History Recap / TheSimpsonsS1E5BartTheGeneral

26th May '17 2:51:41 PM kquinn0830
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* RealityEnsues: After Bart's army celebrates Nelson's defeat, Bart assumes Nelson learned his lesson and goes to untie him. However, Nelson tells him that the second Bart unties him he's gonna beat Bart to a pulp. Bart then threatens to not untie him, to which Nelson points out Bart has to do it eventually. Ultimately, Herman solves the dilemma by drawing up a treaty that states Bart won't get beaten up anymore, but Nelson retains his position as school bully, which both of them agree to and sign.
16th Apr '17 9:19:25 AM WileK209
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* BrickJoke: In "Homer's Odyssey," Mrs. Krabappel tells her class about the boy who stuck his arm out the window of a school bus and had a passing truck rip it off. Then in this episode, we learn that Herman was that boy, when he reveals to Bart how he lost his arm.
2nd Apr '17 8:42:15 PM marcoasalazarm
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* MundaneMadeAwesome: Taking payback on a bully by throwing water balloons at him until he calls it quits... played like a war movie (including ShellShockedVeteran kids, boot camp, shots of the desolate and soaking wet "battlefield" and kisses on the mouth during the victory celebration).
2nd Apr '17 6:59:07 PM ropertroper
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* TheFunInFuneral: During a scene where Bart [[ImagineSpot envisions]] his own funeral, Homer cheerfully expresses his pleasure at getting a day off -- until Marge sets him straight. Later, as Bart's classmates are tearfully filing past his casket to say their goodbyes, Nelson punches Bart's corpse as a parting shot.

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* TheFunInFuneral: During a scene where Bart [[ImagineSpot envisions]] his own funeral, Milhouse cheerfully expresses his pleasure that he got the day off from school and Homer cheerfully expresses his pleasure at getting a day off -- until Marge sets him straight. Later, as Bart's classmates are tearfully filing past his casket to say their goodbyes, Nelson punches Bart's corpse as a parting shot.
22nd Mar '17 12:28:13 PM Asue
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** Nelson has a more common EvilLaugh than his famous "Haw! Haw!" He also had two kids called "The Weasels" as his sidekicks; later episodes would have Nelson either bullying alone or bullying with Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney, and, according to the season 25 episode "Winter of His Content," The Weasels moved to Shelbyville Elementary, which is why they haven't been seen in ages.

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** Nelson has a more common EvilLaugh than his famous "Haw! Haw!" Haw!". He also had two kids called "The Weasels" as his sidekicks; later episodes would have Nelson either bullying alone or bullying with Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney, and, according Kearney.
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to the season 25 episode "Winter of His Content," The Content", the Weasels moved to Shelbyville Elementary, which is why they haven't been seen in ages.



** A smaller one: The Kwik-E-Mart being spelled "Quick-E-Mart" (though that could be a mistake made by the animators).

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** A smaller one: The the Kwik-E-Mart being spelled "Quick-E-Mart" (though that could be a mistake made by the animators).



* NighInvulnerability: Nelson, in Bart's imagine spot. In fact, all of Bart's weapons have the reverse effect; instead of hurting Nelson, the knives, guns, arrows, etc. only make Nelson angrier ... and much larger.

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* NighInvulnerability: Nelson, in Bart's imagine spot.ImagineSpot. In fact, all of Bart's weapons have the reverse effect; instead of hurting Nelson, the knives, guns, arrows, etc. only make Nelson angrier ... and much larger.
21st Feb '17 5:30:01 AM OlfinBedwere
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* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: The episode ends with Bart [[BreakingTheFourthWall telling the audience]] that war isn't cool or glamorous, unless it's The American Revolutionary War, WorldWarII, or The ''StarWars'' trilogy[[note]]the original one: ''A New Hope'', ''The Empire Strikes Back'', and ''Return of the Jedi''[[/note]]

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* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: The episode ends with Bart [[BreakingTheFourthWall telling the audience]] that war isn't cool or glamorous, unless it's The American Revolutionary War, WorldWarII, or The the ''StarWars'' trilogy[[note]]the original one: ''A New Hope'', ''The Empire Strikes Back'', trilogy[[note]]meaning the three films that had been released when the episode first aired: ''Film/ANewHope'', ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and ''Return of the Jedi''[[/note]]''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''[[/note]]
13th Feb '17 9:45:19 AM OlfinBedwere
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* ArtEvolution: Whereas the previous four episodes (in production order) were all over the place in terms of animation quality, by this point the animators were evidently starting to get the feel for the series, resulting in this being the first episode that really resembles the more familiar animation style employed by the series.
30th Dec '16 10:25:17 AM pointycatears
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* RunningGag, TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter, and WhatCouldHaveBeen: The DVD commentary reveals that Herman's story of losing his arm while sticking it out a school bus window was intended to be the start of one, with him giving a different outlandish story about it every time he appeared. Like with most good ideas from the early seasons, the writers never used this again.

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* RunningGag, TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter, and WhatCouldHaveBeen: The DVD commentary reveals that Herman's story of losing his arm while sticking it out a school bus window was intended to be the start of one, [[MultipleChoicePast with him giving a different outlandish story about it every time he appeared.appeared]]. Like with most good ideas from the early seasons, the writers never used this again.
10th Sep '16 8:49:20 PM NWolfman
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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Nelson was a truly feared bully in this early episode. With this, his first defeat, he began to be less and less threatening, and usually guys like Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney were more likely to play the role of a bully strong enough to threaten someone like Bart.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Nelson was a truly feared bully in this early episode. With this, his first defeat, he began to be less and less threatening, and usually guys threatening. Other bully characters like Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney were more likely to play the role of a bully strong enough to threaten someone like Bart.Bart while Nelson became more of a parody of bully clichés.
25th Aug '16 10:04:33 PM BatmanKalEl
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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Nelson was a truly feared bully in this early episode. With this, his first defeat, he began to be less and less threatening, and usually guys like Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney were more likely to play the role of a bully strong enough to threaten someone like Bart.



* VillainDecay, BadAssDecay: Nelson was a truly feared bully in this early episode. With this, his first defeat, he began to be less and less threatening, and usually guys like Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney were more likely to play the role of a bully strong enough to threaten someone like Bart.

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* VillainDecay, BadAssDecay: Nelson was a truly feared bully in this early episode. With this, his first defeat, he began to be less and less threatening, and usually guys like Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney were more likely to play the role of a bully strong enough to threaten someone like Bart.
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