To get out of cleaning a park as community service, Homer fakes his own death. When this results in the family's utilities being cut off, Marge puts pressure on him to reveal that he is alive. However, the spurious news of his "death" brings his long-lost mother - a hippie who is on the run from the law because of her activism against Mr. Burns - back to Springfield.
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The final shot of Homer sitting on his car looking up at the stars was inserted by David Silverman, who felt that the emotional tone of the scene was such that no spoken lines were needed. See more
During the dinner scene with the whole family plus Abe and Homer's mother: Abe and Bart both suddenly have cups they didn't have in the wide angle shots, Lisa's cup changes to the other side of her plate without her moving it, the orange phone on the wall end next to the fridge disappears, Marge and Maggie's cups disappear when Homer answers the phone; and when the F.B.I. burst into the house, Abe -- who was sitting across from Marge, is now sitting across from the empty space next to Maggie (which wasn't there in wide shots; Lisa had been across from Maggie). See more
[preparing to leave
Remember, Homer, wherever I go, you'll always be a part of me.
[she turns to the van and hits her forehead on the jam
During the closing credits, Homer is seen sitting on the car hood looking at the stars in the night sky. See more
References Super Bowl III
Ride of the Valkyries
Composed by Richard Wagner See more