At first, Homer didn’t like Candlepin Bowling – after his second ball, he mutters “1 pin standing – the story of my life!”. At that point, he was told not to forget his third ball. Homer was in complete shock & disbelief, and from that point forward, was totally infatuated with Candlepin bowling – exclaiming “3 balls! I see it all so clearly now!”
See the video clip here.
The Simpsons also alluded to Candlepin bowling in the episode “My Mother the Carjacker“, which first aired in 2003.
Lisa Simpson: “I say we hit them where they live. With a candlelight vigil.”
Homer Simpson: “Candlepin bowling? That’s a great idea. We’ll play right after I break your grandmother out of prison.”