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!": Mr. Stankey does this when he sees his daughter Samantha and Milhouse together, complete with Disturbed Doves flying out of the treehouse.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Milhouse after Bart admits that he snitched to Mr. Stankey.
  • 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.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Invoked at the end of the sex ed film "Fuzzy Bunny's Guide to You-Know-What":
    Troy McClure: Now that you know how it's done... don't do it.
  • Imagine Spot: Lisa has one of Homer's funeral after watching a news report about the dangers of obesity. It ends with Homer's coffin crushing his family and some workers.
    • Marge also has one of Homer as a hostage negotiator. It ends with Homer getting killed after ignoring all demands of the hostage taker.
  • 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!"
  • Mood Whiplash: Skinner interrupting his welcoming Samantha to Springfield Elementary to go off on PTSD flashbacks to his days in 'Nam.
    Skinner: Samantha, I've always been suspicious of transfer students. Other principals unload problem cases that way. Lord knows I do.
    Samantha: I'm a good student.
    Skinner: [darkly] Yeah, sure, and they told me I'd get a big parade when I got back from 'Nam. Instead, they spat on me. I can still feel it searing. [brightly] So, let's just see what the permanent record has to say. No detention, fairly good attendance...oh, I see you beat that bed-wetting problem in the second grade.
    Samantha: [mortified] That's in there?!
    Skinner: [warmly] Don't worry, they'll forget...[darkly again] just like they forgot about me in that tiger cage for 18 agonizing months! Every night I wake up screaming! [brightly] Well, let's meet your classmates!
  • Off with His Head!: Itchy cuts off Scratchy and his bride's heads with his sawblade hat in the Itchy & Scratchy episode "I'm Getting Buried in the Morning".
  • Overprotective Dad: Mr. Stankey.
  • 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.
  • Take Our Word for It: The sex ed film shown to the students features a graphic sex scene, though we don't see it.
    Krabappel: She's faking it.
  • Visual Pun: Check out the image above. Note 
  • Weaponized Headgear: Itchy does this in the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon the kids are watching.
  • Word Schmord
    Mrs. Krabappel: I'm sorry, that would be playing God.
    Bart: God-schmod, I want my monkey man!