Flaming Moe's

Flaming Moe's

Infobox Simpsons episode
episode_name = Flaming Moe's

image_caption = Moe with Aerosmith after having found fame from Flaming Moe's
episode_no = 45
prod_code = 8F08
airdate = November 21, 1991
show runner = Al Jean & Mike Reiss
writer = Robert Cohen
director = Rich Moore
Alan Smart
blackboard = "Underwear should be worn on the inside."cite book|last=Richmond |first=Ray|coauthors=Antonia Coffman|title= |year=1997 |publisher=Harper Collins Publishers|id=ISBN 0-00-638898-1|pages=pp. 72-73]
couch_gag = Two thieves steal the couch.cite web|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/simpsons/episodeguide/season3/page10.shtml|title=Flaming Moe's|accessdate=2008-04-12|author=Martyn, Warren; Wood, Adrian |date=2000|publisher=BBC]
guest_star = Aerosmith as themselves
Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz
commentary = Matt Groening
Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Dan Castellaneta
Rich Moore
David Silverman
season = 3

"Flaming Moe's" is the 10th episode of the "The Simpsons"' third season. The episode first aired on November 21, 1991.


Moe and his tavern are in serious financial trouble. After he runs out of beer, Homer decides to tell him about a drink recipe that he accidentally invented one night, called the "Flaming Homer". He explains that after Patty and Selma made the Simpson family watch slides from their latest vacation, he was unable to find a beer (after Patty took the last can). He decided to mix together drops of liquor from near-empty bottles and accidentally included a bottle of Krusty Brand non-narcotic cough syrup. When Patty dropped cigarette ash in the drink and set it on fire, Homer discovered that fire greatly enhanced the flavor of the drink.

Moe steals Homer's recipe and begins serving the "Flaming Moe" as his own concoction. Moe sees his business boom, and his tavern soon becomes one of the trendiest nightspots in Springfield and Aerosmith's official hangout. Homer becomes angry with Moe and vows never to return to the tavern. He subsequently becomes obsessed with Moe and his betrayal.After the waitress Moe has hired discovers that Moe stole the recipe from Homer, she convinces him to sell the drink and give half of the money to Homer. Restaurant chain owners become interested in purchasing the secret ingredient for the drink, offering Moe $1,000,000 for it.

Moe is about to accept the deal - and share half of the money with Homer - when Homer arrives at the tavern and climbs on top of Aerosmith's set. He gets his revenge on Moe by revealing to everyone in the bar that the secret ingredient is ordinary cough syrup.

Within days, nearly all restaurants in Springfield are serving Flaming Moes (under slightly altered names, such as Flaming Meaux), and Moe's business has greatly decreased. Homer stops in and finds that Moe now understands what he did wrong and is not angry at Homer. He even gives Homer a "Flaming Homer" on the house.

Cultural references

The basic premise of the episode is similar to the film "Cocktail". Several references are made to the sitcom "Cheers". Collette the waitress is a parody of "Cheers" character Diane Chambers, and the "theme sequence" for Flaming Moe's, is a direct parody of the famous "Cheers" theme. Aerosmith sings "Walk This Way" in Moe's Tavern and "Young Lust" during the closing credits. When a seemingly crazy Homer reveals the secret of the Flaming Moe, the scene has many parallels to "The Phantom of the Opera" including Homer standing high up in the roof, and having half his face covered. The scene in which Frink analyzes a Flaming Moe references "The Nutty Professor".


Catherine O'Hara agreed to provide the voice of Collette the waitress, and actually went into the studio and recorded her part for the character. However, according to the DVD commentary on this episode, the producers felt that her voice did not fit the role and instead had one of the regular voice actors (Pamela Hayden) do the part. According to the DVD commentary, Sam Simon wrote much of Collette's dialogue, as he had previously written for "Cheers" and was skilled at writing dialogue for Diane Chambers..


External links

* [http://www.snpp.com/episodes/8F08.html Episode Capsule on "Simpsons Archive"]

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