Underwhelming on the laughs, it's solid writing around relationships that saves the episode from early-season mediocrity. Homer's well-meaning jerkassness (before true jerkass Homer) works to set up his father's eventual and likely unavoidable-she WAS old, after all-heartbreak. Did grampa's senility up to this point in the series justify Homer not believing he actually had a date? I don't know but I can say is it's a feasible plot device-and nowhere near as cringeworthy as the events in Kidney Trouble-in that it believably sends the family, Abe in tow, on to an entertaining trip at Discount Lion Safari. Abe unfortunately isn't able to further his relationship with the charming Bea as Jasper tells him she's passed on when he arrives back at the nursing home. The family, Homer in particular, didn't really want to spend the time with Abe to begin with, and vice versa, it's done out of obligation...and this sadly common act ends up costing Abe what's likely his last chance at happiness. Homer later learns through being ignored by Abe that time with his father should actually be enjoyed, and we root for Homer to earn his forgiveness so their relationship can rebuild. Of course there is the little matter of the 100 grand inheritance Bea left to him. I enjoyed seeing Abe unfulfilled with his new windfall and the Springfieldians' attempts to get his money. The show was still finding its footing 30 episodes in, so it's forgivable that it didn't go the route of laughs, but a few more gags and scenes with secondary characters would have been appreciated. Easy 7.5/B here. And what would Homer have done with 100 grand anyway? Fix the foundation 12 times?