Four Times Grandpa Simpson Got the Short End of the Stick

Nursing Home Blog

Critically acclaimed television show, The Simpsons, is hailed as one of America’s funniest comedies. It counts over 30 Primetime Emmy awards as part of its enormous award collection. Focusing on the nuclear family of mother Marge, father Homer, and their three children, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, The Simpsons follows the daily foibles of a middle class family with a revolving list of loveable secondary characters.

Grandpa Abe Simpson

One secondary character, who makes many appearances throughout the series, is Abraham “Abe” Simpson, Homer’s aging father. Named as the fifth best Simpsons character, Abraham Simpson is a large and oddly loveable component to the show. However, it seems that Grandpa Simpson has bad luck following wherever he goes. Here are four times where he “got the short end of the stick:”

Homer simpson hey my dad was lousy and I didn't sue him I just dumped him in the cheapest home I could find

1. He received a catheter bag in place of an IV bag

In season 14’s “Barting Over,” Homer dumps Abe at a nursing home as revenge for his alleged poor upbringing. It is apparent that the nursing home employees do not care for the residents: when Abe’s IV bag runs out, they replace it with a full catheter bag.

nursing home employee switching catheter and IV bag for grandpa simpson

2. He didn’t receive his medication needed to survive

Another instance of mistreatment at the hands of his caretakers is shown in season sixteen’s “Midnight RX.” Prescription drugs have become unaffordable, but instead of finding other cost-effective ways to get these medications, the nursing home decides to stop dispensing altogether.

Nursing home staff refusing grandpa simpson his medication

 3. He was banished to sit in a hot car

In “Lisa The Vegetarian,” Homer takes his family, including Abe, to the recreational “Storytime Village.” But instead of allowing his father to come in, he makes his father sit in the car, with a window cracked. The car’s internal temperature reaches a supposed 150 degrees.

grandpa simpson at story time village

4. He was left stranded on the side of the road

In season nine’s “Girly Edition,” Homer decides he wants a helper monkey, similar to a seeing-eye dog. Once he’s told that he needs to be physically challenged to receive a monkey, he dupes his father into applying for one. Once Abe has the monkey, Homer takes the monkey and drives off, leaving Abe stranded on the side of the road.


In The Simpsons, most of these scenarios are comical. However, if these happen in real life, it’s not funny, it’s elder abuse. Abuse can take many forms, including a lack of proper hygiene, physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse and more.


If you or a loved one have experienced Elderly Abuse, contact an elder abuse lawyer at the law firm of Garcia & Artigliere to help evaluate your case and get the help you need.