Episode - 3F05
First Aired - 11/5/1995Homer becomes morbidly obese so he can work from home and avoid the daily workout regimens implemented by Mr. Burns, but while Homer is living large, Marge and the rest of the family worry about Homer's health and how long he can keep up this scam.
- An Aesop: Appearances affect your social life and how everyone sees you.
- Big Eater: Homer. Even more than usual because he was under Back-Alley Doctor's orders (read: Dr. Nick's orders) to overeat so he can reach his weight goal.
- However, after finally gaining all the weight he wanted to, Homer isn't seen eating again until he hijacks an ice cream truck to get to the nuclear plant. Word of God deliberately avoided showing Homer eating after becoming extremely obese, to avoid making him unsympathetic if he was still shown eating so much.
- The Cake Is a Lie: Lisa tells Homer Marge baked him a cake to get him to go in the kitchen so Marge could discuss all the flaws with his plan. After the discussion ended, Homer asked for the cake.
- Chair Reveal: Parodied when after Bart tells Homer he'll help him gain weight, a pillow that was sitting by the fireplace turns around ala a swivel chair, revealing that Lisa was eavesdropping on their conversation.
- Fat Comic Relief: Homer, more obese than ever before, definitely falls in this trope.
- Gilligan Cut: After Lisa says that any doctor will disapprove of Homer's plan, Homer says "Oh, yeah, we'll see about that!" We immediately turn to Dr. Hibbert, who's so horrified he immediately refuses to help him. However, by Homer's request, he gives the name of a doctor that would help him, namely Dr. Nick.
- Imagine Spot: Bart imagines himself being morbidly obese, which leads to one of the series's most famous lines:Obese!Bart: "I wash myself with a rag on a stick."
- Irony: Discussed by Lisa and Bart. Lisa points out that it was ironic that Homer's weight saved the day, while a slimmer man would have died. Bart then adds that it's ironic that, for once, Homer's butt prevented (instead of caused) the release of toxic gas.
- Literal-Minded: When Homer turns on the workstation computer and is prompted to press any key, he starts looking for the "any" key. Feeling thirsty, he presses the Tab key, thinking the computer will somehow give him some Tab brand cola.
- Montage: Of Homer gaining weight.
- Never My Fault: When Homer first learned of the impending explosion, he started blaming his toy bird but he quickly gave in and realized it was his own fault.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Hank Azaria imitates the late Cary Grant when voicing the pig encouraging Homer to gain 61 pounds. This was the idea of the writers, who wanted the real Cary Grant to voice the pig, before realizing that he died years before this episode was made.
- A Nuclear Error: The nuclear power plant nearly explodes, but Homer's fat ass saves the day.
- Oh Crap!: Homer, when he sees the plant is about to explode.Homer: (nervously) Marge...Lisa...Flanders?
- Shout-Out: Bart's Imagine Spot of himself getting obese spoofs What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
- Weight Woe: Inverted. But then played straight when Homer's girth makes it increasingly difficult to prevent the meltdown from occurring.
- Wham Shot: The computer saying a meltdown will occur.