In this Valentine's Day Episode
, Bart reunites with Mary (Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel's daughter who moved to New York and writes for Saturday Night Live
), but their relationship drifts apart and Bart must win back Mary or lose her forever.
"Love is a Many-Splintered Thing" contains examples of:
- Disproportionate Retribution: Marge not only kicks Homer out, but Bart as well, all because of a frustrated response about women never saying what they mean (shortly after Mary broke up with him over the phone).
- Downer Ending: While Homer wins Marge back after going through leaps and bounds (once again), Mary dumps Bart and is now dating the son of a Brazilian producer.
- Hope Spot: The episode ends with her relationship status updating from 'married' to 'single.'