Recap / The Simpsons S 3 E 23 Barts Friend Falls In Love
Bart's friendship with Milhouse is strained when Milhouse falls for a new girl in school. Meanwhile, Marge orders subliminal weight loss cassette tapes for Homer, but ends up getting vocabulary builder tapes that makes Homer Sophisticated as Hell.


  • Accidental Misnaming: Principal Skinner accidentally pronounces Samantha's last name as "Stinky".
  • Big "NO!": Samantha's father does this when he sees her and Milhouse together, complete with Disturbed Doves flying out of the treehouse.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Milhouse after Bart admits that he snitched to Samantha's father.
  • Buffy Speak
    Homer: Marge, where's that metal dealie you use to
    Marge: You mean a spoon?
  • Chekhov's Gun: Bart uses the Magic 8-Ball from earlier in the episode to subdue Milhouse when they fight.
    • The same Magic 8-Ball which tells them they won't be friends.
  • Indy Hat Roll: Parodied by Bart.
  • Kissing In A Tree: Bart performs a sinister version.
    "Samantha and Milhouse kissing in a tree, about to lose their privacy. He-he-he!"
  • Overprotective Dad: Samantha's father.
  • Relationship Sabotage: Bart does this to Milhouse and Samantha so her father will take her away and he'll have Milhouse to himself. He ends up regretting it.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Homer speaks this way as a result of listening to vocabulary-builder tapes.
  • Shout-Out
  • Sleep Learning: Lisa tries to get Homer one of these tapes so he can subconsciously lose weight, but the company was all out, so they send him a vocabulary-builder tape instead.
  • The Stinger: The show ends with a message from Homer to "increase your wordiness", giving his own definitions of words.
    Satiety: Belt-popping fullness.
    Triumvirate: Three guys giving orders.
    Gourmand: Like a gourmet, only fatter.
    Machiavellian: I don't know.
    Boudoir: Where a French guy does it.
  • Weaponized Headgear: Itchy does this in the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon the kids are watching.
  • Word Schmord
    Bart: How would I go about creating a half-man, half-monkey-type creature?
    Mrs. Krabappel: I'm sorry, that would be playing God.
    Bart: God-schmod, I want my monkey man!