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Recap / The Simpsons S 21 E 1 Homer The Whopper

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The Comic Book Guy creates a comic book superhero called Everyman, which gets adapted into a blockbuster movie — with Homer as the leading mean.


  • Advice Backfire: When Homer's celebrity fitness trainer leaves, he tells Homer to remember what he taught him but Homer points out the trainer taught him that only people who can afford celebrity fitness trainers can be in shape.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Comic Book Guy's catchphrase, of all things. While it was used as a mundane line in several earlier episodes, it was this episode's Crowning Moment of Awesome.
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  • Executive Meddling: Parodied in universe, where executives push Everyman to be pretty much the exact opposite of Comic Book Guy's intended character, resulting in Development Hell and an inevitable box office flop.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The cinema has posters for Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Getting Rabies and Star Wars VII: The Apology.
  • Loophole Abuse: The executives want a physically fit man to play Everyman but are contractually bound to use Homer. They get around it by hiring a fitness trainer to put Homer in shape. It'd have worked if not for the fact the trainer wasn't paid to stick around long enough to keep Homer in shape until the film was finished.
  • Power Copying: Everyman is able to get the powers of the superhero whose comic book he touches.
  • Punny Name: In Comic Book Guy's comic, Everyman's civilian identity is Avery Mann.
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  • Revenge of the Sequel: Had Comic Book Guy given the movie a good review, he'd be allowed to direct a sequel titled Everyman 2: Rise of the Revenge.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Comic Book Guy refused to write a good review on the Everyman movie even after the executives offered to let him direct the planned sequel.
  • Shout-Out: The town of Gothamopolis
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In the movie, when someone commented to Everyman's civilian identity he's the only one in Gothamopolis who never saw Everyman, he said the only thing he was sure was the fact he was not Everyman.

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