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* In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E14ScenesFromTheClassStruggleInSpringfield Scenes From The Class Struggle In Springfield]]", Marge buys a new dress that earns her a bunch of wealthy, snooty new friends. She tries to take her family with her to the country club. On the way there, Homer says he's going to tell a rude anecdote that got him "[[SoundEffectBleep bleeped]]" when he tried to tell it on the radio, Bart says he's going to get an old lady to leave him all her money, and Lisa is going to ask all the rich people if they even know their butlers' names. Marge gets angry, thinking the family are going to make her look bad, and scolds them all. She even gives Maggie a DeathGlare for sucking on her pacifier! They all hang their heads and say sorry. The real Tear Jerker moment, though, comes when Homer says this, which is so sad it makes Marge realise how horrible she's been:
--> '''Homer:''' You kids should thank your mother. Now that she's a better person, ''we can see how awful we really are...''
31st Mar '18 1:44:03 PM KeylonRocks7356
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* On "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E8MotherSimpson Mother Simpson]]", the ending image of Homer sitting alone on the boot of his car for hours, well into the night, is possibly the saddest image ever seen (beaten only by the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E7JurassicBark Jurassic Bark]]").

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* On "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E8MotherSimpson Mother Simpson]]", the ending image of Homer sitting alone on the boot of his car for hours, well into the night, is possibly the saddest image ever seen (beaten only by the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E7JurassicBark Jurassic Bark]]"). Definitely a DownerEnding.



** What makes this [[DownerEnding ending sadder]] is that they give credit to Jackie Banks, a member on the show, who [[InMemoriam died fifteen days prior to the episode's airing]].

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** What makes this [[DownerEnding ending sadder]] sadder is that they give credit to Jackie Banks, a member on the show, who [[InMemoriam died fifteen days prior to the episode's airing]].
31st Mar '18 1:42:01 PM KeylonRocks7356
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** What makes this [[DownerEnding ending sadder]] is that they give a ShoutOut to Jackie Banks, a member on the show, who [[InMemoriam died fifteen days prior to the episode's airing]].

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** What makes this [[DownerEnding ending sadder]] is that they give a ShoutOut credit to Jackie Banks, a member on the show, who [[InMemoriam died fifteen days prior to the episode's airing]].
19th Mar '18 1:30:53 PM Premonition45
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[[caption-width-right:345:"At least this time, I'm awake for your goodbye..."]]
2nd Mar '18 6:01:36 PM dlchen145
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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.

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** This episode puts a lot of Bart's trouble in school in perspective; he isnt isn't 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.



** 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 doesn't set out to be bad, it just comes anyway.

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** Lisa alone in her room blaming herself for Bart running away. On top of that, Bart admitting that he doesnt doesn't know why he acts like he does, or why he'd do it again, it just happens. He doesn't set out to be bad, it just comes anyway.



** Homer listening to the Bible on audiotape as he awaits the end. He isnt a very spiritual person, but even he wants to at least try in his last moments.

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** Homer listening to the Bible on audiotape as he awaits the end. He isnt isn't a very spiritual person, but even he wants to at least try in his last moments.



** 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 HERB'S fault for giving Homer a job he couldnt handle, and not even inspecting his work.

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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 HERB'S fault for giving Homer a job he couldnt couldn't handle, and not even inspecting his work.



* "[[Recap/TheSimsponsS2E17OldMoney 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.

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* "[[Recap/TheSimsponsS2E17OldMoney 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 didn't have enough money to do so. In the end, he had to settle for helping the ones he could.



** 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.

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** The ending is a mix of this and heartwarming; in the end, Marge does find some inner beauty in Mr 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 don't hate this.
27th Feb '18 7:34:18 AM KeylonRocks7356
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** What makes this [[DownerEnding ending sadder]] is that they give a ShoutOut to Jackie Banks, a member on the show, who [[InMemoriam died at the time of the episode's making]].

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** What makes this [[DownerEnding ending sadder]] is that they give a ShoutOut to Jackie Banks, a member on the show, who [[InMemoriam died at the time of fifteen days prior to the episode's making]].airing]].
26th Feb '18 11:06:08 PM KeylonRocks7356
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** What makes this sadder is that a staff member on the show, Jackie Banks, [[InMemoriam died at the time of the episode's making]].

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** What makes this sadder [[DownerEnding ending sadder]] is that they give a staff ShoutOut to Jackie Banks, a member on the show, Jackie Banks, who [[InMemoriam died at the time of the episode's making]].
26th Feb '18 11:01:28 PM KeylonRocks7356
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** What makes this sadder is that a staff member on the show, Jackie Banks, [[InMemoriam died at the time of the episode's making]].
20th Feb '18 2:12:09 PM AmuckCricetine
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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 Santa's Little Helper.

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* The very first aired episode "Simpsons "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E1SimpsonsRoastingOnAnOpenFire Simpsons Roasting On An on an Open Fire".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 Santa's Little Helper.



* Homer nearly being DrivenToSuicide in "Homer's Odyssey" after failing to find a new job. [[WhamEpisode And this is only the third episode of the series]].

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* Homer nearly being DrivenToSuicide in "Homer's Odyssey" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E3HomersOdyssey Homer's Odyssey]]" after failing to find a new job. [[WhamEpisode And this is only the third episode of the series]].



* "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 doesn't know any better way of dealing with sadness.

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* "Moaning Lisa": "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E6MoaningLisa 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 doesn't know any better way of dealing with sadness.



* 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.

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* In "Homer's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E10HomersNightOut Homer's Night Out," 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.



* 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 it 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 "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E12KrustyGetsBusted Krusty Gets Busted", Busted]]", the news comes on and reveals that Krusty the Clown was arrested for committing armed robbery at the 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 seen below), he goes to bed in tears.



* "Bart Gets An F": The part where, after Bart goes through Hell to try and pass his history exam (even giving up having fun on a snow day so he can study), he still fails it. He breaks down crying, telling Krabappel that he actually studied and took the assignment seriously.

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* "Bart "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E2BartGetsAnF Bart Gets An F": F]]": The part where, after Bart goes through Hell to try and pass his history exam (even giving up having fun on a snow day so he can study), he still fails it. He breaks down crying, telling Krabappel that he actually studied and took the assignment seriously.



** 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.
* Homer losing his hair at the end of ''Simpson and Delilah''. He seemed so happy to have hair for the first time in years, then the promotions and wealth he gained from his looks all slipped through his fingers. It's no accident that he becomes insanely attached to his remaining three strands after that and bursts into tears whenever they're cut or plucked.

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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.
* Homer losing his hair at the end of ''Simpson "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E2SimpsonAndDeliah Simpson and Delilah''.Delilah]]". He seemed so happy to have hair for the first time in years, then the promotions and wealth he gained from his looks all slipped through his fingers. It's no accident that he becomes insanely attached to his remaining three strands after that and bursts into tears whenever they're cut or plucked.



* "Bart vs. Thanksgiving" has Homer and Marge lamenting Bart running away and blaming themselves for how they acted toward him. This of course, was ''after'' Marge screamed at Bart that he ruined Thanksgiving due to him and Lisa arguing over whether or not the centerpiece or the turkey should be front and center in the table (the former fell into the fire).

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* "Bart "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E7BartVsThanksgiving Bart vs. Thanksgiving" Thanksgiving]]" has Homer and Marge lamenting Bart running away and blaming themselves for how they acted toward him. This of course, was ''after'' Marge screamed at Bart that he ruined Thanksgiving due to him and Lisa arguing over whether or not the centerpiece or the turkey should be front and center in the table (the former fell into the fire).



* The season 2 episode "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish" because Homer only had 24 hours to live and wanted to do everything he never got a chance to do which include: Having a man-to-man talk with Bart (and teaching him how to shave, with hilarious results), listen to Lisa play her sax (and singing along to "When the Saints Go Marching In"), and enjoy father-son time with Abe. It didn't help when it really looked like he had died in the middle of the night.

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* The season 2 episode "One "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E11OneFishTwoFishBlowfishBlueFish One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish" Fish]]" because Homer only had 24 hours to live and wanted to do everything he never got a chance to do which include: Having a man-to-man talk with Bart (and teaching him how to shave, with hilarious results), listen to Lisa play her sax (and singing along to "When the Saints Go Marching In"), and enjoy father-son time with Abe. It didn't help when it really looked like he had died in the middle of the night.



* In "The Way We Was", Homer being hopelessly in love with Marge, crying at the prom when she and Artie win prom royalty, and the very end, when Marge picks him up in her car.

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* In "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E12TheWayWeWas The Way We Was", Was]]", Homer being hopelessly in love with Marge, crying at the prom when she and Artie win prom royalty, and the very end, when Marge picks him up in her car.



* ''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.

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* ''Old Money'': "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E14PrincipalCharming Principal Charming]]": Skinner crying on the school steps after Patty (out of sisterly love) turns down his proposal.
* This one line from, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E15OhBrotherWhereArtThou Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?]]" It sums up all of Homer's feelings in finally finding who he was looking for.
--> '''Homer:''' "Because... I'm your baby brother, Homer."
** 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 HERB'S fault for giving Homer a job he couldnt handle, and not even inspecting his work.
* "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E16BartsDogGetsAnF Bart's Dog Gets an F]]": Bart and Santa's Little Helper having fun for the last time before he is given away. This is happily subverted moments later when SLH shows he ''can'' take orders and goes on to pass his final exam, which allows him to stay with the family.
* "[[Recap/TheSimsponsS2E17OldMoney 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.



** From the same episode, the tragic and crushed way Abe says "They may say she died of a burst ventricle, but the truth is she died of a broken heart." With his borderline sobbing tone, even a cheesy line like that becomes tearjerking.
* Four powerful, tiny little words from season 2's "Lisa's Substitute": ''You Are Lisa Simpson.''

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** From the same episode, the The tragic and crushed way Abe says "They may say she died of a burst ventricle, but the truth is she died of a broken heart." With his borderline sobbing tone, even a cheesy line like that becomes tearjerking.
* A couple from "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E18BrushWithGreatness Brush with Greatness]]":
** Marge's flashback, wherein her art teacher from high school mocked and rejected her beautiful painting of Music/RingoStarr, though it's made better when her new teacher and Ringo Starr himself tell her that they love her art.
** The biggest one in the episode would probably be when Marge is busy trying to paint a portrait of a very uncooperative and rude Mr. Burns and Homer rushes in excitedly talking about the progress he's making in his diet (having gone on the diet after a humiliating incident at a local waterpark). Marge praises him, but Mr. Burns responds by mocking Homer's weight, telling him that he's "the fattest thing he's ever seen" and [[KickTheDog completely shattering his self-confidence in one fell swoop]]. This prompts [[TheWoobie Homer]] to tearfully head into the kitchen to binge on food, while Marge, [[MamaBear understandably furious]], chews out Mr. Burns and demands that he leave the house. Afterward, she smashes the portrait in fury and rushes to the kitchen to stop Homer from stuffing his face with whipped cream, before declaring that she gives up on seeing any beauty in Mr. Burns, with [[MoralEventHorizon this whole incident]] just cementing to her that he's just irredeemably evil and nothing can change that.
** 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.
* Four powerful, tiny little words from season 2's "Lisa's Substitute": "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E19LisasSubstitute Lisa's Substitute]]": ''You Are Lisa Simpson.''



* This one line from, "O, Brother Where Art Thou?" It sums up all of Homer's feelings in finally finding who he was looking for.
--> '''Homer:''' "Because... I'm your baby brother, Homer."
** 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 HERB'S fault for giving Homer a job he couldnt handle, and not even inspecting his work.
* "Principal Charming": Skinner crying on the school steps after Patty (out of sisterly love) turns down his proposal.
* A couple from "Brush With Greatness":
** Marge's flashback, wherein her art teacher from high school mocked and rejected her beautiful painting of Music/RingoStarr, though it's made better when her new teacher and Ringo Starr himself tell her that they love her art.
** The biggest one in the episode would probably be when Marge is busy trying to paint a portrait of a very uncooperative and rude Mr. Burns and Homer rushes in excitedly talking about the progress he's making in his diet (having gone on the diet after a humiliating incident at a local waterpark). Marge praises him, but Mr. Burns responds by mocking Homer's weight, telling him that he's "the fattest thing he's ever seen" and [[KickTheDog completely shattering his self-confidence in one fell swoop]]. This prompts [[TheWoobie Homer]] to tearfully head into the kitchen to binge on food, while Marge, [[MamaBear understandably furious]], chews out Mr. Burns and demands that he leave the house. Afterward, she smashes the portrait in fury and rushes to the kitchen to stop Homer from stuffing his face with whipped cream, before declaring that she gives up on seeing any beauty in Mr. Burns, with [[MoralEventHorizon this whole incident]] just cementing to her that he's just irredeemably evil and nothing can change that.
** 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.
* "Bart's Dog Gets An F": Bart and Santa's Little Helper having fun for the last time before he is given away. This is happily subverted moments later when SLH shows he ''can'' take orders and goes on to pass his final exam, which allows him to stay with the family.



* "Lisa, It's Your Birthday", for being only a minute long within the episode "Stark Raving Dad", can cause tears of joy out of practically anyone. It's now more depressing than it should be in light of Music/MichaelJackson's death.
* 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 (the very same that inspired her essay to begin with). 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, only to discover that he's just a corrupt pig who doesn't care about anything other than stuffing his pockets.
* "When Flanders Failed", in general. Homer makes a {{Jerkass}} wish against Flanders, leading to him falling on hard times. Eventually, Homer starts to regret it and tries to give back the stuff he bought in Ned's garage sale, only to find that their house has been repossessed and they're spending the night in their car, building up to one of the most depressing conversations in Simpsons history.

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* "Lisa, It's Your Birthday", for being only a minute long within the episode "Stark "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E1StarkRavingDad Stark Raving Dad", Dad]]", can cause tears of joy out of practically anyone. It's now more depressing than it should be in light of Music/MichaelJackson's death.
* In "Mr. "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E2MrLisaGoesToWashington Mr. Lisa goes to Washington", 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 (the very same that inspired her essay to begin with). 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, only to discover that he's just a corrupt pig who doesn't care about anything other than stuffing his pockets.
* "When "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E3WhenFlandersFailed When Flanders Failed", Failed]]", in general. Homer makes a {{Jerkass}} wish against Flanders, leading to him falling on hard times. Eventually, Homer starts to regret it and tries to give back the stuff he bought in Ned's garage sale, only to find that their house has been repossessed and they're spending the night in their car, building up to one of the most depressing conversations in Simpsons history.



* "Lisa's Pony": Lisa giving up the one thing she loves (a pony) after learning that Homer is taking a second job at the Kwik-E-Mart just so he can pay for the upkeep. Even the stern, British stable master was touched (even though she doesn't express it).

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* "Lisa's Pony": Krusty mournfully revealing that his father never accepted him becoming a clown and hated him for it, in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E6LikeFatherLikeClown Like Father, Like Clown]]".
* "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E8LisasPony Lisa's Pony]]":
Lisa giving up the one thing she loves (a pony) after learning that Homer is taking a second job at the Kwik-E-Mart just so he can pay for the upkeep. Even the stern, British stable master was touched (even though she doesn't express it).



* Krusty mournfully revealing that his father never accepted him becoming a clown and hated him for it, in "Like Father, Like Clown."
* "Radio Bart." Sure, Bart took the town for a ride when he concocted the "Timmy O'Toole" shtick to explain why he fell in an abandoned well, but the town ''immediately'' dropping any and all support for him as soon as they found out about it was crushing. Mayor Quimby's press conference, where he told the media "Let him stay down there!" certainly didn't help matters.
* "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.

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* Krusty mournfully revealing that his father never accepted him becoming a clown and hated him for it, in "Like Father, Like Clown."
* "Radio Bart." Sure, Bart took the town for a ride when he concocted the "Timmy O'Toole" shtick to explain why he fell in an abandoned well, but the town ''immediately'' dropping any and all support for him as soon as they found out about it was crushing. Mayor Quimby's press conference, where he told the media "Let him stay down there!" certainly didn't help matters.
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"[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E12IMarriedMarge I Married Marge" 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.



* Marge having a complete mental breakdown at the beginning of "Homer Alone." What causes her to snap is Maggie accidentally spraying her with her bottle, causing Marge, already on the verge of a meltdown, to scream [[BigNo "NOOO!!!"]] and park her car in the middle of the bridge. She remains silent and unresponsive for a while, until Homer eventually finds her and coaxes her out of the car.
* "Dog of Death" hits especially hard for people who know exactly what it's like to lose a beloved pet. None of Santa's Little Helper's condition is played for laughs and, at one point, he even looks at Homer and whimpers with an expression of, "Am I going to die?"

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* "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E13RadioBart Radio Bart]]". Sure, Bart took the town for a ride when he concocted the "Timmy O'Toole" shtick to explain why he fell in an abandoned well, but the town ''immediately'' dropping any and all support for him as soon as they found out about it was crushing. Mayor Quimby's press conference, where he told the media "Let him stay down there!" certainly didn't help matters.
* Marge having a complete mental breakdown at the beginning of "Homer Alone." "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E5HomerAlone Homer Alone]]". What causes her to snap is Maggie accidentally spraying her with her bottle, causing Marge, already on the verge of a meltdown, to scream [[BigNo "NOOO!!!"]] and park her car in the middle of the bridge. She remains silent and unresponsive for a while, until Homer eventually finds her and coaxes her out of the car.
* "Dog "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E19DogOfDeath Dog of Death" Death]]" hits especially hard for people who know exactly what it's like to lose a beloved pet. None of Santa's Little Helper's condition is played for laughs and, at one point, he even looks at Homer and whimpers with an expression of, "Am I going to die?"



* The episode "Bart's Friend Falls in Love": When Samantha Stanky's strict and overprotective father discovers his daughter and Milhouse kissing in the tree together. Not only does he berate her, but he carries her away, as he tells her that he will place her in an all-girl school and that she will never see Milhouse again. The true stinger occurs when the two cry out each other's names. The music that plays when this happens only makes it that more heartbreaking, as Mr. Stanky angrily slams the car door shut and drives off, while Samantha presses against the window screen.

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* The episode "Bart's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E23BartsFriendFallsInLove Bart's Friend Falls in Love": Love]]": When Samantha Stanky's strict and overprotective father discovers his daughter and Milhouse kissing in the tree together. Not only does he berate her, but he carries her away, as he tells her that he will place her in an all-girl school and that she will never see Milhouse again. The true stinger occurs when the two cry out each other's names. The music that plays when this happens only makes it that more heartbreaking, as Mr. Stanky angrily slams the car door shut and drives off, while Samantha presses against the window screen.



* Lisa being upset over her appearance in "Lisa the Beauty Queen" will affect those who have had self-esteem issues over their appearance (ditto for the subplot of "Sleeping with the Enemy" where Lisa purposely starves herself so she can lose weight in her butt, then at the end, tells Homer that her body image issues will never be resolved and that she'll still feel bad about the way she looks).
* The ending of "Lisa's First Word", in which [[spoiler: Maggie says her first word, "Daddy"]]. For context on why it's heartbreaking: all throughout the story, Bart and Lisa (as babies/toddlers) never called Homer "Dad" or "Daddy" and the one time a Simpson kid does call Homer "Daddy," he misses it (even though [[WordOfGod the writers on the DVDCommentary]] said that they had to go through a lot of takes to make Creator/ElizabethTaylor's "Daddy" line sound like something a one-year-old child would say and not a 20-year-old seductress perched on the lap of a squirming, blushing man as she's caressing his face and nuzzling his neck).
* Selma feeling sad that she's not mother material after her bad day at Duff Gardens on "Selma's Choice" (even ''Homer'' of all people holds her hand in sympathy when she laments that she couldn't care for Bart and Lisa during their disastrous trip), and the ending where she finally gets a "little version" of herself to love and care for -- the pet iguana, Jub-Jub (that was originally given to Marge's mom, Jackie, but she tried to stab it with a hat pin.) For all post-classic ''Simpsons'' fans: this was before Selma adopted the Chinese baby on season 16's "Goo-Goo Gai Pan"
* "I Love Lisa" is Ralph Wiggum's CrowningMomentOfAwesome. After Lisa humiliated him at the ''Krusty the Klown'' 29th anniversary special, he prepares to play George Washington for the President's Day show, with Lisa as his Martha. He tosses the valentine she gave him into the fire...and gives the performance of his friggin' life. It even moves Groundskepper Willie to tears.

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* Lisa being upset over her appearance in "Lisa "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E4LisaTheBeautyQueen Lisa the Beauty Queen" Queen]]" will affect those who have had self-esteem issues over their appearance (ditto for the subplot of "Sleeping with the Enemy" where Lisa purposely starves herself so she can lose weight in her butt, then at the end, tells Homer that her body image issues will never be resolved and that she'll still feel bad about the way she looks).
* The ending of "Lisa's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E10LisasFirstWord Lisa's First Word", Word]]", in which [[spoiler: Maggie says her first word, "Daddy"]]. For context on why it's heartbreaking: all throughout the story, Bart and Lisa (as babies/toddlers) never called Homer "Dad" or "Daddy" and the one time a Simpson kid does call Homer "Daddy," he misses it (even though [[WordOfGod the writers on the DVDCommentary]] said that they had to go through a lot of takes to make Creator/ElizabethTaylor's "Daddy" line sound like something a one-year-old child would say and not a 20-year-old seductress perched on the lap of a squirming, blushing man as she's caressing his face and nuzzling his neck).
* "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E11HomersTripleBypass Homer's Triple Bypass]]": Homer praying to God (before the nurse shushed him and pointed to the "No Praying" sign) to look after Marge and make sure Bart, Lisa, and Maggie grow up right should the worst happen to him.
* Selma feeling sad that she's not mother material after her bad day at Duff Gardens on "Selma's Choice" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E13SelmasChoice Selma's Choice]]" (even ''Homer'' of all people holds her hand in sympathy when she laments that she couldn't care for Bart and Lisa during their disastrous trip), and the ending where she finally gets a "little version" of herself to love and care for -- the pet iguana, Jub-Jub (that was originally given to Marge's mom, Jackie, but she tried to stab it with a hat pin.) For all post-classic ''Simpsons'' fans: this was before Selma adopted the Chinese baby on season 16's "Goo-Goo Gai Pan"
* "I "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E15ILoveLisa I Love Lisa" Lisa]]" is Ralph Wiggum's CrowningMomentOfAwesome. After Lisa humiliated him at the ''Krusty the Klown'' 29th anniversary special, he prepares to play George Washington for the President's Day show, with Lisa as his Martha. He tosses the valentine she gave him into the fire...and gives the performance of his friggin' life. It even moves Groundskepper Willie to tears.



* "Homer's Triple Bypass": Homer praying to God (before the nurse shushed him and pointed to the "No Praying" sign) to look after Marge and make sure Bart, Lisa, and Maggie grow up right should the worst happen to him.



* Homer coming to the defense of Flanders in "Homer Loves Flanders", after inadvertently causing the townspeople to turn on him. Having just loudly cussed Homer in church, - the climax of spending the episode trying to ward off Homer's new-found admiration. Flanders himself is openly moved and humbled by this unusually tender speech from his neighbor.
* When Smithers helps Mr. Burns write a love letter to Marge's mother, he comes up with something very heartfelt. Mr Burns asks Smithers how he was able to come up with such an amazing love declaration on the spot. Smithers reveals that he wrote [[AnguishedDeclarationofLove the exact same thing for Burns]]. Heartbroken that Mr Burns doesn't remember (or possibly never even read) his love letter, Smithers runs away in tears.
* In "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song" Skinner, after being fired from Springfield Elementary, stares at the school and sobs at the memories of the students. Even sadder is that it convinces him to re-enlist in the army because it was "the only thing besides school that has ever given my life meaning".

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* Homer coming to the defense of Flanders in "Homer "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E16HomerLovesFlanders Homer Loves Flanders", Flanders]]", after inadvertently causing the townspeople to turn on him. Having just loudly cussed Homer in church, - the climax of spending the episode trying to ward off Homer's new-found admiration. Flanders himself is openly moved and humbled by this unusually tender speech from his neighbor.
* When In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E19SweetSeymourSkinnersBaadasssssSong Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song]]" Skinner, after being fired from Springfield Elementary, stares at the school and sobs at the memories of the students. Even sadder is that it convinces him to re-enlist in the army because it was "the only thing besides school that has ever given my life meaning".
* From "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E21LadyBouviersLover Lady Bouvier's Lover]]": when
Smithers helps Mr. Burns write a love letter to Marge's mother, he comes up with something very heartfelt. Mr Burns asks Smithers how he was able to come up with such an amazing love declaration on the spot. Smithers reveals that he wrote [[AnguishedDeclarationofLove the exact same thing for Burns]]. Heartbroken that Mr Burns doesn't remember (or possibly never even read) his love letter, Smithers runs away in tears.
* In "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song" Skinner, after being fired from Springfield Elementary, stares at the school and sobs at the memories of the students. Even sadder is that it convinces him to re-enlist in the army because it was "the only thing besides school that has ever given my life meaning".
tears.



* ''Lisa On Ice:'' The episode involves Bart and Lisa discovering they have a talent for hockey, and as a result their SiblingRivalry gets wrenched UpToEleven. They spend the whole episode viciously competing against each other. Eventually, they reach the end of an important match, and both teams are tied. As Bart is heading over to the goal to make the winning shot, the crowd starts yelling "Kill, Bart" (or "Kill Bart", for Lisa's supporters), baying for blood. Bart and Lisa look at each other, and both remember happier times - Bart remembers helping Lisa reach for the cookie jar, Lisa remembers Bart giving her a scoop of his ice cream after she dropped hers. Both decide to throw down their sticks in the final seconds of the game, which results in a tie. Marge sheds tears of pride for her children, while Homer sobs, exclaiming "[[MoodWhiplash They're both losers!]]" As a result, [[BadCopIncompetentCop Chief Wiggum]] incites a [[HockeyFight hockey riot]] while Bart and Lisa [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming peacefully skate around the rink]].

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* ''Lisa "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E8LisaOnIce Lisa On Ice:'' Ice]]": The episode involves Bart and Lisa discovering they have a talent for hockey, and as a result their SiblingRivalry gets wrenched UpToEleven. They spend the whole episode viciously competing against each other. Eventually, they reach the end of an important match, and both teams are tied. As Bart is heading over to the goal to make the winning shot, the crowd starts yelling "Kill, Bart" (or "Kill Bart", for Lisa's supporters), baying for blood. Bart and Lisa look at each other, and both remember happier times - Bart remembers helping Lisa reach for the cookie jar, Lisa remembers Bart giving her a scoop of his ice cream after she dropped hers. Both decide to throw down their sticks in the final seconds of the game, which results in a tie. Marge sheds tears of pride for her children, while Homer sobs, exclaiming "[[MoodWhiplash They're both losers!]]" As a result, [[BadCopIncompetentCop Chief Wiggum]] incites a [[HockeyFight hockey riot]] while Bart and Lisa [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming peacefully skate around the rink]].



* ''And Maggie Makes Three:'' Homer quitting his beloved job as a Pin Monkey and going back to the Power Plant. Most heartwrenching is the guys at the alley pitched in and bought Homer a nice jacket as a going away present but the acid rain near the plant dissolved it immediately after he got it.

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* ''And "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E13AndMaggieMakesThree And Maggie Makes Three:'' Three]]": Homer quitting his beloved job as a Pin Monkey and going back to the Power Plant. Most heartwrenching is the guys at the alley pitched in and bought Homer a nice jacket as a going away present but the acid rain near the plant dissolved it immediately after he got it.



* 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 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 receives is [[spoiler: a lifetime supply of Duff Beer.]]

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* In "A "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E18AStarIsBurns A Star is Burns", 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 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 receives is [[spoiler: a lifetime supply of Duff Beer.]]



* Homer's speech to Lisa before her wedding, in "Lisa's Wedding"

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* Homer's speech to Lisa before her wedding, in "Lisa's Wedding" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E19LisasWedding Lisa's Wedding]]":



* Whether you love or hate Bleeding Gums Murphy, "'Round Springfield" is one of those episodes that would make you cry a lot if you were Lisa. The "Jazz Man" song can also make one burst into tears.

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* Whether you love or hate Bleeding Gums Murphy, "'Round Springfield" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E22RoundSpringfield 'Round Springfield]]" is one of those episodes that would make you cry a lot if you were Lisa. The "Jazz Man" song can also make one burst into tears.



* On "Mother Simpson", the ending image of Homer sitting alone on the boot of his car for hours, well into the night, is possibly the saddest image ever seen (beaten only by the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E7JurassicBark Jurassic Bark]]").

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* On "Mother Simpson", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E8MotherSimpson Mother Simpson]]", the ending image of Homer sitting alone on the boot of his car for hours, well into the night, is possibly the saddest image ever seen (beaten only by the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E7JurassicBark Jurassic Bark]]").



* In ''Marge Be Not Proud'', after Bart is caught shoplifting the video game ''Bonestorm'', Marge freezes him out of family activities (such as tucking him in at night; even though Bart never looked forward to it, he immediately feels how crushing it is when she ''doesn't'' do it). That alone would qualify, but at the end of the episode, Bart comes in with a mysterious item under his jacket. Marge suspects he's shoplifted again...but Bart went back to the store to take a Christmas portrait of himself (that he actually paid for). Marge is touched and forgives him by giving him his Christmas present, a video game. Although he's internally underwhelmed that it's ''Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge'' and not ''Bonestorm'', he's just happy to have her love again and thanks her.

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* In ''Marge "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E11MargeBeNotProud Marge Be Not Proud'', Proud]]", after Bart is caught shoplifting the video game ''Bonestorm'', Marge freezes him out of family activities (such as tucking him in at night; even though Bart never looked forward to it, he immediately feels how crushing it is when she ''doesn't'' do it). That alone would qualify, but at the end of the episode, Bart comes in with a mysterious item under his jacket. Marge suspects he's shoplifted again...but Bart went back to the store to take a Christmas portrait of himself (that he actually paid for). Marge is touched and forgives him by giving him his Christmas present, a video game. Although he's internally underwhelmed that it's ''Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge'' and not ''Bonestorm'', he's just happy to have her love again and thanks her.



* "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.
* In "Much Apu About Nothing", Apu faces deportation due to being an illegal immigrant. In desperation, he buys a fake ID and tries horribly to act American, only to feel ashamed at rejecting his Indian heritage, and breaks down and cries over being deported. Homer is so shaken he stops his support of the Proposition.
* Pretty much the whole of Lisa's story through "Summer of 4 Ft 2." The hits start coming when her yearbook gets passed around by the other students and no one bothers to sign it, and keep coming through Lisa trying to reinvent herself and gain actual friends, only for Bart to ruin it because he's jealous that Lisa's made friends with the cool kids. The tears get to be joyful when the kids reveal that they still like Lisa and that they've attached all this stuff from the beach to the Simpsons family car so she can remember them when she leaves.

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* "A "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E19AFishCalledSelma A Fish Called Selma" 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.
* In "Much "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E23MuchApuAboutNothing Much Apu About Nothing", Nothing]]", Apu faces deportation due to being an illegal immigrant. In desperation, he buys a fake ID and tries horribly to act American, only to feel ashamed at rejecting his Indian heritage, and breaks down and cries over being deported. Homer is so shaken he stops his support of the Proposition.
* Pretty much the whole of Lisa's story through "Summer "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E25SummerOf4Ft2 Summer of 4 Ft 2." Ft. 2]]". The hits start coming when her yearbook gets passed around by the other students and no one bothers to sign it, and keep coming through Lisa trying to reinvent herself and gain actual friends, only for Bart to ruin it because he's jealous that Lisa's made friends with the cool kids. The tears get to be joyful when the kids reveal that they still like Lisa and that they've attached all this stuff from the beach to the Simpsons family car so she can remember them when she leaves.



* After his house is destroyed in "Hurricane Neddy", Ned heads into the church at night and pleads with God for a reason as to why he's lost everything. While not exactly a tear-jerker per se, it's arguably one of the show's most powerful quiet moments, in that there's no humor in it at all. It's just a despairing man trying to make sense of events beyond his control.

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* After his house is destroyed in "Hurricane Neddy", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E8HurricaneNeddy Hurricane Neddy]]", Ned heads into the church at night and pleads with God for a reason as to why he's lost everything. While not exactly a tear-jerker per se, it's arguably one of the show's most powerful quiet moments, in that there's no humor in it at all. It's just a despairing man trying to make sense of events beyond his control.



* From "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" where Homer is trying to keep them from killing Poochie off, and he makes a speech: "Hello Itchy. I know we kind of got off on the wrong foot, and that there are a lot of people who don't like me. I know that I can come off as a little proactive sometimes, and for that, I'm sorry. But if you can find a little place in your heart for the little dog no one wanted, I know we can make people laugh, and cry, as we grow old together."

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* From "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E14TheItchyAndScratchyAndPoochieShow The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" Show]]" where Homer is trying to keep them from killing Poochie off, and he makes a speech: "Hello Itchy. I know we kind of got off on the wrong foot, and that there are a lot of people who don't like me. I know that I can come off as a little proactive sometimes, and for that, I'm sorry. But if you can find a little place in your heart for the little dog no one wanted, I know we can make people laugh, and cry, as we grow old together."



* "In Grade School Confidential," Principal Skinner and Mrs. Krabappel attend Martin's birthday party, talking about their hobbies (Principal Skinner spends his Saturdays preparing his clothes for the following week; Mrs. Krabappel collects matchbooks from nightclubs). They go silent for a second, and then Principal Skinner asks, in a defeated tone, "Is this what you imagined your life would be, Edna?" Mrs. Krabappel replies, "Yes. But then again, I was a very depressed little girl." It's a beautiful little moment that makes them both seem remarkably human.

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* "In In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E19GradeSchoolConfidential Grade School Confidential," Confidential]]", Principal Skinner and Mrs. Krabappel attend Martin's birthday party, talking about their hobbies (Principal Skinner spends his Saturdays preparing his clothes for the following week; Mrs. Krabappel collects matchbooks from nightclubs). They go silent for a second, and then Principal Skinner asks, in a defeated tone, "Is this what you imagined your life would be, Edna?" Mrs. Krabappel replies, "Yes. But then again, I was a very depressed little girl." It's a beautiful little moment that makes them both seem remarkably human.



* "Lisa's Sax" shows the story of Bart's first day at school, where his kindergarten teacher almost immediately manages to crush his enthusiasm for school with a single sentence ("Added extra clap, not college material"), and the discovery of Lisa's intelligence comes at a meeting with a school psychologist, where Homer declares Bart effectively hopeless, at the age of five. Just seeing Bart being given up on so casually by his first teacher is heartbreaking, but to also see his parents doing the same in favor of giving more of their focus to Lisa, just because he's not some child prodigy...
* Skinner's story in "The Principal And The Pauper" (even though it's heavily criticized for screwing with Skinner's continuity and being a "gimmicky, nonsensical" episode, it does have a lot of heartfelt scenes showing that people do care about Skinner, even the woman whom Skinner calls "Mom").

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* "Lisa's Sax" shows the story of Bart's first day at school, where his kindergarten teacher almost immediately manages to crush his enthusiasm for school with a single sentence ("Added extra clap, not college material"), and the discovery of Lisa's intelligence comes at a meeting with a school psychologist, where Homer declares Bart effectively hopeless, at the age of five. Just seeing Bart being given up on so casually by his first teacher is heartbreaking, but to also see his parents doing the same in favor of giving more of their focus to Lisa, just because he's not some child prodigy...
* Skinner's story in "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E2ThePrincipalAndThePauper The Principal And The Pauper" Pauper]]" (even though it's heavily criticized for screwing with Skinner's continuity and being a "gimmicky, nonsensical" episode, it does have a lot of heartfelt scenes showing that people do care about Skinner, even the woman whom Skinner calls "Mom").



* The excised lyrics from the original version of "The Garbageman" has these lines:

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* "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E3LisasSax Lisa's Sax]]" shows the story of Bart's first day at school, where his kindergarten teacher almost immediately manages to crush his enthusiasm for school with a single sentence ("Added extra clap, not college material"), and the discovery of Lisa's intelligence comes at a meeting with a school psychologist, where Homer declares Bart effectively hopeless, at the age of five. Just seeing Bart being given up on so casually by his first teacher is heartbreaking, but to also see his parents doing the same in favor of giving more of their focus to Lisa, just because he's not some child prodigy...
* Homer briefly mourning the loss of his family in the first segment of "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E4TreehouseOfHorrorVIII Treehouse of Horror VIII]]" (The HΩmega Man), after a neutron bomb wipes out all of Springfield.
-->'''Homer:''' Oh my God... EVERYONE'S GONE!! ''(crying)'' Little Bart... ''(imagines Bart swinging a baseball bat)'' Little Lisa... ''(imagines Lisa also swinging a baseball bat)'' Little Marge... ''(imagines Marge doing likewise, then imagines Maggie, Santa's Little Helper, Snowball II, and the TV all floating around)'' ...[[AndTheRest and the rest]]... ''(sobs)'' Oh, I've lost everything! I can't go on...
* The excised lyrics from the original version of "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E22TrashOfTheTitans Trash of the Titans]]"' "The Garbageman" has these lines:



* Homer briefly mourning the loss of his family in the first segment of "Treehouse of Horror VIII" (The HΩmega Man), after a neutron bomb wipes out all of Springfield.
-->'''Homer:''' Oh my God... EVERYONE'S GONE!! ''(crying)'' Little Bart... ''(imagines Bart swinging a baseball bat)'' Little Lisa... ''(imagines Lisa also swinging a baseball bat)'' Little Marge... ''(imagines Marge doing likewise, then imagines Maggie, Santa's Little Helper, Snowball II, and the TV all floating around)'' ...[[AndTheRest and the rest]]... ''(sobs)'' Oh, I've lost everything! I can't go on...



* The scene in "Bart the Mother", when Bart tells Marge that even though everyone thinks the lizards are monsters, he still loves them. He thinks Marge won't understand, but Marge whispers "run" and then blocks the door so Bart, Chirpy Boy, and Bart, Jr. can escape. Similarly, the scene when Bart accidentally shoots a mother bird with a pellet gun and Marge finds out-

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* The scene in "Bart "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E3BartTheMother Bart the Mother", Mother]]", when Bart tells Marge that even though everyone thinks the lizards are monsters, he still loves them. He thinks Marge won't understand, but Marge whispers "run" and then blocks the door so Bart, Chirpy Boy, and Bart, Jr. can escape. Similarly, the scene when Bart accidentally shoots a mother bird with a pellet gun and Marge finds out-



* Pinchy's death in "Lisa Gets An A" is deceptively sad. After spending the episode growing attached to his raised lobster, Homer adopts it and treats it like an equal in the family, even giving it a place on the family table despite vigorous protest from the others. The poor thing even had something of a personality, whimpering and even wagging it's tail like a timid little puppy. Then comes the revelation that Homer accidentally boiled Pinchy to death, after which he decides to finally eat him ("Pinchy would have wanted it that way"), sobbing uncontrollably throughout the entire meal.

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* Pinchy's death in "Lisa "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E7LisaGetsAnA Lisa Gets An A" an "A"]]" is deceptively sad. After spending the episode growing attached to his raised lobster, Homer adopts it and treats it like an equal in the family, even giving it a place on the family table despite vigorous protest from the others. The poor thing even had something of a personality, whimpering and even wagging it's tail like a timid little puppy. Then comes the revelation that Homer accidentally boiled Pinchy to death, after which he decides to finally eat him ("Pinchy would have wanted it that way"), sobbing uncontrollably throughout the entire meal.



* "Alone Again, Natura-Diddly": [[spoiler:Maude's]] death, and Flanders' reaction.

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* "Alone "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E14AloneAgainNaturaDiddily Alone Again, Natura-Diddly": Natura-Diddily]]": [[spoiler:Maude's]] death, and Flanders' reaction.
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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.

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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 doesn't set out to be bad, it just comes anyway.
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