History TearJerker / TheSimpsons

16th Jun '16 4:24:22 PM WanderingBrowser
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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.
12th Jun '16 7:23:49 PM Pallo
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* "Principal Charming": Skinner crying on the school steps after Patty (out of sisterly love) decides to reject his marriage proposal.


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* "Principal Charming": Skinner crying on the school steps after Patty (out of sisterly love) decides chooses to reject his marriage proposal.

1st Jun '16 1:07:39 PM twilicorn
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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, 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.

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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]] announced in 2015]] that, after fourteen years and eighteen seasons (Seasons 1-17, and Season 20), the series will would 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, 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.
1st Jun '16 12:31:09 PM ironballs16
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* In "A Star is Burns", there's (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 (the ([[UnfortunateNames the unfortunately named) 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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** And the ending, in which he places a rose into a beer bottle [[RealitySubtext where it quickly withers and dies]] is set to "Un bel dia" from ''Theatre/MadamaButterfly''.
11th May '16 11:33:43 AM IvanovTroping97
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* In "A Star is Burns", there's (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.

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* In "A Star is Burns", there's (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.]]
23rd Apr '16 8:41:03 AM axle-k89
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** 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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** 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 gift 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...
5th Apr '16 11:50:12 AM Winchent
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* Basically the whole episode of "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind". For the majority of the episode, Homer is under the impression that Marge has cheated on him, that he has assaulted her, and has chosen to forget about it, while Marge and the kids have all left home. We see Homer become gradually more depressed as the episode tolls on, to a point where Homer is almost driven to suicide. It all gets better, of course, but the lead-up is just depressing.
** We also get a parody of an internet video, where Homer takes a picture of himself for 39 years in his flashback. While done for the puns, in the background of some of the scenes, we see Abe and Mona arguing, with the latter leaving, and the former gradually sinking into a depressive state. To add a bit of FridgeLogic, Homer seems oblivious of all of this. Perhaps his obliviousness is his coping method, as we know that his parents have always had a tough marriage from previous and future episodes. Or perhaps I'm just reading too much into this?
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.



** 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 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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** 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 way.
4th Feb '16 8:02:53 PM BuddyBoy600alt
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** The episode pays a tribute to Marcia Wallace.
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