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Episode - 1F21
First Aired - 5/12/1994
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Grampa Simpson falls for Grandma Bouvier...and then loses her to Mr. Burns. Meanwhile, Bart steals Homer's credit card to purchase an animation cel—and finds that the animation cel is a rip-off.


This episode contains examples of:

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Mr. Burns announces all employees who have found true love may leave work early. Homer and various others run for the exits, but one guy stands there sadly and lowers his head.
  • Artistic License – Law: Even if a patient is lying or otherwise wrong about their symptoms, paramedics will not be allowed to kick them out of an ambulance like they did to Grampa after he confused his feelings about being in love with a stroke; they would still have to take him to the hospital and have a doctor properly assess him. Of course this is just Played for Laughs.
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  • Art Shift: Homer imagines the kids as freaks with pink skin, no overbites and five fingers (a.k.a. more akin to real human beings).
  • Charlie Chaplin Shout-Out: Grandpa's bread roll dance is a shout-out to Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Bart uses Homer's credit card to buy something for $350. After getting the money from Mr. Burns, Bart confesses to him and hands him the money. Homer doesn't seem to understand it was to make up for a loss considering what he planned to spend the money on.
  • Crazy-Prepared: After Jacqueline accidentally swallows an engagement ring Burns placed in a glass of champagne, he simply produces a second one out of a soup tureen.
  • Disney Owns This Trope: Grandpa is stopped by lawyers for doing unauthorized homages to Charlie Chaplin (even though The Gold Rush is public domain) and Jimmy Durante.
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  • Double In-Law Marriage: Homer opposes the relationship between his father and Marge's mother, as a marriage between them would make he and Marge brother and sister (technically stepsiblings). He even thinks this would retroactively make their children inbred, and thus "horrible freaks with pink skin, no overbite, and five fingers on each hand!"
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Smithers does not take Mr. Burns' glee toward Jacqueline well at all.
  • "The Graduate" Homage Shot: When Abraham interrupts Mr. Burns and Mrs. Bouvier's wedding.
  • Identical Grandson: A photo of Jacqueline Bouvier being arrested for indecent exposure in her youth shows she was exactly identical to Marge.
  • Jumping Out of a Cake: The guys at the retirement home try to cheer up Grandpa with a stripper on a cake, but she apparently died while being wheeled out.
  • Logo Joke: Grampa rambles over the entire end credits, until finally piping down when the Gracie Films logo shushes him.
  • Mexican Standoff: Between Bart and Mr. Burns, with a pair of condiment guns.
  • Old-Timey Ankle Taboo: Jacqueline Bouvier recounts how she was arrested for wearing a Old-Timey Bathing Suit because it exposed her ankles.
  • Only Friend: During the wedding, the only guest on the groom's side is a German soldier from World War I. Barney ends up sitting on that side because there's no more room on the bride's side.
  • Pet the Dog: Mr. Burns is so thrilled with his new relationship that he lets all employees who have found true love leave work early.
  • Product Placement: Parodied when Grandpa Simpson and Grandma Bouvier demand that Bart and Lisa sing the "Armour Hot Dogs" jingle. When the Simpson/Bouvier families join in, Homer walks through the scene holding a sign saying "Please buy Armour Brand Hot Dogs".
  • Rambling Old Man Monologue: Happens over the end credits just as the lyrics wind down. It begins with Grandpa talking about taking a fancy to Jacqueline because her raspy voice reminded him of his old Victrola record player, and goes on to him rambling about lubricant before the Gracie Film logo shushes him.
  • Rattling Off Legal: When Roger Meyers Jr. guarantees that each Itchy & Scratchy cel will increase in value, an announcer quickly states, "Not a guarantee."
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Mr. Burns and Grandpa Simpson.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: Discussed; Bart said that Grampa's received RSVP to the wedding was instead a check to the gas company.
  • Serious Business: Again, Matlock for Grandpa Simpson, as well as Marge's mom (and most of the elderly people in Springfield).
  • Shout-Out:
    • To The Flintstones: Upon arriving at the Simpson household to court Grandma Bouvier, Mr. Burns is convinced by Smithers that Homer, Marge and Maggie must be, respectively, Fred, Wilma and Pebbles. After Mr. Burns gives Homer candy, Homer shouts "Yabba-Dabba-Doo!".
    • Abe does Charlie Chaplin's dancing potatoes bit from The Gold Rush. Later on, he borrows Jimmy Durante's catchphrase, "Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are", replacing "Bouvier" for "Calabash". In both instances, he is approached by lawyers who demand he put a stop to his unauthorized imitations.
    • Bart and Burns point guns at each other like Mr. White and Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs.
    • Abe interrupting the wedding and running away with the bride is an homage to the ending of The Graduate.
  • Skewed Priorities: When Nelson has an out-of-body experience at the Kwik-E-Mart (done to tell Bart, "Haw haw!" from afar), all Apu can think about is how it's bad for business.
  • Song Parody: "The Sound of Grampa", a parody of "The Sound of Silence".
  • Special Guest: Phil Hartman as Troy McClure.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Bart and Homer "accidentally" bumping into each other: Bart to get his father's wallet, Homer to get his son's slingshot.
  • Take a Third Option:
    Grampa: Mrs. Bouvier! Honey, are you sure you want to be Mrs. Montgomery Burns? Wouldn't you rather be Mrs. Abraham J. Simpson?
    Mrs. Bouvier: No.
    (Abe frowns in disappointment; a smirked Mr. Burns approaches)
    Mrs. Bouvier: I don't want to be either.
    Grampa: Hot-ziggity-zam! That's good enough for me!
  • Water Guns and Balloons: Bart uses two water guns filled with ketchup and mustard to threaten Mr. Burns when he goes on a date with Mrs. Bouvier. Burns tests Bart's willingness to go through with it, which costs him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Played for Laughs via Rule of Three: an attorney for Frank Sinatra, a golf course attendant and a delivery man all punch Bart in the nose (believing him to be Homer) for various indiscretions he committed. Even the episode's DVD commentary lampshades how the three men had no qualms about punching a child in the face.
  • You Wanna Get Sued?: Grampa gets stopped by a lawyer at different points in the episode whenever he tries to emulate other celebrities.

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