Homer becomes obsessed with a [=Mapple=] [=MyPad=] he won in a silent auction at school, but when he breaks it, he loses all hope -- then finds it again when he discovers that his backyard tree has spelled out the word "HOPE" in sap.
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!!This episode contains examples of (YMMV tropes can be found [[YMMV/TheSimpsonsS24E6ATreeGrowsInSpringfield here]]):

* BrickJoke: During Kent Brockman's investigation we see where Lenny ended up after his conversation with Moe and Homer got dropped.
* HypocriticalHumor: Homer says that books are for cavemen yet he acts like a caveman when seeing fire.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: A short at the end of the episode featuring a ContinuityNod of in-universe Simpsons' products.