Recap / The Simpsons S 5 E 9 The Last Temptation Of Homer

Episode - 1F07
First Aired - 12/9/1993

Mindy Simmons, a sexy new employee at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant proves alarmingly compatible with Homer, who worries that his attraction to her may mean danger for his marriage. Meanwhile, Bart becomes a nerd after being fitted for glasses and prescribed medicated hair salve, orthopedic shoes, and throat spray that makes him sound like Jerry Lewis from the original version of The Nutty Professor.

This episode contains examples of:

  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Homer's guardian angel appears to him in the form of Isaac Newton, "a man you would respect and revere." When he realizes Homer has no idea who Newton is, he instead takes the form of Colonel Klink — which he really didn't want to do.
  • Animation Bump: Subtle, but the bellhop's disembodied eyeballs from the last joke of the episode exhibit a lot more squash-and-stretch activity. Justified, in that there's a lot less to draw.
  • Big Eater: Mindy loves to eat just as much as Homer, but she somehow avoided getting fat.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: Mindy does Homer's drooling sound.
  • Buffy Speak: When Dr. Hibbert turns Bart into a nerd:
    Bart: [In a Jerry Lewis-esque voice] Ay! I feel so much better, Mr. Medical-Science-Type-Person.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Mindy just vanished after Homer tells her that they can never be in love because he's a married man. While Wild Mass Guessing has suggested that Homer imagined Mindy as Marge so he can finally have sex with her, later episodes with Homer at the nuclear plant don't have Mindy Simmons at all, suggesting that Mindy left, Marge somehow found out where Homer was, and came down to cheer him up. "Another Simpsons Clip Show" from season six explained that Mindy was fired from her job at the plant after succumbing to alcoholism, but later episodes (such as "Team Homer"note  and "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson"note ) have Mindy clean and sober, suggesting that she either went to rehab and came back or the "Mindy drank herself out of the job" story was a rumor.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Homer's guardians angel shows Homer how terrible life would be if he married Mindy. He's incredibly rich, living in a mansion, and happy. Meanwhile, Marge is president (and her approval rating is soaring).
  • Contrived Coincidence: The doctors keep finding things wrong with Bart in an amusingly short time of each other. Then again, it could be chalked up to Bart's bad luck in this episode.
  • Cutting Corners: The Running Gag concerning the lack of safety at Springfield Nuclear Power Plant continues, with Homer and some of his friends discovering the hard way that the emergency exit doors are painted onto the walls.
  • Edited for Syndication:
    • Some footage of Bart trying to read the word "photosynthesis".
    • Homer seeing a documentary on the sex life of a Burmese melon fly.
    • The Reveal that the commercial Homer sees where a scantily-clad weightlifting woman exclaims "Just do it!" was actually a PSA about ringworms.
    • Mr. Burns reacting to Homer and Mindy charging room service to the company by releasing winged monkeys.
    • Bart's discarded orthopedic shoes ending up in the Flanders household.
    • A scene at the National Energy Convention where Hans Moleman's solar energy booth is hijacked for a fossil fuel display.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Lenny and Carl lament that with a woman around the office now, they'll no longer be able to pull their "boys will be boys" style of fun pranks. Homer chimes in that he'll no longer be able to "pee in the drinking fountain." Lenny and Carl's disappointment quickly turns to shock.
  • Fan Disservice: Invoked when Homer tries to Think Unsexy Thoughts. It then becomes Fanservice when he starts thinking of Mindy in a bikini.
  • For Want of a Nail: Homer is shown what would have happened if he married Mindy instead of Marge. Homer and Mindy live in a mansion and are apparently happy and Marge is president!
  • From Bad to Worse: Homer tries to get to know Mindy to prove his attraction to her is simply physical. Unfortunately, he learns she's basically his Distaff Counterpart (albeit a gorgeous one) and the two are perfect for each other.
  • Freudian Slippery Slope: Homer and Mindy have an awkward moment with each other in an elevator:
    Mindy: I guess we'll be going down together. I mean, getting off togeth— I mean...
    Homer: That's OK, I'll just push the button for the stimulator. I mean, elevator.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Homer's attraction to Mindy.
  • I Have This Friend: Homer attempts this, but the name he makes up happens to be the same one as a man sitting near by.
  • The Lad-ette: Mindy is essentially a female version of Homer (except she's slim and attractive). She loves drinking beer, watching TV and eating junk food. She also drives a motorbike.
  • The Last Title: The name of the episode.
  • Look Behind You: Homer does this to Lisa. She initially doesn't fall for it, until Homer tells her he's "100% completely serious".
  • Love at First Sight: Homer ends up hallucinating upon meeting Mindy for the first time.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Lisa, on hearing Homer singing about Mindy, suggests as an alternative that he's singing about a man named Mandy.
  • Overly Long Gag: The bellhop's numerous sound effect euphemisms for Homer and Mindy having sex. He (or at least his eyes) appears later when Homer and Marge are getting frisky to make the same sound effects, but Homer punches him.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Mr. Burns abducts Brazillian football teams that crash land on his property and make them work on his plant, he'll hire ducks to haul nuclear waste, but he won't hire women.
  • Recognition Failure: When the guardian angel appears in the guise of Isaac Newton Homer has no idea who he is?
  • Riddle for the Ages: How did the employees escape the gas that was threatening to kill them?
    Charlie: Well, sir, I won't bore you with the details of our miraculous escape...
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Homer hears this in his head when he lies to Lisa upon being caught singing about Mindy, telling her that he's in a Broadway musical.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: Homer and Mindy eat two ends of a hot dog and end up kissing each other, much like Lady and the Tramp.
  • Special Guest: Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz; Michelle Pfeiffer as Mindy Simmons; Werner Klemperer as Colonel Klink
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Both Mr. Burns and Dr. Hibbert use a suction tube on hapless victims. Marge is spared because she has insurance. also Homer and Mindy try to not react upon the attraction by thinking the same thing.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Homer, Lenny and Carl were moaning about the things he couldn't do at work with a woman around, Homer mention peeing on the drinking fountain. Noticing their reactions he lamely tried to deny he ever did that.
  • Shout-Out: Mr. Burns has winged monkeys. They can't fly.
    (Sighs) Continue the research
    • Homer imagines Mindy as Venus in the painting "The Birth of Venus" by Sandro Botticelli.
    • The angel showing Homer what life would be like if he would marry Mindy and leave Marge is a shout out to a similar scene in It's a Wonderful Life.
  • Sympathetic Almost-Adulterer: The commentary goes into some detail about how they were very careful to portray Homer and Mindy's attraction to each other as something that neither of them actually wanted, so both could be kept sympathetic.
  • Take That: A double-sided one where Homer and Mindy holding their own in the energy convention against anti-nuclear hecklers. On the heckler's side they make it perfectly clear they hate what Nuclear Power for what it's done in the world. Whilst on Homer and Mindy's side, they are just doing their job and refuse to take crap from the hecklers.
    Heckler #1: Thanks for poisoning the planet, bastards!
    Mindy: Get bent!!
    Heckler #2: NO MORE Chernobyls!!!
    Homer: GO TO HELL!!! -hits the heckler with an object he threw.-
    • The brief scene before it (which is often edited in syndication) where a fossil fuel goon beats up Hans Moleman and co-opts his wind energy stand.
  • Tempting Fate: Homer said he had no reason to worry about going with Mindy to a convention for as long as the two of them have no moment alone.
  • Think Unsexy Thoughts: The Trope Namer. When Homer ends up in an elevator with Mindy he tells himself to "think unsexy thoughts" and imagines first Patty and Selma wearing towels and shaving their legs in the bathroom, then Barney in a polka dot bikini drunkenly humming the theme to I Dream of Jeannie. It doesn't work, as Barney morphs into Mindy. Homer then snaps out of it and witnesses Mindy telling herself to "think unsexy thoughts".
  • Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: Homer and Mindy got stuck in one of these. Even worse, the elevator was so small that they were jammed together in physical contact. When thinking of unsexy things failed, Homer opted to jump out of the elevator...only to wind up outside sliding down the plant's smokestack.