie Reagan tape.
  • Tempting Fate: Homer taunts the Shelbyville team for losing. Someone throws a beer can at him, but he ducks and scoffs. Someone else nails him with a whole keg, however. Later Homer says there's nothing to be afraid of in a Haunted House, only to have the entire family scream at something in unison soon afterwards.
  • Unexpected Inheritance and Scare Dare: Homer's relative Uncle Boris dies and leaves him his money in his will. On One Condition that the family spents a night in a Haunted House.
  • Unusual Euphemism:
    Tonight, on "Eye on Springfield": just miles from your doorstep, hundreds of men are given weapons and trained to kill. The government calls it the "army", but a more alarmist name would be "The Killbot Factory." - Kent Brockman.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We don't find out what frightened The Simpsons in the Haunted House.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    Burns: [to players] Men, there's a little crippled boy sitting in a hospital who wants you to win this game. I know because I crippled him myself to inspire you.
    Milhouse: [to his parents] I hope they win, or Mr. Burns said he's coming back.
  • Your Television Hates You: Homer fails to win the tickets to the game, hits the radio and suddenly Two Tickets To Paradise by Eddie Money starts playing on another channel.
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