- Date: November 14, 1999
- Type: Television Episode
This Television Episode refers to The Natural
The scene in which Homer bowls the strike that wins him the perfect game takes many elements from the Robert Redford film The Natural, including the camera flashes, music and slow-motion.
Homer becomes a local celebrity after bowling a 300 game, but his fame quickly fades as "yesterday's news". After a botched suicide attempt foiled by Otto, Homer decides to spend time with Maggie after seeing Ron Howard spend time with his children. When Homer tries to teach Maggie swimming, he fails due to her mistrust of him, and has to pulled out the beach by Maggie. Eventually, Homer brings Maggie to a bowling game, where she bowls a perfect game.