Recap / The Simpsons S 24 E 12 Love Is A Many Splintered Thing

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:

  • Abusive Parents: Marge, of all people, comes off as this when she throws Bart out of the house just because he agrees with Homer that Love Hurts. And worse, Homer and Bart have nowhere to go.
  • Bait and Switch: When Bart and Homer are expelled from home, two suitcases are thrown as well. The smallest has a Krusty the Klown's face and the other doesn't have any sign to suggest it to belong to a kid. The smallest belongs to Homer.
  • Berserk Button: Don't disagree with Marge, otherwise you're left to die on the streets, even if you're her son.
  • 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.'
  • I Have No Son: Marge disowns Bart because he sided with his father over their argument about love.
  • The Unfavourite: Kicking him out just because of his bitterness towards Mary makes Bart this to Marge.