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Context Recap / TheSimpsonsS13E19TheSweetestApu

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1Homer stumbles upon an illicit affair between Apu and his Squishee delivery girl, and when Manjula finds out too, Apu is made to go on a "12 Labors of Hercules"-style journey to forgiveness.˛˛!!Tropes featured:˛----˛* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Happens InUniverse with the Civil War reenactment, with lots of AnachronismStew and CriticalResearchFailure too.˛-->'''Homer:''' Hey Apu, in a Civil War reenactment we need lots of Indians to shoot!\˛'''Apu:''' ''({{beat}})'' I don't know which part of that sentence to correct first.˛* BackingAwaySlowly: Homer does this when he tries to return the dented keg and witnesses Apu and the squishee delivery girl having sex in the stockroom. He walks all the way back from the Kwik-e-mart to his house, where he falls asleep and dreams of himself backing away from Apu and the delivery girl again. He does this again in the last shot of the episode when Apu and Manjula reconcile and have sex. This time, he hops backwards on a ladder, presumably all the way home.˛* BaitAndSwitch: Homer tempts Barney, a recovering alcoholic, with some beer, saying one drink won't hurt. This sequence is deliberately set up to show Barney go on a drunken bender, not unlike what happened in "Deep Space Homer" (which was nonalcoholic champagne as well). When Barney finally drinks the beer... nothing happens.˛-->'''Barney:''' Oh... hey, you're right. I was afraid it would start me drinking again, but it didn't.\˛'''Homer:''' Mm-hmm.˛* BlatantLies: Homer's attempt to convince Apu the keg he bought already had dents. He merely wrote "This keg had dents" and signed as "Apoo".˛* BookEnd: Apu's infidelity is discovered by Homer and he backs out of the Kwik-E-Mart all the way home. The episode ends with him backing away from Apu and Manjula's apartment on a ladder after watching them in bed.˛* CallingYourAttacks: During the Civil War reenactment:˛-->'''Lenny:''' ''(holding rifle)'' Bang, bang!\˛'''Carl:''' ''(holding pistols)'' Pow, pow!\˛'''Moe:''' ''(holding tree branch)'' Hit with stick, hit with stick!˛* ContinuityNod: This is not [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E7TheTwoMrsNahasapeemapetilons the first time the family have tried to fix problems in Apu's life by having at least one of them pretend to be Ganesh.]] This attempt works about as well as the first one.˛* FreudianSlipperySlope˛-->'''Homer:''' The score is dirty love... I mean, thirty, love! I mean, anyone for penis?!... I'll just get the cock... shuttlecock!˛* GeniusBonus: Played with, Homer has a dream where he watches Apu in an India like setting with Annette. Apu tells him in annoyance "Avert your eyes eunuch." This causes Homer to scream himself awake, but then [[LateToThePunchline looks up the dictionary to find the definition of Eunuch, which causes him to scream loud enough]] to wake Marge. Anyone who knows what a eunuch is, would understand why [[ShareTheMalePain he screamed.]]˛* GilliganCut: Homer wants to tell Krusty about Apu cheating on Manjula. Marge asks what that would do, and Homer says that Krusty's reaction would be hilarious. SmashCut to Krusty:˛--> '''Krusty:''' ''(downbeat)'' That's sad. All those kids.\˛'''Homer:''' I think he's building to something.˛* {{Jerkass}}:˛** Apu for cheating on Manjula.˛** Manjula's anger at Apu for cheating is completely understandable. Her mocking him for attempting suicide? Not so understandable.˛** Marge meddles in Manjula and Apu's failing marriage and manipulating them into reconciling. ˛* OverlyLongGag: Homer backing away after seeing Apu and Annette lasts for nearly a full minute, with him walking all the way from the Kwik-E-Mart to home, then continuing after he falls asleep. ''[[BrickJoke Then]]'' [[BrickJoke it continues at the end of the episode after he sees Apu with Manjula]].˛* PietaPlagiarism: Homer does this [[ with a keg of beer]] after someone stabs a hole in it during the Civil War reenactment.˛-->'''Homer:''' This was supposed to be a mock battle! MOCK!!˛* ShoutOut: Part of the Civil War reenactment is a giant mechanical spider controlled by Professor Frink, spoofing ''Film/WildWildWest''.˛* TakeThat: On Apu's reincarnation chart, one of his past lives was a "clod" (Alfred E. Neumann from ''MAD'' magazine) and one of his future reincarnations is assistant to ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' executive producer, creator, and showrunner Creator/LorneMichaels.˛-->'''Apu:''' It is going to be a rough couple of lifetimes.˛* TimeTravelTenseTrouble: Apu seems to already know what he's going to become when he gets reincarnated, and he mentions it like it already happened.˛* YourCheatingHeart: After a bad morning with Manjula and the octuplets and flirting with the squishee lady, he has sex with the squishee lady at the Kwik-e-mart. Homer accidentally witnesses it and tells Marge. Manjula later finds out when she watches the surveillance tape.


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