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This One Episode Of "The Simpsons" Can Tear Friendships Apart

"Ever see a guy say goodbye to a shoe?"

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And, OF COURSE, it gave us the wonderful gift of Hank Scorpio, Homer's new boss who is full of support and good suggestions.

But despite being almost universally beloved, there is ONE THING about "You Only Move Twice" that fans have never been able to agree on.

It comes partway through the episode. Hank welcomes the Simpsons to their new home, and to show them JUST how welcoming he is, he throws away his moccasins — and this exchange happens:

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A pretty amusing, innocuous scene right? WRONG. Because here's the question that can tear friendships apart at the seams:

When Homer says "yes, once," is he referring to some previous time he'd seen a man say goodbye to a shoe?

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On one hand, OF COURSE the joke is that Homer has previously seen a man say goodbye to a shoe. That's just the kind of ridiculous thing that would happen to him.

  1. So, let's end the madness and put the argument to rest, once and for all. What is Homer referring to when he replies with "yes, once"?

    He's OF COURSE talking about a completely different time he saw a man say goodbye to a shoe.
    He's DEFINITELY referring to Hank Scorpio throwing away his moccasins.
    I'm afraid to pick one because I don't want my friends to be mad at me.

This One Episode Of "The Simpsons" Can Tear Friendships Apart

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So, let's end the madness and put the argument to rest, once and for all. What is Homer referring to when he replies with "yes, once"?
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    He's OF COURSE talking about a completely different time he saw a man say goodbye to a shoe.
  2.  
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    He's DEFINITELY referring to Hank Scorpio throwing away his moccasins.
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    I'm afraid to pick one because I don't want my friends to be mad at me.

UPDATE

Dan Castellaneta weighed in with his interpretation of the joke. See his response here.

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