History TearJerker / TheSimpsons

13th Feb '16 5:11:25 PM Pallo
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\n* "Principal Charming": Skinner crying on the school steps after Patty (out of sisterly love) decides to reject his marriage proposal.
9th Feb '16 1:22:33 AM SilentStranger
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* The very first aired episode "Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire". After not getting his Christmas bonus, Homer attempts to cut corners at a cheap supermarket. He then sees Flanders buying lavish gifts for his family and chatting with his son about how this could be "the best Christmas yet". Sad music builds up as Homer gazes at the random junk he just bought his family and sheds a single tear at letting them down.
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* The very first aired episode "Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire". After not getting his Christmas bonus, Homer attempts to cut corners at a cheap supermarket. He then sees Flanders buying lavish gifts for his family and chatting with his son about how this could be "the best Christmas yet". Sad music builds up as Homer gazes at the random junk he just bought his family and sheds a single tear at letting them down. And of him coming clean at the end, which is thankfully turned Heartwarming with the introduction of Santas Little Helper.

* "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.
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* "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.

** Lisa alone in her room blaming herself for Bart running away.
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** Lisa alone in her room blaming herself for Bart running away. On top of that, Bart admitting that he doesnt know why he acts like he does, or why he'd do it again, it just happens. He doesnt set out to be bad, it just comes anyway.

** Lisa alone Homer listening to the Bible on audiotape as he awaits the end. He isnt a very spiritual person, but even he wants to atleast try in her room blaming herself for Bart running away.his last moments.

--->'''Homer''': [pause] I dunno. I guess I was just a horrible son and no mother would want me.
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--->'''Homer''': [pause] I dunno. I guess I... guess... I was just a horrible son and no mother would want me.

* "A Fish Called Selma" is very funny but it is also clear that Selma is terribly lonely, willing to go through a sham of marriage just for the appearance of being happy. Troy himself comes across as just as alone and the last glimpse of him sadly watching Selma walk away might be one of the saddest in the show's history.
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* "A Fish Called Selma" is very funny but it is also clear that Selma is terribly lonely, willing to go through a sham of marriage just for the appearance of being happy. Troy himself comes across as just as alone and the last glimpse of him sadly watching Selma walk away might be one of the saddest in the show's history. If the shows implication about his sexual inclinations is true (its all but stated that he's sexually attracted to fish), a normal relationship with a real family might be all but impossible for him.

** The scene where he finally snaps (after the neighbors make a total pig's ear out of rebuilding his house) and shouts everyone down is undeniably funny but also a little scary and a little sad. Ned is being a jerk, true, but [[StrawmanHasAPoint none of his accusations are wrong]], and the townsfolk are clearly a little ashamed of pushing him over the edge.
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** The scene where he finally snaps (after the neighbors make a total pig's ear out of rebuilding his house) and shouts everyone down is undeniably funny but also a little scary and a little sad. Ned is being a jerk, true, but [[StrawmanHasAPoint none of his accusations are wrong]], and the townsfolk are clearly a little ashamed of pushing him over the edge. The worst part is that while most of Neds accusations are true, they came at exactly the wrong moment, when the neighbors only crime was not being good enough, which is hardly their fault. It was just the straw that broke the camels back.

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** The scene where he finally snaps (after Mind you, this is after ten years of trying to raise her son right, a son who has spent his entire life fighting her every step of the neighbors make a total pig's ear out of rebuilding his house) and shouts everyone down is undeniably funny but also a little scary and a little sad. Ned is being a jerk, true, but [[StrawmanHasAPoint none of his accusations are wrong]], and the townsfolk are clearly a little ashamed of pushing him over the edge. way.
4th Feb '16 8:02:53 PM BuddyBoy600alt
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** The episode pays a tribute to Marcia Wallace.
2nd Feb '16 10:10:05 AM ParkedCarAnne
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* The Simpsons team's tributes to Leonard Nimoy and Sam Simon this season.
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* The Simpsons team's tributes to Leonard Nimoy (whose appearances on "Marge vs. The Monorail" and "The Springfield Files" are considered memorable and hilarious moments for the show in its glory days) and Sam Simon (one of the three main executive producers/creators of the show, along with MattGroening and JamesLBrooks) this season.

* A meta example for all those home media completists out there: Al Jean [[http://www.engadget.com/2015/04/12/the-simpsons-drops-disc-releases/ recently announced]] that, after fourteen years and eighteen seasons (Seasons 1-17, and Season 20), the series will cease production of DVD and Blu-ray sets. There is some good news to this: the DVD and Blu-Ray halt was done to make room for future seasons that can be streamed and downloaded.
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* A meta example for all those home media completists out there: Al Jean [[http://www.engadget.com/2015/04/12/the-simpsons-drops-disc-releases/ recently announced]] that, after fourteen years and eighteen seasons (Seasons 1-17, and Season 20), the series will cease production of DVD and Blu-ray sets. There is some good news to this: the DVD and Blu-Ray halt was done to make room for future seasons that can be streamed and downloaded.downloaded, since more people are taking to the Internet to watch TV shows and movies rather than going to the movies or watching home media or their actual televisions.
30th Jan '16 4:45:03 PM Ciel12
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** For this troper it really shows why the slightly rougher animation style worked so much better - just look at Bart's face as he starts crying. It actually crumples up like people do in real life with InelegantBlubbering and it makes the scene so emotive given the context.
13th Jan '16 8:02:34 PM Cakeman
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* Speaking of Strong Arms of the Ma, Marge develops extreme agoraphobia after a chance encounter with a mugger. It escalates to the point where she ends up living inside her own basement. Fortunately, she eventually overcomes her fear...but it then goes too far in the other direction once she starts taking steroids.
8th Jan '16 9:05:27 PM Angeldeb82
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* When Bart was about to get to bed in "Krusty Gets Busted", the news comes on and reveals that Krusty the Clown was arrested for committing armed robbery at the Kwik-E-Mart [[spoiler: but was really Sideshow Bob in disguise to frame him]]. This shocks Bart massively, and after Homer confirms it due to being there (As seen below), he goes to bed in tears.
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* When Bart was about to get to bed in "Krusty Gets Busted", the news comes on and reveals that Krusty the Clown was arrested for committing armed robbery at the Kwik-E-Mart Kwik-E-Mart, [[spoiler: but it was really Sideshow Bob in disguise to frame him]]. This shocks Bart massively, and after Homer confirms it due to being there (As (as seen below), he goes to bed in tears.

** Fortunately, it gets better when Bart cites that his failure was similar to one George Washington encountered in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fort_Necessity his defeat in the Battle of Fort Necessity]], and Krabappel raises Bart's grade since he showed her that he did learn something. Then it becomes [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]] when Bart kisses Krabappel, shouts to the world that he finally passed a test, then realizes he kissed his own teacher and spits in disgust.
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** Fortunately, it gets better when Bart cites that his failure was similar to one George Washington encountered in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fort_Necessity his defeat in the Battle of Fort Necessity]], and Krabappel raises Bart's grade since he showed her that he did learn something. Then it becomes [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]] when Bart kisses Krabappel, shouts to the world that he finally passed a test, then realizes he kissed his own teacher and spits in disgust.

** And then, the ending finally manages to actually make you cry happy tears, [[HeartwarmingMoments as Marge does when she finds out that Homer is alive.]]
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** And then, the ending finally manages to actually make you cry happy tears, [[HeartwarmingMoments [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments as Marge does when she finds out that Homer is alive.]]

** The death of Bea and it's immediate aftermath is shattering. Abe loses someone he could genuinely love, and he ostracizes Homer a result, as Homer's disappointing safari trip kept Abe away from the retirement home while Bea died.
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** The death of Bea and it's its immediate aftermath is shattering. Abe loses someone he could genuinely love, and he ostracizes Homer a result, as Homer's disappointing safari trip kept Abe away from the retirement home while Bea died.

* "The Dark Knight Court". The realization that ''Mr. Burns'' has a FreudianExcuse as to why he's so evil (his father forbade him from reading comic books and even burned down a comic book publishing company to prove his point), though that's if you believe that Mr. Burns grew up poor, only to be adopted by a loveless, yet rich family ''a la'' Charles Foster Kane from ''CitizenKane''. If you believe that Burns was rich all his life (as seen in "Last Exit to Springfield" and "Burns' Heir") and became RichInDollarsPoorInSense because of his wealthy upbringing, then this doesn't count. Either way, the fact that he had a father like that does explain why Mr. Burns is so evil (besides the fact that he runs on pure bile and hate, which will never go away, technically making Mr. Burns immortal).
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* "The Dark Knight Court". The realization that ''Mr. Burns'' has a FreudianExcuse as to why he's so evil (his father forbade him from reading comic books and even burned down a comic book publishing company to prove his point), though that's if you believe that Mr. Burns grew up poor, only to be adopted by a loveless, yet rich family ''a la'' Charles Foster Kane from ''CitizenKane''.''Film/CitizenKane''. If you believe that Burns was rich all his life (as seen in "Last Exit to Springfield" and "Burns' Heir") and became RichInDollarsPoorInSense because of his wealthy upbringing, then this doesn't count. Either way, the fact that he had a father like that does explain why Mr. Burns is so evil (besides the fact that he runs on pure bile and hate, which will never go away, technically making Mr. Burns immortal).

*** [[{{Casablanca}} We'll always have the Bongo comics.]] (With Edna, at least.)
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*** [[{{Casablanca}} [[Film/{{Casablanca}} We'll always have the Bongo comics.]] (With Edna, at least.)

* Creator/DonHertzfeldt's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m78gYyTrG7Y couch gag]] from "A Clown in the Dumps" makes a not-so-subtle statement of the show becoming so dependent on shock humor, non sequiturs, and merchandise shilling, it doesn't have as much heart as it did at its peak. Homer in a far-distant, super-deformed future recalls relatively less distant and deformed episodes. The memories show that even as the series became more surreal to keep up with the times, Marge still tried to tell Homer she loved him, the Simpsons still considered themselves "a happy family", and Marge assured Homer that she would never forget him. Homer then sees the latest incarnation of Marge spout non sequiturs, while Bart and Lisa shout broken catchphrases, and Maggie commands viewers to purchase merchandise. The apparent lack of familial love causes Homer to utter a glum, "D'oh." ** The death (and resulting impact) of [[spoiler: Rabbi Krustofski.]]
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* Creator/DonHertzfeldt's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m78gYyTrG7Y couch gag]] from "A Clown "Clown in the Dumps" makes a not-so-subtle statement of the show becoming so dependent on shock humor, non sequiturs, and merchandise shilling, it doesn't have as much heart as it did at its peak. Homer in a far-distant, super-deformed future recalls relatively less distant and deformed episodes. The memories show that even as the series became more surreal to keep up with the times, Marge still tried to tell Homer she loved him, the Simpsons still considered themselves "a happy family", and Marge assured Homer that she would never forget him. Homer then sees the latest incarnation of Marge spout non sequiturs, while Bart and Lisa shout broken catchphrases, and Maggie commands viewers to purchase merchandise. The apparent lack of familial love causes Homer to utter a glum, glum "D'oh." ** The piece that accompanies this couch gag? Music/FryderykChopin's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGRO05WcNDk Nocturne Opus 9, No. 2]]. A bit depressing at least. ** The death (and resulting impact) of [[spoiler: Rabbi Krustofski.]]Krustofski]].
8th Jan '16 8:08:26 PM Angeldeb82
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-->'''Marge:''' (As she comforts Bart) I know it's bad. But who knows, Maybe it will turn that he was innocent all along. -->'''Homer:''' Earth to Marge, Earth to Marge, I was there. The clown is G-U-I-L-T-Y!
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-->'''Marge:''' (As she comforts Bart) I know it's bad. But who knows, Maybe maybe it will turn that he was innocent all along. -->'''Homer:''' Earth to Marge, Earth to Marge, I was there. The clown is G-U-I-L-T-Y! G-I-L-L-T-Y![[note]]He misspells "guilty", by the way.[[/note]]
5th Jan '16 7:10:07 AM GF93
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* When Bart was about to get to bed in "Krusty Gets Busted" The news came that Krusty the Clown was arrested from being arm-robbed at the Kwik-E-Mart[[spoiler:Who was really was Sideshow Bob that framed Krusty the Clown]]. And that shocked Bart Simpson. Bart went to bed tearfully.
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* When Bart was about to get to bed in "Krusty Gets Busted" The Busted", the news came comes on and reveals that Krusty the Clown was arrested from being arm-robbed for committing armed robbery at the Kwik-E-Mart[[spoiler:Who Kwik-E-Mart [[spoiler: but was really was Sideshow Bob that framed Krusty the Clown]]. And that shocked in disguise to frame him]]. This shocks Bart Simpson. Bart went massively, and after Homer confirms it due to being there (As seen below), he goes to bed tearfully.in tears.
5th Jan '16 5:11:05 AM axle-k89
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* "I Married Marge" has a lot of this. Homer tries and fails to get a job and support himself, Marge and their baby (Bart), and the real kicker comes when the baby's things are repossessed. And Marge's wedding ring. The letter Homer leaves behind for Marge is also incredibly sad, reducing Marge to tears (and Lisa in the present), but the last line is really heartbreaking. "You will not see me again until I am a man." Just think about that. Homer doesn't believe he is good enough for Marge or even worthy of being called a man, no matter what he does to try and show it. ** Possible happy tears may be shed when Marge and Homer reunite at the Gulp 'N' Blow, which only happened because Selma felt sorry for Marge. She may have hated Homer, but she still wanted Marge to be happy, even if it was with someone she personally disapproved. ** Homer's line to Bart, Lisa and Maggie at the episode's close is both this and Heartwarming: "You know son, the day you were born, I received the greatest give a man could have. As the years went by, your mother and I were blessed twice more, and not a day goes by that we don't thank God for all three of you." Awww...
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