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|"The Fat and the Furriest"|
|The Simpsons episode|
|Episode no.||Season 15|
|Directed by||Matthew Nastuk|
|Written by||Joel H. Cohen|
|Original air date||November 30, 2003|
Charles Napier as Grant Conor
|Chalkboard gag||I do not have a cereal named after me|
|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.|
Joel H. Cohen
Mike B. Anderson
Homer goes to Sprawl-Mart, and he buys Marge a "Kitchen Carnival", a machine that houses a cotton candy maker, a vat of liquid caramel, and a deep fryer. Eventually Homer uses it to make a giant ball of deep-fried, caramel-covered, cotton candy. When it becomes too dirty and inedible, Marge orders him to take it to the dump. While there, he is confronted by a large grizzly bear, from whom he cowers. The bear eventually wanders off without attacking, annoyed 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 like Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear, Smokey Bear, the Snuggle Bear, Teddy Grahams, the Chicago Bears, and an "Intensive Care Bear." To add insult to injury, the hunter's tape is shown on the news, and Homer is mocked by many. Homer hires the hunter, named Grant, to assist him in confronting the animal. Homer makes a near-useless suit of armor: despite Marge's objections, Bart, Lenny and Carl join him as they start on their quest.
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 the bear's ear. To make sure of it, Homer takes the tag off the bear and tries it on himself, resulting in a lot of pain before taking it off. Because of being freed from the electrical prod, the bear reverts to his friendly state, licking Homer and giving him a bear hug as a thanks.
Realizing this, Homer becomes 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 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 is 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.
The title is a parody of the 2001 movie 'The Fast and the Furious.
After Homer returns home after the incident with the bear, Homer frightened by the fact that bears appear in various household items, such as Snuggle, Gummy bears, Teddy Grahams and Super sugar crisp cereal, as well as in books such as The Bear Went Over the Mountain, The Berenstain Bears and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Whilst sitting in the corner frighten by this revelation, Homer is confronted by many fictional bears, such as Gummy Bears, a Teddy bear, Paddington Bear, Winnie the Pooh, Teddy Grahams, Smokey Bear, two bears wearing the Chicago Bears uniforms and a "intensive Care Bear" to the instrumental version of "Teddy Bears' Picnic", which transitions into "Jarabe tapatio".
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".
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