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Recap / The Simpsons S18 E15 "Rome-Old and Juli-Eh"

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Abe and Selma get married after Abe is kicked out of the retirement home due to Homer declaring bankruptcy (unaware that bankruptcy laws have changed). Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa wage war against a delivery company over boxes.


  • Age-Gap Romance: The episode evolves around the romance and marriage of Abe Simpson and Selma Bouvier, their ages separated by nearly four decades (she was in her forties, he was in his eighties). Their marriage didn't work out, due to Abe's senility leading to the ruination of their kitchen and Selma finding her new job as a department manager too stressful.
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  • Burger Fool: Homer's fantasy so he can kiss Patty without throwing up is Marge dressed as one of them.
  • Dashing Hispanic: Homer dons a Zorro-like costume and calls himself "Esteban de la Sexface." note 
  • House Amnesia: Subverted with this exchange:
    Abe: My roof, my rules!
    Homer: Oh, why did I borrow that roof from him?
  • House Husband: Initially, Abe wanted Selma to be a House Wife while he worked but his plans depended on him regaining his job at the now defunct PanAm so he tried to become the trope. Well, he tried.
  • Men Can't Keep House: Abe, albeit it's implied that, in his case, it's not because he's a man but because he's senile and out of touch with modern life.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, Homer replaced the house's roof with one he borrowed from Abe.
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  • Off-Model: The initial airing of this episode had some questionable animation in a few scenes. When the episode re-ran, these moments were cleaned up.
  • Reality Ensues: The result of Homer's attempt to make his car work the Flintstone way.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: Taken Up to Eleven in two scenes:
    • When Grampa and Selma are on their honeymoon, Grampa abruptly says, "I thought we were at the circus, Lisa!"
    • When Grampa is left home alone with Selma's daughter, he makes a mess of the kitchen by mixing up what the appliances do. For example, he sticks a VHS tape in the microwave and sets it for a "running time" of two hours.
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  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In an effort to break Selma and Abe up, Homer and Patty try to make it look as though Selma was caught kissing another man behind Abe’s back. To make the kissing more bearable for both of them (something that Patty acknowledges), they both imagine someone more appealing to them.
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  • Wishing Well: Discussed by Homer and the financial officer appointed by the bankruptcy court.
    Financial officer: Among the expenses the court deems frivolous, you throw over $1,000 a month into local wishing wells.
    Homer: Of course, you idiot, 'cause I'm wishing for more money!

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