Bored by Springfield's lame attempt at a Renaissance Fair, Lisa wanders into a fortuneteller's tent, where she shows Lisa her future as a university student who falls for a proper, British gentleman who attends the same university as she does, but must choose between her family and her lover when he asks her to marry him.

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This episode contains examples of:

* AscendedExtra[=/=]CanonForeigner[=/=]CanonImmigrant: Believe it or not, The Happy Squirrel arcana has actually become popular in the Tarot community.
* BitingTheHandHumor: Marge's comment about how FOX has become a hardcore sex channel in 2010.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: The Esquilax, a literal example. Also the famous two-headed hound, born with only one head.
* CocaPepsiInc: Kent Brockman working for "CNNBCBS: A Division of ABC".
* DaddysGirl: Homer and Lisa's bond is fully displayed in this episode.
-->'''Homer:''' Little Lisa, Lisa Simpson. You know, I always felt you were the best thing my name ever got attached to. Since the time you learned to pin your own diapers, you've been smarter than me.
-->'''Lisa:''' Oh, Dad --
-->'''Homer:''' No, no, let me finish. I just want you to know I've always been proud of you. You're my greatest accomplishment and you did it all yourself. You helped me understand my own wife better and taught me to be a better person, but you're also my daughter, and I don't think anybody could have had a better daughter than you--
-->'''Lisa:''' Dad, you're babbling.
-->'''Homer:''' See? You're still helping me.
* EyepatchAfterTimeSkip: Future Moe Szyslak has an eyepatch.
* FollowTheWhiteRabbit: Lisa is chasing an "esquilax" when she finds the fortune teller's tent.
* FutureLoser: Subverted for Bart, who is a wrecking ball operator working his way through law school.
** This could have also been a ContinuityNod to the episode "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie" which ended with a FlashForward that revealed that Bart will eventually become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and will finally get permission from Homer to see ''Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie'' ([[TechnologyMarchesOn Never mind that between 1992 and now, seeing a movie like that would be stupid easy thanks to the Internet]]).
* GaiasLament: Played for laughs where trees in the future are apparently extinct, as shown by a holographic image of a tree, with the description: "In memory of a real tree."
** Not to mention the hideously polluted skyline when Lisa and Hugh marry.
* GeekyTurnOn: Lisa and Hugh are reading a book together to decide who could read it faster:
-->'''Hugh:''' I'll get the dictionary.\\
'''Lisa:''' Why?\\
'''Hugh:''' You'll see when you get there: the word "stochastic".\\
'''Lisa:''' "Pertaining to a process involving a randomly-determined sequence of observations." Ha-ha-ha. ''(they make out)''
* GentlemanAndAScholar: Hugh at first seems to be this, but is immediately subverted at the end of the episode, becoming a JerkAss.
* HeWhoMustNotBeHeard[=/=]TheSilentBob: A teenage Maggie is never able to say a word without being interrupted. Ironically, she is described by Homer as being a chatterbox - but then she merely rolls her eyes at her father in silence.
** She's also supposed to have an angelic singing voice, but she gets cut off just as she's preparing to do so. All the audience gets is the sound of her inhaling.
* INeverToldYouMyName: Occurs where Lisa is talking to the fortune teller:
-->'''Woman:''' I've been waiting for you, Lisa.
-->'''Lisa:''' ''({{gasp}})'' How did you know my name?
-->'''Woman:''' [[SubvertedTrope Your nametag.]]
* InflationaryDialogue: A non-numerical example:
-->'''Bart:''' Wow, Lisa, looking at you makes me want to get married for a third time. I met a really nice exotic dancer the other night at Hugh's bachelor party.\\
'''Lisa:''' Hugh didn't have a bachelor party.\\
'''Bart:''' We had one in his honor. ''(Lisa stares at him)'' ''I'' had one in his honor. ''(Lisa continues to stare at him)'' I went to a strip club.
* InsistentTerminology: When introducing Hugh and Lisa to the extension, Homer tells them that if a building inspector comes by, it's a window-box.
* InTheStyleOf: The end credits are done in medieval music style.
* MixAndMatchCritter: "And here, out of the mists of history... the legendary Esquilax! A horse with the head of a rabbit, and the body... [[CallingARabbitASmeerp of a rabbit!]]"
* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: When Homer and Bart hang out the Union Jack to welcome Lisa's British boyfriend Hugh they bring his attention to it by saying: "Here's some American hospitality", whereupon it turns out the flag accidentally caught fire! Homer and Bart try to extinguish the fire by throwing some compost upon it, then give the ravaged remains to Hugh.
* NoisyRobots: Subverted as we Flash Forward to the far future ([[IWantMyJetpack 2010]]) and see what we think are robots overtaking the world. Turns out they're university kids auditioning for the role of The Tin Man for ''The Wizard of Oz''.
* NoLongerWithUs: Subverted.
-->'''Marge:''' "You're getting married! Oh, if only your father was still here to see this... but he left for work five minutes ago!"
* OldNewBorrowedAndBlue: Lisa's pearls are old, her dress is new, she borrows a locket from Hugh's mother, and a lock of Marge's hair is blue.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: They look completely human, until they cry. Then their heads burst into flames and melt.
* ShoutOut:
** In Lisa's bedroom we can see a poster of Music/TheRollingStones ''Steel Wheelchair'' Tour, a parody of their ''Music/SteelWheels'' tour.
** The old Krusty was modelled after [[Creator/TheMarxBrothers Groucho Marx]].
** Hugh's wristwatch communicator makes the same beeping sound as the communicators on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The first full FlashForward episode.
* SpecialGuest: Creator/MandyPatinkin as Hugh.
* SuperSpeedReading: Lisa and Hugh bond over speed-reading the one textbook they both wanted. They appear to finish it in an afternoon.
* TarotTroubles: Parodied. When the Death card comes up, Lisa is terrified, but the gypsy calmly explains that Death just means change and isn't automatically a bad thing. Then she freaks out after drawing The Happy Squirrel.
* TechnicalVirgin: Lisa wonders if she should wear white for her wedding as she had sex with Milhouse when she was a teenager (then broke up with him by telling him she might not get married). Marge assures Lisa that Milhouse doesn't count.
* TearsFromAStone: Robots aren't supposed to have emotions, but cry at sentimental events and short themselves out.
* TinMan: A librarian catches Lisa with her fiance-to-be, and questions aloud how two so opposite personalities could ever fall in love. A bystander comments "How would you know, you're a robot?" prompting the robot librarian to shed a single tear... [[NoWaterproofingInTheFuture which then causes her to catch fire]]. Then it happens again when said fiance proposes; the two robots hiding in the bushes to implement plan B also start crying, causing their faces to melt.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture
* {{Videophone}}: Showcased a conversation between Lisa and Marge using a "picture phone." Marge kept forgetting that Lisa could see her over the phone, and her body language made it more obvious to tell when she was lying.
* VirginInAWhiteDress: Lisa and Marge briefly discuss this as they are a church-going family.
-->'''Lisa:''' Mom, I feel kind of funny wearing white. I mean...Milhouse.\\
''' Marge:''' ''(dismissive)'' Oh, Milhouse doesn't count.
* WackyMarriageProposal: Hugh tries to put his proposal on a big electrical letterboard saying "Lisa, will you do me the honor of giving me your hand in the holy tradition of matrimo—", before it shorts out. He falls to "Plan B": sending out a cow wearing a sign that says just: "Marry Me."
* WeHaveThoseToo: Hugh tells Homer that they have the "pull my finger" joke in Britain. But Homer just wants him to pull his finger.
* WorldWarThree: Moe scolds Hugh because he's British and claims: "We saved your ass in WorldWarTwo". Hugh responds: "And we saved ''your'' arse in WorldWarThree." Moe admits: "True."
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe:
-->'''Lunchlady Doris:''' Yon meat, 'tis sweet as summer's wafting breeze.\\
'''Homer:''' Can I have some?\\
'''Lunchlady Doris:''' Mine ears are only open to the pleas of those who speak ye olde English.\\
'''Homer:''' Sweet maiden of the spit, grant now my boon, that I might sup on some suckling pig this noon.\\
'''Lunchlady Doris:''' Whatever.
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