In the episode “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”, Grandpa confesses to Homer that he’s got a long-lost half brother. Homer finds him and it turns out he’s a millionaire who owns a car manufacturer in Detroit.
Herb asks Homer, being an average American, to design a car. Homer ends up designing a monstrosity that costs $82000 and Herb files for bankruptcy.
I’ve never understood that ending. Why does Herb have to declare bankruptcy? Sure its ugly and probably wouldn’t sell, but it debuted at a car show, it’s not like he’s got a million of those made already. Why couldn’t he just scrap the design and start over? Even if it costs some money to put up the capital to design and make that prototype, surely that costs a miniscule amount compared to what the company is worth. Hell, Ford has survived worse, with a badly designed Pinto that blew up and got sued. They would repeat their mistake decades later in the Explorer which tended to flip over while turning and blow up. What am I missing about what Herb went through?