- The Old Man and the Key
Infobox Simpsons episode
episode_name = The Old Man and the Key
image_caption= Grandpa Simpson with Zelda.
episode_no = 282
prod_code = DABF09
March 10, 2002
show runner =
couch_gag = The Simpsons run to the couch, only to find The
Blue Man Groupperforming. Homer mutters, “What the…”
Olympia Dukakisas Zelda Bill Salugaas Ray Jay Johnson
season = 13
"The Old Man and the Key" is the thirteenth episode of the thirteenth season of "
The Simpsons", and the first episode written by Jon Vitti since season seven's clip show episode, The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular.
When a beautiful new woman moves into his retirement home,
Grampa Simpsonis determined to win her love over the youthful owner of a minivan. After renewing his driver's license (which Patty quickly gave to him in return that he wouldn't wink at her again), Grampa convinces Homer to let him borrow the car to romance her. Although he impresses the new old gal, he crashes Homer’s car in a drag race, and thus loses his love to the competition.
When a younger man takes Grampa's new girl on a road trip, Grampa steals Marge's car and "kidnaps" Bart, taking him on the road to
Branson, Missourito win back the woman from the arms of the younger man. Ray Jay Johnson, Mr. T, Charo, Yakov Smirnoff, Charlie Callas, Bonnie Franklinand Adrian Zmedare the stars of the show in Branson they go to see. ( Tennessee Ernie Fordis backstage, but crumbles to dust when Grampa proves he's dead by showing the deceased actor his obituary.) Grampa calls out to his lady from on-stage, but then accuses her of only using him for his car, thoroughly dumping her before reconciling with Homer.
*Gloria, from "
A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love" earlier in the season, returns in this episode as Snake's girlfriend, while hosting the drag race, and says when he yanks down his girlfriend's tube top, the drag race begins.
*The title is a pun of "
The Old Man and the Sea"; like " The Old Man and the Lisa” (4F17) and “ The Old Man and The "C" Student" (AABF16).
*When Abe and Zelda take off on one of their dates, three old men with long beards imitate
ZZ Topas a short part of “ Sharp Dressed Man” is played.
closing creditsparody those of " The Beverly Hillbillies". At the end, Lisa says in a Southern accent, “This has been a Gracie Filmspresentation,” which parodies the line at the end of "The Beverly Hillbillies", “This has been a Filmwayspresentation.”
*This episode pokes fun at the
XFL. According to Marge, the XFL MVP was sweeping up toenails at the beauty parlor. Apparently, she breaks the news to Homer that there’s not going to be a new season. In truth, Tommy Maddox, the lone XFL MVP, was playing quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelersat the time of this episode. Additionally, Homer believes the "X" in XFL stands for "eXtreme". In actuality, the X never stood for anything.
*The drag race parodies a scene from "Grease".
*Grampa sings an altered version of “
Old Time Love” by The Rivingtonsto Zelda.
* The music in the beginning of the concert is the third movement of Frederick Chopin's Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35.
*On the way to Branson MO, the Simpsons stop at the fictional town of Bronson, Missouri. In Bronson all the inhabitants look and sound like
*When Homer asks if "Grampa" is Grandpa Munster, Marge answers, "No, Simpson!" This prompts Homer to stomp the ground like Herman Munster.
*When Homer salutes his sunken ship in "Scrabbseship," he says, "Semper Fi," which is short for Semper Fidelis (Latin for "Always faithful). This is the motto of the United States Marine Corps.
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