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Recap: The Simpsons S 8 E 22 In Marge We Trust
Concerned with the lack of interest the family shows at the church, Marge volunteers there and becomes "The Listen Lady," dispensing with excellent advice- as opposed to Lovejoy, who begins to feel like a dejected failure. Meanwhile Homer, Lisa, and Bart discover a Japanese box with Homer's face on it, and try to find out why.

Tropes Are:

  • A Day in the Limelight: For Reverend Lovejoy, exploring his lack of enthusiasm with the church.
  • Animesque: The Mr. Sparkle logo, which looks like Homer with huge Pie Eyes.
  • Badass Preacher: Lovejoy, saving Ned from a bunch of angry baboons.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The image of Homer was actually the result of a merger between two companies, even merging their previous logos; a big-eyed fish, and a light bulb.
  • Freudian Excuse: Lovejoy's disinterest was the result of Ned constantly badgering him about every last misdemeanor in his life, eroding his passion for preaching.
  • Heroic BSOD: Lovejoy, when his flock begins going to Marge for help, and realizes he hasn't done anything to inspire people.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Marge tells Ned to stand up for his business to a bunch of hoodlums, causing him to be chased into a baboon exhibit at the zoo.
  • Overly Long Gag: Homer dialing to Japan.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Lovejoy after being worn down by Ned.
    Lovejoy: Finally, I just stopped caring. Luckly, by then it was The Eighties, so no one noticed.
  • What Were They Selling Again?: The Mr. Sparkle ads. Even with subtitles they make no sense whatsoever.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Reverend Lovejoy in the 70s, until he met Ned Flanders.
The Simpsons S 8 E 21 The Old Man And The LisaRecap/The SimpsonsThe Simpsons S 8 E 23 Homers Enemy

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