Recap / The Simpsons S 3 E 16 Bart The Lover

After Mrs. Krabappel punishes Bart for breaking the class aquarium, Bart finds a personal ad and writes to his teacher under the guise of Woodrow, an imaginary lover that's everything Krabappel wants in a man. Meanwhile, Homer curbs his swearing after Flanders confronts him about his son, Todd, picking up Homer's profanity while building a dog house for Santa's Little Helper.

Tropes:

  • Bad Boss: The manager of the Twirl King Yo-Yo Company performers.
    Boss: Get your worthless butts in the van. We got three more schools to do! Let's go, go, go!
  • Berserk Button: Due to the sudden yo-yo craze, Edna develops a hatred of them.
    Edna: That's it! [slams book onto her desk] I am getting sick and tired of talking about yo-yo's. From now on, I will not accept any book reports, science projects, dioramas, or anything else on yo-yo's or yo-yo-related topics. Am I making myself clear?
    Bart: Yo!
  • Bizarrchitecture: Homer's "attempts" to build a doghouse.
  • Blatant Lies / Implausible Deniability: When Bart accidentally breaks the aquarium with his yo-yo, he tells Krabappel, "I didn't do it" while still holding the yo-yo.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Bart's detention is him doing things Groundskeeper Willy should be doing like the plumbing and waxing the floor.
  • Curse Cut Short: Several from Homer ("Da-", "You sunofa-", "You dirty bast-," and "Aw..."). According to the DVD commentary for this episode (the first one, not the secret one), Dan Castellaneta actually went on several foul-mouthed tirades in Homer's voice during recording and the tirades were cut short on the track.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Ms. Krabappel.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: The family sees Bart writing a love letter, and assume he has a crush.
  • Epic Fail: Homer building a dog house with no door to it. While it is physically possible to do something like that, the fact that Homer did (without noticing it before) shows the true depth of his ineptitude.
  • Face Palm: Reverend Lovejoy has a glorious facepalm when his wife informs him that Ned Flanders is on the phone. Lovejoy would prefer to enjoy his dessert in peace and not to deal with Ned's latest "crisis."
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Gordie Howe's hockey stats at the end of the episode.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: Todd, after learning swear words from overhearing Homer.
    Maude: Would you like some mixed vegetables?
    Todd: Hell no.
    (everyone else gasps)
    Maude: What did you say?
    Todd: I said I don't want any damn vegetables.
    Ned: Oh that's it, young man! No Bible stories for you tonight!
    (Todd runs upstairs, crying)
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: An epic one from Homer, when he's mentally conditioned not to swear.
  • Love Letter: Bart and Edna write several love letters to each other. Bart asks for tips from his whole family, and Marge shows Bart a love postcard she got once from Homer.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Bart is guilt-stricken when he sees how upset Mrs. Krabappel is.
  • Prank Date: Bart's very cruel "no show" practical joke he pulls on his teacher. note 
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Homer displays quite the foul mouth in this episode.
  • Swear Jar: Marge makes Homer put money in it for foul language because one of the Flanders little boys picked it from him. Eventually, the family just buys a doghouse with the money from the swear jar.
  • The Stinger: The episode ends with a trading card-style rundown of the hockey career of Gordie Howe, Woodrow's face.
  • Two Words: Added Emphasis: Homer's suggestion for a break-up letter for Mrs. Krabappel is "Three simple words: I am gay."
    Marge: For the last time, I'm not writing that!
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Marge calls Bart out for writing a fake love letter. Homer tries to do the same thing by telling Bart to tell the truth about the letters, but Marge tells Homer that they can't do that since Edna would be humiliated.

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