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Recap / The Simpsons S 9 E 16 Dumbbell Indemnity

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Moe falls for a flower vendor named Renee, and commits insurance fraud (with help from Homer) so he can keep the money and the romance coming.


  • Art Imitates Art: Homer's drive in movie visit is a Shout-Out to iconic 1950's O. Winston Link photograph "Hotshot Eastbound" - hence the anachronistic steam locomotive pulling the train.
  • Bait-and-Switch: While Homer is in jail, Hans Moleman shows up with some books Homer can choose from. He picks up a book called "How To Tunnel Out Of Prison", says it could come in useful, and bashes Moleman over the head with it, knocking him out and allowing Homer to make his escape.
    • When Barney finds the bar in flames, the bar door is kicked open and Barney is seen in silhouette carrying two bulky shapes under his arms, implied to be Moe and Homer. Then it turns out he's actually carrying two kegs under his arms, which he promptly sets down before going back to save Moe and Homer (as well as a couple crates of beer).
  • Big Damn Heroes: After Homer and Moe passed out, Barney (who was in the washroom the entire time) saved them from the burning bar.
  • Easily Forgiven: Even though Moe broke the law by committing insurance fraud and landed Homer in jail as a result, Renee is forgiving because he is at least trying to set things right. Until he changes his mind and comes up with a Zany Scheme to fake their deaths so they can elope to Hawaii. Then she promptly walks out on him.
  • Epic Fail: Homer takes Moe out to a nightclub to meet women. Moe strikes out badly each time he approaches someone.
    • Homer tries jumping out of Moe's car, but immediately rolls into the car again.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: The movie Homer sees is Hail to the Chimp.
  • Falling-in-Love Montage: Renee and Moe's becoming closer and falling in love is shown in a montage. They go to the park, Moe buys her balloons (all of them, which makes some random kids cry); they go skating together (Moe gets run over by a horse-drawn carriage), and they ride on whales at the sea park while Holding Hands (and Moe's whale escapes with Moe still on its back). Set to "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees.
  • Flat Character: Renee. The writers admitted on the audio commentary that she has no real personality.
  • God Help Us All: Parodied by Chief Wiggum.
    Wiggum: Don't worry, boys. That car thief can't hold his breath forever.
    Lou: And if he can, chief?
    Wiggum: Then God have mercy on us all!
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  • Heel Realization: Moe has one when he is seized with guilt about the insurance fraud scheme that got Homer sent to jail, because instead of bailing Homer out as he was supposed to, he instead planned to go to Hawaii with Renee. This inspires him to confess the whole thing to her.
  • Hope Spot:
    Wiggum: We're sendin' you to the chair!
    [Homer gasps]
    Wiggum: The interrogation chair.
    [Homer exhales]
    Wiggum: Plug it in, boys!
  • Ignored Epiphany: Moe realizes he has to tell the police the truth to get Homer out of jail and that that's the right thing to do. Then he gets the idea to try a Zany Scheme that involves digging up two corpses and setting fire to the bar, which causes Renee to ditch him for good.
  • Mistaken for Gay: When Moe was trying to get enough courage to tell Renee the truth, she asked if he was gay. When he said he wasn't she asked if he was married and he asked why she said "gay" first.
  • Mood Whiplash: When Homer escapes from jail, he steals the book cart and rides it to the bar.
    "Must kill Moe. Whee! Must kill Moe. Whee!"
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Homer would have saved both he and Moe a lot of trouble if he just let Snake steal the latter's car. He realizes this as he's driving away. Homer makes this worse when he takes time out to go to the drive-in theater instead of parking the car on the train tracks.
  • Oh, Crap!: Homer when he tries to bail out of Moe's car, and ends up rolling back into it, when it's about to drop into the sea.
  • Puff of Logic: Homer's "ghost" appears to Moe to make him guilty. The trope is subverted during this exchange.
    Ghost: You killed me.
    Moe: You're not dead; you're just in jail.
    Ghost: Oh. [disappears, immediately comes back] Wait, I'm in jail because of you!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In need of money, Moe announces that he's officially collecting all owed tabs. The barflies immediately run for the exit.
  • Shout-Out: The title comes from Double Indemnity.
  • Skewed Priorities: Barney's reaction to finding the bar in flames and Moe and Homer passed out from smoke inhalation:
    Barney: [shocked] Moe! Homer! [looks at the bar] AAAGH! THE BOOZE!
  • Stop Saying That!: Homer overhears Moe speaking about Hawai'i.
    Moe: Hawai'i here we come! Ananakooli, Makawani, Ana-ona, Nanawula Wa, Hawai'i... ha.
    Homer: (overhearing) Hawai'i? What about Hawai'i? Moe? Who's going to Hawai'i?! Am I going to Hawai'i?
    (Chief Wiggum knocks on Homer's cell bars with a nightstick.)
    Chief Wiggum: Stop saying Hawai'i in there!
  • Trapped in a Sinking Car: Homer ends up trapped in Moe's car while trying to wreck it. He escapes, but is arrested.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Renee is just Moe's girlfriend, but it applies. The trope is deconstructed because Moe is fully aware that Renee is out of his league, which prompts him to spend money frivolously on her in order to preserve the relationship. This leads him to committing insurance fraud once it becomes clear he can no longer keep the cash flow going.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Moe's reaction to the barflies not wanting to pay their tabs.
    "Ya ungrateful ingrates!"
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Whatever happened with that water heater explosion at the beginning of the episode?
  • "You!" Exclamation: An angry Homer to Moe when Homer bursts through the door of Moe's as the bar catches fire.
  • Zany Scheme:
    • Moe wants Homer to wreck his car by parking it on train tracks. This fails due to reasons mentioned above.
    • Moe tries to get out of trouble for this mess by wanting to fake his and Renee's deaths and torching the bar. She walks out on him upon hearing this.


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