Recap / The Simpsons S 21 E 20 To Surveil With Love

After a radiation scare due to Homer's usual brand of idiocy, Springfield is placed under closed-circuit TV surveillance but has a group of civilian control, which includes Flanders. At the same time, Lisa is forced to dye her hair brown after being called out for not being a Dumb Blonde

Tropes of this episode: (YMMV Here)

  • Adults Are Useless: With the exceptions of Ned and Marge, pretty much not a lot of don’t listen to Lisa because she’s a blonde. Despite near everyone in Springfield knowing that Lisa is a genius.
  • Expy: That bomb squad specialist is clearly based on Clint Eastwood
  • Big Brother Is Watching You: Ned Flanders
  • Call Back: Prince Charles tells Queen Elizabeth II that "My cat's breath smells like cat food". This line was also said by Ralph Wiggum in "Lisa's Rival".
  • Comically Missing the Point: Abe pretty doesn’t help Lisa
  • Genius Ditz: Bart maybe a rebellious student, but he did find a blind spot... the Simpsons’ backyard
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Nelson is like this to Lisa
  • Playing God: Homer claims that Ned trying to control the whole towns actions came off as him trying to be God. This horrifies Ned.
  • Police Are Useless: At least we found out who can do better than Wiggum
    Lou: Uh, Chief, I Think we got a misuse of police equipment on ZZ-99.
    (Wiggum looks, before switching the cameras back to normal after looking at Edna sunbathing topless.)
    Chief Wiggum: Killjoy
  • The Reveal: The entire episode — at least the main story — is a hidden-camera reality show that airs on British TV and is considered the Queen's and Prince Charles' favorite show.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: That bomb squad specialist decides to break up the plutonium rather than do the countdown
  • Shout-Out: The Gay Bar is full with Sesame Street like people
  • Something Completely Different: As part of FOX's "FOX Rocks" gimmick at the time, the opening for this episode was redone as an animated music video for the Ke$ha song "TiK ToK.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Where did the Van Houtens, Helen Lovejoy, Julius Hibbert, and Elizabeth Hoover go after Ned Flanders and Marge Simpson took over with cameras?