Bart's newfound friendship with Nelson turns into a possessive relationship. Meanwhile, Homer becomes engrossed in Lisa's ''Angelica Button'' fantasy books, and worries that Lisa will be upset when he discovers that one of the characters will die.
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!!"The Haw-Hawed Couple" contains examples of:
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Bart and Nelson's friendship is treated like a romantic relationship -- to the point that the music from ''BrokebackMountain'' is used for a scene near the end.
* HaveAGayOldTime: Martin says that the class banding together will make them form a "mighty faggot", then a dictionary definition appears at the bottom of the screen to show that it's not the anti-gay slur (though the "bundle of sticks" definition of "faggot" does have a connection with the derogatory term for a homosexual, as there was a time in history where homosexuals were burned at the stake, along with women who were accused of witchcraft -- and sometimes, the homosexual men were used as kindling for the women who ended up burned for witchcraft, hence the term "flaming faggot").
* KissOfLife: Skinner gives Bart CPR after almost drowning; Bart opens his eyes at the moment their lips touch. The students laugh, which prompts this reply from Skinner:
--> '''Skinner''': Shut up! I'm just giving him CPR. ''The kiss of life''.
* PrimalScene: Bart walks in on his parents having sex and is traumatized about it in school.
-->'''Milhouse:''' Trust me Bart, it's better to walk in on both your parents than on [[ADateWithRosiePalms just one of them]].
* TrialBalloonQuestion: Homer asks Lisa how she would react if Wizard Greystache died, she says that would be the day her childhood ends. This promts Homer to revise the book's ending.
* {{Yandere}}: Nelson, a non-romantic example.