The Simpsons

Season 2 Episode 17

Old Money

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 28, 1991 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Grampa Simpson is put in a predicament, after his new girlfriend at the Retirement Castle passes away and leaves him with $106,000.

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  • Great

    After their monthly visit with Grampa, the Simpson family drops him off at the Springfield Retirement Castle. Grampa, sarcastically thanks the family for taking him to the liquor store, but the family pays him no attention, and as they drive away, they are relieved that their visit with Grampa is over. On the car ride home, Bart, Lisa and Homer discuss what Grampa smells like, when Marge interrupts their conversation, telling them that they should pay more respect to the elderly. She mentions to Homer that they too will be old someday. Homer panics at the thought, and asks Bart and Lisa if they will put him in a home like he did to Grampa. When they act is if they answer is yes, Homer wonders aloud about what he can do to avoid being put in a home as well. Marge suggests that they should set a good example for the kids, and that their next visit with Grampa should actually be fun for him. As the family struggles to come up with a fun idea for Grampa's visit, they pass by a billboard ad for a wilderness experience called: Discount Lion Safari. Excited about the ad, they all agree that, next month they take Grampa to Discount Lion Safari.

    8.5 out of 10moreless
  • a very good and emontional ep

    in this ep grampas girlfriend dies and she lives him all her money and he does know what to do with till he decided to do something that she would of liked it was very emoitinal at times but a good solid ep this one was some people may not be in to sad eps but that is a fact of show a show must show mulitpe emotions and bring sad and happyness to a show that how a show can last this long as the simpsons have done . this i give it a 9.0 and you can give it what you likemoreless
  • good!

    when grampa's new girlfriend, Bea, dies, she gives him all her money. so now grampa wants to do something special with all the money to show how much he loved Bea. In the end there is a new room in the nursing home for the seniors.

    a good episode, very emotional in some places, as well as funny. my favorite act was the first and the beginning of the second, because those genuinely seemed to have the most emotion and the better part of the plot. Overall grade- A+ because this episode just seems perfect in almost every single waymoreless
  • Not one of my personal favorites

    Abe meets a lady named Bea Simmons at his retirement home. After a few days, the two fall in love, leading up to her birthday in Sunday. He prepares for the event, but instead, Homer grabs him, chucks him in the car and they take him to the Discount Lion Safari. Grampa returns home to rest, and discovers that while he was out, Beatrice passed away. Her will says that Abe inherits her fortune of 100 thousand dollars. Bea appears as a ghost and tells him to use the money to help those in need. Homer stops Abe from gambling the money away, and he decides that the money should be spent on refurbishing the reirement home.moreless
  • Not as bad as people say.

    The Simpsons family goes to Discount Lion Safari and bring Grampa along. While gone, they get stranded, and when they get back, Jasper tells Grampa that Bea, the woman he instantly fell in love with, died. Grampa inherits her money, but finds that he's not happy with it. He doesn't know what to do with it until Bea talks to him on a roller coaster. She tells him "Make other people as happy as you made me." Grampa decides to do so, and refurbishes the Retirement Castle in her memory.

    "Old Money" is a quite good, very underrated Grampa episode. There are some funny parts, such as "Damn these child proof doors", and others, and is better than most people think. I definitely think it's a solid season 2 episode well worth watching.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

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

Audrey Meadows

Audrey Meadows

Beatrice Simmons

Guest Star

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The amusement park sign reads: "Diz-nee-land--Not affiliated with Disneyland, Disney World, or anything else from the Walt Disney Company."

    • This is the first time grampa's first name, Abe, is mentioned.

    • Goof: In the scene where Bea and Grampa are walking through the retirement castle halls, Bea's lazy eye is her left eye, but in the next scene her right eye becomes the lazy one.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Grampa: Out of my way, I got a date with an angel.
      Jasper: You don't know how right you are, Abe.
      Grampa: What?
      Jasper: I'm sorry to be the one to tell you this, but Bea passed away last night.
      Grampa: Oh no.
      Jasper: It was her ticker. The doctor said her left ventricle burst.
      Grampa: No, Jasper. They may say she died from a burst ventricle, but I know she died of a broken heart.

    • Bea: So, um, (Clears throat) tell me about yourself.
      Grampa: Uh, widower, one son, one working kidney. And you?
      Bea: Widowed, bad hip and liver disorder.

    • (Homer at a Krusty Burger drive thru.)
      Homer: A double cheeseburger, onion rings, large strawberry shake, and, for God's sakes, hurry!

    • Grampa: Oh, Lisa, what makes you think you deserve all that money?
      Lisa: I don't deserve it, Grampa. No one here does. The people who deserve it are on the streets, and they're in the slums. They're little children who need more library books and families who can't make ends meet. Of course, if you really wanted to, you could buy me a pony.
      Grampa: You're right!
      Lisa: I'll name her Princess, and I'll ride her every day!

    • (Grampa comes home and forgives Homer.)
      Homer: Dad?
      Grampa: Sonny boy!
      (The two hug.)
      Grampa: Is there room at your table for a foolish old man?
      Homer: Well, sure! Eh, we'll have to move a chair in from the den. But it's no problem. Bart!

    • (Grampa rides a roller coaster alone.)
      Grampa: I miss Bea.
      (Bea's ghost appears in the seat next to Grampa.)
      Bea: I miss you too.
      Grampa: (Screams in fright)
      Bea: Oh, Abraham, calm down. I'm not here to scare you. They've got me haunting a family in Texas.

    • (Grampa mourns Bea alone in his room.)
      Lionel Hutz: It was a beautiful service, wasn't it, Mr. Simpson?
      Grampa: (Yells) Who the hell are you?
      Lionel Hutz: Lionel Hutz, attorney-at-law! I'm the executor of Beatrice Simmons' estate. Mr. Simpson, Bea was a wealthy woman and, surprise, surprise, she left everything to you.
      Grampa: Really?
      Lionel Hutz: There is one catch. You must spend one night in…a haunted house!
      Grampa: (Gasps)
      Lionel Hutz: (Chuckles) Just kidding, just kidding.

    • (At Bea's funeral.)
      Homer: I can't tell you how sorry I am, Dad.
      Grampa: (Sarcastically) Is someone talking to me? I didn't hear anything.
      Homer: Oh no! Dad's lost his hearing!

    • Grampa: Eh, what are you, uh, doing tonight?
      Bea: Sitting alone in my room.
      Grampa: (Disappointed) Oh, well, if you've got plans already--

    • Bart: Ya know, Grampa kinda smells like that trunk in the garage where the bottom's all wet.
      Lisa: Nuh-uh. He smells more like a photo lab.
      Homer: Stop it, both of you! Grampa smells like a regular old man, which is more like a hallway in a hospital.
      Marge: Homer, that's terrible! We should be teaching the children to treasure the elderly. You know, we'll be old someday.
      Homer: (Gasps) My God, you're right, Marge! You kids won't put me in a home like I did to my dad, would ya?
      Bart: Well…
      Homer: (Screams) Marge, what do we do!?

    • (At the casino)
      Grampa: Put it all on 41. (To Homer) I've got a feeling about that number.
      Roulette Operator: The wheel only goes to 36, sir.
      Grampa: Okay, put it all on 36! (To Homer) I've got a feeling about that number.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Audrey Meadows is best known as Alice Kramden on the Honeymooners that aired in the 1950s with Jackie Gleason.

    • This is the only episode in Season Two where Hank Azaria is given a starring credit. It was added because he voices so many characters on the show, they wanted to make sure the fans knew they weren't leaving people out on purpose. Azaria wasn't officially hired as a star of the show until Season Three.

    • The entire idea behind Bea's name came from a simple name mix-up that's only hinted to in the script. It was chosen as Simmons so it would be close to Abe's name, and that her name only began with a B while his had an A.

    • This is the only episode of The Simpsons where the voice actors and the characters they play are credited simultaneously.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not grease the monkey bars.
      Couch Gag: The family rushes in, only to find Grampa sleeping on the couch. They accidentally wake him up and startle him.

    • First Appearance: Professor Frink, Krusty Burger


    • Caesar's Palace
      Plato's Casino Resort is a parody of the famous casino resort chain Caesar's Palace.

    • Road Sign: State Line 1 Mi. Casino 1Mi, 1 Ft.
      This road sign is a parody of a real one located in Wendover, Utah. The city itself is half in the state of Utah, and the other half in Nevada. The Utah side is run down and barely populated, while the Nevada side is all business and casinos.

    • Skinner Box
      The entire concept of Dr. Marvin Monroe's "Monroe Box" is a parody of the "Skinner Box" created by Behavioral Psychologist, B.F. Skinner.

    • Nighthawks
      The shot of Grampa in a coffeeshop is taken from an Edward Hopper painting, Nighthawks.

    • Grampa: Is there room at your table for a foolish old man?
      This line is taken from the Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol.

    • Tom Jones
      The scene where Bea and Grampa eat their pills seductively is a parody of a similar scene from the 1963 film Tom Jones.

    • If I Had a Million
      This episode's ending, in which Grampa uses his money to fix up the Springfield Retirement Castle, is similar to the ending of the 1932 film If I Had a Million.

    • Mr. Deeds Goes To Town
      The scenes where Springfield residents make their pitches for how to spend Grampa's money is loosely based on the 1936 film Mr. Deeds Goes To Town.