The Fat and the Furriest

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"The Fat and the Furriest"
The Simpsons episode
Homer frightened by a fake bear at the nuclear power plant.
Episode no. 318
Prod. code EABF19
Orig. airdate November 30, 2003
Showrunner(s) Al Jean
Written by Joel H. Cohen
Directed by Matthew Nastuk
Couch gag In a parody of the opening of the 1960s sitcom, Get Smart!, Homer follows a red line down stairs, out of an elevator, through double-doors that open automatically, in an elevator and into an ascending door to the telephone box. He falls onto the couch with the family already there.
Guest star(s) Charles Napier as Grant Conor
DVD
commentary
Al Jean
Joel H. Cohen
Matt Selman
Tim Long
Tom Gammill
Mike B. Anderson
Valentina Garza

"The Fat and the Furriest" is the fifth episode of The Simpsons' fifteenth season, which originally aired November 30, 2003. The episode is about Homer fighting a bear.

Plot[edit]

Having bought Marge the same thing as Bart for Mother's Day Homer goes to Sprawl-Mart, and he buys her a "Kitchen Carnival" on the advice of Patty and Selma, a machine that produces cotton candy, caramel and deep fried things. Eventually Homer uses it to make a giant ball of deep-fried, caramel-covered, cotton candy. The ball is much too big for the family to eat, and it gets dirty. Finally Marge insists Homer should get rid of it. He takes it to the dump, and is confronted by a large, angry grizzly bear, from which he cowers. The bear eventually wanders off without attacking, apparently disgusted by Homer's tearful cowering. The incident becomes well known due to a nearby hunter with a camera.

Homer becomes a nervous wreck, hallucinating and seeing bears everywhere, like: Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear, Little Bear, even a crowbar-wielding Care Bear, etc. To make things worse, a tape was made of him cowering from the bear in the news, and his coworkers and Bart's friends make fun of him incessantly. Grampa tells him to confront his ursine assailant, and Homer eventually does so, contacting a hunter named Grant, who has revealed to place an electrical prod on the bear to exact his location. He then makes a suit of armor out of household junk. Refusing Marge's insistence that he not fight the bear, he sneaks out of the house, is joined by Bart, Lenny and Carl, and goes to fight the bear.

The four of them make camp in the woods. As his homemade armor is hot, Homer eventually takes it off and bathes in a stream, where he is again attacked by the bear. With Bart, Lenny and Carl dancing to the radio and paying no attention, the bear drags Homer to his cave. Deciding to die facing the bear as a man, Homer later discovers that the bear is only angry and hostile because of the painful electrical prod that Grant attached to his ear. To make sure of it, Homer takes the tag off the bear and tries it on himself, resulting in lot of pain before taking it off. Because of being freed from the electrical prod, the bear reverts to its friendly state, licking Homer and giving him a bear hug as a thanks.

Realizing this, Homer become friends with the bear. In the meantime, Marge and Lisa have discovered Homer, Bart, and the suit of armor missing, and Marge hires Grant to help track Homer down, though Lisa disapproves of Grant's methods to take down the bear. Homer decides to take the bear to a nearby wildlife refuge, but on the way, they are attacked by Grant and some other hunters. To ensure the bear's survival, Homer dresses the bear up in the homemade armor, which surprisingly resists the gunfire and allows the bear to reach the wildlife refuge — where he is promptly attacked by Stampy the elephant, but then fights back against him for good. It was then the whole family declares to be proud of Homer for his efforts of saving the bear from the hunters, to which he responds that he loves nature ("Circle of Life.").

Notes[edit]

In one scene, Grandpa shows Homer his own website - Oldcoot.com. The domain name is a real-life website owned by Samuel L. Bowman. Some fans of oldcoot.com suggested that Bowman sue The Simpsons, though Bowman ultimately decided not to pursue legal action, as it wasn't the "character of the company".

The creation of bear-proof armor after surviving a bear attack (but not Homer's public cowardice) was inspired by Troy Hurtubise whose story was told in the documentary Project Grizzly.[1]

Cultural references[edit]

The name title is a parody of the movie The Fast and the Furious as well as the 2001 film of the same name.

In the articles with bears can be seen a Snuggle bottle, Gummi bears bag, Teddy Grahams box, Winnie the Pooh, Super sugar crisp box and in Maggie's books she has The Bear Went Over the Mountain, The Berenstain Bears and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

The song in radio is Jarabe tapatio.

Also whilst sitting in the corner frightened, Homer is confronted by many Bear characters, such as Gummi Bears, Paddington Bear, a Care Bear and two bears wearing the Chicago Bears jersey and helmet.

In the scene where Homer makes his bear-fighting suit, the Survivor song Eye of the Tiger is heard.

The song that Lenny, Carl and Bart are singing and dancing to is Afternoon Delight by Starland Vocal Band.

In the shopping mall, they were showing a spoof of VeggieTales on TV with King Rameses depicted as a yam and Moses depicted as a pickle pleading "Let my pickles go."

References[edit]

  1. ^ "North Bay News and Weather on BayToday.ca". Baytoday.ca. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 

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