Recap / The Simpsons S 6 E 17 Homer Vs Patty And Selma
Homer is blackmailed by Patty and Selma after losing his mortgage money on a bad investment. Meanwhile, Bart is forced to sign up for ballet class after coming to school late on the day the kids pick their favorite sports to play in gym class, and a Russian ballet teacher (voiced by Susan Sarandon) convinces Bart to embrace the allegedly girly dance.

Tropes used in the episode

  • Bait-and-Switch:
    Homer: All right, thatís the last straw! Time to take out the trash! — But first, Iím gonna have to ask you to leave.
  • Bait-and-Switch: As Richard and Lewis rush to sign up for a sport for gym, Lewis says that if Bart and Milhouse miss out, it's T.S. for them. We then cut to the school's swimming pool and see that by "T.S." he meant Tethered Swimming, which consists of kids like Ralph having to swim while tied to the edge of the pool so they don't actually move.
  • Ballet Episode: Bart's storyline.
  • "Billy Elliot" Plot: Parodied, actually predating the trope namer by 5 years.
  • The Cameo: Mel Brooks appears as Homer's limo customer.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: Parodied when Homer wonders how to make some money and an ad for limo drivers appears on the TV.
    Homer: Good thing you turned on that TV, Lisa!
    Lisa: I didn't turn it on, I thought you did.
    Homer: Oh. Well, anyway, turn it off.
    Lisa: [beat] It is off. [ominous, X-Files-style music plays]
  • Comically Missing the Point: Homer thought Young Frankenstein was a serious horror movie.
  • Continuity Nod: During the gym class sign-up day, Lisa is seen in ice hockey gear. She previously did take up ice hockey nine episodes earlier in the season, in "Lisa On Ice".
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Patty and Selma both get very...excited when they apply the Fail stamp to Homer's chauffeur test, and immediately follow up with a cigarette.
  • Getting the Boot: After his secret is exposed to Marge, Homer tosses Patty and Selma out of the house in this manner. Amusingly, in-between throws, he accidentally throws Marge out; he brings her back inside before resuming the throws.
    Homer: I never want to see you again! You either.
  • Humble Pie: Patty and Selma get their's after Homer saves their promotions.
  • Hypocritical Humor: After Homer berates Marge for breaking a deal where she'd not have her sisters over after six o'clock if he stopped eating her lipstick, he turns around and removes lipstick stains from his teeth.
  • Jerkass: Patty and Selma really up the ante here, gloating about their success in front of Homer, blackmailing Homer about being in debt to them, revealing the debt to Marge anyways, and failing him on his chauffeur's test (until Homer has to save them from being fired for smoking in a government building).
  • Money to Burn: Parodied when Homer lights up a $5 bill to smoke a cigar to demonstrate his potential investment earnings. Then he realizes he's burning money, quickly extinguishes it, and adds it to the similarly singed bills already in his wallet.
    Lenny: Hey Homer, how come you got so much money to burn? Or singe, anyway.
  • Of Course I Smoke: Homer pretends to smoke to save Patty and Selma when they were caught smoking by their boss, claiming both their cigarettes as his.
  • Pink Is for Sissies: What the other boys think of ballet. When Bart reveals to the audience of his love for ballet, the other boys chase him out of the school, intending to beat him up.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Enforced on Bart when forced to take ballet classes. He soon finds out he has talent, and accepts ballet.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Homer goes into this big time regarding Patty and Selma.
    Marge: Try to be nice to my sisters. It's very hard on me to have you fighting all the time.
    Homer: Oh, OK Marge, I'll get along with them. Then, I will hug some snakes! Yes, I will hug and kiss some poisonous snakes! [Beat] Now that's sarcasm!
  • Shout-Out: Bart being told to "use the ballet", in a similar matter to "Use the Force"
  • Taking the Heat: When Patty and Selma are about to lose their promotions as punishment for smoking at their workplace, Homer helps them by telling their supervisor that he was the one who was smoking.note 
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Bart invokes this regarding Lisa after she gives him a heartwarming speech about his embracing of ballet and showing his sensitive side (after his failed attempt to escape from the bullies left him lying badly injured at the bottom of a ditch).
    Bart: Why'd she just leave me here when I clearly need medical attention?