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Recap / The Simpsons S 17 E 18 The Wettest Stories Ever Told

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When the Simpsons' plans for a nice family outing at the Frying Dutchman turn into a dining disaster, the family (and show writers) try to salvage the night by telling three tales of disasters at sea.


  • Anachronism Stew: During the Mutiny on the Bounty story, a native asks the Bounty's crew if Robert Fulton already invented the steamboat and someone tells her it won't take long.
  • Bad Boss: Capt. Bligh made a suggestion box out of the head of the subordinate who asked him to install a box (Martin Prince).
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  • Beyond the Impossible: In the third tale, Homer is able to sit on a toilet upside down. He justifies it by saying he has great ass suction.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Bligh threatens to make the turtle he's marooned on into soup if it doesn't swim faster.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: At the end of the Poseidon story, just when the survivors are about to rescued, the blowtorch from the rescue worker sets Sideshow Mel on fire. He even lampshades the irony.
  • Dirty Coward: Bligh seems to be one, as he mistreats the crew pretty every chance he gets, but the second his crew mutinies against him, he's obviously scared and at a loss for words.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Combined with Rule of Three
    1. Bligh severely mistreats the crew of the Bounty and sure enough, just as Willie predicted, they revolt against him.
    2. After Bligh and Willie are cast off in a boat, Willie revolts against him, taking the boat and leaving Bligh on a turtle.
    3. When he tries ordering the turtle he's on to swim faster, he dives down with an annoyed expression.
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  • Forgotten Framing Device: While the Simpsons are waiting for their meals at the Frying Dutchman, a seafood restaurant, Marge, Bart, and Homer each tell a story with a nautical theme. The episode ends at the end of Homer's story and we don't see the Simpsons at the conclusion of the story.
  • Ghost Pirates: At the end of the episode, the crew from the second segment appear and turn out to have become a skeleton crew (presumably as a Shout-Out to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl).
  • Historical In-Joke: The Moai heads are shown to be a guy named Lord Uglyface being dissatisfied with his likeness and demanding more statues until the sculptor gets it right.
  • Insult Backfire: When told that he eats dolphin boogers, Capt. Bligh shrugs and admits that it might happen when one eats dolphins as often as he does.
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  • I Warned You: Bligh is told by Willie after the crew mutinies that he warned Bligh it would happen. Bligh shrugs it off.
  • Jerkass: Bligh is a big one, as he is a Bad Boss and thus performs a Kick the Dog at every opportunity, and even after the crew mutinies, he's still a jerk to Willie, and even to the turtle he's left sitting on when Willie revolts against him.
  • Kick the Dog: Bligh does this to his crew by throwing away their mail from home, informing them the mail had cookies in it, rather bluntly informing Milhouse his father had died while baking said cookies, and whacking members of his crew with his cutlass when their singing of a sea shanty displeases him.
  • Knife Nut: An uncooperative octopus armed with knives (one in each tentacle) in the Frying Dutchman's kitchen sets the plot of the episode in motion.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For being a colossal jerk and a Bad Boss to the Bounty's crew, Captain Bligh is left adrift in a boat when the crew mutiny against him, and is left on a turtle when Willie mutinies against him. He presumably drowns when the turtle goes underwater when he dares it to.
  • New Year Has Come: The third story takes place during new year.
  • Off with His Head!: Offscreen example. When the Bounty's crew wanted a suggestion box, Bligh gave them one. It was made of the head of the one who suggested it, Martin Prince.
  • Oh, Crap!: Bligh, when he hears guns click behind him and realizes the crew are mutinying.
  • Tempting Fate: Capt. Bligh thinks his crew will never revolt. When he and Willie are left in a life boat, he dares Willie to revolt and it results in Capt. Blight being left on a turtle, which he dares to dive (it promptly does so).
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Bligh, marooned on a turtle after Willie mutinies against him, dares it to go underwater, and when it does, dares it to go deeper. We don't see the result but he presumably drowns.
    • Upon taking over the Bounty, Bart throws away the helm.
    • When Sideshow Mel was set on fire, he could have just jumped in the water to put it out, but instead he complains about the irony.

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