%% The quote is said by Homer during this exact moment.
[[caption-width-right:320:"What the ''hell'' is this thing?"]]
Episode - 4F22\\
First Aired - 9/21/1997

In this, the ninth season premiere, Homer's car is illegally parked (by Barney Gumble) in New York City next to the World Trade Center and Homer (who had a bad experience in NYC when he was a teenager) is forced to take his family there to retrieve it.
!!This episode contains examples of:
* AnswerCut: When Homer sits down on the hood of the car and tries to count how many hours he has to sit there, he asks, "Where's Lisa when you need her?" Cut to the subway, which the other Simpsons are riding.
* AnythingButThat: Barney becomes designated driver. He expected Duffman to show up, but not that night. He hears him coming, and realizes he'll miss out.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: When Homer reaches the top of the (original 2 WTC) South Tower, he discovers the men's restroom is out of order. He has to travel back down to the ground, run across the plaza and go up the (original 1 WTC) North Tower. When he gets to the summit, the North Tower's 360 ft. tall TV antenna is noticeably missing. It's worth noting because all other shots of the roof in this episode show it. This could also be considered a goof by the animators. Further, there were washrooms on the ground floor of both towers.
* AskAStupidQuestion: In Chinatown, Lisa sees dead rabbits hanging in a butcher's window and nervously asks Marge if they're dead.
* BadVibrations: The approaching Duffmobile makes the peanuts at Moe's bar shake.
* BaitAndSwitch: Homer asking for something to drink from the Khlav Kalash Vendor.
-->'''Homer:''' Now, what do you have to wash that awful taste out of my mouth?
-->'''Vendor:''' Mountain Dew or Crab Juice.
-->'''Homer:''' ''(groans)'' Blecch! Oh, geez... I'll take a Crab Juice.
* BigNo: When Barney realizes he's picked the black rotten pickled egg, thereby becoming the designated driver.
* TheBigRottenApple: Homer visited New York during TheSeventies. A pickpocket stole his wallet, a police officer stole his suitcase, a pigeon stole his hot dog, Creator/WoodyAllen dumped garbage on his head, and he got chased through the streets by an angry pimp until he fell in a sewer.
-->'''Homer:''': ... and that's when the [[Film/{{CHUD}} C.H.U.D.s]] came at me.
-->'''Marge:''': Oh Homer, of course you'll have a bad impression of New York if you only focus on the pimps and the C.H.U.D.s.
* BrainBleach: Inverted when Bart sees what ''really'' goes on at ''Magazine/{{MAD}}''.
-->'''Bart:''' ''[dreamily]'' Wow! I'll never wash these eyes again.
* ButtMonkey: Homer Simpson puts up with ridiculous amounts of abuse in New York, with the rest of the family oblivious to his suffering. This happened to him the last time, where he got robbed of everything, chased by a pimp, and fell into a sewer where he was attacked by C.H.U.D.s. His subsequent time in New York is still pretty painful.
* TheCameo: In the flashback, Homer gets Creator/WoodyAllen's trash on his head.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sphere "The Sphere"]] sculpture (which used to sit in the Austin J. Tobin Plaza) makes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it [[http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/File:Homer_WTC.jpg appearance]] when Homer sees his car get ticketed from the men's restroom in the North Tower.
** Bart visits the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' office and sees the magazine's mascot Alfred E. Neuman in real life.
* CaptainObvious: Homer points out to Barney that he selected the black pickled egg.
-->'''Homer:''' You got the black one.
* CompetitionCouponMadness: Barney did this offscreen, resulting in Duffman's debut.
* CryingWolf: The owner of the Chinatown fireworks store when the fireworks start going off: "Oh, no! Chinese fire drill! Serious this time!"
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Homer drinks several cans of crab juice to wash the taste of Khlav Kalash out of his mouth, then he realizes he has to go to the bathroom, [[PottyEmergency badly]], and can't leave his car. He lampshades it while doing a PottyDance: "Why did I drink all that crab juice?".
* DrivesLikeCrazy: When he starts trying to drive out of New York, Homer doesn't treat the car too well. He tries driving out of the plaza with the boot still attached, before driving down pathways and through a picnic in Central Park to meet up with the others, honking the horn the whole time.
* EyeScream: As Homer rushes to the bathroom, he throws a woman out of his way so he can get in ahead of her, and she says she hopes someone stabs him in the eye.
* ForeignQueasine: "Khlav kalash."
* GaveUpTooSoon: Homer tries to hold off his PottyEmergency so he can stay with his car, but can't hold it in anymore and goes to both towers to relieve himself. He ends up getting his car another ticket.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: An unintentional one, but during Homer's attempt to bite off the car boot, he shouts out what sounds like: "[[https://youtu.be/eG4OZQrM9pY?t=6s Come on off, you motherf***er!]]"
* HypocriticalHumor: When Homer butts in front of a woman, she says, "How frightfully rude! I certainly hope someone stabs him in the eye!".
* ImagineSpot: After Homer sees a city bus with the destination of Flushing Meadows (a public park in Queens), he thinks of it as a big field with numerous toilets all flushing several times.
* IncomingHam: "Are you ready... to get... DUFFED!!!"
* JawDrop: Bart upon seeing Alfred E. Neuman and the antics going on at ''Magazine/{{MAD}}''.
* {{Jerkass}}: Fans usually point to this episode as the first one where Homer is an unsympathetic lout compared to his bumbling self. Partially justified, as last time he went to New York, he had a terrible time and now has his car ticketed and booted.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The celeb in the musical "Kickin' It!" is inspired by Creator/RobertDowneyJr, who had serious drug issues that led to numerous arrests at the time this episode was made.
* NoSympathy: The rest of the family believe Homer is overreacting from his bad memories of New York and insist they go. The fact they have a thoroughly pleasant and carefree time compared to Homer didn't help.
* OhCrap:
** Homer has one after he drinks too much crab juice and realizes he has to go to the bathroom, but can't leave his car until Officer Steve Grabowski gets there.
** The Chinatown fireworks store owner when the fireworks start going off.
** Homer when he gets to the men's room in the South Tower and finds it's out of order.
** Homer again when after he finally gets to the men's room in the North Tower, he looks down and sees Officer Steve Grabowski at his car.
* PlanetOfSteves: If the Parking Violations Bureau hotline is any indication, every officer there is named "Steve" something.
* PottyDance: Homer does one as he asks himself: "[[DidntThinkThisThrough Why did I drink all that crab juice]]?".
* PottyEmergency: Homer has a self-inflicted one after he drank too much crab juice. A mailman stopped him from going between some mailboxes, and while waiting for Officer Steve Grabowski to arrive, he sits awfully uncomfortably for a while before rushing up to the top of the South Tower, only to find the men's room is out of order. He rides back down to the ground, runs into the North Tower, and makes it to the men's room there in time, moaning loudly in relief for a good half-minute.
* RealityEnsues:
** Drinking 17 cans of ''anything'', let alone crab juice, will give most people a PottyEmergency.
** Homer tries to remove the boot on his car with a jackhammer. He ends up damaging the car even more, breaking the windows through the force of the vibrations and filling the car with holes when he misses. At least, the boot eventually comes off.
* RuleOfFunny: There ''were'' restrooms at the World Trade Center plaza on the ground floor, making Homer's PottyEmergency a complete waste of time (for both him and his bladder).
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: This episode features a play where a judge says he should send the defendant somewhere he can't hurt or maim people but, since they live in L.A. and the defendant is rich and famous, he'll be sent to the Betty Ford clinic instead.
* ShoutOut: Carl, Lenny, and Homer get drunk, and sing "The Macarena" in the car.
* ShownTheirWork: It took a lot from the animators, but they got New York right. Except for some scenes involving the World Trade Center. The Twin Towers stood at an angle from each other, not parallel, and there are moments where they are either at an angle or parallel.
* SkywardScream: When Homer is in the North Tower taking a whiz, he sees his car get another ticket. He then unleashes a "D'OH!" the entire city can hear.
* SoundtrackDissonance: While Homer is trying to escape New York, "Everything is Beautiful" starts playing on the car radio. Homer kicks the radio in response.
* TakeThat: See BaitAndSwitch.
* VacationEpisode: The Simpsons travel to New York City.
* WhatADrag: As Homer is driving his car slowly on a street in Manhattan (due to the car boot still being attached to the left front tire), a taxi driver passes him and is dragging a bicyclist underneath the rear bumper.
-->'''Taxi Driver:''' ''[to Homer]'' Get off the road, ''ya'' freakin' maniac!
-->'''Bicyclist:''' Yeah, ya jackass!
-->'''Homer:''' Shut up, shut up! SHUT UP!
* TheWorstSeatInTheHouse: One unlucky lady who sat behind Marge during a Broadway production couldn't see a thing, and after some impatient movement, she finally gave up on seeing anything.