When an attempt to befriend a new friend begins more than Lisa bargain for, she has to find out why and the situation. At the same time, Homer becomes safe conscious thanks to a father-daughter bonding out gone.
Tropes of this episode:
- Adults Are Useless: As far as the school is although Willie tries to help, he could’ve at least stayed with Lisa and not worry about the paper towels.
- The Bully: Francine and Homer was he was a teenager.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Homer actually does make a good point about baby safety.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The flashback of a teenaged Homer beating up Smithers is not funny anymore thanks to growing concern over youth violence, especially in school and against teenagers who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (remember: later episodes all but outwardly state that Smithers is a closeted homosexual with a massive crush on his boss, though he's been with other men).
- Series Continuity Error: This episode established that Homer and Smithers went to school together, but "The Blunder Years" next season reveals that Smithers was a baby around the time Homer was in his teens.
- Too Dumb to Live: Homer giving Maggie a nail gun while trying to keep her safe.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: When Lisa tells Nelson and company about Francine, they refuse to do it because girls fight dirtier and they may fall in love with her.