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Recap / The Simpsons S 3 E 20 Colonel Homer

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After an embarrassing night at the movies with Marge, Homer gets the chance to manage an aspiring country music singer, Lurleen Lumpkin, but has to fight off her seductive charms and his own feelings for her to stay true to Margenote .

This episode contains examples of:

  • Bar Brawl: There's one where the Jukebox is used as a weapon.
    Man 1: Hey you! Let's fight!
    Man 2: Them's fightin' words!
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Lurleen falls in love with Homer because he is the first man in her life who treats her with respect and genuinely cares for her.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Marge screams this to Homer for talking during the movie (and even give away the ending after figuring it out), humiliating Homer.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Marge for the entire episode. Luckily for her, Homer didn't feel the same about Lurleen.
  • Country Music: Lurleen Lumpkin is a country singer-songwriter in the Dolly Parton mold.
  • Death Glare: Marge gives a murderous one towards Lurleen during the recording of the single. Towards the end, when Lurleen sings "I've finally bagged me a Homer", Marge goes completely furious with hatred, and starts grinding her teeth.
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  • Hopeless Suitor: Lurleen quickly starts falling for Homer and it comes out in her song lyrics, but Homer remains oblivious. Then she makes an open attempt to seduce him with a seductive song called "Bunk with Me Tonight". Homer realizes that managing Lurleen could hurt his marriage, so he abruptly quits as her manager in the middle of a TV appearance and goes home.
  • Intercourse with You: Lurleen's song "Bunk With Me Tonight", which she wrote specifically to seduce Homer. He doesn't get it.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Marge assumes Homer is having an affair with Lurleen, and refuses to listen to his pleas that he's just trying to help her. It doesn't help that Lurleen flirts with him in front of her, giving Marge a reason to hate her at near-Yandere levels. And this was after Marge yelled at him in the theater, and Homer going out driving to cool off.
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  • Morton's Fork: Marge speaks with Patty on the phone, and tells her that Lurleen is one for the family. If she fails, the family is broke. If she succeeds, Marge will divorce Homer.
  • Never My Fault: Homer was angry at Marge for telling him to shut up, despite the fact that he was being his usual obnoxious self and talking during the movie.
    Homer: Stupid Marge tells me to shut up?
  • Oblivious to Love: Homer fails to notice that Lurleen is in love with him, even when she invites him to her trailer, and sings the highly suggestive song "Bunk with me Tonight" for him (according to DVD commentary, everyone thought Homer was being a jerkass in this episode, but Groening explains that Homer was just trying to help Lurleen out because he liked her songs and wanted to make money for his family — until he sees her true intentions):
    Homer: Oh, that's hot. There isn't a man alive who wouldn't get turned on by that. (stands up) Well, goodbye!
  • The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: Homer's new job as Lurleen Lumpkin's manager is driving him away from his family:
    Marge: You've got a wonderful family, Homer. Please don't forget it when you walk out that door tonight.
    [Homer leaves.]
    Bart: Much as I hate that man right now, you gotta love that suit.
  • Running Gag: Homer keeps holding his breath when he drives past nasty smells (a skunk, a fertilizer plant, a county dump, a sulfur mine, and forty miles of open sewers). At one point his face goes red before he has to breathe again.
    Homer: (exhales) Oh no! (inhales)
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Beer 'N' Brawl redneck bar is based on the bar in Urban Cowboy.
    • The title, as well as Homer himself, refer to Colonel Tom Parker, manager of Elvis Presley.
    • Coal Miner's Daughter: Many of the elements of the 1980 film, starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones and showing Loretta Lynn's real-life rise to stardom, are present. Lurleen is voiced by Beverly D'Angelo, who played Country legend Patsy Cline in that film.
    • Hee Haw: The TV show "Ya-Hoo," with its corny, countrified characters and country music.
    • The title of Lurleen's last song, "Stand By Your Manager" is a reference to Tammy Wynette's most famous single "Stand By Your Man".
    • Lenny, believing that singing to his bowling ball will improve his game, begins to sing the Carpenters version of "There's a Kind of Hush".
    • One of the movies featured at the Googolplex is "Ernest vs. the Pope".
  • Special Guest: Beverly D'Angelo as Lurleen Lumpkin.
  • Take That!: Homer explains to Marge about the most famous people in country music includes "the jerk in the cowboy hat" note  and "that dead lady".note 
  • Toilet Humour: At the end of act one:
    Homer: Hey, Lurleen? I gotta say something to you.
    Lurleen: I'm listening.
    Homer: Your song touched me in a way I've never felt before. And which way to the can?
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Marge, although her paranoia is understandable, she's very untrusting towards Homer and constantly nags and insults him throughout the episode until she gets what she wants. She refuses to listen to him, forces him to stay at home with his family, gives a Death Glare and gnarls her teeth in a live-recording out of hatred, and threatens to divorce him if he continues to see Lurleen.
  • Tranquil Fury: Homer quietly, but sternly drops off Marge and the kids and drive off into the night. He then quickly backs up when he realize Maggie is still inside, then drives away again.
    • Marge remains silent throughout Lurleen's recording, but at the end when the song is revealed to be a love song towards Homer, Marge beings to gnarl her teeth out of fury and hatred.
  • Unknown Rival: Marge hates Lurleen to near-Yandere levels, and wants her out of the family's lives out of fear she'll take Homer away from them. Lurleen mostly ignores her.
  • Versus Title: One of the movies at the Googolplex is "Ernest vs. the Pope".
  • X Days Since: The trailer park where Lurleen lives has a sign counting the days since the last tornado. The second time we see it, the number is lower.

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