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Recap / The Simpsons S 18 E 16 Homerazzi

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After selling a photo of Duffman dating Booberella (when Duffman is supposed to be in a committed homosexual relationship), Homer becomes a paparazzo and starts a war with the town celebrities.

This episode is not only notable for being one of the few latter-day episodes that can measure up to the older episodes of the 1990s, but for its Couch Gag (clocking in at nearly 2 minutes), in which Homer goes through human evolution just to reach the couch.

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  • Big "NO!": Bart when his mother puts a baby bonnet on him to restage his lost babyhood photos.
  • Brick Joke: When Homer takes photos of Paris Texan and Bart, the last one features her kissing Bart. Later, when Homer uses Moe's camera at a celebrity party, one of the photos features Paris kissing Milhouse.
  • Continuity Nod: The events of "Deep Space Homer" are recalled when Marge comments on the fact NASA sent him back to space to restage the experience.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Moe keeps a camera "to take secret photos in the ladies' toilet" but no dames ever show up at his bar so he decides to let Homer borrow it. As soon as Homer takes the camera away, two beautiful women show up and ask for the ladies' room because they need to trade bras and panties.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: When the family sees smoke coming out of their safe, Homer gives a surprisingly accurate guess on what's happening (Bart's Krusty Doll triggering the headlights of Lisa's car which overheats Homer's cologne causing it to soon explode), but the others dismiss it...until the safe does explode.
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  • Fantasy Twist: When told that he could be moderately wealthy, Homer imagines himself rolling on top of a couple of handfuls of money, saying "I'm almost rich! I can rent anything I want!"
  • Gave Up Too Soon: See Contrived Coincidence above.
  • Heel Realization: Homer realises what his paparazzi activities have been doing to the celebrities after listening to Lenny and Carl badmouth their favourite stars for trying to have a life instead of catering to their fans every whim.
  • Insult to Rocks/My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: Homer's failure to blow out the candles on his birthday cake prompts Lisa to point out that, even for an American, he's really out of shape. And to elaborate further, the candles on Homer's birthday cake weren't those trick candles that you can't blow out—they were candles that are supposedly easier to blow out than regular candles.
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  • Irony: Rainier Wolfcastle invites some of his fellow celebrities and comments that Krusty the Clown's email reply was the least funny. Justified because the reply included an attached photograph that didn't appear.
  • Jury Duty: One of the photos showing Homer in a bad light featured him burning his "jury duty" notice (even though he was on jury duty before in "The Boy Who Knew Too Much" and once told Bart on "Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie" that the best way to get out is to say you're prejudiced against all races).
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The last photo featuring Paris and Bart features her kissing him instead of hitting him with a plastic bottle.
  • Literal Metaphor:
    • When the editor of The Springfield Inquisitor said one of Homer's photographs had "Page one" written all over it, he meant it literally. Homer said he did that to remember what page he left off on for a book he was reading.
    • Also, Marge's speech about tasting one's own medicine led Homer to throwing away real medicine.
  • Noodle Incident: The fire department has apparently come to the Simpsons' home numerous times. One of the fires Homer caused was deliberate because he wanted to cover he had made a false alarm.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Bart's talking Krusty doll has a "mother-in-law" mode.
  • Oh, Crap!: Homer, Lisa, and Bart freak when the restaged photos are shredded by the lawnmower, believing they'll have to do them all over again. Fortunately, this time, Marge had duplicates made.
  • Plagiarism in Fiction: Marge wrote a script and Rainier Wolfcastle stole it, but Marge doesn't care, as the film got made either way. Also, the talking Krusty doll Bart had earlier in the episode had a "stolen jokes" mode.
  • Playing a Tree: Bart once played a mighty oak for a school play.
  • Tempting Fate: When the Simpsons' "Precious Memories" album is destroyed by fire, Lisa tries to comfort Marge by commenting that they can't "restage all our family photos". Upon seeing Marge's reaction, Bart accuses Lisa of dooming them all.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Homer does this to the celebrities after telling him he won't reveal the embarressing photo's he took of them, having finally realized that they have just as much of a right to privacy as regular people do.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Moe says this word-for-word when two beautiful women come into the bar asking to use the ladies' room to exchange bras and panties, just after he had given his Peeping Tom camera to Homer. He's so upset that he actually snaps the beer bottle he's holding in two.
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