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Recap / The Simpsons S13 E21 "The Frying Game"

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After getting in trouble for almost killing a rare caterpillar, Homer and Marge are sentenced to community service where they must help an elderly woman in her home. When she ends up dead, Homer and Marge are charged with murder.

Tropes:

  • Bavarian Fire Drill: As it turns out, "cover for me" is indeed one of the most important lines in life, as even Mr. Burns will comply when it is said.
  • Cavemen vs. Astronauts Debate:
    Lenny: If you ask me, Muhammad Ali in his prime was much better than anti-lock breaks.
    Carl: What about Johnny Mathis versus Diet Pepsi?
    Moe: Oh, I cannot listen to this again!
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  • Deus ex Machina: The whole thing turned out to be a reality show. There was no murder and Homer was never going to be executed.
  • False Confession: Homer claims to be solely responsible for the murder he known he didn't do so that Marge can go free. However, he then asks her to do the same for him, thinking that would get them both off the hook.
  • Full-Body Disguise: This is how Carmen Electra passed herself off as the elderly woman Mrs. Bellamy that was supposedly killed.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: After Homer thinks he killed the Screamapillar by accident, this trope comes into play; the devil Homer says he should just bury the Screamapillar and no one will know, but the angel Homer just childishly says he'll tell, so the devil Homer impales him with his pitchfork.
  • Irish Priest: One visits Marge and Homer to comfort them before their execution, until Marge points out they're not Catholic. He then leaves, but crosses paths with Reverend Lovejoy, who is on his way to visit Homer and Marge. They get into a fight, forcing the guards to restrain them.
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