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Recap / The Simpsons S 12 E 15 Hungry Hungry Homer

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Homer, who has been on a Good Samaritan kick lately, goes on a hunger strike to protest the Springfield Isotopes being moved.


  • Affably Evil: The Springfield Isotopes executives.
    Marge: It's been a whole week. Why are you letting my husband die? What does that have to do with baseball?
    First executive: (cheerfully) Death is a part of baseball!
    Second executive: Oh yes, the main part.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Parodied—Cesar Chavez appears before Homer looking like Cesar Romero since Homer doesn't know what Cesar Chavez looks like.
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  • Audience Surrogate: Homer ends up being one during a point when having gone days without eating, he witnesses and hears the thousands of attendees in the stadium eating their food. Loudly. All at the same, exact time. Which drives him to ask, "Must they all chew so loudly?!"
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment:
    • When the Blockoland souvenir guy refuses to give Lisa the missing piece of her Eiffel Tower kit, Homer angrily shakes his fists and tells him there's something to make him remember Homer. Homer then opens his hand and shows a snow globe with his name and face.
    • When Homer confronts Mr. Duff over the latter's plan to move the Springfield Isotopes to Albuquerque, the latter shows a vial with what he claims to be a new addictive for Duff beer. Unlike what Homer understandably suspects, the memory-erasing drug comes from Duffman injecting him with a syringe.
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  • Berserk Button: Homer says he's fine with being called a liar when he's lying, or when he's about to lie, or when he's just finished lying. But not when he's telling the truth!
  • Bittersweet Ending: Homer finally exposes the plan to move the Isotopes to Albuquerque, and the Mayor of Albuquerque decides to give up trying to buy the team... in lieu of acquiring the Dallas Cowboys and making them play baseball.
    Mayor of Albuquerque: Looks like we'll have to steal some other baseball team. (to his aide) See what Dallas wants for the Cowboys.
    Aide: Uh, that's a football team, sir.invoked
    Mayor of Albuquerque: They'll play what I tell 'em to play. (walks to a window; menacingly) For I am the Mayor of Albuquerque!
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: When Sherri says that Bart is "a smelly, ugly dork", Homer retorts by saying "Ugly is such a smelly word."
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  • Blatant Lies: According to Duff Stadium's announcer, Homer's on a hunger strike until the Isotopes win the Pennant, not because of the plans to move the team to Albuquerque.
  • Built With LEGO: Or "Blocko", rather, regarding the theme park the family visits. Incidentally, Bart does actually say the word "LEGO" on the way home.
    Marge: Don't you mean Blocko shirt?
    Bart: Right, right. Blocko shirt.
  • Continuity Nod: Duffman asks Homer if he was once in a loony bin.
  • Conviction by Contradiction: Spoofed; when Homer points out that the Isotopes serve Southwestern-style hot dogs, everyone suddenly believes him. Apparently only sports arenas in the Southwest are allowed to do that.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The Isotopes have not won even one game since Howard K. Duff VIII has owned it; he's clearly trying to turn them into a disgrace on purpose to justify moving the team.
  • The Exit Is That Way: Homer finds out about the plans to move the Springfield Isotopes when he tries to leave Mr. Duff's office but opens the wrong door.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The concession stands in the stadium were already using "Albuquerque Isotopes"-branded wrappers on their hot dogs, but nobody noticed until Homer pointed it out to them.
  • Force Feeding: Marge is so used to cooking enough food to feed her gluttonous husband that when he goes on a hunger strike, she essentially forces her children to eat their fathers share instead of cooking less. When Bart complains he is full she pressures them to keep eating.
  • Good Samaritan: Homer, during the entire episode, the hunger strike being his Moment of Awesome as one.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Homer saying he's on a Good Samaritan kick "this week".
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Subverted; Howard K. Duff's injecting Homer with a knockout drug didn't quite work as well as he hoped it would.
    Homer: You know me, I'll be quirky. Wait a minute, "I'll be quirky"... Albuquerque!
  • Literal Metaphor: When asked if he's calling Homer a liar, the head of Duff Brewery says he has footage of Homer with his pants on fire. He's being literal.
  • Losing Horns: Homer returns to the Albuquerque Isotopes room with a group of reporters, only to discover that Duff had already removed the incriminating evidence. The only thing in there is a beatnik playing a mocking tune.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: By giving Homer a hot dog made with southwestern ingredients (and by using "Albuquerque Isotopes" wrappers), the plan to move the team finally gets exposed.
  • Not Hyperbole: The salon owner wasn't lying when he said he couldn't afford to streak Marge's hair. Homer goes over his books and finds out that the salon's profit margin is razor thin.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: When Homer brings the press to Mr. Duff's office to expose the moving plan, Duffman shows up wearing a press hat and a jacket while holding a notebook, claiming he's "Joel Duffman" of "The Newsly Times".
  • Shame If Something Happened: When trying to get a beauty parlor to honor his wife's coupon, Homer spies a hairnet and comments, "It would be a shame if it was hurled to the ground." However, it lands gently on the ground no matter how hard he throws it, so he resorts to unscrewing lids.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Duffman's The Dog Bites Back moment on Howard K. Duff is one to Return of the Jedi, with him looking between Homer and Duff, much like Vader did with Luke and the Emperor, before grabbing Duff and tossing him over the leftfield wall.
    • Bart finds Homer passed out on top of the doghouse, to which he says "Good grief."
  • Smash Cut: At one point, Homer is expressing doubt that a hair salon cannot afford to honor Marge's coupon. The very next scene is him crunching the salon's numbers with the owner, expressing surprise that the owner was telling the truth.
  • Special Guest: Howard K. Duff is voiced by Stacy Keach (from the first Cheech and Chong movie and played Christopher Titus' hard-assed father, Ken, on the sitcom Titus [which was in production at the time of this episode's premiere]).
  • Strike Episode: Homer goes on a hunger strike after he discovers that the owner of the Springfield Isotopes is trying to move the team to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Temporary Bulk Change:
    • A big part of the episode. Homer loses an unhealthy amount of weight over a period of days.
    • At home, the opposites to his kids—Bart, Lisa and Maggie all get fat from Marge getting them to eat Homer's share of the food while he's off doing his hunger strike. When Lisa questions, "Couldn't you just make less food, Mom?," Marge simply replies, "I don't do things that way, Lisa."
  • Tempting Fate: Homer tries to reassure his family the people he's protesting against won't let him starve to death. He's then shown a skeleton sitting next to a sign demanding them to clean the ladies' bathroom.
  • Title Drop: "Hungry Hungry Homer" is the name given to Homer when the Isotopes adopt him as a new attraction to the stadium.
  • The Cassandra: Nobody would believe Homer's claims about the Springfield Isotopes moving to Albuquerque until he pointed out that the hotdogs that were being served at the stadium were topped with popular southwestern ingredients. It also didn't help the Isotopes' case that the napkins had "Albuquerque Isotopes" written on them.
  • The Dog Bites Back: With Homer's incentive, Duffman turns against Howard and throws him out of the stadium.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: This is one of the few times that Homer's crazy stunts ends with success.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Paint Drinking Pete is dumb even by this show's standards—also, the stadium using napkins with "Albuquerque Isotopes" printed on them before the team has officially moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Waiting Skeleton: As Homer prepares to go on a hunger strike to protest the Isotopes' planned move to Albuquerque, he sees the skeleton of previous striker holding a sign reading "CLEAN THE LADIES ROOM".
  • What Would X Do?: "New feelings brewing in Duffman! What... would Jesus do?"

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