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Recap / The Simpsons S13 E13 "The Old Man and the Key"

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Grampa dates an old woman who only likes him because he has a driver's license.

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  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Abe gives Zelda one after meeting up with her again in Branson.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • One would expect that Abe would drive all the way to Branson to get back Zelda's love. When the finally reunite, Abe tells Zelda that he hates her, and calls her a "hoochie".
    • When Abe, Zelda, Homer and Marge go to a drive-in for a double date, the brakes keep getting hit and one would expect Abe to be the one responsible for it. While Abe is the one driving the car, it's Homer who keeps hitting the brakes because he doesn't trust Abe to know when to do it.
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  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Abe uses "Woohoo!" multiple times in this episode.
  • Call-Back: Bart had previously visited Branson as part of his, Milhouse's, Martin's, and Nelson's road trip to the Knoxville World's Fair in Season 7's "Bart on the Road."
  • Enmity with an Object: For his license, Abe chooses a newspaper photo of him with the headline "Old Man Yells at Cloud". He then shows the license to the same cloud and says "How do you like that?"
  • Gold Digger: Zelda
  • Humiliation Conga: Abe publicly calls out on Zelda for only liking him for his license, and dumping him when Homer bans him from driving. He even gets the crowd to chant "Hoochie, Hoochie" to further twist the knife.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: In Bronson, Missouri, everyone looks and talks like Charles Bronson.
  • Just the Introduction to the Opposites: Abe acts like a wild teenager while Homer acts as the stern father.
    Homer: He has to learn the way my dad made me learn.
    Marge: He is your dad!
    Homer: (beat) Cosmic.
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  • Puff of Logic: Abe finds Tennessee Ernie Ford backstage and informs him that he's dead. When he shows Ford his own obituary, Ford suddenly crumbles into dust.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Abraham J. Simpson, you are never! Driving! Again! EVER!
  • Revenge: This is Abe's motivation for following Zelda to Branson.
  • Road Trip Plot: The third act has Abe and Bart drive thousands of miles to Branson to follow Zelda because Abe hates her, and wants to publicly humiliate her for being a hoochie.
  • Russian Reversal: Yakov Smirnov says "In Soviet Union, revue watches you!".
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  • Skewed Priorities: One of Los Souvenir Jaquitos refuses to take off his jacket even when it's on fire because he'd rather die than having people not knowing where he does his shopping.
  • The Voiceless: Gloria, Snake's girlfriend, doesn't speak this time due to Julia Louis-Dreyfus' absence.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: In the Brazilian dub, that's what Abe asks the cloud while showing it his license.


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