Episode - 3F06
First Aired - 11/19/1995
After faking his own death and getting the mistake cleared up at the town courthouse, Homer makes a discovery: his mother, Mona (who supposedly died when Homer was a kid), is still alive, but the joyous reunion (at the cemetery after Homer discovers that the grave that allegedly belonged to his mom is, in fact, the grave of writer Walt Whitman) is cut short when the FBI comes after Mona for something she did in the 1960s, which is connected to Mr. Burns and is why she abandoned Abe and Homer.
- Cool Old Lady: Bart likes Mona because she's a rebel and a fugitive; Lisa admires her strength and intellect.
- Downer Ending: Homer had to watch his mom walk out of his life again after keeping her from getting caught by Mr. Burns.
- Faking the Dead: Homer did it to get out of picking up garbage at a highway during a Burns-sponsored event.
- Noodle Incident: How did Homer and Bart get the 600 dollars for the dummy and what store did they get it from?
- Middle Child Syndrome:
(Homer is in the Springfield Hall of Records, trying to clarify that he's not dead)
Homer: I don't like your attitude, you water-cooler dictator. What do you have in that secret government file anyway? I have a right to read it.
Bureaucrat: (turns his monitor toward Homer) You sure do.
Homer: (reads) "Wife: Marjorie. Children: Bartholomew, Lisa" — aha! See, this thing is all screwed up! Who the heck is Margaret Simpson?
Bureaucrat: Uh, your youngest daughter.
Homer: (mocking him) "Uh, your youngest daughter."
- Mood Whiplash: The episode is full of this, with wacky scenes immediately followed by dramatic, emotional ones.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The FBI agents assigned to find Mona are Joe Friday and Bill Gannon. Harry Morgan reprised his role as Gannon.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Marge's first reaction upon learning she had a mother-in-law was commenting she couldn't live vicariously through her friends who do have in-laws.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "I! Hate! You! Walt! Freakin'! Whitman! Leaves of Grass my ass!"
- Rhetorical Question Blunder: Homer doesn't understand them. This example is even used at the top of the trope's page.
- Ride of the Valkyries: Mr. Burns plays it while assalting the Simpson home. However, Smithers had taped "Waterloo" by ABBA over it (Originally, it was supposed to be WHAM!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," but the producers couldn't get the rights to that song).