History TearJerker / TheSimpsons

22nd Sep '17 8:09:15 AM mrthischarmingman2
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* In "Mr. Lisa goes to Washington", Lisa is all set to recite an essay about the birth of America when she sees her congressman taking a bribe and agreeing to level an entire forest. She's so horrified and disillusioned by it that she rips up her essay and runs away in tears. Earlier in the episode, she even hoped that she could vote for him once she's old enough, only to discover that he's just a corrupt pig who doesn't care about anything other than stuffing his pockets.

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* In "Mr. Lisa goes to Washington", Lisa is all set to recite an essay about the birth of America when she sees her congressman taking a bribe and agreeing to level an entire forest.forest (the very same that inspired he 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.
12th Sep '17 2:28:55 PM ClintEastwood
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** This just makes the ending even ''worse''. Homer just wanted to help Herbert, he did exactly what Herbert asked him to do; design a car that an Average Joe American type would want, that would appeal to blue-collar guys like Homer... and the result is an ugly, ugly car that cost a disproportionate ''fortune'' to make, leaving Herbert bankrupt. His last words on screen are to venomously spit at Homer that he doesn't ''have'' a brother, and you can just see how all of this has crushed Homer. It's especially bad if you realize that it was HERBS fault for giving Homer a job he couldnt handle, and not even inspecting his work.

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



** Marge's flashback, wherein her art teacher from high school mocked and rejected her beautiful painting of Ringo Starr, though it's made better when her new teacher and Ringo Starr himself tell her that they love her art.

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** Marge's flashback, wherein her art teacher from high school mocked and rejected her beautiful painting of Ringo Starr, Music/RingoStarr, though it's made better when her new teacher and Ringo Starr himself tell her that they love her art.



* In "Mr. Lisa goes to Washington", Lisa is all set to recite an essay about the birth of America when she sees her congressman taking a bribe and agreeing to level an entire forest. She's so horrified and disillusioned by it that she rips up her essay and runs away in tears. Earlier in the episode, she even hoped that she could vote for him once she's old enough, only to discover that he's just a corrupt pig who doesnt 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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* In "Mr. Lisa goes to Washington", Lisa is all set to recite an essay about the birth of America when she sees her congressman taking a bribe and agreeing to level an entire forest. She's so horrified and disillusioned by it that she rips up her essay and runs away in tears. Earlier in the episode, she even hoped that she could vote for him once she's old enough, only to discover that he's just a corrupt pig who doesnt doesn't care about anything other than stuffing his pockets.
* "When Flanders Failed", in general. Homer makes a JerkAss {{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.



* 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 DVD commentary]] 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).

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* 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 DVD commentary]] 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).



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

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* In "A Star is Burns", there's ([[UnfortunateNames the unfortunately named]]) ''Pukahontas'', the film Barney did about how his alcoholism has ruined his life (even worse when you realize that the season four episode "Mr. Plow" revealed that Barney was a Harvard-bound honors student studying for his UsefulNotes/SATs until Homer pressured him into trying beer, meaning that [[FridgeHorror Homer ruined his best friend's life]]). Despite the funny part where he mistakes Lisa's Girls' Scout meeting with an AA meeting, the rest of the film is very depressing and shows a dark side to Barney's alcoholism. Made worse by the fact that the prize Barney recieves receives is [[spoiler: a lifetime supply of Duff Beer.]]



* 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 ''Futurama'''s ''Jurassic Bark'').

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* 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 ''Futurama'''s ''Jurassic Bark'').''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E7JurassicBark Jurassic Bark]]").



** This culminates in a rampage at Moe's that would give She-Hulk pause, and the only thing that stops her is Homer, who is audibly on the verge of tears. Leave it to The Simpsons to bring one of its most tender moments after an episode of violence, paranoia and steroid abuse.

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** This culminates in a rampage at Moe's that would give She-Hulk ComicBook/SheHulk pause, and the only thing that stops her is Homer, who is audibly on the verge of tears. Leave it to The Simpsons ''The Simpsons'' to bring one of its most tender moments after an episode of violence, paranoia and steroid abuse.
10th Sep '17 8:38:14 PM schoi30
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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.

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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. On the other hand, after deciding to ignore him from now on, she then does the opposite of that and meddles with what Bart is doing in his treehouse as if to spite him. [[WhatTheHellHero Jeez, Marge.]]
7th Sep '17 6:28:40 AM JackWhitehead
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** Flashbacks reveal that Marge was once an ambitious student taking part in several extra-curricular activities and was bound for college and a career. She even has a brief interest in civil activism, as she speaks at a feminist demonstration decrying the housewife. Flashforward fifteen years, Marge is an overworked housewife who often complains of feeling bored and unfulfilled, in essence the epitome of what she was protesting. It's a harsh reminder of how people's lives can veer dramatically from the ideals of their youth.
31st Aug '17 4:51:30 PM Pallo
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* "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.
29th Aug '17 12:42:10 PM Dork12
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** Rod and Todd's reaction too. Especially when they're solemnly playing ball after their [[spoiler:mother's funeral]].
23rd Aug '17 9:58:15 AM Pallo
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* "Principal Charming": Skinner crying on the school steps after Patty (out of sisterly love) chooses to reject his marriage proposal.

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* "Principal Charming": Skinner crying on the school steps after Patty (out of sisterly love) chooses to reject turns down his marriage proposal.
8th Aug '17 12:38:56 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/ announced in 2015]] that, after fourteen years and eighteen seasons (Seasons 1-17, and Season 20), the series 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.
** [[http://ew.com/tv/2017/07/22/simpsons-dvds-season-18-comic-con/?utm_campaign=entertainmentweekly&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&xid=entertainment-weekly_socialflow_twitter At least until July 2017]], when Al Jean announced that, by popular demand, Season 18 would be released on DVD, with the possibility for the following seasons to be released on DVD, as well.
* Another meta example: Italian fans were devastated when Tonino Accolla (the Italian dubber of Homer as well as [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon]], [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Mike Wazowski]] and Creator/EddieMurphy) died after a long illness. Best exemplified by [[http://i.imgur.com/eK6GpS1.jpg this drawing]][[note]]Translation: "Homer, why are you so quiet today?"[[/note]].

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* 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/ announced in 2015]] that, after fourteen years and eighteen seasons (Seasons 1-17, and Season 20), the series 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.
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televisions. That is, [[http://ew.com/tv/2017/07/22/simpsons-dvds-season-18-comic-con/?utm_campaign=entertainmentweekly&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&xid=entertainment-weekly_socialflow_twitter At least until July 2017]], when Al Jean announced that, by popular demand, Season 18 would be released on DVD, with the possibility for the following seasons to be released on DVD, as well.
well. Unfortunately, it looks like Blu-Rays are done for the series.
* Another meta example: Italian fans were devastated when Tonino Accolla (the Italian dubber of Homer as well as [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon]], [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Mike Wazowski]] and characters played by Creator/EddieMurphy) died after a long illness. Best exemplified by [[http://i.imgur.com/eK6GpS1.jpg this drawing]][[note]]Translation: "Homer, why are you so quiet today?"[[/note]].
29th Jul '17 2:55:53 AM Piterpicher
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* BillPlympton's couch gag from "Beware My Cheating Bart", which shows the couch falling for Homer, getting pregnant by him, getting dumped, and forced to strip and whore itself out in order to support the baby couch it had, then nearly commits suicide until Homer rescues it and the baby couch (which is now Maggie's play chair). That couch gag alone was considered more heartbreaking and interesting than the actual episode.

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* BillPlympton's Creator/BillPlympton's couch gag from "Beware My Cheating Bart", which shows the couch falling for Homer, getting pregnant by him, getting dumped, and forced to strip and whore itself out in order to support the baby couch it had, then nearly commits suicide until Homer rescues it and the baby couch (which is now Maggie's play chair). That couch gag alone was considered more heartbreaking and interesting than the actual episode.
27th Jul '17 10:46:58 PM HBarnill
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-->'''Marge:''' (sobbing, while handing Homer a box of tissues) If you have any soul left, you'll need these. I know I will.
** And Homer, indeed, uses them.
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