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Homer's half-brother Herb Powell returns, but this time not as a successful businessman. After Homer wrecked his car company, Herb has become a bum, but with a little help from Maggie, he thinks he has come up with a shoo-in invention that will put him back on top.
Millhouse: Bart, I don't want you to see me cry.
Bart: Oh come on, I've seen you cry a million times. You cry when you scrape your knee, you cry when they're out of chocolate milk, you cry when you're doing long division and you have a remainder left over.
Lisa: Dad, what if I told you you could lose weight without dieting or lifting a finger?
Homer: I'd say you're a lying scumbag, why sweety?
Lisa: Arcording to Eternity Magazine, you can lose weight through subliminal learning. That's where an idea is subtly implanted in your head without you even knowing it.
Homer: Oh Lisa, that's a load of rich creamery butter.
Homer: I miss my couch.
Joe Frazier: I know how you feel, you lost the couch, I lost the heavyweight championship.
Homer: Pfft…Heavyweight Championship, there's like, three of those!
Homer: All right, Herb. I'll give you the money, but first you have to forgive me and treat me like a brother.
Homer: All right, then just give me the drinking bird.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Homer's multicolored 'journey' & his closeups are a reference to the 1968 science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick.
& Emmett Kelly
One of the bums (middle) in Herb's group is Charlie Chaplin's iconic persona, The Little Tramp
The clown on the left, appears to be a representation of Weary Willie
, the clown character created by Emmett Kelly
, Hands Across America
& The Fall of the Berlin Wall
During Homer's trip down memory lane regarding his couch, he reminisces about the TV show Dallas
and the revelation of who shot J.R. Ewing in 1980, the national Hands Across America
benefit on Sunday May 25, 1986 in which approximately 6.5 million people held hands in a human chain for fifteen minutes along a path across the continental U.S. & the Fall of the Berlin Wall
in November 1989 although he's bored with the event and turns on the TV show, Gomer Pyle