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Recap / The Simpsons S13 E17 "Gump Roast"

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Original air date: 4/21/2002

Production code: DABF-12

In the last clip show of the series (thus far), Homer is honored at a Friars' Club Roast and Kang and Kodos crash the ceremony to find out if humanity is worth saving.

Tropes featured:

  • Bait-and-Switch: Kang and Kodos appear to be moved by Maggie's memories at first. However, they reveal that their "tears" were actually vomit.
  • Cassandra Truth: During the roast, Mr. Burns takes the podium to declare that Homer is a danger to Springfield. The audience doesn't take this seriously, thinking his claims are just part of the act.
    Mr. Burns: Why are you laughing? His bungling has shortened your lives and mutated your children!
    (the audience continues to laugh)
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  • Clip Show: The last proper one in the show's run. The writers now do Three Shorts episodes if they run out of good ideas for a full episode.
    Singer: (singing) Sorry for the clip show!
  • Continuity Nod: The Imperial March is once again used to introduce Mr. Burns.
  • Discredited Meme: In-Universe, the Springfield Police has been cracking down on people impersonating movie characters. Dr. Hibbert and Moe get arrested for dressing like and quoting Darth Vader and Austin Powers, respectively.
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X": When Mr. Burns presents the times Homer has caused trouble at the plant:
    Mr. Burns: Just look at all of his catastrophic nincompoopery!
    Carl: (laughing) "Poop."
  • Jumping the Shark: In-Universe. The end song features a bunch of crazy ideas mixed with mundane ones, and one of the crazy ideas is Homer literally jumping over a shark.
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  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Agnes, parodying Jennifer Lopez's outfit at the 2000 Grammy Awards. According to Sideshow Mel it is being held together by the collective will of every man in the room.
  • Noodle Incident: Kang was involved with Shannen Doherty at one point, and he doesn't want to talk about it.
  • Recycled Animation: The same sequence of Dr. Hibbert laughing, Nelson laughing, and Mr. Burns saying "Excellent", is reused a few times during the roast.
  • Shout-Out: Chief Wiggum calls Homer "Forrest Plump", and Moe and Hibbert are dressed like Austin Powers and Darth Vader.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Moe complains that Kang and Kodos are stealing his skit, including the helmet that reads Homer's mind (showing a crudely made helmet).
  • Visual Pun: One of the stills from "They'll Never Stop the Simpsons " has Homer jumping over a shark in waterskis. invoked
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  • We Didn't Start the Billy Joel Parodies: The end song "They'll Never Stop The Simpsons". So far, they seem to be right.