Recap: The Simpsons S 5 E 21 Lady Bouviers Lover

Episode - 1F21
First Aired - 5/12/1994

Grampa Simpson falls for Grandma Bouvier...and then loses her to Mr. Burns. Meanwhile, Bart steals Homer's credit card to purchase an animation cel—and finds that the animation cel is a rip-off.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Art Shift: Homer imagines the kids as freaks with pink skin, no overbites and five fingers.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Homer opposes the relationship between his father and Marge's mother, as a marriage between them would make he and Marge brother and sister. And then their now inbred kids would become "horrible freaks with pink skin, no overbite, and five fingers on each hand!"
  • Charlie Chaplin Shout-Out: Grandpa's bread roll dance is a shout-out to Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Bart used Homer's credit card to buy something for $350. After getting the Money from Mr. Burns, Bart confesses to him and hands him the Money. Homer didn't seem to understand it was to make up for a loss considering what he planned to spend the money on.
  • Disney Owns This Trope: Grandpa is stopped by lawyers for doing unauthorized homages to Charlie Chaplin (even though The Gold Rush is public domain) and Jimmy Durante.
  • Jumping Out of a Cake: The guys at the retirement home try to cheer up Grandpa with a stripper on a cake, but she apparently died while being wheeled out.
  • Product Placement: Parodied when Grandpa Simpson and Grandma Bouvier demand that Bart and Lisa sing the "Armour Hot Dogs" jingle. When the Simpson/Bouvier families join in, Homer walks through the scene holding a sign saying "Please buy Armour Brand Hot Dogs".
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Mr. Burns and Grandpa Simpson.
  • Serious Business: Again, Matlock for Grandpa Simpson, as well as Marge's mom.
  • Shout-Out: To The Flintstones: Upon arriving at the Simpson household to court Grandma Bouvier, Mr. Burns said Homer, Marge and Maggie must be, respectively, Fred, Wilma and Pebbles. After Mr. Burns gave Homer candy, Homer shouts "Yabba-Dabba-Doo!".
    • Abe does Charlie Chaplin's dancing potatoes bit from The Gold Rush. Later on he borrows Jimmy Durante's catchphrase, "Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are", replacing "Bouvier" for "Calabash". In both instances he is approached by lawyers who demand he put a stop to his unauthorized imitations.
    • Abe interrupting the wedding and running away with the bride is an homage to the ending of The Graduate.
  • Song Parody: "The Sound of Grampa", a parody of "The Sound of Silence".
  • Special Guest: Phil Hartman as Troy McClure.
  • "The Graduate" Homage Shot: When Abraham interrupts Mr. Burns and Mrs. Bouvier's wedding.
  • You Wanna Get Sued?: Grampa gets stopped by a lawyer at different points in the episode whenever he tries to emulate other celebrities.