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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.

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  • 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 brakes.
    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 stunt for a reality show. There was no murder and Homer was never going to be executed.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Upon hearing that the Screamapillar is sexually attracted to fire, Homer asks "Are you sure God didn't want it to die?"
  • False Confession: Homer claims to be solely responsible for the murder he knew 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, who 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.
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  • Heroic Sacrifice: When it looks like there's no way to get out of being executed, Homer claims responsibility for Mrs. Bellamy's murder to spare Marge from being executed so at least she can be with the kids and see them grow up.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass:
    • Mrs. Bellamy guilt trips and manipulates Homer and later Marge into acting as her unpaid servants.
    • Chief Wiggum refuses to even believe for a second that Homer and Marge are innocent and tries to force a confession out of them.
    • Patty & Selma, George Bush Sr and the Screamapillar show up so they can watch Homer be executed.
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    • The people who set up the reality show and put Homer and Marge through all their suffering for no reason.
  • Last-Minute Reprieve: Subverted. Just as they're about to execute Homer, the governor calls...to say that he hopes Homer is a twitcher.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: When Homer is talking to Carmen Electra.
    Carmen: ...Homer, my face is up here.
    Homer: (completely deadpan as he keeps staring at her cleavage) I've made my choice.
  • Noodle Incident: The two Fox reality game shows that Carmen Electra lists: "No Pants Island" and "Fart Date". One wonders about the concept of these two shows: the first is a little easier to theorize but what on Earth could "Fart Date" involve?
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Chief Wiggum wouldn't take the necklace as a bribe. Because he could steal it later from the evidence storage.
  • Selective Enforcement: Under the excuse of wanting to make a completely thorough search, Chief Wiggum insists on inspecting Marge's underwear. When shown Homer's, Wiggum decides to have a robot do it.
  • "Truman Show" Plot: Homer's murder trial turns out to be an elaborate reality TV hoax, which is only revealed when the switch is pulled on the electric chair.

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