Recap: The Simpsons S 7 E 13 Two Bad Neighbors

Episode - 3F09
First Aired - 1/14/1996

During a neighborhood rummage sale, Homer sees a moving van at a vacant house across the street from his home and learns that the new neighbors are former President George H.W. Bush and ex-First Lady Barbara Bush, whom everyone (except Bart and Homer) welcomes with open arms.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Berserk Button: Homer's rights being violated by Bush after learning what happened to Bart...
    Homer: First Bush invades my home turf, then he takes my pals, then he makes fun of the way I talk... probably. Now he steals my right to raise a disobedient, smart-alecky son! Well, that's it!
  • Cool Old Lady: Barbara Bush is portrayed is being very tolerant, even amused at Bart Simpson's antics, unlike her husband, and forces Bush to apologize.
  • Disco Dan: Disco Stu makes his first appearance as the punchline to the fact that Homer's jacket said "Disco Stu" when it was supposed to say "Disco Stud".
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The cycle of revenge between Homer and Mr. Bush, all over Bush "stealing" Homer's rights.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Right after Bart accidentally shreds Bush's memoirs, a sliver of paper briefly flies in front of the screen with the words "V.P. Quayle...embarrassment."
  • Grumpy Old Man: George Bush, especially with Bart around.
  • Hands Go Down: When Bush gives a speech at the Elk Club with a rainbow wig glued to his head.
    Bush: Any questions?
    (all reporters put their hands up)
    Bush: Keeping in mind that I already explained about my hair.
    (reporters put their hands down)
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Apu sings an off-key version of Cheap Trick's "Dream Police".
  • The Klutz: Both Homer and Gerald Ford discover this as a point they have in common when they both trip simultaneously.
  • Not So Different: Between Homer and Bush (negatively). And also between Homer and Gerald Ford (positively).
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: This episode was based on one of the writers actually playing pranks on George H.W. Bush as a kid and wasn't meant to be a political attack on him. However, since George H.W. Bush and Barbara criticized The Simpsons during its early years for contributing to the alleged downfall of society, a lot of viewers have stated that this episode had political undertones.
  • Serious Business: Homer actually goes through his word in this one.
  • Smarter Than They Look: Homer and Bart coming up with ways to get at George Bush that must have taken a lot of skill and planning.
  • Shout-Out: The episode itself is one to the American version of Dennis the Menace.