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Gone Abie Gone
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"Gone Abie Gone" is the fourth episode of Season 24.

Synopsis

Homer puts Lisa's college fund into online banking as a way to fight back against big banks. Lisa becomes a gambler and soon rises her college fund with the help of Jennifer Tilly. Meanwhile, Grampa Simpson mysteriously disappears from the Springfield Retirement Castle, and leaves behind clues to parts of his life that the family never understood before, like the time he was married to a black singer named Rita LaFleur and when he owned a restaurant with Marvin Hamlisch.

Full Story

Homer and Grandpa

Homer goes to Gulp 'N' Blow for onion rings. However, due to being stressed by a female waitress, a man complaining about a homeless man who had finished a shower in the bathroom sink, and Milhouse's martial arts team, the cashier accidentally throws hot onion rings at Homer's face. Homer sues Gulp 'N' Blow and becomes entitled to a $5,000 due to legal fees and gets persuaded into putting the money into a college fund for Lisa on a poker site. Marge then remembers and reminds Homer that they were supposed to visit Grandpa on the day of the trial. Homer and Marge go to the retirement home and learn that Grandpa is missing. They look for Grandpa's belongings to see if they will help, and Marge finds a note that says "Spiros. The place that changed my life...", so they choose to see if Grandpa is at Spiros.

Homer and Marge go to Spiros to be told by the owner that Abe was a busboy and he fired him after Abe didn't clean expired bread due to Abe being distracted by a singer named Rita. Marge chooses to call Rita who invites them to her house and she reveals that she is Abe's wife.. Rita reveals that after she and Grandpa were fired, they become partners in singing. Abe then proposed to her, and when they were married a six-year-old Homer tied his foot to the car and ended up in the hospital. Rita is then called for a European singing tour but due to Homer, Grandpa stays with Homer and bids Rita goodbye at the airport and never sees her again.

Rita then gives Homer an old cologne of Grandpa which gives Homer and Marge the idea of finding Grandpa at the store the cologne came from. They find Abe there and offer an apology to him about how they found the octogenarian as boring. They go home for Grandpa to find Rita in the house playing their song and join her, thus reconciling their marriage.

Bart and Lisa

Meanwhile, not long after Homer puts Lisa's college fund on the poker site, Lisa catches Bart gambling with it. Chasing him off, she prepares to log out, only to discover that she actually has a very good hand. Taking the risk, she ultimately wins back most of the money Bart lost. Despite a warning from both Ned Flanders and Bart, Lisa decides to continue playing poker.

After watching a video of Jennifer Tilly on how to play, she becomes a committed and avid poker player. Lisa eventually takes her savings from $5,000 to $413,762, much to the frustration of her opponents, which include Apu, Selma, Reverend Lovejoy, Hans Moleman, the Rich Texan and Sideshow Bob. Eventually though, Lisa pushes her luck to far. During one final game, she defies her instincts, which are "screaming" at her to stop and take her earnings. Unfortunately, Lisa has a very high hand and knowing she could potentially win close to $1,000,000 if successful, decides to bet all of her money. One by one, each of her opponents fold ... except for Sideshow Bob, who matches the bet. Lisa is stunned at first, but her confusion soon turns into shock when Bob is shown to have the highest possible hand. With a gasp of horror, Lisa can only watch as her winnings are taken from her and she is left with nothing.

Bart later shows up to find Lisa weeping bitterly at her loss. After seeing Lisa's despair, Bart takes pity on her and tells her some good news; namely that she still has a college fund. He reveals that he is actually Sideshow Bob and was using his nemesis avatar on the website to play poker. Unfortunately, through means unspecified, the website discovered that both he and Lisa were under 18 years old. As such, they confiscated (i.e. took all of) his winnings, except for the original $5,000. Having learnt her lesson, Lisa decides to take this small victory, but doesn't understand why Bart went to all the trouble of telling her this. Reluctantly, Bart admits that he couldn't stand seeing his precious sister upset. Despite this touching sentiment, he tells Lisa never to mention it to anyone.

Citations

Season 23 Season 24 Episodes Season 25
Moonshine RiverTreehouse of Horror XXIIIAdventures in Baby-GettingGone Abie GonePenny-WiseguysA Tree Grows in SpringfieldThe Day the Earth Stood CoolTo Cur, with LoveHomer Goes to Prep SchoolA Test Before TryingChanging of the GuardianLove is a Many-Splintered ThingHardly Kirk-ingGorgeous GrampaBlack-Eyed, PleaseDark Knight CourtWhat Animated Women WantPulpit FrictionWhiskey BusinessThe Fabulous Faker BoyThe Saga of CarlDangers on a Train
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