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.
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!!"The Haw-Hawed Couple" contains examples of:
* AffectionateParody: ''Angelica Button'' is pretty much a gender-flipped version of ''Literature/HarryPotter'', right down to parodying the "Snape killing Dumbledore" moment in the series.
* BaitAndSwitch: 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 [[WhatTheHellHero to chew him out]].
* CrossOver: In-universe, Homer's [[FixFic revised ending]] to ''Angelica Button and The Dragon King's Trundle Bed'' involves a trip to "Franchise/StarWars Land".
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Bart and Nelson's friendship is treated like a romantic relationship -- to the point that the music from ''BrokebackMountain'' is used for a scene near the end.
* FixFic: 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.
** HandWave: "I somehow escaped from the hourglass!"
* HaveAGayOldTime: 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").
* KissOfLife: 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''.
* NWordPrivileges: Parodied with the word "Bully".
* PrimalScene: 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 [[ADateWithRosiePalms just one of them]].
* ShoutOut: The scene where Nelson leads Bart on a tour through the school's basement is a reference to a similar scene from ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}''.
* TrialBalloonQuestion: 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.
* WhatTheHellHero: While on the field trip, Nelson calls out Bart for being a bad friend.
* {{Yandere}}: Nelson, a non-romantic example.