History TearJerker / TheSimpsons

11th Apr '17 10:37:55 AM dannylightninglightner
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** When Homer and Marge first find out that Homer is dying, they hug each other and sob into each other's shoulders. The image is just saddening.
11th Apr '17 10:05:43 AM dannylightninglightner
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* In "Homer's Night Out," Homer gets caught dancing with an exotic dancer, even placing a couple dollar bills in her underwear. Marge is understandably furious, and is so incensed that she kicks Homer out of the house. But the look on Homer's face is so sad that you can't help but feel sorry for him, as well. He's screwed up and is deeply remorseful.
11th Apr '17 10:01:24 AM dannylightninglightner
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* Homer nearly being DrivenToSuicide in "Homer's Odyssey" after failing to find a new job.
* "Moaning Lisa": Lisa, who has been depressed for days and finds a friend in Bleeding Gums Murphy, is told by Marge to [[StepfordSmiler repress her unhappiness and go out into the world smiling over nothing]]. When Lisa goes to school, boys being using her to do her homework and Mr. Largo (the music teacher) tells her to play the saxophone the way he wants her to play. Marge gets upset, drags Lisa back in the car, and tells her that she was wrong about being a StepfordSmiler and Lisa should be free to express her emotions, with Lisa finally smiling over the fact that someone now understands her. The saddest part is that Marge was really doing her best, the StepfordSmiler advice was the way ''she'' was raised by her own mother, and she doesnt know any better way of dealing with sadness.

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* Homer nearly being DrivenToSuicide in "Homer's Odyssey" after failing to find a new job.
job. [[WhamEpisode And this is only the third episode of the series]].
** Just before the suicide attempt, Homer's depression is depicted in a fairly realistic manner; he's listless and has a dazed, tired look on his face, and barely speaks to anyone. And when he finds the cake in the fridge from his family with encouraging words written on it, he pushes it aside.
** The words in his suicide note are deeply sad to listen to, especially if you've suffered from depression:
--->'''Homer:''' Dear family. I am an utter failure, and you'll be better off without me. By the time you read this, I will be in my watery grave. I can only leave you with the words my father gave me: "Stand tall, have courage and never give up. " I only hope I can provide a better model in death than I did in life. Warmest regards. Love, Homer J. Simpson.
*** What ''really'' makes this scene heartbreaking is when he stops writing and sobs a little bit, brushing back tears before continuing to write.
* "Moaning Lisa": Lisa, who has been depressed for days and finds a friend in Bleeding Gums Murphy, is told by Marge to [[StepfordSmiler repress her unhappiness and go out into the world smiling over nothing]]. When Lisa goes to school, boys being using her to do her homework and Mr. Largo (the music teacher) tells her to play the saxophone the way he wants her to play. Marge gets upset, drags Lisa back in the car, and tells her that she was wrong about being a StepfordSmiler and Lisa should be free to express her emotions, with Lisa finally smiling over the fact that someone now understands her. The saddest part is that Marge was really doing her best, the StepfordSmiler advice was the way ''she'' was raised by her own mother, and she doesnt doesn't know any better way of dealing with sadness.
9th Apr '17 6:24:12 PM nombretomado
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* In "A Star is Burns", there's ([[UnfortunateNames the unfortunately named]]) ''Pukahontas'', the film Barney did about how his alcoholism has ruined his life (even worse when you realize that the season four episode "Mr. Plow" revealed that Barney was a Harvard-bound honors student studying for his SATs until Homer pressured him into trying beer, meaning that [[FridgeHorror Homer ruined his best friend's life]]). Despite the funny part where he mistakes Lisa's Girls' Scout meeting with an AA meeting, the rest of the film is very depressing and shows a dark side to Barney's alcoholism. Made worse by the fact that the prize Barney recieves is [[spoiler: a lifetime supply of Duff Beer.]]

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* In "A Star is Burns", there's ([[UnfortunateNames the unfortunately named]]) ''Pukahontas'', the film Barney did about how his alcoholism has ruined his life (even worse when you realize that the season four episode "Mr. Plow" revealed that Barney was a Harvard-bound honors student studying for his SATs UsefulNotes/SATs until Homer pressured him into trying beer, meaning that [[FridgeHorror Homer ruined his best friend's life]]). Despite the funny part where he mistakes Lisa's Girls' Scout meeting with an AA meeting, the rest of the film is very depressing and shows a dark side to Barney's alcoholism. Made worse by the fact that the prize Barney recieves is [[spoiler: a lifetime supply of Duff Beer.]]
8th Apr '17 1:31:11 PM kyatollah
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** This culminates in a rampage at Moe's that would give She-Hulk pause, and the only thing that stops her is Homer, who is audibly on the verge of tears. Leave it to The Simpsons to bring one of its most tender moments after an episode of violence, paranoia and steroid abuse.
---> '''Homer: Somewhere in that sea of bull hormones is the sweet, wonderful girl I married. The woman who, instead of swatting a fly, would give it a bath and send it on its way. (voice breaking) I'd sure like to go home and have Jiffy Pop with her!'''
9th Mar '17 10:52:45 AM trixus
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* In "The Saga of Carl", Carl Carlson seemingly ditches his friends. It is later revealed that he needed the lottery money they won to buy a historical document that he can use to prove the innocence of his adoptive ancestors in Iceland. The sad revelation is that while the Carlsons were revealed to not be cowards like the other Icelandic think, they also [[spoiler: turned against their own people and even killed and tortured a few of them]].

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* In "The Saga of Carl", Carl Carlson seemingly ditches his friends. It is later revealed that he needed the lottery money they won to buy a historical document that he can use to prove the innocence of his adoptive ancestors in Iceland. The sad revelation is that while the Carlsons were revealed to not be cowards like the other Icelandic think, they also [[spoiler: turned against their own people and even killed and tortured a few of them]]. Even worse is that Carl admits he never saw any of them as friends, which leads to Lenny trying to kill him.
26th Feb '17 8:21:29 PM SilentStranger
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** This episode puts a lot of Bart's trouble in school in perspective; he isnt just an "underachiever and proud of it" like the early merchandise of the show liked to say, he ''genuinely lacks the focus and intelligence needed'' to succeed in school. No amount of hard work and struggling is ever going to make up for that.



* ''Old Money'': The final scenes. Throughout the whole episode, we seem glimpses of the retirement home, and how it's run down and almost in shambles. At the end, Grandpa decides the best thing to do with the money he inherited from Bea was to donate everything to his retirement center so they can have money for better living conditions.

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* ''Old Money'': The final scenes. Throughout the whole episode, we seem glimpses of the retirement home, and how it's run down and almost in shambles. At the end, Grandpa decides the best thing to do with the money he inherited from Bea was to donate everything to his retirement center so they can have money for better living conditions. Even sadder, Abe originally wanted to use the money to help society's unfortunates, but realized that he simply didnt have enough money to do so. In the end, he had to settle for helping the ones he could.



** This just makes the ending even ''worse''. Homer just wanted to help Herbert, he did exactly what Herbert asked him to do; design a car that an Average Joe American type would want, that would appeal to blue-collar guys like Homer... and the result is an ugly, ugly car that cost a disproportionate ''fortune'' to make, leaving Herbert bankrupt. His last words on screen are to venomously spit at Homer that he doesn't ''have'' a brother, and you can just see how all of this has crushed Homer.

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** This just makes the ending even ''worse''. Homer just wanted to help Herbert, he did exactly what Herbert asked him to do; design a car that an Average Joe American type would want, that would appeal to blue-collar guys like Homer... and the result is an ugly, ugly car that cost a disproportionate ''fortune'' to make, leaving Herbert bankrupt. His last words on screen are to venomously spit at Homer that he doesn't ''have'' a brother, and you can just see how all of this has crushed Homer. It's especially bad if you realize that it was HERBS fault for giving Homer a job he couldnt handle, and not even inspecting his work.



** The ending is a mix of this and heartwarming; in the end, Marge does find some inner beauty in Mr Burns, that underneath his cruel personality and evil actions is a frail, tired old man, just as mortal as any other creature.
--> '''Burns''': Marge, I'm not an art expert, but I know what I hate... and I dont hate this.



* In "Mr. Lisa goes to Washington", Lisa is all set to recite an essay about the birth of America when she sees her congressman taking a bribe and agreeing to level an entire forest. She's so horrified and disillusioned by it that she rips up her essay and runs away in tears. Earlier in the episode, she even hoped that she could vote for him once she's old enough.

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* In "Mr. Lisa goes to Washington", Lisa is all set to recite an essay about the birth of America when she sees her congressman taking a bribe and agreeing to level an entire forest. She's so horrified and disillusioned by it that she rips up her essay and runs away in tears. Earlier in the episode, she even hoped that she could vote for him once she's old enough.enough, only to discover that he's just a corrupt pig who doesnt care about anything other than stuffing his pockets.
18th Feb '17 4:30:37 AM simonsolly
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* Another meta example: Italian fans were devastated when Tonino Accolla (the Italian dubber of Homer as well as [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon]] and Creator/EddieMurphy) died after a long illness. Best exemplified by [[http://i.imgur.com/eK6GpS1.jpg this drawing]][[note]]Translation: "Homer, why are you so quiet today?"[[/note]].

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* Another meta example: Italian fans were devastated when Tonino Accolla (the Italian dubber of Homer as well as [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon]] Timon]], [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Mike Wazowsky]] and Creator/EddieMurphy) died after a long illness. Best exemplified by [[http://i.imgur.com/eK6GpS1.jpg this drawing]][[note]]Translation: "Homer, why are you so quiet today?"[[/note]].
12th Feb '17 7:01:38 PM synczomb
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** On the Simpsons Season 2 DVD set, when you select an episode, you'll be brought to a separate menu that has the Simpsons theme playing. For this episode, the theme is replaced with Dr. J Loren Pryor saying that Bart will have to repeat the fourth grade, overlapped with Mrs. Krabappel reading Bart's recent test scores.
6th Feb '17 5:39:39 AM MysteriousZorua1994
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* ''Love is a Many-Splintered Thing'', has Bart once again reuniting with Mary Spunckler (who by the way is his most reacurring love interest not counting Jessica Lovejoy's cameos). They actually hit off a proper relationship, but they break up. Bart is actually told that Mary's the best he could get, and he shouts cynically at Marge. Bart and Homer spend some time at a hotel, where other men are having relationship problems. As a big grand gesture, Bart gets the other men to sing a musical number for their wives and girlfriends. Mary is present but [[spoiler: doesn't take Bart back, as she has already moved on to a new boyfriend.]]

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* ''Love is a Many-Splintered Thing'', has Bart once again reuniting with Mary Spunckler (who by the way is his most reacurring love interest not counting Jessica Lovejoy's cameos). They actually hit off a proper relationship, but they break up. Bart is actually told that Mary's the best he could get, and he shouts cynically at Marge.Marge, only for her to [[MoralEventHorizon coldly]] [[IHaveNoSon disown him]]. Bart and Homer spend some time at a hotel, where other men are having relationship problems. As a big grand gesture, Bart gets the other men to sing a musical number for their wives and girlfriends. Mary is present but [[spoiler: doesn't take Bart back, as she has already moved on to a new boyfriend.]]
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