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.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The long-abandoned subway is mentioned in the "Springfield of Tomorrow" film.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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