History Recap / TheSimpsonsS9E17LisaTheSimpsons

30th Mar '16 1:45:00 PM BoyNinja
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* BittersweetEnding: Lisa will never get dumber with age due to being a female, but Bart is doomed to that fate. He just shrugs it off. Episodes set in the future just seem to show how much a deadbeat person Bart turns out to be.


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* ItRunsInTheFamily: The Simpson Gene is explained to be an hereditary gene that gradually turns a Simpson member into a dumb moron as they age. Lisa finds out through the female side of the family that the gene only affects the males, proven by how the females all have successful careers in medicine and being realtors for growing companies.
14th Dec '15 5:53:46 PM windyshadow32
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9th Nov '15 12:17:24 PM JamesAustin
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* [[invoked]]CriticalResearchFailure: In-universe. After giving an oversimplification of what DNA is, Troy [=McClure=] freezes up when asked what DNA actually ''stands for''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One of the attractions in the Kwik-E-Mart besides Jasper is the "World's Most Offensive Baseball Cap" with a subtitle "Do you dare to read it?" Rod and Tod Flanders read "Show Me Your --" before Flanders covers their eyes and [[LastSecondWordSwap assures them it says "Tie"]].

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* [[invoked]]CriticalResearchFailure: CriticalResearchFailure: In-universe. After giving an oversimplification of what DNA is, Troy [=McClure=] freezes up when asked what DNA actually ''stands for''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
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One of the attractions in the Kwik-E-Mart besides Jasper is the "World's Most Offensive Baseball Cap" with a subtitle "Do you dare to read it?" Rod and Tod Flanders read "Show Me Your --" before Flanders covers their eyes and [[LastSecondWordSwap assures them it says "Tie"]].



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%%* HarmlessFreezing* HarmlessFreezing: Jasper is frozen solid by the Kwik-E-Mart's freezer, and when he thaws out, he's completely unharmed, with absolutely no problems with hypothermia, frostbite, or shock.



* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Jasper defrosts and leaves the freezer, spoiling Apu's chance to sell him to the Rich Texan (or at least his head). Following this is a gag where the Kwik-E-Mart is remade into a strip joint called the Nud-E-Mart, complete with Apu and Sanjay naked behind a podium and a bike post outside the entrance.

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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: NakedPeopleAreFunny:
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Jasper defrosts and leaves the freezer, spoiling Apu's chance to sell him to the Rich Texan (or at least his head). Following this is a gag where the Kwik-E-Mart is remade into a strip joint called the Nud-E-Mart, complete with Apu and Sanjay naked behind a podium and a bike post outside the entrance.



** Homer, Bart, and Lisa watch a show featuring a montage of buildings exploding and imploding. One of the buildings is a Gothic manor with a gate reading ''[[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe The House of Usher]].''

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** Homer, Bart, and Lisa watch a show featuring a montage of buildings exploding and imploding. One of the buildings is a Gothic manor with a gate reading ''[[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe "[[Literature/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher The House of Usher]].''"
24th Oct '15 11:28:18 PM maxwellsilver
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* HarmlessFreezing

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* RiddleForTheAges: What ''was'' in the unlabelled can? Otto suggests it's ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow.



* StockLateralThinkingPuzzle: The brain teaser that sets off the episode is comparable to one as Lisa tries to figure out what the last symbol in a series of six would be. She even notes that the symbols don't appear to be anything like Egyptian hieroglyphics or any characters of the like. At the end, she finds that the symbols are made of the numbers 1-6 fused together with a mirrored image of each number.

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* StockLateralThinkingPuzzle: The brain teaser that sets off the episode is comparable to one as Lisa tries to figure out what the last symbol in a series of six would be. She even notes that the symbols don't appear to be anything like Egyptian hieroglyphics or any characters of the like. At the end, she finds that the symbols are made of the numbers 1-6 fused together with a mirrored image of each number.number.
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30th Sep '15 10:28:40 AM Premonition45
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* ShoutOut: During her speech to encourage people to use their minds, Lisa describes the works ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', ''Literature/HarrietTheSpy'', and ''Yertle the Turtle'' as great literature.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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During her speech to encourage people to use their minds, Lisa describes the works ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', ''Literature/HarrietTheSpy'', and ''Yertle the Turtle'' as great literature.


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** Lisa's nightmare where she becomes obese and uneducated spoofs ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape''.
11th May '15 3:04:12 PM Wartzanall
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* BittersweetEnding: Indeed, Lisa is shown that she will not be hindered by the Simpson Gene and will go on to remain the intellectual, thoughtful individual she has been. Bart however, is condemned to suffering the Simpson Gene's effects, even if NegativeContinuity takes hold. Bart even considers the disturbing implications of this, before deciding it doesn't matter and going to compete in a game where the Simpson males ram into each other with pots and pans on their heads.
** FridgeHorror: This episode's revelation that the Simpson men will grow dumb as they grow older means that Bart's hard-assed kindergarten teacher from "Lisa's Sax" was correct when she said that Bart would have no future.



* NegativeContinuity: Lots of it:
** If Bart really is losing his intelligence, how is he clever with pranks and manipulating adults (the ones that are stupid enough to fall for his tricks, like Homer, not the ones who are so bitter and jaded over his antics that they're not fooled anymore, like Mrs. Krabappel and pre-{{Flanderization}} Principal Skinner)? Is this a non-canon episode or a bad case of the writers knowing nothing about continuity (this episode's writer was newcomer Ned Goldreyer)? Is Bart really as stupid as his father Homer? And what about Grampa? How is he dumb if the "Curse of the Flying Hellfish" episode showed that he was a competent military leader, and "Lisa's First Word" revealed that he ratted out everyone on a crooked 1950s game show just so he can win himself a house?
** And if all Simpson men are doomed to stupidity, what about Herbert Powell (Homer's half-brother whose biological father is Grampa Simpson)? The only stupid thing Herbert did was let Homer design a car for him, but that can be excused as Herbert never knew he had a half-brother who was an idiot. Other than that, Herbert ran a successful car company and made millions on that baby translator machine (until he [[NoodleIncident inexplicably]] lost everything, as mentioned in "The Changing of the Guardian").
** Add to that a later episode revealing Homer's stupidity was the result of a crayon he had lodged in his brain as a child. When it was removed as an adult, he was even more intelligent than Lisa (though his IQ after the crayon was removed was 105, which makes him average).
9th Dec '14 2:56:36 PM maxwellsilver
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** If Bart really is losing his intelligence, how is he clever with pranks and manipulating adults (the ones that are stupid enough to fall for his tricks, like Homer, not the ones who are so bitter and jaded over his antics that they're not fooled anymore, like Mrs. Krabappel and pre-{{Flanderization}} Principal Skinner)? Is this a non-canon episode or a bad case of the writers knowing nothing about continuity (the person who wrote the episode was a newcomer named Ned Goldreyer)? Is Bart really as stupid as his father Homer? And what about Grampa? How is he dumb if the "Curse of the Flying Hellfish" episode showed that he was a competent military leader, and "Lisa's First Word" revealed that he ratted out everyone on a crooked 1950s game show just so he can win himself a house?

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** If Bart really is losing his intelligence, how is he clever with pranks and manipulating adults (the ones that are stupid enough to fall for his tricks, like Homer, not the ones who are so bitter and jaded over his antics that they're not fooled anymore, like Mrs. Krabappel and pre-{{Flanderization}} Principal Skinner)? Is this a non-canon episode or a bad case of the writers knowing nothing about continuity (the person who wrote the episode (this episode's writer was a newcomer named Ned Goldreyer)? Is Bart really as stupid as his father Homer? And what about Grampa? How is he dumb if the "Curse of the Flying Hellfish" episode showed that he was a competent military leader, and "Lisa's First Word" revealed that he ratted out everyone on a crooked 1950s game show just so he can win himself a house?



* ShoutOut: During her speech to encourage people to use their minds, Lisa describes the works ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', ''HarrietTheSpy'', and ''Yertle the Turtle'' as great literature.
** Homer, Bart, and Lisa watch a show featuring a montage of buildings exploding and imploding. One of the buildings is a Gothic manor with a gate reading [[EdgarAllanPoe The House of Usher]].

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* ShoutOut: During her speech to encourage people to use their minds, Lisa describes the works ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', ''HarrietTheSpy'', ''Literature/HarrietTheSpy'', and ''Yertle the Turtle'' as great literature.
** Homer, Bart, and Lisa watch a show featuring a montage of buildings exploding and imploding. One of the buildings is a Gothic manor with a gate reading [[EdgarAllanPoe ''[[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe The House of Usher]].''
13th Nov '14 4:08:07 PM LtFedora
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* [[invoked]]CriticalResearchFailure: In-universe. After giving an oversimplification of what DNA is, Troy [=McClure=] freezes up when asked what DNA actually ''stands for''.
28th Sep '14 12:48:33 PM Juneberries
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* BorrowedCatchphrase / MeaningfulEcho: [[FreudianSlip "Woo-hoo!]] ...[[VerbalBackspace I mean, 'splendid'"]].
30th Jul '14 12:42:33 PM BroomhandleJones
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** Add to that a later episode revealing Homer's stupidity was the result of a crayon he enlodged in his brain as a child. When it was removed as an adult, he was even more intelligent than Lisa.

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** Add to that a later episode revealing Homer's stupidity was the result of a crayon he enlodged had lodged in his brain as a child. When it was removed as an adult, he was even more intelligent than Lisa.Lisa (though his IQ after the crayon was removed was 105, which makes him average).
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