Episode - 7F17
First Aired - 3/28/1991
Grandpa falls in love with an old woman named Beatrice, but when his family forces him to miss her birthday (and returns to find that Bea died of a burst heart vesselnote
), he angrily blames Homer and disowns him, but Grampa's attitude changes when he inherits Bea's money and must come up with a way to use the money for the benefit of his fellow man.
Tropes in this episode:
- I Have No Son: Abe disowns Homer after robbing him Bea's final moments. He makes up with him out of encouragement from her ghost.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: When Abe first told the Simpsons about Beatrice, Homer thought she was imaginary.
- On One Condition: The lawyer reading Beatrice's will told Grandpa he'd have to spend a night in a haunted house to inherit her money. He was kidding.
- Something Completely Different: Not only is this one of the more dramatic episodes (akin to "Like Father, Like Klown," "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish," and "Bart vs. Thanksgiving"), but this episode (as of 2014 and barring the feature film) is the only one to list the voice actors with their characters in the closing credits (meaning, you actually get to see who Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer voice on the show).
- Special Guest: Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz and Plato; Audrey Meadows as Beatrice "Bea" Simmons
- Unexpected Inheritance: Abe didn't expect to inherit anything from Beatrice.
- Terrible Interviewees Montage: The people lined up with suggestions for what to do with Grampa's inheritance, one of which is The Joker from the Batman franchise. Professor Frink (the Jerry Lewis-esque Bungling Inventor) made his first appearance in this sequence.