Grampa is sitting on a bench waiting for his family when a thoughtful-looking man named Marshall Goldman approaches him and asks to hear about his life. Grampa tells Goldman about the time he was on a World War II battleship, which was hit by an enemy torpedo, and Goldman, a human-interest columnist, publishes it in The Springfield Shopper. Later, Grampa meets Mitch Albom and shares another story with Goldman for a follow-up article. Homer becomes jealous of Grampa's newfound fame and seeks a surrogate father. But when Homer discovers a draft of Goldman's third story, he must race to find Grampa before it is published and his life is changed forever. Written by
Did You Know?
The poster for the film Marshall is going to make about his book, reveals that he is to be played by Hank Azaria
. Azaria not only played Marshall Goldman in this episode but also played Mitch Albom in Tuesdays with Morrie
(1999), the film that inspired this episode. See more
During the scene with Marshall trying to kill Abe on the Tinseltown Starliner, when Homer is getting lowered by Lenny and Carl, there's a shot where they're both showed. In that shot, Lenny doesn't have his signature stubble beard. In the next shot in which they're shown, it's back. See more
...And that's how you win an opium war.
Oh, great stuff. And the life lesson is?
The Yangtze River swallows all secrets.
Hmm. I'm just gonna put ''Haste makes waste''.
Yes, although, these days, I can make neither haste nor waste.
References The Wizard of Oz
I Got You (I Feel Good)
Written and Performed by James Brown See more