Episode - 2F10
First Aired - 1/22/1995
During one of Marge's self-imposed, weekly family hours, the Simpsons are looking through the photo album. the kids notice that there are no photos of Maggie, and Lisa wonders why, leading to yet another flashback episode of how a Simpson child was born; this time, focusing on Homer quitting his job at the nuclear plant, getting hired at the bowling alley, and forced to go back to work at the nuclear plant after Marge discovers that she's pregnant again after a romantic evening celebrating their new debt-free life.
This episode contain examples of:
- Bait and Switch: At least three examples:
- After Homer quits his job and starts looking forward to his "dream job in paradise", we cut to Homer in what appears to be a tropical setting, complete with steel drum music. Then, he declares, "And now, the final phase of my plan," and it is revealed that he's actually at the bowling alley.
- When Patty and Selma make calls about Marge being pregnant, there is a time cut between their first and last calls, implying they've called many people. They then reveal that they've only called two people (those being the biggest gossips in town).
- When Homer decides to get a raise at the bowling alley:
Homer: That's it, I'm going to march right up to Al and say —
(Cut to Homer at the alley)
Homer: Steve! I mean, Al!
- Comically Missing the Point: Homer when the townspeople congratulate him for the new baby, which gets increasingly obvious.
Moe: Hey, Homer! Way to get Marge pregnant. (laughs)
Homer: This is getting very abstract, but thank you. I do enjoy working at the bowling alley.
- Crossing the Burnt Bridge: In addition to insulting and humiliating Mr. Burns, Homer literally burns a bridge when he quits his job at the plant.
- Did Not Think This Through: Homer quits before he's certain he can get another job.
- Exact Words: Patty and Selma promise not to tell Homer and don't— they just make sure the rest of the town knows by calling the two biggest gossips in town.
- Failed a Spot Check: Homer doesn't get why Marge keeps vomiting every morning and doesn't even realize she's pregnant until Maude Flanders tells Homer, "Congratulations on your new job" (referring to his new job working at the bowling alley).
- Hypocritical Humor: Homer celebrates quitting from the Power Plant and putting an end to "back-breaking labor" forever. He then gets a job at the bowling alley, which involves much more movement than his job at the plant ever did.
- Indulgent Fantasy Segue: Homer's flashback begins with him sitting as his workstation, and then suddenly the power cuts out.
Voice: "Attention American workers, your plant has been taken over by an all-star team of freelance terrorists."
Homer: "Not on my shift!"
- Kick the Dog: "Don't forget; you're here forever"*
- Pet the Dog: Homer changing the plaque to "Do it for her"
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: As Homer begins the Whole Episode Flashback: "Listen carefully and my words will shape images as clear as any TV show."
- Also Bart saying, "Dad, you can't expect us to sit here for 20 minutes straight," Lisa leaving to get a snack and maybe go to the bathroom during Homer's story, and Marge staying on the couch and imagining all the products she'd like to buy.
- Narrative Backpedaling: Not only did Homer's head not explode randomly, but his bottom's a little bigger.
- The trope was later subverted when Homer told the family about his failed attempt to attract customers. Homer shot a rifle in the air while shouting "Bowling here!" Lisa asked Marge to make him "tell the story right" and Marge explained "That's what really happened".
- Pursue the Dream Job: Homer pays off his debts and Homer quits his stressful job at the power plant, and starts working at the bowling alley, which was his long-time dream, apparently.
- Series Continuity Error: The two times Homer reacted to Marge being pregnant with Bart and Lisa were vastly different than what was shown on "I Married Marge"note and "Lisa's First Word."note .
- Trees Into Toothpicks: Homer wonders what happens to bowling pins after they get swept away. It turns out an automated assembly line throws out the used pins and makes new ones out of one fully-grown tree each.