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Recap: The Simpsons S 18 E 8 The Haw Hawed Couple
Bart's newfound friendship with Nelson turns into a possessive relationship. Meanwhile, Homer becomes engrossed in Lisa's Angelica Button fantasy books, and worries that Lisa will be upset when he discovers that one of the characters will die.

"The Haw-Hawed Couple" contains examples of:

  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Bart and Nelson's friendship is treated like a romantic relationship — to the point that the music from Brokeback Mountain is used for a scene near the end.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: Martin says that the class banding together will make them form a "mighty faggot", then a dictionary definition appears at the bottom of the screen to show that it's not the anti-gay slur (though the "bundle of sticks" definition of "faggot" does have a connection with the derogatory term for a homosexual, as there was a time in history where homosexuals were burned at the stake, along with women who were accused of witchcraft — and sometimes, the homosexual men were used as kindling for the women who ended up burned for witchcraft, hence the term "flaming faggot").
  • Kiss of Life: Skinner gives Bart CPR after almost drowning; Bart opens his eyes at the moment their lips touch. The students laugh, which prompts this reply from Skinner:
    Skinner: Shut up! I'm just giving him CPR. The kiss of life.
  • Primal Scene: Bart walks in on his parents having sex and is traumatized about it in school.
    Milhouse: Trust me Bart, it's better to walk in on both your parents than on just one of them.
  • Trial Balloon Question: Homer asks Lisa how she would react if Wizard Greystache died, she says that would be the day her childhood ends. This promts Homer to revise the book's ending.
  • Yandere: Nelson, a non-romantic example.
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