Recap / The Simpsons S 5 E 8 Boy Scoutz N The Hood

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After Bart and Milhouse go on a sugar bender after finding a $20 bill (that Homer found under the couch while looking for a peanut and lost when he slipped on the very peanut he was trying to find) and spending most of the money on a Squishee made of syrup, Bart wakes to find that he's a member of the geekiest club known to man: The Junior Campers (not affiliated with The Boy Scouts of America).

Tropes:

  • As Himself: Ernest Borgnine
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Hans Moleman draws a big knife that's too heavy for him to use.
  • Bears Are Bad News: The other Campers group is attacked by a bear. Borgnine's attempt to save the day with his Swiss Army Knife is subverted because Homer stole it to give to Bart.
  • Broken Record: When Ned loses hope of being rescued, he is reduced to saying, "Done-diddly-doodly-done-diddly-doddly..."
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Bart calls out Homer on being a jerkass to Ned since at least Ned is trying to help with the situation and Homer isn't even trying.
  • Cane Sword: Hans Moleman has one
  • Chekhov's Gun: The map with the Krusty Burger franchises, showing that there's one on an (unmanned) oil rig about to shut down.
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: After Bart decides to abandon the Campers because he's not allowed a knife, he grumbles that maybe they are not exciting. Cue a barrage of exciting (and funny) situations appearing as he walks down the street where a knife saves the day (Hans Moleman getting thrown out of Moe's and threatening to cut him with a cane sword that's too heavy for him, Jimbo and Kearney robbing Martin Prince of his box of cookies after helping him open the box with a knife, and Dr. Hibbert performing a streetside appendectomy with a pocket knife).
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Moe threatened to stab Hans Moleman for not putting his beer on a coaster.
  • Double Negative: "Don't do what Donny Don't does."
    Bart: [sigh] They could have made this clearer.
  • Epic Fail: All of Homer's attempts at saving the day once the group is stuck at sea. For Krusty, the idea of opening a Krusty Burger franchise on an oil rig without taking heed to the fact that it was unmanned (however, it's just a fail for him — it saves the group's lives).
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Homer slaps Ned out of a Heroic B.S.O.D. when a pod of dolphins won't help them. He repeats the process several times just to make sure.
  • G-Rated Drug: The all-syrup Squishee.
  • Heroic Dolphin: Lampshaded and subverted. A trio of dolphins come across the Flanders and Simpsons' boat and Ned becomes relieved as dolphins always rescue people lost at sea. The dolphins instead mock the two families claiming that they're going to die and leave.
  • Incompetence, Inc.: Krusty builds a series of Krusty Burger restaurants on unmanned oil rigs. This is pretty much the Krusty Corporation's MO, mind you.
  • Horrible Camping Trip: What happened to the Flanderses and the Simpsons. The other Campers don't end quite as well.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Bart and Milhouse get thrown out of the arcade for running out of money, a hobo tells them that the two mustn't waste time, they should cherish it and seize the day...right before asking the two for change so he can get loaded.
  • I Have No Son: Homer's reaction when Bart liked a joke told by Flanders.
  • I Warned You: Everyone kept telling Krusty he was building his restaurant on an unmanned oil rig.
  • Like Father, Like Son: When Bart and Homer both realise that Homer just agreed to participate in the father-son river rafting trip with Bart, they both exclaim "D'oh!" simultaneously.
  • Never My Fault: While stranded at sea, Homer laments, "Why couldn't I be on one of the smart rafts?" Keep in my that it was Homer's irresponsibility that got them into this mess.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Subverted-Homer's antics get him, Bart, and the Flanderses separated from the rest of the rafts and drifting out to sea...but they also end up eventually finding a Krusty Burger on an offshore oil rig, where they're able to get food and be rescued. The rest of the campers, on the other hand, end up getting lost, stalked and seemingly killed in scenes that are Shout Outs to Deliverance and Friday the 13th.
  • Noodle Incident: Barney wakes up on a Greek ship wearing a navy uniform. He exclaims "not again".
  • The Nose Knows: Homer is able to guide the troop to the offshore Krusty Burger through thick fog by following the scent of hamburgers.
  • Organ Autonomy: When Homer gets disappointed that he found twenty dollars instead of his dropped last peanut, his brain argues that he can use the money to buy more peanuts. Later, when Homer reasons that he doesn't want to go on the father-son rafting trip with Bart and thus should answer yes when he asks, his brain points out that that's not how it works. Homer responds, "Shut up, brain, or I'll stab you with a Q-tip!"
  • Poetic Justice: Homer curses this trope when he taunts Bart about his Junior Camper activities, asking if he learned to "build crappy furniture out of useless wooden logs", only for his chair to collapse.
  • Police Are Useless: Chief Wiggum believes that Bart and Homer must be missing for at least a week before the police searches for them, and considers his checkers game against a dog more important. When the police finally attempt a search, it is delayed because Wiggum is concerned that their supply of cold cuts and beer is understocked and wants to go shopping first.
  • Rule of Funny: Triple-G-rated movies (the kids' version of triple-X-rated movies)
  • Ruptured Appendix: A man on a street suffers a severe case of this. Fortunately, Dr. Hibbert had his pocket knife, allowing him to perform a street operation and save the man's life, to the cheers of everyone present. Parodied, as the appendix literally explodes (i.e., like a stick of dynamite would after being lit) after Dr. Hibbert throws it.
  • Scout Out: The Junior Campers are not associated with the Boy Scouts of America, as the sign on their meeting room says.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Bart and Milhouse's song "Springfield, Springfield" is a parody of "New York, New York" from the musical On the Town. They even lampshade this by having a sailor join in, singing "New York, New York", to which Bart sends him in the right direction.
    • The scene where Hans Moleman draws out a knife and says: "You call that a knife, THIS is a knife" is a parody of a famous scene in Crocodile Dundee. The (nearly) blind man having a cane sword is a reference to Zatoichi.
    • The scene where Ernest Borgnine and the campers travel through the backwoods by boat, while mysterious people are hiding themselves behind the trees is a nod to Deliverance.
    • The scene where Ernest Borgnine and the campers are attacked near the campfire references Friday the 13th.
    • Homer misremembers The Rime of the Ancient Mariner when he argues against Ned's water rationing.
      Homer: Water, water, everywhere, so let's all have a drink!
  • Special Guest: Ernest Borgnine.
  • Take Our Word for It: The curse word written on the back of Milhouse's head. The only clue to how dirty it is was Principal Skinner's reaction upon reading it and the punishment ("I'm gonna shave you bald, young man, until you learn that hair is not a right; it's a privilege.")
  • Tempting Fate: When a seagull appears after Homer says he and the others are doomed, Ned explains that seagulls only go out to sea to die, ergo they must be near land. The seagull expires at that moment, and Homer revels in having one over Ned. Later, when Homer accidentally shoots down a plane with a flare, he reasons that when the pilot is rescued, the raft will be noticed as well. The plane that immediately rescues the pilot just carries on like the raft doesn't exist. Finally, dolphins swim up to the raft, and Ned assures everyone that they'll help those lost at sea like they always do, only for the dolphins to abandon them, leaving behind the subtitle, "You're all going to die."
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: For Bart, it's enlist on the Junior Campers while going through a sugar-based Mushroom Samba. For Barney, it was somehow end up on a Greek ship wearing a Greek sailor uniform while passed out on bags of baklava. For Milhouse, it was getting a dirty word shaved in the back of his head and punished for it by being shaved bald.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What happened to the other fathers that were going on the raft tour? Probably they were killed by the hillbillies.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Nelson stops laughing at Bart for being a Junior Camper after Bart points out that being a Junior Camper is what exempts him from taking a test.
  • Worst Aid: Dr. Hibbert not only cuts out a man's appendix in the middle of the street with just a pocket knife, but he doesn't even wipe the knife clean until afterwards. However, given that the appendix then exploded, this was probably prudent.
  • You Might Remember Me from...:invoked When Ernest Borgnine is introduced, he declares, "I'm sure you kids know me best as Sergeant "Fatso" Judson in From Here to Eternity."

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