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, Ned Flanders confronts Homer about his swearing.


  • A Day in the Limelight: For Ms. Krabappel.
  • Bizarrchitecture: Homer's "attempts" to build a doghouse.
  • 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.
  • 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 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."
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: An epic one from Homer, when he's mentally conditioned not to swear.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Mrs. Krabappel's line about not wanting to date Principal Skinner because "...his mommy won't let him out to play," is funnier after watching the season eight episode "Grade School Confidential" (where Skinner and Krabappel do date), but Harsher in Hindsight as of "My Big Fat Geek Wedding" because of their break-up (and harsher still when, prior to Marcia Wallace's death, Mrs. Krabappel married Ned Flanders).
    • Mrs. Krabappel's line about Groundskeeper Willie being into something sexually deviant ("Yech! I'm not even gonna tell you what that guy's into.") is funnier after watching "Homer Badman," where it's revealed that Groundskeeper Willie is a Peeping Tom who likes to videotape people having sex in their cars (and in "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo," he has an upkilt website and in "Bye Bye Nerdie," he put video cameras in the school to assuage his fetish rather than because the school needs extra security measures).
  • 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 
  • 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: Obvious Trope: Homer's suggestion for a break-up letter for Mrs. Krabappel is "Three simple words: I am gay."
  • 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.