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Episode - 1F07
First Aired - 12/9/1993
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Mindy Simmons, a sexy new employee at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant proves alarmingly compatible with Homer, who worries that his attraction to her may mean danger for his marriage. Meanwhile, Bart becomes a nerd after being fitted for glasses and prescribed medicated hair salve, orthopedic shoes, and throat spray that makes him sound like Jerry Lewis from the original version of The Nutty Professor.


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  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Homer's guardian angel appears to him in the form of Isaac Newton, "a man you would respect and revere." When he realizes Homer has no idea who Newton is, he instead takes the form of Colonel Klink — which he really didn't want to do.
    "COLONEL KLINK, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?"
  • Animation Bump: Subtle, but the bellhop's disembodied eyeballs from the last joke of the episode exhibit a lot more squash-and-stretch activity. Justified, in that there's a lot less to draw.
  • Bait-and-Switch: On realising they share a hotel room, Mindy tells Homer she has an idea, one which could get her and Homer into a lot of trouble. When Homer gets nervous and says they should fight their temptation, Mindy says (in a breathy voice) that they should "do it"... meaning call room service.
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  • Becoming the Mask: Homer's guardian angel reacts with genuine surprise when Homer tells him Hogan had tunnels around Stalag 13, forgetting he isn't really Colonel Klink.
  • Big Eater: Mindy loves to eat just as much as Homer, but she somehow avoids getting fat.
  • Bilingual Bonus: When Homer is trying to read the message on his hand which has been smeared by his sweat, he unknowingly chants a Japanese Buddhist mantra.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: Mindy does Homer's drooling sound.
    Homer and Mindy: Mmm...foot-long chili dog.
    • "Can't talk. Eating."
  • Brick Joke: The turkey behind the Capitol City hotel room bed and the creepy bellhop return in the final scene.
  • Buffy Speak: When Dr. Hibbert turns Bart into a nerd:
    Bart: [In a Jerry Lewis-esque voice] Ay! I feel so much better, Mr. Medical-Science-Type-Person.
  • The Burlesque of Venus: Homer briefly fantasizes Mindy Simmons as this, clamshell and all, with Carl and Lenny as a pair of cherub accompanying her.
    Cherub Lenny: Homer, what's the matter?
    Cherub Carl: Ain't you never seen a naked chick riding a clam before?
  • Butt-Monkey: Bart when he is forced to become a nerd. Even after returning to normal, he still gets beaten up.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: The final scene has this when Marge finds the turkey behind the bed and Homer turns the light off. Homer sings to Marge while only their eyes are visible in the pitch black, then the eyes of the bellhop appear and he starts making the same sex and animal noises he made earlier when showing Homer the room for the first time. Homer's eyes go angry and he punches the bellhop in the face, causing one of his eyes to disappear.
  • Celebrity Star: Mindy is voiced by Michelle Pfeiffer.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The doctors keep finding things wrong with Bart in an amusingly short time of each other. Then again, it could be chalked up to Bart's bad luck in this episode.
  • Cutting Corners: The Running Gag concerning the lack of safety at Springfield Nuclear Power Plant continues, with Homer and some of his friends discovering the hard way that the emergency exit doors are painted onto the walls. Burns also mentions that the uranium shields don't contain real lead!
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Mr Burns' response to someone charging room service to the company? Unleash the winged monkeys! Fortunately for Homer and Mindy, they can't fly.
    • There's also his act of sending Charlie to somewhere in North Africa simply for requesting a genuine emergency exit.
    • There's also his keeping a missing Brazilian soccer team as slave labour simply because their plane had the misfortune to crash on his property.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Lenny and Carl lament that with a woman around the office now, they'll no longer be able to pull their "boys will be boys" style of fun pranks. Homer chimes in that he'll no longer be able to "pee in the drinking fountain." Lenny and Carl's disappointment quickly turns to shock and disgust.
  • Fan Disservice: Invoked when Homer tries to Think Unsexy Thoughts. It then becomes Fanservice when he starts thinking of Mindy in a bikini and being blown a kiss.
  • For Want of a Nail: Homer is shown what would have happened if he married Mindy instead of Marge. Homer and Mindy live in a mansion and are apparently happy and Marge is president!
  • Freudian Slippery Slope: Homer and Mindy have an awkward moment with each other in an elevator:
    Mindy: I guess we'll be going down together. I mean, getting off togeth— I mean...
    Homer: That's OK, I'll just push the button for the stimulator. I mean, elevator.
  • From Bad to Worse: Homer tries to get to know Mindy to prove his attraction to her is simply physical. Unfortunately, he learns she's basically his Distaff Counterpart (albeit a gorgeous one) and the two are perfect for each other.
  • Fun with Acronyms: H.M.O. - Hibbert Moneymaking Organization.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Homer's attraction to Mindy.
  • I Have This Friend...: Homer attempts this, but the name he makes up happens to be the same one as a man sitting near by.
    Homer: You see, I have this friend called Joey... Jo-Jo... Junior... Shabadoo.
    Moe: That's the worst name I ever heard.
    (A man at the end of the bar gets up and runs out of the bar, crying)
    Barney: Hey, Joey Jo-Jo!
  • Inconvenient Attraction: Homer falls in love with Mindy, much to his chagrin. It is heavily implied that Mindy doesn't want to be attracted to Homer either. In the end, Homer ultimately chooses to stay faithful to Marge, which Mindy accepts—she leaves after sharing a kiss with Homer, and Marge later shows up to share a romantic evening with Homer.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: Hilariously subverted. Homer's guardian angel shows Homer how terrible life would be if he married Mindy. However, he's incredibly rich, living in a mansion, and he and Mindy are Happily Married. Meanwhile, Marge is the President of the United States of America (and her approval rating is soaring).
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Burns tells Smithers to throw a notepad at Charlie for suggesting a real emergency exit.
    • The bullies beat up Bart for "learning on his own" skateboarding, implying they were taught. And again even though he's no longer a nerd, they just want to beat him up.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Homer, on arriving at the hotel in Capitol City, starts stealing stuff from the hotel. Echoed by Mindy a moment later.
    Homer: Free mouthwash! Free shampoo! Free shower curtain!
  • Lack of Empathy: Everyone in the opening scene, starting with Homer apparently killing a man as a prank, and then with everyone else showing no real concern as the man beats desperately against the safety glass.
  • The Lad-ette: Mindy is essentially a female version of Homer (except she's slim and attractive). She loves drinking beer, watching TV and eating junk food. She also drives a motorbike.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For interrupting Homer and Marge at the end of the episode, Homer punches the bellhop in the eye.
  • The Last Title: The name of the episode.
  • Look Behind You: Homer does this to Lisa. She initially doesn't fall for it, until Homer tells her he's "100% completely serious".
  • Love at First Sight: Homer ends up hallucinating upon meeting Mindy for the first time.
  • Misfortune Cookie: While Homer and Mindy are having dinner at a Chinese restaurant, Homer gets a fortune cookie that says "You will find happiness with a new love". Then it turns out he would have gotten another that says "Stick with your wife" as all the fortune cookies come in one barrel.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Lisa, on hearing Homer singing about Mindy, suggests as an alternative that he's singing about a man named Mandy.
  • Noodle Incident: Homer and his buddies are in a situation where they are trapped in a room with toxic gases coming at them from all sides. We then cut to Mr. Burns' office with Charlie saying, "Well, sir, I won't bore you with the details of our miraculous escape..." It's subverted as we know how the men got in that mess (In fact, they caused it!).
  • Oh God, with the Verbing!: When Bart gets his throat sprayed, he begins to talk like Jerry Lewis in The Nutty Professor (1963).
    Bart: Hoy! Thanks, nice lady, my voice is crazy with the spraying already!
  • Overly Long Gag: The bellhop's numerous sound effect euphemisms for Homer and Mindy having sex. He (or at least his eyes) appears later when Homer and Marge are getting frisky to make the same sound effects, but Homer punches him.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Mr. Burns abducts Brazilian football teams that crash land on his property and make them work on his plant, he'll hire ducks to haul nuclear waste, but he won't hire women.
  • Recognition Failure: Homer's guardian angel appears to him in the guise of Newton, assuming that Homer would recognize him. Homer does not, so he transforms himself to Colonel Klink from Hogan's Heroes.
  • Riddle for the Ages: How did the employees escape the gas that was threatening to kill them?
    Charlie: Well, sir, I won't bore you with the details of our miraculous escape...
  • Rule of Funny: The end of the elevator scene, in so many ways.
  • Rule 63: Mindy is this to Homer, except that unlike him, in spite of her eating habits, she somehow manages to stay thin.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Homer hears this in his head when he lies to Lisa upon being caught singing about Mindy, telling her that he's in a Broadway musical.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: Homer and Mindy eat two ends of a hot dog and end up kissing each other, much like Lady and the Tramp.
  • Special Guest: Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz; Michelle Pfeiffer as Mindy Simmons; Werner Klemperer as Colonel Klink.
  • Spirit Advisor: Homer is faced with being attracted to another woman. A guardian angel of sorts tries to advise and first takes the form of Isaac Newton. As Homer has no idea who that is, his advisor then takes the form of Colonel Klink.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Both Mr. Burns and Dr. Hibbert use a suction tube on hapless victims (Marge is spared because she has insurance). Also, Homer and Mindy try to not react upon the attraction by thinking the same thing.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Mr. Burns has winged monkeys. They can't fly.
    • Homer imagines Mindy as Venus in the painting "The Birth of Venus" by Sandro Botticelli.
    • The angel showing Homer what life would be like if he would marry Mindy and leave Marge is a shout out to a similar scene in It's a Wonderful Life.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Homer, Lenny and Carl were moaning about the things he couldn't do at work with a woman around, Homer mention peeing on the drinking fountain. Noticing their reactions, he lamely tries to deny he ever did that.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: Or almost, at any rate. The commentary goes into some detail about how they were very careful to portray Homer and Mindy's attraction to each other as something that neither of them actually wanted, so both could be kept sympathetic.
  • Take That!:
    • A double-sided one where Homer and Mindy holding their own in the energy convention against anti-nuclear hecklers. On the heckler's side, they make it perfectly clear they hate nuclear power for what it's done in the world. Whilst on Homer and Mindy's side, they are just doing their job and refuse to take crap from the hecklers.
      Heckler #1: Thanks for poisoning the planet, bastards!
      Mindy: Get bent!
      Heckler #2: NO MORE CHERNOBYLS!
      Homer: GO TO HELL! (hits the heckler with a brick.)
    • The brief scene before it (which is often edited in syndication) where a fossil fuel goon beats up Hans Moleman and co-opts his wind energy stand.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • As they watch another co-worker get overwhelmed by poisonous gas, Carl assures everyone else that they're protected by the safety glass. The gas then effortlessly passes through the window.
    • Homer says he has no reason to worry about going with Mindy to a convention for as long as the two of them have no moment alone. Cue the two of them being declared "King and Queen of Energy", and given a romantic dinner alone at the sexiest restaurant in town, with no ability to opt out.
  • Think Unsexy Thoughts: The Trope Namer. When Homer ends up in an elevator with Mindy, he tells himself to "think unsexy thoughts" and imagines first Patty and Selma wearing towels and shaving their legs in the bathroom, then Barney in a polka dot bikini drunkenly humming the theme to I Dream of Jeannie. It doesn't work, as Barney morphs into Mindy. Homer then snaps out of it and witnesses Mindy telling herself to "think unsexy thoughts".
  • Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: Homer and Mindy get stuck in one of these. Even worse, the elevator is so small that they're jammed together in physical contact. When thinking of unsexy things fails, Homer opts to jump out of the elevator... only to wind up outside sliding down the plant's smokestack.

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