Recap / The Simpsons S 21 E 14 Postcards From The Wedge

Bart manipulates Homer's and Marge's different ways of disciplining him — and ends up nearly driving them to divorce.

Tropes:

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Homer checks out of the empty women’s restroom at the subway for a moment to find a sofa… after getting a nickel.
  • Bait-and-Switch: What seems to be a thought baloon with Nelson is actually Nelson burning some books.
  • Book Ends: The episode starts with "Springfield of Tomorrow" and ends with more of that story being shown.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The long-abandoned subway is mentioned in the "Springfield of Tomorrow" film.
  • Comically Missing the Point: After squeezing his way in an abandoned subway station, Homer finds a nickel and squeezes himself out. He then pays the fare and enters again.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: At the end of the "Springfield of Tomorrow" film, it's stated couples can freeze their kids for when they need privacy.
  • Hands-Off Parenting: When Homer and Marge grew tired of Bart manipulating them, they opted for this until they learned of his plan to destroy Springfield with the abandoned subway.
  • Harmless Freezing: Happens to a boy in "Springfield of Tomorrow" when his parents want privacy.
  • Idea Bulb: Itchy breaks one and stabs Scratchy with it.
  • Noodle Incident: Bart was able to cheat on a rectal thermometer. If he doesn’t want to talk about it, then one rather not asks.
  • Out of Character: Homer is unusually strict in this episode towards Bart. He almost sadistically wants Bart to do more homework than is required of him, and refuses to let him take even a short break despite him actually doing it.
  • Kid Has a Point: Nelson explains to Bart why he isn’t getting his fix and Lisa at the end.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Lisa figures out it was Bart who wrote the letter their parents think she wrote because only Bart would misspell "Elementary".
  • Shout-Out:
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Bart’s plan on destroying the school with the abandoned subway.
    • Homer wanting Bart to do more work than he is supposed to.
  • Zeerust: "Springfield of Tomorrow" (Copyright MCMLVI) is chock-full of it.
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