The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 13

The Old Man and the Key

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 10, 2002 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The Old Man and the Key
In order to impress Zelda, a new female resident at the retirement castle, Grampa starts driving again. But Grampa runs into trouble with Homer whose car he continually abuses and he develops some enemies in the form of rival gang of retirees at the Kwik-E-Mart.

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  • Grampa Falls in love with a woman who wants a man that can drive.

    Loved: Homer being excited about the XFL. The old ZZ Top guys. The Achoo/Apu joke: "I've got problems with both." "I Broke my beard." The Itchy and Scratchy Hour on the radio. The Branson Bus.

    Bronson MO (yes I spelled that right).

    I love that the old people went to Branson MO, it's definitely the old people destination. Overall: Unfortunately, Very low on humor. But it was a good story. Grampa has been missing over the past few episodes so it was nice to see him again. Jon Vitti is one of the best Simpsons writers from the classic era and although not his best, this is worth watching. 7/10moreless
  • Much better than the last episode.

    When a lady named Zelda moves into the retierment home, Abe tries to impress her, but Zelda falls in love with a guy with his licsense. Abe asks Homer if he can get his licsense. Homer says no, but marge lets him. When Abe crashes the car in a death race, Homer forbids him to drive anymore. Then, Abe steals Marge's car and drives to Branson with Bart to chase after Zelda.

    This was a pretty good episode. Much better than The Lastest Gun in the West. I loved Abe driving in the Sea world, and much more.

    Overall Grade: 80%/bmoreless
  • Abe Simpsons tries to impress Zelda by driving.

    This episode is not as good as the other episodes from its season, but it sure does not derserve to be as under acklamed as it is. There were a lot of good gags in this episode like the death race, the article of old man yells at cloud, and the last scene where Abe publically humiliates Zelda. One of the funniest parts is when Bart helps Grandpa hotwire Marge's car. The bottom line is that this episode is not horrible. It surely isnt a series classic, but its not half as bad as people say it is. A solid Bmoreless
  • Maybe not the best episode out of this amazing season, but still that does not mean that this episode is horrible.

    When a sultry new woman takes up residence in his retirement home, Grandpa is determined to win her affections by impressing her with his driving skills. Grandpa convinces Homer to let him borrow the car, and he proceeds to make a mess of the town's roads. Although he impresses the new old gal, he's still forced to compete with the younger Casa Nova of the retirement home. When the younger man takes Grandpa's new girl on a road trip, Grandpa "kidnaps" Bart, taking him on the road to win back the woman from the arms of the other man. Of course in the end, he's unsuccessful in his attempts, but he and Bart are able to bond through the experience.moreless
  • Nominated for the worst episode ever...

    I really don't know whether to even bother reviewing this episode! I suppose I'd better. All I really have to say about this episode is that it was crap. I laughed once, at the Scrabble-Ships game at the beginning, but after this I couldn't laugh at anything.

    It's a shame, really, because Grampa is a funny character, but only when he's being senile or old-fashioned. He is just not funny when trying to be young and hip.

    I also noticed Homer was shouting a lot in this episode - it's pretty much all he did. The plot was a bit stupid, too. I think that's all I am going to write.

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

Olympia Dukakis

Olympia Dukakis


Guest Star

Bill Saluga

Bill Saluga


Guest Star

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

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

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (The family has just gotten the call that Abe is dead)

      Marge: Oh no! Your father's dead!
      Homer: (sobs) He never even lived to be a vegetable!

    • Zelda: Who's that tall drink of Maalox?

    • (Grampa comes home after being out all night)
      Homer: Do you have any idea what you put me through? I called the police, the hospital, my bookie, the kennel . . . okay, this isn't about who I called!

    • Lisa: Mom, there's no gambling in Branson. It was designed as a family destination.
      Marge: Oh, no, there's gambling. We just have to find it!
      Lisa: Look mom, it's your car! Grampa and Bart must be in that theatre.
      Marge: Bet you they're not! 3 to 1, how much you got?
      Lisa: Mom, you're hurting me!

    • Souvenir Jacket Man 1: Your jacket! She burns!
      Souvenir Jacket Man 2: Then I burn with her. For I would rather die, than have people not know what stores I have been to.

    • Homer: I just don't know what to do!
      Marge: He used to be such an angel. Maybe you should give him another chance.
      Homer: No! He's gotta learn, Marge. The way my dad made me learn.
      Marge: He is your dad.
      Homer: …Cosmic!

    • Bart: B6!
      Homer: You sunk my Scrabble-ship!
      Lisa: This game makes no sense.
      Homer: Tell that to the good men that just lost their lives.

    • (Zelda moves into Grandpa's retirement home)
      Zelda: Hi, I'm Zelda. I put the "ass" in assisted living.
      Grampa: (sees that she's attractive and sexy) Holy m... Hee hee... Abe Simpson's the name. And now that you're here I'm changing my instructions to "Do resuscitate"!

    • (Grandpa & Bart are driving to Branson)
      Radio Announcer: And now... WOMB... warm and safe radio... takes you back to the golden age of radio theater.
      Show Announcer: It's "The Itchy & Scratchy Hour"... presented by Henson's Mustache Wax - the mustache wax Hitler doesn't use.

    • Abe:I HATE THIS HOUSE!!! (runs in house with hands over ears and goes into a room playing music slamming door.) Homer:YOU CALL THAT MUSIC?

    • Yakov Smirnov: In Soviet Union, revue watches you!

    • Mr. T: Remember me, foo? I played B.A. Baracus!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Sharp Dressed Man
      When Grampa drives away with Zelda, the 1983 ZZ Top song "Sharp Dressed Man" is heard, and three old men move the same way as the ZZ Top do in the music video when the car passes in front of them.

    • The Old Man and the Sea
      This is the third Simpsons episode with a title parodying that of the Ernest Hemingway novel, after season 8's "The Old Man and the Lisa" and season 10's "The Old Man and the 'C' Student".

    • Grandpa Simpson: Mass hobo grave in cellar... Nyaaah!
      After Homer explains the markings on the fence post and while the lady of the house brings several hobo bundles out to the garbage, the background music is the screaming violins "Shower scene" music by Bernard Herrmann from Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film, "Psycho".

    • :: "No this is Bronson"
      Charles Bronson was a famous actor who's been in movies like The Great Escape, Death Wish, and Once Upon A Time In the West.

    • Lisa: This has been a Gracie Films presentation
      The end credits were a parody of the end credits from the popular 1960s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies where the entire family could be seen coming out of the front door of their mansion and waving goodbye to the audience. Lisa saying "This has been a Gracie Films presentation" during the Gracie Films title was also from the Hillbillies. Each episode would sign off with a shot of the Filmways logo and Donna Douglas (as "Ellie May Clampett") could be heard saying "This has been a Filmways presentation."

    • Charo: Hoochie Hoochie Hoochie
      When the audience chants "Hoochie hoochie hoochie," Charo joins in, a reference to her catchphrase "Coochie coochie coochie".