Recap / The Simpsons S 16 E 11 On A Clear Day I Cant See My Sister
Lisa files a restraining order against Bart after years of putting up with his antics. Meanwhile Homer becomes a greeter of a Wal Mart
-esque department store known for treating the workers like dirt and selling shoddy items.
Tropes of this episode:
- Aesop Amnesia: On the final act, Lisa declares that if she can remember three good acts that Bart had ever done for her, she would remove the restraining order. This would have been a good moment to remember any of the good things that Bart had done for her during the seriesnote , but she cannot remember any (and when she does, it is none that the audience had seen before).
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: When Bart is sent to live into the woods outside of the house, he thinks that the rest of the family will miss him. One Exposition Cut later, the rest of the family are playing Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass' Tijuana Taxi inside the house, celebrating that he's gone. The family plays Tijuana Taxi again at the end of the episode when Lisa destroys the restraining order.
- Bad Boss: The Sprawl Mart manager literally treating his workers like slaves. Making Homer take a position that will force him to work overtime and by forging Mexican citizenship to blackmail him into taking the job, then locking everyone in the store to do work he just made up for them, and swallowing the bathroom key so they can't go to the restroom for the next several hours.
- Beware of the Nice Ones: Bart forgets this about Lisa.
- Big "NO!": Parodied.
Grampa: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO—(he's about to run into a pile of lawn gnomes)—OOOOOOOOOMES!!!
- Blatant Burglar: An employee at the store explains to Homer things that aren't bolted are easy to steal, hence why he never left, even removing the chips themselves. Homer uses this to his own “shopping”.
- Comically Missing the Point and Dramatically Missing the Point: The third good thing that Bart does for Lisa (that she can recall) is a straw effigy that he builds on the back yard. She thinks that it was to show that he misses being part of the family. In reality he was going to set it on fire as a symbol of his spite for her (although he's quick to say that it was out of love, when Lisa tells him she's moved by it).
- Disproportionate Retribution: Lisa gets a restraining order against Bart after he humiliated her on a field trip. Later, Judge Harm extends the order from 50 to 500 feet after Bart makes cracks at her marriage. Chief Wiggum arrests Lou for bringing him a cold coffee.
- Hollywood Restraining Order, Artistic License – Law, and Hilarity Ensues: In real life, Bart could have gotten the order lifted instantly by showing evidence that Lisa was following him around to force him out of places outside of the restraining order distance (it's implied he has permanent nerve damage because of it), as it shows willful abuse of the law, but that wouldn't make the story that interesting.
- Jerkass: Skinner makes the kids pull the bus up the hill with chains to the field trip.
- Lisa for abusing her restraining order to torture Bart just for giggles.
- Kid Has a Point: Lisa has a pretty good reason to file a restraining order, although she learns her lesson.
- The Metric System Is Here to Stay: Parodied when Judge Harm issues the restraining order.
Judge Harm: From now on, the restraining order is set at 200 feet.
(Everyone in the room gasps)
Judge Harm: That's 61 meters.
(a Dutchwoman, a Frenchman and a German in the back row gasp)
- Only Sane Man: Zig Zagged Trope with Marge: on the one hand, she is so distraught about Bart having to live outside of the house (and turning more feral by the second) that she begs Lisa to reconsider the restraining order (which is why Lisa decides to accept if she can remember three things Bart has ever done for her). On the other hand, on the first night that Bart has to live outside of the house, she is seen being part of the family's playing of "Tijuana Taxi", with no sign whatsoever (up until the scene where she begs Lisa, which opens with her looking out the window at Bart and seeing him acting like a dog) of her being sad about the situation. You would think that she would have helped Bart when he was talking to the judge, at least.
- Restraining Bolt: The microchip implanted on Homer's skull to keep him within the perimeter of the Sprawl Mart. When he removes it, he does some damage to his brain.
- Stalker with a Crush: "Joe Spaghettios" is this in full spades. He drifts dangerously close to Yandere levels with him painting his marriage proposal on the girl's mirror while wearing a Slasher Smile. Can you blame her for getting that restraining order?
- Soapbox Sadie: Lisa preaches at the other kids for daring to be kids and eat snacks on a field trip before Bart pranked her.
- Wild Child: Bart becomes one after being forced to live outside due to the 500 ft. order.
- What an Idiot: Bart just couldn't waste an opportunity to mock Judge Harm's right in the middle of his hearing to get the order rescinded. As a result, Judge Harm decides to increase the order's radius from 100 to 500 feet.