Recap / The Simpsons S 21 E 8 O Brother Where Bart Thou
Jealous of the sisterly bond between Lisa and Maggie, Bart sets out to get a little brother — first by making Homer and Marge have sex, then by adopting an orphan.
- Brick Joke / Funny Background Event: Homer's scene with the dynamite ends in the next scene with Bart and the social worker.
- Call Back: Nelson and the Tac-Tics
- Continuity Nod: This isn't the first time Bart replaced a woman's birth control pills with Tic-Tacs (only they're called "Tac-Tics" here).
- Imagine Spot: Bart has one about how his future will be if his parents have a third daughter.
- Outnumbered Sibling/Reality Ensues/Siblings Wanted: Bart starts feeling the first trope in this episode, but when he tries convincing his parents to have another kid and explains to Marge why he wants a brother so badly, his mom, although she feels sorry for Bart, explains that she and Homer are fine with just three kids. She also points that even if they ever do end up having another baby, said baby might end up be another girl instead of a boy, resulting in Bart having three sisters. This is what ultimately leads to the third trope, for when Bart tries adopting an orphan boy as his brother.
- Later, Charlie (the orphan acting as Bart's brother) is adopted by a couple with six daughters.
- Shout-Out: The scene of Bart telling his friends about his baby brother dilemma looks and is "animated" like South Park.