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:

  • Affectionate Parody: Angelica Button is pretty much a gender-flipped version of Harry Potter, right down to parodying the "Snape killing Dumbledore" moment in the series.
  • Better Than Canon: Lisa's in-universe reaction to Homer's revised ending for Angelica Button.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Skinner informs Bart that Nelson never woke up... because he never passed out.
    • Earlier, it looks like Nelson only dragged Bart into the cave to pummel him. Instead, he took him there to chew him out.
  • Crossover: In-universe, Homer's revised ending to Angelica Button and The Dragon King's Trundle Bed involves a trip to "Star Wars Land".
  • 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.
  • Fix Fic: After Homer reads ahead in Angelica Button and The Dragon King's Trundle Bed (and learns that Greystache is killed by Malicious Krubb after saving Angelica), when he finds himself reading that very same chapter to Lisa, he decides to reinvent the ending: Greystache uses his "mustache power" to defeat Malicious Krubb, Angelica escapes from the trap "somehow", and the two ride off in his sports car. After Homer leaves, Lisa decides to look at the chapter herself.
    Lisa: Eh... dad's version is better.
    • Hand Wave: "I somehow escaped from the hourglass!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • N-Word Privileges: Parodied with the word "Bully".
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: The scene where Nelson leads Bart on a tour through the school's basement is a reference to a similar scene from Goodfellas.
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: While on the field trip, Nelson calls out Bart for being a bad friend.
  • Yandere: Nelson, a non-romantic example.
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