Recap: The Simpsons S 7 E 11 Marge Be Not Proud

Episode - 3F07
First Aired - 12/17/1995

In the second Christmas Episode, Bart gets busted for shoplifting the season's must-have video game and Marge decides to cut him out of everything the family is doing for Christmas, out of depression and the realization that he's not the little boy she loves anymore.

Tropes:

  • Badass Santa: In the video game commercial.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Bart felt smothered by Marge's babying of him. Not too long after he was caught shoplifting...
  • Bowdlerization: The original FOX broadcast cut out the store detective's line, "If I wanted smoke blown up my ass, I'd stay at home with a pack of cigarettes and a short length of hose." This line is also cut on the UK's Sky One channel. (Unusually, the original US broadcast was the only time this line wasn't heard apart from that. The syndicated version and the DVD have the line intact)
  • Brick Joke: When Bart tried to rent a copy of "Bonestorm" from The Android's Dungeon, Comic Book Guy didn't have any but tried to convince Bart to rent "Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge" since no one was buying it, which is what Bart ended up getting for Christmas.
  • Exact Words: Based on Troy McClure's documentary, the word "shoplifting" came from ancient times when shops were small stands thieves literally lifted to steal from.
  • Gotta Have It Gonna Steal It: Bart is caught trying to steal a copy of Bonestorm from the Try-N-Save.
  • Hypocritical Humor: As Bart is led away after being caught shoplifting:
    Gavin's mother: That boy's parents must've made some big mistakes.
    Gavin: Shut up, Mom!
  • Karma Houdini: Nelson and Jimbo don't get busted for stealing, but Bart does and suffered the consequences for it.
  • Literary Allusion Title: A play on famous sonnet by John Donne "Death Be Not Proud".
  • Mama Didn't Raise No Criminal: Marge's initial reaction when Bart was confronted for shoplifting during the family photo. But when the security guard shows her the undeniable proof...
    Marge: Oh, Bart...
  • My Beloved Smother: Marge, to Bart. At first, at least.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: Why would Marge suddenly be shocked that Bart shoplifted? Wasn't Marge once arrested for shoplifting?note 
  • Shout-Out
  • Spoiled Brat: Bart met one (named Gavin) when he went to Try 'n Save to stare at the game.
  • Strange Syntax Speaker: Detective Don Brodka. He calls the Simpson household to report that Bart was arrested for shoplifting. There are "uh-huh" and "that's right"s in his phone call, suggesting that he's talking to someone on the other end, but after he hangs up:
    Don: They weren't home, uh-huh. But I left a message on their answering machine, that's right.
  • Take That: As Homer reprimands Bart for stealing:
    "We live in a society of laws! Why do you think I took you to all those Police Academy movies?! For fun?! Well, I didn't hear anyone laughing! Did you?! Well, except for the guy who did sound effects..."
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: When Det. Brodka phoned Bart's parents to tell them about Bart being caught shoplifting, he left a message on their answering machine that sounded like he was talking to them. Bart switched the tapes before his parents had a chance to play the message.
    Tape: (singing) Hello muddah, hello faddah, here I am at Camp Granada!
    Homer: Marge? Is Lisa at Camp Granada??