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Recap / The Simpsons S 18 E 1 The Mook The Chef The Wife And Her Homer

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Lisa's new best friend, Michael, turns out to be the son of local Mafia boss, Fat Tony.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Abnormal Ammo: When the gangsters threaten Ned Flanders, Bart pulls out his slingshot... and loads it with the cat.
  • Big "NO!": Otto yells this when Principal Skinner suspends him for spanking Bart. With pay.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Mangiare, mi amici (literally "eat, my friends").
  • Blatant Lies: When Homer goes to Moe's to collect the 50 dollars Moe owes Fat Tony, Moe gets the money by making Homer pay his tab and right after that tells Homer that he's only got half the money. Homer is stupid enough to believe.
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  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: When Homer's line about Shark Tale being the greatest mob film of all time was translated for Brazilian viewers, it made Homer call the film by a literal translation of the title instead of the movie's Brazilian title.note 
  • Call-Back: Fat Tony having a son named Michael was first mentioned in "The Seven-Beer Snitch".
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • After a rocky start (see Blatant Lies above) Homer teaming up with Bart make a decent mafia leader.
    • Michael spends most of the episode being a fraidy cat of a child, but he uses his skill as a cook by pulling off a masterstroke of a Mafia assassination, by poisoning all of his father's enemies with the dinner he prepared.
  • Deadly Euphemism: Parodied.
    Fat Tony: The sit-down’s tonight? Again this Palm Pilot has failed to remind me! I believe this needs to be hot-synced. (Louie takes Palm Pilot and shoots it) What are you doing?!
    Louie: I thought you meant ‘hot-sync’ it. You know how it is with us, everything means kill!
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  • Expy: Fat Tony's son, Michael is an obvious one of Michael Corleone from The Godfather.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: The final scene has Michael and Lisa reenacting the final scene from The Godfather... except the door opens again on its own and we (and Lisa) see Michael is playing a board game inside of his office with his co-workers. Michael has to stop the game and walk to the door and close it again, and it is then that the episode cuts to credits.
  • Fell Off the Back of a Truck: The trope's page contains a picture of this episode.
    • Escalating Punchline: Homer brought a truck that "fell off a truck-truck". Later, Bart brought a truck-truck that "fell off a truck-truck...-truck". Then Maggie brought a truck-truck-truck.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: Upon finding out the boy he's picking on is Fat Tony's son, Nelson fearfully comes up with that excuse.
  • Off-Model: In one of the deleted scenes, Krusty's nose is briefly colored the same as the rest of his face instead of red like normal.
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  • Oh, Crap!: Nelson recoils when he discovers that Michael is Fat Tony's son.
  • Out of Character: Bart making fun of Otto for no reason comes off as this as they had always gotten along in previous episodes.
  • Ow My Bodypart: Krusty yelps about his schnoz, his punim, his pupik and his genechtagazoink as the mobsters beat him.
  • Pun-Based Title: The episode title is a pun on The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.
  • Shout-Out: The final scene is a parody of the last scene in The Godfather.
  • Turn in Your Badge: Otto turned in his beaded seat and his gun.
  • Violence Discretion Shot: Krusty's beating is accompanied by a cut to outside of the Krusty Burger.


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