The Simpsons

Season 9 Episode 16

Dumbbell Indemnity

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 01, 1998 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Homer aids Moe in his search for a woman and by chance Moe meets Renee, an outdoor flower vendor, and the two hit it off. In Moe's constant effort to wine and dine Renee, he quickly goes broke and enlists in Homer's help to steal his car and scam the insurance company for some money.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show moe falls in love with this new girlfriend of his. and he wants a nice car and things so he wants homer to pretend to steel his car and push it into the water off the cliff and so moe gives him the keys and things. he lets homer take the rap for the crime and homer plots revenge on him and his girlfriend finds out on what he did and leaves him this was a good ep and it had some funny moments i thought and that is why i gave the show a 8.5moreless
  • Dumbbell Indemnity

    Moe gets a new girlfriend named Renee, who he really likes and only wants to treat her to the finer things in life. But soon he runs out of money, so he tries to commit insurance fraud. So he has a plan where Homer steals his car, but he ends up getting arrested. Now Moe is torn between his best friend and his girlfriend. Homer escapes jail and comes looking to kill Moe. Moe in turn has told Renee the truth and he sets his bar on fire. So Homer saves him and their friendship is back to normal.

    A sweet episode, overall grade A+moreless
  • Moe tries to commit insurance fraud to get money to impress his new girlfriend.

    This episode really is just one of the funniest episodes in the whole season period. Wether its Homer hitting Hans Moleman over the head with a how to tunnel out of prison book or Homer being too stupid to put Moe's car on the train tracks, this episode just delivered side splitting comedy from start to finish. This episode is a must see because it really is just utterly hilarious and really fits in well with this great season. Moe is a great character to develop and experiment with, and I think the writers did an awesome job doing so in this episode.moreless
  • What women really want and Moe doesnt know

    Moe, what a character. He is the guy who is not very caring, very nice or very loving and at the same time you will miss if he leaves. Or atleast, that's what Homer feels for him. On the other hand, Moe is one of those characters I don't like. And we can see why in this episode, he is a complete fool. He treats friends very badly and expects in return big favors. The way he tries to keep his lover happy is so stupid, I think we all saw it from afar. Buying love, trying to keep her loved one close to him by buying stuff whne she didn't need all those fancy gifts. She was sincerely interested in Moe!moreless
  • I don't care what anyone says this episode is one of the funniest 30 minutes I have ever spent in my life... Truley a memorable episode, and I will look back on this great humor and say this is what the Simpsons is all aboutmoreless

    Homer sneaks off to a bar to hide from Marge, but while he is at the bar, Homer sings Marge praises. He notices how bitter Moe is and realizes that Moe has not had a girlfriend in a long time. He takes Moe out to another bar to meet chicks. He has no luck, but somehow meets the perfect woman later. He is not exactly smooth with her, but she really seems to like him. He begins to treat her like royalty; unfortunately, he maxes out his Player's Club card and has to find a way to make money. He and Homer decide on a plan where Homer will steal Moe's car and destroy it on the train tracks. The insurance fraud plan hits a snag when Homer steals the car and stops to see a drive-in movie, instead of going straight to the tracks. Homer switches to another plan and sinks the car to the bottom of the lake. The cops are watching him the entire time, so he goes to jail. Moe refuses to stick up for him, because he doesn't want to lose his girlfriend. Homer makes a jail break and Moe eventually tells his girlfriend about his debt, and pitches a plan to her where he will fake his death. That's enough for her, so she leaves him. He goes on with the plan anyway and he sets the bar a blaze. Homer saves him, and their friendship is restored. Without the bar, Moe turns Homer's place into the new hangout.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Helen Hunt (I)

Helen Hunt (I)


Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Mrs. Krabappel

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Music From This Episode
      "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" by Geroge Thorogood & the Destroyers
      "Brick House" by The Commodores
      "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees

    • The sign outside Stu's Disco says "You must be at least this swarthy to enter," and has a picture of Apu's brother Sanjay next to it.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (As Homer is driving the car he "stole" from Moe...)
      Homer: (singing to the tune of "Sailing, Sailing")
      Stealing, stealing,
      Stealing a car for Moe!
      La-da-da-da, da-da, da-da,
      Insurance fraud today!

    • Moe: (upon hearing his player's club card is maxed out) Well, that's it. It's over. Renee ain't gonna want to hang around with no Joe pinch-penny.
      Homer: Come on, Moe. Think of all the things you have to offer her besides money.
      Moe: I need cash, and fast!

    • Moe: It's been four years since my last date with a whatchoo-call-it, uh, woman.

    • Moe: Oh, Homer! I've been the world's biggest rat. Can you ever forgive me?
      Homer: Aww, I could never stay mad at you, Moe. After all, you get me drunk!

    • Moe: Renee, there's something I gotta tell ya.
      Renee: Oh no. You're gay, aren't you? Oh boy, Renee, you sure can pick 'em!
      Moe: Nah, it ain't that.
      Renee: What, so you're married?
      Moe: No, no! I--Hey, why did you say gay first?

    • Homer: Hmm, I don't know… I can just imagine what Marge would say!
      Marge: (In Homer's imagination) Homer, I insist you steal that car!
      Homer: I'll do it!

    • Renee: Really? You think I'm gorgeous?
      Moe: Yeah, well, the part that's showin'. Guess you could have a lotta weird scars or a fake ass or somethin'.
      Renee: You don't talk to a lot of women, do you?

    • Moe: No girl wants to end up with a Joe Pukepail like me.
      Homer: Now, now, I won't hear of it, Moe! You're a fabulous catch!
      Moe: Oh yeah? Well how come I ain't fending off movie starlets with a pointy stick?
      Homer: Oh, it's probably due to your ugliness, but that doesn't mean we can't find you a woman. C'mon! We're going to the darkest bar in town!

    • (Homer makes a toast.)
      Homer: To Marge, and all the blissful years I spent hiding from her in this bar.

    • Homer: Hey, I thought your mother told you to take a bath!
      Bart: Yeah, mom says a lot of things.
      Homer: Oh, I understand, kids. I'm not a bath man myself, more of a cologne man.

    • Chief Wiggum: You know, fingerprints are just like snowflakes. They're both very pretty.

    • (Moe tries to explain how to steal his car to Homer.)
      Moe: Now the car is gonna have to represent you and this little toy man will represent the car--forget it.

    • Moe: Hey, hey, Sabu! I need another magnum of your best champagne here, ah, and bring us the finest food you've got, stuffed with the second finest.
      Maitre d': Excellent, sir. Lobster, stuffed with tacos.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: Silly string is not a nasal spray.
      Couch Gag: The family runs to the couch and sits. From each side of the couch, hydraulic presses (like those used to crush cars) squeeze the family closely together, then a press comes down from above and compresses them into a "block" of Simpsons.


    • The shot of the train speeding past the drive-in theater is a reference to the famous 1956 photograph Hot Shot Eastbound by O. Winston Link, depicting a freight train with a powerful steam locomotive passing by a drive-in theater full of cars with the movie depicting an airplane (just as the movie Homer is watching, Hail to the Chimp, is doing the same.)

    • Hail to the Chief
      The name of the movie Homer stops to see, Hail to the Chimp, is a parody of the 1985 film, Hail to the Chief.

    • Free Willy
      At Marine World, there's a sign for a whale that says "Willy" (Formerly Shamu). This is an allusion the whale "Willy" from the 1993 film Free Willy.

    • Double Indemnity
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the classic 1944 film, Double Indemnity.