Recap: The Simpsons S 5 E 1 Homers Barbershop Quartet

Episode - 9F21
First Aired - 9/30/1993

When Bart and Lisa find a record of a barbershop quartet called the Be Sharps, featuring Homer, Apu, Skinner and Barney on the cover, Homer tells them of the Be Sharps' rise and fall, in a hilarious send-up of the Beatles' career.

This episode contains examples of (YMMV tropes can be found here):

  • A Cappella: This trope is a must for an episode about Homer's barbershop quartet.
  • A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: What happened to Willie during the Be Sharps' tour.
  • As Himself: David Crosby; George Harrison
  • Abbey Road Crossing: The cover of "Bigger Than Jesus" is a direct parody.
  • Backstory of the Day: As per usual with many flashback episodes, with Homer revealing his short time as a superstar, that was seemingly forgotten about and never mentioned prior to this episode (with the kids even Lampshading this heavily at the end of the episode). This likely counts as an Ass Pull, though it may reference John Lennon's own attempts to hide his stardom from his child until he came across some merchandise.
  • Bigger Than Jesus
    Bart: Did you screw up like the Beatles and say you were bigger than Jesus?
    Homer: All the time. That was the title of our second album.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Homer meets George Harrison. "Oh my God! Oh my God...where did you get the brownie?".
  • Continuity Nod: Some of the paintings Marge made in "Brush With Greatness" are on display at her stand in the swap-meet.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Homer's consoling of Marge after he told her that women would want to have sex with him (according to his manager):
    Don't worry, honey. It's just until we finish our tour of Sweden.
  • Extra! Extra! Read All About It!: A paperboy announced the Be Sharps singing at a roof. A man bought a newspaper and found out it had no mention of the Be Sharps.
  • Grail in the Garbage: Homer finds a copy of the Declaration of Independence, Action Comics No. 1, a sheet of Inverted Jenny stamps and a Stradivarius violin in a 5 item box. He dismisses it as junk and tosses everything aside.
  • It's Been Done: The Trope Namer. George Harrison says this on seeing the B-Sharps singing on a roof-top.
  • The Pete Best: In-Universe: Chief Wiggum, kicked out for being "too Village People."
  • Rooftop Concert: In a parody of Let It Be the Be Sharps perform on a roof.
  • Special Guest: The Dapper Dans as the singing voices of "The Be Sharps"
  • Sgt. Pepper's Shout-Out: The back cover of the "Bigger Than Jesus" album is a spoof of the back cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
  • Shout-Out: The Be Sharps' career mirrors The Beatles'. This is lampshaded repeatedly throughout the episode, once by an actual Beatle.
  • Take That: The Grammy Awards.
    Homer: Here. (hands bellhop his statue)
    Bellhop: Oh boy, an awards statue. Oh wait, it's a Grammy. (throws it down the balcony)
    Man: Hey, don't throw your garbage down here! (throws it back up and Homer and knocks him out)
    • Yoko Ono naturally comes in for this, with her counterpart having a "song" that's nothing but her saying "Number 8" and Barney belching.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: After dropping Wiggum, the rest of the band go through one of these looking for his replacement. Candidates include Abe Simpson singing a "hip" version of Old MacDonald, Willie butchering Downtown with his Scottish accent, Jasper singing Theme From A Summer Placenote , and Dr. Dolittle;
    Skinner: Good lord! Dr. Dolittle is Chief Wiggum!
    Wiggum: Uh oh, this bird's gonna fly! (Jumps out window)
  • Too Dumb to Live: The Be Sharps had marketed a funny foam that was recalled for being poisonous if ingested. Homer then says if anyone was dumb enough to eat it, they deserve to die. Cut to Bart doing just that (eating the foam, not dying from it).
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Bart and Lisa wonder aloud several things (mostly about Homer's hidden musical abilities) of course these things are never explained in the episode.