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.
- Artistic License – Law, Hollywood Restraining Order: The plot of the episode relies on this. In real life, a child cannot petition a court themselves in any type of legal proceeding because they are not of age, so Lisa couldn't have taken a restraining order against Bart in the first place (which also begs the question, "especially since status quo indicates the Simpsons are struggling financially, where did Lisa get the money to pay the legal fees to get a restraining order?").
- 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 restraining order (which is also illegal).
- Marge, if she really wanted to help Bart, being an adult and Bart and Lisa's legal guardian, could've gone to the court and had the restraining order overturned.
- 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”. With a forklift.
- The Cameo: Gary Busey is the host of the instruction video explaining how restraining orders work. He says that he has to do so because the court ordered him to (considering he says that the video's example situation was his own situation, that explains it).
- 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. Lisa sees through the lie easily... but she then says that she missed Bart's lies).
- 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.
- 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.
- The Sprawl Mart manager, for the reasons started under Bad Boss.
- 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)
- Nature Tinkling: Because the restraining order ends up requiring Bart to be a considerable distance from his own home, he at one point decides to pee outside.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Lisa does this by filing a restraining order on Bart after he pranks her one time too many.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It is unclear on what happened to the Sprawl Mart manager after Homer and his fellow co-workers break free from the supermarket.
- It is quite possible that he was arrested for treating his co-workers like slaves in addition to forging a Mexican citizenship for Homer and locking them inside the building in the night.
- Wild Child: Bart becomes one after being forced to live outside due to the 500 ft. order.