Recap / The Simpsons S 7 E 7 King Size Homer

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Episode - 3F05
First Aired - 11/5/1995

Homer 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.

Tropes:

  • An Aesop: Appearances do affect your social life and how everyone sees you.
  • Benevolent Boss: Mr. Burns, surprisingly enough. He happily leads his exercise sessions with his workers, and rewards Homer for preventing the explosion by helping him lose weight again.
  • 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.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Downplayed. Hibbert is disgusted by Homer's intentions and refuses to be a part of it, but he will recommend one who will.
  • 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 the release of toxic gas.
  • Kick the Dog: After Homer is publicly told he's too fat to be allowed in a movie theater:
    Wise Guy: Hey, fatty, I got a movie for ya: A Bridge Too Far A Fridge Too Far.
    [Everyone laughs]
  • 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.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The nuclear power plant tank can get shut down manually, but there's no guide rails for the narrow catwalk.
  • A Nuclear Error: The nuclear power plant nearly explodes, but Homer's fat ass saves the day.
  • Nutritional Nightmare: The stuff Homer eats during the Montage clearly count, products like Uncle Jim's County Fillin', Much Ado About Stuffing, Ham Ahoy, and Tubbb. (A commentary explained that the last one was the cream in Oreo cookies, sold as chip dip.)
  • Oh Crap!: Homer, when he sees the plant is about to explode.
    Homer: (nervously) Marge... Lisa... Flanders?
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Homer thinks he's come up short and has no food to eat, so Maggie offers him a Play Doh donut.
    • Burns agreeing to do whatever Homer wants in exchange for saving the plant.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Homer's trying to stop the tank from exploding, as the catwalk breaks under him. As he's dangling, he says "Wait a minute, there's probably a-", but is thrown into the air by some vented gas, before landing on top of the tank's release tube. How was Homer thinking of stopping the explosion?
  • Serious Business: After finding Homer hiding:
    Smithers: Huh, I've never seen someone so desperate to get out of ten minutes of calisthenics.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Homer's behavior throughout the episode.
    • Envy: Homer envies Charlie for working at home on disability after an injury.
    • Gluttony: Homer claims disability by becoming overweight, which involves excessive eating.
    • Greed: Homer stuffing his grocery cart with almost every item available.
    • Lust: Homer thinks Marge is more sexually attracted to his overweight self than before, but she reveals that she’s not.
    • Pride: Homer is proud of his obesity and staying at home.
    • Sloth: Homer goes for disability to avoid being in Mr. Burns' calisthenic regimes. But even while working at home, he gets lazy, setting up the drinking bird to press Y (yes) for him.
    • Wrath: When he finds the drinking bird fallen over and an explosion is imminent, Homer furiously strangles it until he realizes the situation was his fault.
  • Shout-Out: Bart's Imagine Spot of himself getting obese spoofs What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
  • Status Quo Is God: Parodied. At the end of the episode, Homer asks Mr. Burns to help him back to his old weight. However, hours later, Homer can't even do one sit-up, so Burns offers to pay for the liposuction.
  • Weight Woe: Inverted. But then played straight when Homer's girth makes it increasingly difficult to prevent the meltdown from occurring.
  • Wham Shot: The drinking bird fallen over and computer saying a meltdown will occur.

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