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Encyclopedia > Homer and Apu
The Simpsons episode
"Homer and Apu"
Homer and Apu, upon arriving at, according to Apu, the world's first convenience store
Episode no. 94
Prod. code 1F10
Orig. airdate February 10, 1994
Show runner(s) David Mirkin
Written by Greg Daniels
Directed by Mark Kirkland
Chalkboard "I will not go near the kindergarten turtle"
Couch gag The family's heads pop out of the couch with Maggie's head popping up last in the middle of the couch.
Guest star(s) James Woods as himself
DVD
commentary
David Mirkin
Greg Daniels
Mark Kirkland
David Silverman
Season 5
September 30, 1993May 19, 1994
  1. Homer's Barbershop Quartet
  2. Cape Feare
  3. Homer Goes to College
  4. Rosebud
  5. Treehouse of Horror IV
  6. Marge on the Lam
  7. Bart's Inner Child
  8. Boy-Scoutz N the Hood
  9. The Last Temptation of Homer
  10. $pringfield
  11. Homer the Vigilante
  12. Bart Gets Famous
  13. Homer and Apu
  14. Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy
  15. Deep Space Homer
  16. Homer Loves Flanders
  17. Bart Gets an Elephant
  18. Burns' Heir
  19. Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song
  20. The Boy Who Knew Too Much
  21. Lady Bouvier's Lover
  22. Secrets of a Successful Marriage
List of all The Simpsons episodes

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Mark Kirkland is a director of episodes of The Simpsons. ... David Silverman (born on 15 March 1957 in New York City, New York) is an animator best known for directing numerous episodes of the animated TV series The Simpsons, where he would go on to be the supervising director of animation for several years, as well as animating on all... The Simpsons Season 5 DVD. The Simpsons 5th season (September 1993 - May 1994) began on September 30, 1993. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Homers Barbershop Quartet is the first episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... 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Homer the Vigilante is the eleventh episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Bart Gets Famous is the twelfth episode of The Simpsons fifth season, which originally aired on February 3, 1994. ... Lisa vs. ... Deep Space Homer is the fifteenth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Homer Loves Flanders is the sixteenth episode from the fifth season of The Simpsons. ... Bart Gets an Elephant is the seventeenth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Burns Heir is the eighteenth episode of The Simpsons fifth season, first aired on April 14, 1994. ... Sweet Seymour Skinners Baadasssss Song is the nineteenth episode of The Simpsons fifth season, first aired on April 28, 1994. ... The Boy Who Knew Too Much is the 20th episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Lady Bouviers Lover is the twenty-first episode of The Simpsons fifth season, which originally aired on May 12, 1994. ... Secrets of a Successful Marriage is the 22nd and final episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... 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Plot

Homer comforting Apu

Homer goes to the Kwik-E-Mart and buys some very spoiled ham (five years and four days past its expiry date) that Apu has just put on the Bargain Table ("Any Item 10¢"). He eats it, and becomes terribly ill. After recovering, Homer returns to the Kwik-E-Mart to complain angrily, and Apu gives him two five-pound buckets of spoiled shrimp to placate him. Once again, Homer takes it, eats it, and becomes terribly ill. This time, however, as he is recovering, Homer sees the investigative news program Bite Back with Kent Brockman, hosted by Channel 6 journalist Kent Brockman, and Lisa gives him the idea to get the show to investigate the Kwik-E-Mart. Kent gives Homer a giant novelty hat containing a spy camera to expose Apu for selling spoiled food. Caught in the act, Apu is immediately fired. He protests that he was simply following company policy with his actions, but company executives explain that policy also calls for some form of scapegoat to place the blame on, should someone get caught. Apu's replacement is actor James Woods, who is doing research for a role in an upcoming film. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Homer Simpson is also a character in the book and film The Day of the Locust. ... An exterior of a fictitious typical Kwik-E-Mart store. ... Ham with cloves Technically, ham is the thigh and rump of any animal that is slaughtered for meat, but the term is usually restricted to a cut of pork, the haunch of a pig or boar. ... APU may refer to: Anglia Polytechnic University, now known as Anglia Ruskin University. ... Superfamilies Alpheoidea Atyoidea Bresilioidea Campylonotoidea Crangonoidea Galatheacaridoidea Nematocarcinoidea Oplophoroidea Palaemonoidea Pandaloidea Pasiphaeoidea Procaridoidea Processoidea Psalidopodoidea Stylodactyloidea True shrimp are swimming, decapod crustaceans classified in the infraorder Caridea, found widely around the world in both fresh and salt water. ... Investigative journalism is a kind of journalism in which reporters deeply investigate a topic of interest, often involving crime, political corruption, or some other scandal. ... Kenton Kent Brockman, (nee Brockelstein), is a recurring fictional character from the animated TV series The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... Lisa Marie Simpson is a character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Yeardley Smith; Lisa is the only character Smith voices on a regular basis. ... A hidden camera is a still or video camera used to film people without their knowledge. ... An exposé is an article or book intended to reveal shocking or surprising information. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article contains a trivia section. ...


After being fired, Apu does chores for Homer because he thinks that he is in debt to Homer for selling him spoiled food, and helping him would pay off his debt of karma. As time goes by, the family begins to love Apu and his traditions. However, Apu begins to miss his job at the Kwik-E-Mart, so Homer decides to help him by accompanying him to the Kwik-E-Mart head office in India, which is also the world's first convenience store — ironically located all the way at the top of the Himalayas. Once they arrive, they meet with the head of the Kwik-E-Mart, a man in white drinking a Squishee with a sign behind him labeled, "The Master Knows All (except combination to safe)." Unfortunately, due to Homer's incompetence, the head of the Kwik-E-Mart does not help Apu with his problems, and Apu and Homer are forced to return home disappointed. Apu loses his temper and strangles Homer for his stupidity, causing both to fall off the mountain. For other uses, see Karma (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In the long running television animation The Simpsons, numerous fictional products or brands have featured, often reoccurring. ...


After they get home, Apu decides to return to the Kwik-E-Mart to "face his demons" (and to pick up a box of Lucky Charms for Marge), and a robber bursts in and shoots at James Woods. Apu jumps in front of the bullet, and the grateful Woods then sees to it that Apu gets his job back at the Kwik-E-Mart, while he goes off to battle aliens on a distant planet. The episode ends with the Simpson family hugging Apu as he recovers in the hospital.


Production

James Woods was one of animation director David Silverman's favorite guest stars. In addition to his humorous ad-libbing, Silverman noted that Woods tendency to hesitate while speaking is "great for animation", explaining that it makes the character feel "more real".[1] This article contains a trivia section. ... David Silverman (born on 15 March 1957 in New York City, New York) is an animator best known for directing numerous episodes of the animated TV series The Simpsons, where he would go on to be the supervising director of animation for several years, as well as animating on all...


Cultural references

  • Kent Brockman's Bite Back show is a parody of David Horowitz's Fight Back, and features an opening with a cartoon dog who resembles McGruff the Crime Dog.
  • The "No way man! Get yourself another patsy man!" line is from JFK.
  • The scenes of Homer and Apu travelling are similar to that of Lawrence of Arabia.
  • Lisa's line, "I can see through time," is a reference to Dune.
  • James Woods becoming a convenience store clerk for a movie is similar to Michael J. Fox becoming a cop in the movie from The Hard Way, in which Woods also starred.
  • The tide of cranberry juice resembles the pouring blood from The Shining.
  • Apu's song is a reference to Ravenal's song "Make Believe" in Kern and Hammerstein's musical Show Boat.
  • The scene with many passengers clinging outside of railroad cars resembles Flame Over India.
  • The scene with Apu jumping in front of James Woods is a parody of Clint Eastwood jumping in front of the president in In the Line of Fire.

David Horowitz (born June 30, 1937) is a well-known American consumer advocate and reporter whose Emmy-winning TV program Fight Back! would warn viewers about defective products, test advertised claims to see if they were true, and confront corporations about customer complaints. ... McGruff the Crime Dog McGruff the Crime Dog is an anthropomorphic cartoon bloodhound created for the National Crime Prevention Council for use by American police in building crime awareness among children. ... JFK is an American film directed by Oliver Stone, first released on December 20, 1991. ... Lawrence of Arabia is an award-winning 1962 film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. ... Dune is a 1984 science fiction film written and directed by David Lynch, based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. ... The Hard Way is a 1991 action-comedy film starring James Woods and Michael J. Fox and directed by John Badham. ... For other uses of this term, see Shining. ... Show Boat is a musical in two acts with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. One notable exception is the song Bill, which was originally written for Kern in 1918 by P. G. Wodehouse but reworked by Hammerstein for Show Boat, and two songs... Northwest Frontier is a 1959 British adventure film starring Kenneth More and Lauren Bacall. ... Clint Eastwood (born Clinton Eastwood, Jr. ... In the Line of Fire is a 1993 film about a psychopath who attempts to assassinate the President of the United States. ...

Trivia

  • Also starring Michael Carrington as the comedian on television.
  • When Apu is talking with James Woods, it is mentioned that Apu once ended up believing that he was a hummingbird after working for 96 straight hours. One of the Simpsons comics shows what happened during that time.
  • When Apu returns to the Kwik-E-Mart towards the end of the episode, he spots a sign taped to the side of the cash register: "Do Not Accept Checks From: Chief Wiggum, Reverend Lovejoy, Homer J. Simpson, Homer S. Simpson, H.J. Simpson, Homor Simpson, Homer J. Fong"; however, a few moments later, the front of the counter is revealed to have a sign posted which reads: "NO: Checks, Credit Cards, Food Stamps," thus insinuating that no matter how many times Homer changes his name, his check won't be accepted.
  • In the Indian Movie being watched by Apu and the Simpsons, the shirtless character that breaks in through the window is using swearwords common to both Hindi and Urdu. Their literal translations would be "Dog", "Bastard" and "Son of a Pig".

Michael Carrington is an American comic writer and voice actor best known for his work on the animated series The Simpsons. ... Hindi ( , Devanagari: or , IAST: , IPA: ), an Indo-European language spoken mainly in northern and central India, is one of the two official languages of India, the other being English. ... Urdu ( , , trans. ...

References

  1. ^ BBC Interview with David Silverman. Retrieved on 8/17/2007.

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