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Recap / The Simpsons S17 E11 "We're on the Road to D'ohwhere"

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Bart gets in trouble for setting off the steam pipes in the school. The punishment: time in a behavioral modification camp in Oregon. Unfortunately, Bart has been put on the "No Fly" list after unbuckling his seat belt before the plane to Atlanta could land, so Homer must sacrifice his Vegas trip (funded by Moe, who won a settlement from a company that makes the faulty rope he recently used in a suicide attempt) to take Bart to the camp. Meanwhile, Marge and Lisa clean house and hold a garage sale — and Marge inadvertently becomes a drug dealer when everyone begins buying the family's expired medication.


This episode provides examples of...

  • Bathroom Break-Out: While eating in a diner, Bart makes Homer think he's doing this to escape him, so he tries to follow him, only to get stuck in the window. Then Bart tells the chef that Homer's trying to do a dine and dash.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Homer Simpson, a creation of Matt Groening, is aware of and complains about the existence of Matt Groening.
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: In Homer's Imagine Spot of Vegas, everything he sees reminds him of Bart. He goes back to rescue Bart out of guilt.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Homer decided to take Bart with him to Las Vegas. Next time we hear from him, he explains that he got arrested.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Bart is absolutely relentless towards Homer, and even fakes being sad about being on the "No Fly List" and completely jackknifing his father's plans, claiming maybe this would finally be what turned him around. Then he's legitimately shocked when he puts his foot down and decided to drive him there himself, and for once was completely strict and focused on his driving (to the point where he shouts into his ear asking "fun Homer" to "fight back"). Considering how much he's messed with him and plenty of others with his pranks, and considering he's so inconsiderate of his father, to the point of referring to him always as "Homer", and never as "dad", he really should've planned on if-or-when he finally snapped.
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  • Disproportionate Retribution: Because of Bart unbuckling his seatbelt before his plane in Atlanta came to a complete stop, the pilot flew the plane back to Minneapolis before anyone could get off.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Combined with Lampshaded the Obscure Reference.
    Chief Wiggum: Save it, Ma Peddle.
    Lou: Ma Peddle?
    Chief Wiggum: It's a reference to Ma Kettle, a movie character from the 1940s.
    Lou: Chief, if you have to explain it, it's not very good.
  • Downer Ending: Marge is arrested for selling drugs and is being held in prison with $10,000 bail, while Homer took Bart to Vegas and is now in Nevada State Prison after getting into a fight with a pit boss while Bart ends up missing. Lisa and Maggie are the only ones left to fend for themselves and the episode ends with Lisa vowing to look for work in the morning. Fortunately, everything is back to normal by the beginning of the next episode.
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  • Frivolous Lawsuit: Moe sues a company that made a rope that broke when he was trying to hang himself.
  • Ghost in the Machine: We go inside Homer's head to see that the harsh and militaristic Serious Homer has locked up drunk, crazy Fun Homer and is threatening to murder him just like he murdered Intellectual Homer (which is one of many, many reasons why Homer is an idiot).
  • Gory Discretion Shot: While driving back to get Bart from the camp, we hear a loud thud followed by Homer screaming "Stupid horse! The sign says deer crossing!" and then the windshield of his car with streaks of blood on it.
  • Jerkass: Bart throughout much of the episode.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Bart points out to Homer that by driving him to a boys camp, he would unfortunately have to miss out on his trip to Las Vegas.
  • Mood-Swinger: Homer's car is hanging off the edge of a cliff. Bart goes outside and when he is about to push it in, Homer gets incredibly angry and gives him death threats. When he tips it closer to the ground, Homer acts nice to him, then resumes threatening him after Bart helps him. This continues for about a minute.
  • Mythology Gag: Homer mentions Oregon as being the birthplace of Matt Groening, and later accidentally destroys his birth home.
  • Noodle Incident: Homer's Skyward Scream is heard by Lenny, Carl, and Moe. Following this is a very loud, echoing "Ha ha!" from Nelson. Lenny comments that "Nelson saw something funny!", but it's never shown who or what Nelson is laughing at, especially if it's so funny that he laughs that loud.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Homer's reaction when he realizes that because Bart is on the "No Fly List", he would have to sacrifice his Las Vegas trip in order to drive him to camp.
    • When Marge tells someone on the other end of her door that she's out of drugs to sell, she has this reaction when she sees that Chief Wiggum is on the other side.
  • Overly-Long Gag:
    • Ned singing all the colors in the theme to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. To make it more excruciating, as he reaches the last color, he starts at the beginning again!
    • Bart tipping the car over the cliff, and Homer's mood swings.
  • Persona Non Grata: Bart's on the airport's 'No Fly' list because he unbuckled his seatbelt.
  • Pet the Dog: Bart has the chance to let the car fall off a cliff with Homer in it, but ultimately couldn't bring himself to do it despite Homer threatening to kill him.
    • Homer came as an Ungrateful Bastard at first by leaving Bart at the camp despite Bart saving him, but changed his mind and broke Bart out.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Apparently, Skinner now has a secretary named Myra and she seems on okay-ish terms with Bart, despite having never appeared before this episode.
  • Self-Deprecation: One of Homer's complaints about Oregon is being the birthplace of Matt Groening. Later on, while distracted, he mows down a shack with the sign "Birthplace of Matt Groening".
  • Shout-Out: The band plays (and eventually hums) the Futurama theme music.
  • Skyward Scream: Homer does a skyward "D'oh!" when he realizes he has to sacrifice his trip to Las Vegas to drive Bart to a boys camp. His friends hear it from the other side of town and get the hint that Homer's not coming with them.

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"Way More Fun Than Vegas"

After learning that Bart is on the airport's 'No Fly' list, Homer declares that he's driving Bart to a disciplinary camp personally, but as Bart points out, this means missing out on the trip to Vegas with his bar friends. Homer's frustrated yell is so loud that the gang could hear it from halfway across town.

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