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The Most Cromulent Simpsons Episodes of All-Time: #12 Thursday, May 17, 2007

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Only 78 more sleeps until “The Simpsons Movie”!

In addition to today’s soon-to-be-mocked entry (you cold-hearted bastards), we’ll be doing a super-special liveblog of Episode #400, the big season finale that airs this Sunday the 20th, so come on back for that on Sunday night if you’ve got the stones.

But for now, let’s get to today’s entry in the Cromulent 20 which calls for mostly amused stares, a Homer Stupidity reading below 0 and light flurries of laughter.

Read entry 12. That’s its place. That place again is entry 12.


Mr. Plow

Written by Jon Vitti
Directed by Jim Reardon

Season 4, Episode 10
Originally aired November 19, 1992

20. Homer At The Bat
19. Hurricane Neddy
18. Homer Goes to College
17. Homer’s Enemy
16. The Cartridge Family
15. 22 Short Films About Springfield
14. Treehouse of Horror II
13. El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer
12. Mr. Plow

Episode Synopsis

Homer supplements his income by buying a snowplow. He enjoys much success as Mr. Plow until Barney the Plow King steals his thunder…er, driveways.

Why This Episode Is Particularly Cromulent

The jingle. Oh, the jingle.

The Linda Ronstadt(!) cameo is so bizarre it’s beautiful. Barney as Big Baby always makes me smile.

The Adam West cameo is an all-timer, especially with the slow camera angle movement in his monologue, and his total ridiculousness. The man knows camp.

Any time we get to remember Phil Hartman as Troy McClure is always a good day, and the first film of his “You may remember me…” schtick is one of my all-time faves. I mean, who *wouldn’t* want to watch “The Erotic Adventures of Hercules“?

The “McMahon & Tate” CK-like ad is spot-on and is sublime and I laugh every time I hear Crazy Vaclav yells “PUT IT IN H!!!”.

If the second half was as strong as the first, it’d be top 10 material, but as it is, it’s enough to make it to #12…

Notes and Observations

  • This episode was referenced in an episode of “The Family Guy”
  • Paraphrasing the Spanish Plow King song: “Mr. Plow is not a real man; he’s more of a drunk”
  • They waited to animate the George Bush bit in case he got re-elected (uhhh…he didn’t).
  • Bart getting peppered with snowballs is a direct reference to Sonny buying it in “Godfather”* — corrected – thanks, Alex.
  • I use Barney’s SAT prep line anytime I want to look smart, and Homer’s closing line anytime I want to look sexy.
  • Adam West, Elizabeth Taylor, Mr. T and Mick Jagger were guest stars the writers went particularly stupid for.

Memorable Quotes

Troy McClure - Carnival of the StarsTroy: Live! from Hawaii’s beautiful Malaki Island– we’re not just for lepers anymore! It’s “Carnival of the Stars”! I’m your host, Troy McClure. You may remember me from such films as “The Erotic Adventures of Hercules” and “Dial M for Murderousness

Homer: But Marge, Alan Thicke is throwing knives at Ricardo Montelban!

Insurance Agent: Now, before I give you the cheque, one more question. This place “Moe’s” you left just before the accident. This is a business of some kind?
Homer: <to himself>Don’t tell him you were at a bar…But what else is open at night?
It’s a pornography store. I was buying pornography.
<to himself> Heh heh heh. I woulda never thought of that.

Crazy Vaclav: She’ll go 300 hectares on a single tank of kerosene…Put it in H!

That’s not a crash test dummy…Fourth Reich Salesman: Our tireless safety engineers crash test over 1000 cars a year.
Lisa: Hey, wait. That’s not a dummy…
Fourth Reich Salesman: This exhibit is closed!

Homer: Adam West! Hey, kids! Batman!!
Lisa: Dad, that’s not the real Batman.
Adam West: Of course I’m the Batman. See, here’s a picture of me with Robin.
Bart: Who the hell is Robin?
Adam West: I suppose you’re only familiar with the new Batman movies. Michelle Pfeiffer? Ha! The only true Catwoman is Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, or Eartha Kitt. And I didn’t need molded plastic to improve my physique. Pure. West. And why doesn’t Batman dance anymore? Remember the Batusi?
Homer: Heh. Nice meetin’ ya…Just keep moving, don’t make eye contact…

Pure. West.

Pure. West.

George Bush: Homer, I’ve got to sneak these valuable artworks out of the White House, but I can’t get out of my driveway because of these protesters!


What to do about those dirty protesters…

Homer: Well, I really should discuss this with my wife.
Salesman: Your wife? <makes the whhhht-chhhh! imaginary whip noise>
Homer: What, you think I’m going to buy a $20,000 truck just because you make that noise?
Salesman: <whhhht-chhhh!> <whhhht-chhhh!> <whhhht-chhhh!>
Homer: I’ll take it!

OopsMarge: I can’t believe you bought that plow. We can’t afford it!
Homer: If you’re going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I’ll just have to stop doing stupid things!
Marge: Good!
Homer: Fine! I’ll never, ever, ever do another stupid thing. Good night!

Come back!Barney: 20% off at Lullabuy$…just tell ’em Big Baby sent you. I know you can hear me. I’m talkin’ to you.
Passerby: You sicken me.
Barney: Oh, well…at least I can’t sink any lower. Come back, diaper! Come back!
<goes around corner>”Hi, ma!”

Lisa: Dad, who’s watching TV at 3:17 in the morning?
Homer: Alcoholics, the unemployable, angry loners…

Call Mr. Plow…Homer: It may be on a lousy channel, but The Simpsons are on TV!
<his commercial plays>
Are you tired of having your hands cut off by snowblowers?
And the inevitable heart attacks that come with shoveling snow?
My prices are so low, you’ll think I suffered brain damage!
Call Mr. Plow! That’s my name! That name again is Mr. Plow!

Quimby: Mr. Plow, for making it possible for people to get where they’re going without resorting to public transportation or car-pooling, I give you the key to the city.

Homer: How could you, Barney? After all I’ve done for you…
<flashback to SAT prep>
Barney: “Lachrymose” is to “dyspeptic” as “ebullient” is to…”effervescent”.

Barney: So long, Superman! Your secret identity is safe with me!

Homer: Oh, you want the Mr. Plow who plows driveways. This is Tony Plow. You know, from “Leave it to Beaver”?…Yeah, they were gay.

Quimby: The torch has been passed to a new generation of snow plow people….c’mon, give me the key. These look like teeth marks…
Homer: I thought there was chocolate inside.

Our forecast calls for…Homer: Our forecast calls for flurries of passion followed by extended periods of gettin’ it on.


Briny goodness!

How could someone abuse their body that way? Moe! don’t throw out that brine!

Yep, just like a nice, big jar of brine on a hot summer day, this episode really refreshes…



1. larry burns - Thursday, May 17, 2007

i like this episode a lot, and the jingle is great. I have to re watch it because i don’t remember the bart getting pummled with snowballs.

2. DougOLis - Thursday, May 17, 2007

I’m unfamiliar with “The Family Guy,” what is this show?

This is definitely one of my favorite Simpsons episodes. The Mr. Plow jingle is a classic.

3. Alex - Thursday, May 17, 2007

Sonny was in Godfather II?

4. Baba Oje - Thursday, May 17, 2007

This is a really good episode. I’d probably put it top 5. But still behind softball.

5. Greek McPapadopoulos - Thursday, May 17, 2007

Pure. Greek.

6. cdnmoose - Friday, May 18, 2007

Oops. Of course, Alex.

I am not so SMRT.

In my own defence, I *was* drunk when I wrote this. It’s been corrected…(the movie, not my drunkenness)

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