|"We want the Family Guy audience." -these stupid writers|
After an aggravating night dealing with his sisters-in-law, Homer skips out to get a nice, calming, fattening meal. However, the Krusty Burger as well as every other fast food place has since updated their menu with the latest food fads and Homer can't get his fix. Homer has to leave town to find something that fits his palate, and finds a lone chili dog stand -Deuce's Caboose - with which he gorges to his heart's content.
Later, Homer learns from Grampa that, as a boy, Homer was left there while his parents underwent unsuccessful marriage counseling. It was through Deuce that Homer gained his love for chili dogs and other fattening foods. Though Deuce doesn't seem to remember Homer, Homer resumes eating at his stand, inviting his friends to eat there as well, causing Krusty Burger and similar outlets to lose sales. Later, Homer decides to take Lisa (whose school radio program got shut down in a very brief sidestory) to the stand, only to find in horror it has been sold.
Deuce sold the stand to Krusty's food empire so he can retire, but as Homer sees the immediate price markup and likely loss of quality, Homer quickly latches the food caboose onto his car and takes off with it. Lisa, doing one final radio bit, is able to convince several other fatasses to help Homer out in his chase, but the antics eventually lead to him and the caboose hanging on by a thread over a bridge. Deuce runs up, having remembered Homer, and helps him back up with the caboose falling to its end. The two reconcile, and that's that, I guess?
This episode serves as a good definition of Zombie Simpson "dull". Too many references, not enough jokes. Glen Close returns to voice past-Mona for a couple of lines, but she clearly phoned it in both literally and figuratively. Lisa had a tiny little insignificant sidestory that really served no purpose and offered no laughs. Although not entirely irredeemable, there isn't anything in this episode worth a watch.
Final Score: 5.3