17 Homer vs. Patty and Selma

Homer decides to invest in pumpkins, but loses his entire investment when he fails to sell before Halloween. Late on a mortgage payment and short on money, he tries to borrow some, but to no avail. Homer keeps his money troubles secret from Marge. Meanwhile, Patty and Selma have received a promotion at the DMV. As a last resort, Homer asks the two if they will lend him the money, and they agree on the condition that he become their loyal servant. Marge finds out about the loan after she sees the IOU note, and her sisters tell her what happened. An enraged Homer throws both sisters out and is confronted by Marge for the cover-up.

Meanwhile, Bart cuts school on the day students were choosing their physical education classes. By the time he shows up to sign up, he learns that every other student has signed in the sports he wanted and the only option with sports left is ballet. He is reluctant to take the class because it is too feminine for his taste. After arguing with his instructor, Bart decides to quit because he hates wearing tights. He soon discovers that he has a talent for the dance form, and is invited to star in a school ballet performance. Fearful of being taunted by his fellow students he performs while wearing a mask, but takes it off after discovering that they are impressed with his abilities. After this revelation, school bullies still want to beat him up, and he runs away. Bart attempts to escape by jumping a trench, but fails to make it and takes a nasty fall. The bullies conclude that he's been hurt enough and walk away. Lisa tells Bart how proud she is of him, that they are now kindred spirits.

Homer decides to become a chauffeur in order to earn more money, but is pulled over when he does not have a chauffeur's license. When he goes to the DMV with Marge to apply for one, Patty and Selma are his evaluators. The two mercilessly fail his driving and written test. The two light up cigarettes and are spotted by their supervisor. She informs them that smoking on the job is an offense which could cost them both their promotions and their jobs. Marge is worried about Patty and Selma possibly being fired from the DMV. However, Homer is excited and wants payback against the sisters for the way they relentlessly mistreated him by making him intentionally fail his DMV test and reminding him of the debt. He soon realizes that Marge will never forgive him if he remorselessly allows her sisters to be fired from their jobs. Homer reluctantly covers for them by claiming the cigarettes as his own and demonstrates it by smoking in the building. Their boss apologizes to Patty and Selma and slaps the cigarettes out of his mouth, criticizing him for smoking inside the building. Marge is proud of Homer, but he tells her that he only did it for her and not her sisters. This spares the Bouvier sisters and in return they clear his debt and allow him not to worry about his chauffeur's test.

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