On a family trip to Cuba, Grampa Simpson becomes depressed and unwilling to partake in activities. He cheers up when he spots an old American car from his times and goes for a ride in it with a native Cuban. Both during and after the ride, Grampa feels reinvigorated and connected with his youth. The Cuban resident references a study conducted by Ellen Langer in which seniors felt young again once exposed to objects from their youth.
Gil seeks advice on his writing from Hemingway after meeting him at a bar. The conversation motivates Gil to trust someone to evaluate his work. He is unsure of his ability to be a writer until a reputable novelist and poet from the past shows interest.