Season: 9 / Episode: 1
The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson
Date: September 21, 1997
This Television Episode refers to Ben-Hur
The sequence where Homer races alongside the carriage in Central Park was a reference to a similar scene in the film Ben-Hur.
Homer allows Barney to use his car when Barney is picked to be the designated driver for that night at Moe's Tavern. However, Barney disappears for two months with the car, and returns without it. Homer searches for his car, and eventually receives a letter from the City of New York. The family is excited to go there to obtain the car, but Homer, who had had a bad experience in New York when he was younger, is reluctant. After reaching New York City, Homer sees the car parked near the World Trade Center, where he must wait by so that an officer can remove the wheel clamp. He is distracted from standing watch for the police when he has to use the bathroom, and causes him to miss the police officer. Homer gets angry, and leaves the city with the clamp on.