Recap: The Simpsons S 6 E 19 Lisas Wedding

Bored by Springfield's lame attempt at a Renaissance Fair, Lisa wanders into a fortuneteller's tent, where she shows Lisa her future as a university student who falls for a proper, British gentleman who attends the same university as she does, but must choose between her family and her lover when he asks her to marry him.


This episode contains examples of:

  • Ascended Extra/Canon Foreigner/Canon Immigrant: Believe it or not, The Happy Squirrel arcana has actually become popular in the Tarot community.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Marge's comment about how FOX has become a hardcore sex channel in 2010.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": The Esquilax, a literal example. Also the famous two-headed hound, born with only one head.
  • Coca-Pepsi, Inc.: Kent Brockman working for "CNNBCBS: A Division of ABC".
  • Eyepatch After Time Skip: Future Moe Szyslak has an eyepatch.
  • Follow the White Rabbit: Lisa is chasing an "esquilax" when she finds the fortune teller's tent.
  • Future Loser: Subverted for Bart, who is a wrecking ball operator working his way through law school.
  • Gaia's Lament: Played for laughs where trees in the future are apparently extinct, as shown by a holographic image of a tree, with the description: "In memory of a real tree."
  • Geeky Turn-On: Lisa and Hugh are reading a book together to decide who could read it faster:
    Hugh: I'll get the dictionary.
    Lisa: Why?
    Hugh: You'll see when you get there: the word "stochastic".
    Lisa: "Pertaining to a process involving a randomly-determined sequence of observations." Ha-ha-ha. (they make out)
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Hugh at first seems to be this, but is immediately subverted at the end of the episode, becoming a Jerk Ass.
  • He Who Must Not Be Heard/The Silent Bob: A teenage Maggie is never able to say a word without being interrupted. Ironically, she is described by Homer as being a chatterbox - but then she merely rolls her eyes at her father in silence.
    • She's also supposed to have an angelic singing voice, but she gets cut off just as she's preparing to do so. All the audience gets is the sound of her inhaling.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Believe it or not, the line about the The Rolling Stones having a reunion tour was supposed to be a joke about how it would never happen. Also, the Jim Carrey film festival, this being before the likes of The Truman Show and Man on the Moon.
    • The soy pops in the vending machine, considering that soy products are more common now than they were in the 1990s.
    • The Happy Squirrel Tarot that was created as an offhanded joke has actually started seeing use in Tarot decks - albeit usually as a novelty or joke item.
  • I Never Told You My Name: Occurs where Lisa is talking to the fortune teller:
    Woman: I've been waiting for you, Lisa.
    Lisa: (gasp) How did you know my name?
  • Inflationary Dialogue: A non-numerical example:
    Bart: Wow, Lisa, looking at you makes me want to get married for a third time. I met a really nice exotic dancer the other night at Hugh's bachelor party.
    Lisa: Hugh didn't have a bachelor party.
    Bart: We had one in his honor. (Lisa stares at him) I had one in his honor. (Lisa continues to stare at him) I went to a strip club.
  • In the Style of...: The end credits are done in medieval music style.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: "And here, out of the mists of history... the legendary Esquilax! A horse with the head of a rabbit, and the body... of a rabbit!"
  • My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: When Homer and Bart hang out the Union Jack to welcome Lisa's British boyfriend Hugh they bring his attention to it by saying: "Here's some American hospitality", whereupon it turns out the flag accidentally caught fire! Homer and Bart try to extinguish the fire by throwing some compost upon it, then give the ravaged remains to Hugh.
  • Noisy Robots: Subverted as we Flash Forward to the far future (2010) and see what we think are robots overtaking the world. Turns out they're university kids auditioning for the role of The Tin Man for The Wizard of Oz.
  • No Longer with Us: Subverted.
    Marge: "You're getting married! Oh, if only your father was still here to see this... but he left for work five minutes ago!"
  • Old, New, Borrowed and Blue: Lisa's pearls are old, her dress is new, she borrows a locket from Hugh's mother, and a lock of Marge's hair is blue.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Something Completely Different: The first full Flash Forward episode.
  • Special Guest: Mandy Patinkin as Hugh.
  • Super Speed Reading: Lisa and Hugh bond over speed-reading the one textbook they both wanted. They appear to finish it in an afternoon.
  • Tarot Troubles: Parodied. When the Death card comes up, Lisa is terrified, but the gypsy calmly explains that Death just means change and isn't automatically a bad thing. Then she freaks out after drawing The Happy Squirrel.
  • Technical Virgin: Lisa wonders if she should wear white for her wedding as she had sex with Milhouse when she was a teenager (then broke up with him by telling him she might not get married). Marge assures Lisa that Milhouse doesn't count.
  • Tears from a Stone: Robots aren't supposed to have emotions, but cry at sentimental events and short themselves out.
  • Tin Man: A librarian catches Lisa with her fiance-to-be, and questions aloud how two so opposite personalities could ever fall in love. A bystander comments "How would you know, you're a robot?" prompting the robot librarian to shed a single tear... which then causes her to catch fire. Then it happens again when said fiance proposes; the two robots hiding in the bushes to implement plan B also start crying, causing their faces to melt.
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future
  • Videophone: Showcased a conversation between Lisa and Marge using a "picture phone." Marge kept forgetting that Lisa could see her over the phone, and her body language made it more obvious to tell when she was lying.
  • Virgin in a White Dress: Lisa and Marge briefly discuss this as they are a church-going family.
    Lisa: Mom, I feel kind of funny wearing white. I mean...Milhouse.
    Marge: (dismissive) Oh, Milhouse doesn't count.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Hugh tries to put his proposal on a big electrical letterboard saying "Lisa, will you do me the honor of giving me your hand in the holy tradition of matrimo—", before it shorts out. He falls to "Plan B": sending out a cow wearing a sign that says just: "Marry Me."
  • We Have Those Too: Hugh tells Homer that they have the "pull my finger" joke in Britain. But Homer just wants him to pull his finger.
  • World War III: Moe scolds Hugh because he's British and claims: "We saved your ass in World War II". Hugh responds: "And we saved your arse in World War III." Moe admits: "True."
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe:
    Lunchlady Doris: Yon meat, 'tis sweet as summer's wafting breeze.
    Homer: Can I have some?
    Lunchlady Doris: Mine ears are only open to the pleas of those who speak ye olde English.
    Homer: Sweet maiden of the spit, grant now my boon, that I might sup on some suckling pig this noon.
    Lunchlady Doris: Whatever.