Recap / The Simpsons S 11 E 17 Bart To The Future

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In the second "look-into-the-future" episode, the Simpson family visits an Indian casino after their camping trip to Larval Lake gets canceled due to an insect infestation (that has eaten the comment book and stolen the park ranger's class ring — followed by the skin, fat, and muscle off his hand), where Bart gets a vision of his future as a Devry Institute dropout looking to hit the big time as a musician, while Lisa is the first heterosexual female President of the United States, trying to get the country back on track after Donald Trump's disastrous stint as President.

Tropes:

  • Call-Back: Marge's gambling problem from "$pringfield, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling" and Arthur Crandall and his ventriloquist dummy, Gabbo, who once had their own kids' show on "Krusty Gets Kanceled".
  • Didn't Think This Through/Epic Fail : According to Lisa's advisers, the previous administration's decision to invest in the nation's children was a big mistake.
    Aide: The balanced breakfast program just created a generation of ultra-strong super criminals!
    Milhouse: And midnight basketball taught them to function without sleep.
  • Future Loser: Bart is a broke moocher that wastes his time on Frivolous Lawsuits, has an awful band that can't get a gig, and lives with Ralph Wiggum.
  • Magical Native American: Double Subverted.
  • Never My Fault: Pretty much everything that Bart says. He constantly mooches off of his parents and other family friends for money, and when they refuse tries to guilt-trip them, then attempts to do the same thing with Lisa by constantly trying to abuse her authority.
  • Padding: Invoked when Bart asks the Indian why a vision from his own life included a B story about Homer and Marge searching for treasure around the White House, the Indian replied, "I guess the spirits thought the main vision was a little thin."
  • Product Placement: Bart's vision contains adverts. "It was Crazy Talk's idea."
  • Shout-Out: When Bart came out of Gabbo's box, Arthur Crandall assumed he wished for it so much Gabbo ended up becoming a real boy.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: When Lisa asked Bart what her future was like, he told her she'd have "some government job".


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