Recap: The Simpsons S 6 E 12 Homer The Great

Episode - 2F09
First Aired - 1/8/1995

After noticing that his buddies Lenny and Carl are privy to a lot of perks, Homer spies on them — and discovers that they're part of a Freemasons-esque secret society called "The Stonecutters."

This episode contains examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: The Stonecutters are a parody of the Illuminati.
  • A God Am I: Homer's attitude after becoming The Chosen One.
    Homer: I've always wondered if there was a god, and now I know there is — and it's me.
    • Subverted when Homer grows bored with all the stuff he gets, and decides to use his power over the Stonecutters for charity... only for them to misinterpret his good intentions as a poorly-disguised excuse to perpetuate that trope.
  • An Aesop: Homer learns two of them. The main one being Lonely at the Top, and the secondary one No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Grandpa: "I'm an Elk, a Mason, a Communist, I'm the president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance for some reason..."
  • Bait and Switch: When Homer accidentally intrudes upon a meeting between the Stonecutters while attempting to spy on them, the Stonecutters onimously declare that he must pay "the ultimate price", implying that they intend to kill him to maintain their secrecy... only to anticlimatically throw him out of their hideout.
  • Brick Joke: The "No Homers" club.
  • Chirping Crickets: Happens when Homer tells the Stonecutters that they should dedicate themselves to helping the less fortunate.
  • Exact Words / One Steve Limit: The "No Homers" wouldn't let Homer Simpson in because they already had somebody else named Homer.
  • Foreshadowing: Moe was in the process of explaining to Homer about The Chosen One, only for Homer to stop caring. Funny too, since he is The Chosen One.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Homer mentions he's been excluded all his life, even having a flashback to an example in his childhood. Marge uses this trope by name. Bart, passing by, uses this as an excuse to attack Lisa.
  • Initiation Ceremony:
    Homer: This club better be worth it!
  • Irony: The Stonecutters start growing sick of Chosen One Homer when they misinterpret his having them do charity as an excuse to make them thralls and think he's become a mad dictator.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: During this episode's blackboard gag, Bart writes that saying you're just joking doesn't justify insulting the principal.
  • Loophole Abuse: When the Stonecutters realized Homer would still rule their lives for as long as they were Stonecutters, they became "No Homers".
  • Not Helping Your Case: When Homer ruins the Stonecutters' parchment, he pleads them not to kick him out, claiming he learned his lesson. However, he subsequently punches the parchment as he exclaims, "I've... learned... my... les-son!"
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Subverted: All they like to do is party.
  • Putting A Hand Over Her Mouth: Bart does this to Lisa under Homer's order when she, once again, annoys him with her pointless lectures.
  • Secret Circle of Secrets: The Stonecutters is a secret organization where nevertheless quite a lot of Springfieldians are member of. Even Steve Guttenberg, Mr. T, Jack Nicholson, an alien who kind of looks like Kif from Futurama, and George H.W. Bush are apparently Stonecutters.
  • Secret Handshake: Homer reveals himself as a Stonecutter to the Stern Lecture plumber this way.
  • Special Guest: Patrick Stewart as "Number One"
  • Start My Own: Not wanting to be ruled by Homer, the Stonecutters leave him and start another organization.
  • Tempting Fate: When Homer follows Lenny and Carl to a Stonecutter meeting, he sits upon their hideout's skylight, giggling, "I can see everything and they're none the wiser!" Then the skylight shatters and he falls in.
  • The Illuminati
  • You Are Number Six: All the members of the Stonecutters have numbers depending on their initiation. The Stonecutters' leader is known as Number 1. As numbers 12 and 14 respectively, Lenny and Carl outrank Mr. Burns, who's number 29. Homer is initiated as number 908.