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* FunWithAcronyms: Bart writes "1 8 P P" on Homer's eye test, which he reads ("I ate pee pee.").


* ILikeThoseOdds: Police Chief Wiggum says this word for word when he tries to seize cheese from a trap before the [[AnvilOnHead anvil falls on him]]. The odds were a million to one.

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* ILikeThoseOdds: Police Chief Wiggum says this word for word when he tries to seize asks Lou the odds of seizing cheese from a trap before the [[AnvilOnHead anvil falls on him]]. The Lou says the odds were a million to one.one, and Wiggum says the trope name word-for-word.



* TooDumbToLive: Chief Wiggum when he decided to test the trap, thinking he could take the cheese before the anvil dropped... despite the odds being [[AMillionIsAStatistic "a million to one"]].

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* TooDumbToLive: Chief Wiggum when he decided decides to test the trap, a giant mousetrap, thinking he could take the cheese before the anvil dropped... despite the odds being [[AMillionIsAStatistic [[MillionToOneChance "a million to one"]].


After seeing a film about a shy, bookish, Spanish girl who becomes a tango dancer's partner in a contest, Lisa begs Marge to let her take tango lessons, but ends up taking tap lessons from a former 1930s child star modelled after Creator/ShirleyTemple and tries to hide the fact that she's terrible at tap from Homer and Marge. Meanwhile, Homer gets laser eye surgery and Bart and Milhouse hide out at the mall after Nelson announces that he's going to summer camp with them.

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After seeing a film about a shy, bookish, Spanish girl who becomes a tango dancer's partner in a contest, Lisa begs Marge to let her take tango lessons, but ends up taking tap lessons from a former 1930s child star modelled modeled after Creator/ShirleyTemple and tries to hide the fact that she's terrible at tap from Homer and Marge. Meanwhile, Homer gets laser eye surgery and Bart and Milhouse hide out at the mall after Nelson announces that he's going to summer camp with them.

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* AntiMentor: Vicki is a dance instructor who expects her students to get by with almost no actual instruction. This is on top of being a tremendous {{Jerkass}} who uses the class [[VicariouslyAmbitious to relive her glory days]], showing no regards to her students' wellbeing (she made sure they smiled during a show by ''[[FrozenFace stapling their mouths in place]]''), and openly demeaning her less gifted students.



* SadistTeacher: Vicki is a straight-up {{Jerkass}} who has NoSympathy towards Lisa, and kicks her out of the class at the end of the episode.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Homer's laser eye subplot stopped with him blinded by his eye crust and taken to the liquor store by Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney (with Kearney driving and pretending to be Marge). It's never brought up again nor do viewers see what happened when Homer tried to buy Jack Daniels and cigarettes for the trio. Also, it's never explained how Bart & Milhouse got out of the mall, since the plot disappears after the puma eats the ball.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
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Homer's laser eye subplot stopped with him blinded by his eye crust and taken to the liquor store by Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney (with Kearney driving and pretending to be Marge). It's never brought up again nor do viewers see what happened when Homer tried to buy Jack Daniels and cigarettes for the trio. Also, it's Next we see, Homer is at the dance recital, and his eyes are fine.
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never explained how Bart & Milhouse got out of the mall, since the plot disappears after the puma eats the ball.


* {{Bowdlerise}}: Vicki's following line "I'm ever so pissed" - after discovering Lisa's shoes - is sometimes cut out on television and follows on with Lisa apologising.
-->'''Vicki:''' Self-tapping shoes? I'm ''ever'' so pissed!

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: Vicki's following line "I'm ever so pissed" - after discovering Lisa's shoes - is ("I'm ever so pissed") sometimes cut out on television and follows on with Lisa apologising.
-->'''Vicki:''' Self-tapping shoes? I'm ''ever'' so pissed!
apologising.


* NoodleIncident: Vicki Valentine mentions that she once ruined [[Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies Buddy Ebsen's]] credit rating.

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* NoodleIncident: Vicki Valentine mentions that she once ruined [[Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies Buddy Ebsen's]] credit rating. When asked why she would do that, she says Buddy knows why.

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* NoodleIncident: Vicki Valentine mentions that she once ruined [[Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies Buddy Ebsen's]] credit rating.

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* RealityEnsues: The BaitAndSwitch moment were it looks like Vicki is going to get Lisa to sub for the star of the show when Ralph gets sick at the last second, only for her to ask Lisa to help her (Vicki) into Ralph's costume. Vicki didn't think Lisa was good enough to play any part in the show to begin with, so she isn't going to let her sub for the star of it.

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* ILikeThoseOdds: Police Chief Wiggum says this word for word when he tries to seize cheese from a trap before the [[AnvilOnHead anvil falls on him]]. The odds were a million to one.

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* HiddenDepths: Ralph Wiggum turns out to be the best student in the class.

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* MyLittlePanzer: When Lisa arrives to Dr. Frink's home asking for help, Frink shows her a weasel ball toy and says like a MadScientist that he will make it a weapon. [[BrickJoke The last scene of the episode]] is Homer noticing the toy running around and bending to grab it while Frink yells to not touch it... SmashToBlack with sounds of high voltage and Homer screaming in pain.


* {{Bowdlerise}}: Vicki's following line "I'm ever so pissed" - after discovering Lisa's shoes - is sometimes cut out on television and follows on with Lisa apologising.
-->'''Vicki:''' Self-tapping shoes? I'm ''ever'' so pissed!



* ItsAllAboutMe: Vicki Valentine, as she is still intent on throwing herself behind everything. [[UpToEleven Even the curtain pulling]].
--> '''Vicki:''' No one upstages 'Little' Vicki! (growls)



* ShoutOut: The ''Tango De La Muerte'' has some similarities to Film/{{Strictly Ballroom}}.

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* ShoutOut: The ''Tango De La de la Muerte'' has some similarities to Film/{{Strictly Ballroom}}.


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* TooDumbToLive: Chief Wiggum when he decided to test the trap, thinking he could take the cheese before the anvil dropped... despite the odds being [[AMillionIsAStatistic "a million to one"]].

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Lisa initially criticises the Tango Dancer's choice of partner until said partner shares [[NamesTheSame Lisa's name]].


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* ShoutOut: The ''Tango De La Muerte'' has some similarities to Film/{{Strictly Ballroom}}.

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* SadistTeacher: Vicki is a straight-up {{Jerkass}} who has NoSympathy towards Lisa, and kicks her out of the class at the end of the episode.


* ReTool: ''The Cyborganizer'' does this in the ''first episode''[[note]]the title character starts out working for the N.Y.P.D., then somehow ends up working for a modeling agency and trying to raise a song as a single father[[/note]], much to Homer's dismay.

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* ReTool: ''The Cyborganizer'' does this in the ''first episode''[[note]]the title character starts out working for the N.Y.P.D., then somehow ends up working for a modeling agency and trying to raise a song son as a single father[[/note]], much to Homer's dismay.



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Homer leads the audience in giving Lisa standing ovation for her performance, causing her self-tapping shoes to overload and go crazy. In his defense, nobody knew she was wearing them.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Homer leads the audience in giving Lisa standing ovation for her performance, causing her self-tapping shoes to overload and go crazy. In his defense, nobody knew she was wearing them.them.
* YouGetMeCoffee: After Lisa gets her TrickedOutShoes, she asks Vicki for a spot in the recital other than operating the curtain. Little Vicki tries to discourage Lisa, but then Ralph gets sick from eating the plastic candy props for the recital. Vicki declares that only one person can fill in the leading role left by Ralph, so she turns to Lisa, and asks her to... ''help her into Ralph's costume.''


--> '''Coach''': As your wise but alcoholic dance coach, I know that somewhere your father is looking down on you and smiling. Oh, there he is!\\

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--> '''Coach''': '''Coach:''' As your wise but alcoholic dance coach, I know that somewhere your father is looking down on you and smiling. Oh, there he is!\\



* CuttingTheKnot: Lisa's automatic self-tapping shoes go haywire, and soon Lisa is out of control. Almost everybody flees except for Marge and Homer, who saves the day by tripping Lisa.
-->'''Lisa''': Whew! Thanks, Dad.
-->'''Homer''': I didn't think, I just acted.

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* ChekhovsGag: There's an entire bit focusing on Chief Wiggum setting off a cheese-baited mouse trap rigged to a suspended anvil in an attempt to catch the mall rat. After a scene where Professor Frink helps out Lisa, Wiggum releases a mountain lion to hunt down the rat... and the lion immediately goes for the cheese. Cue AnvilOnHead.
-->'''Lou:''' Should I get the backup lion, Chief?\\
'''Wiggum:''' Would you?
* CreditsGag: The entire ending credits sequence was done in the style of old-time movies.
* CuttingTheKnot: Lisa's automatic self-tapping shoes go haywire, and soon Lisa is out of control. Almost everybody flees except for Marge and Homer, who saves the day by tripping Lisa.
-->'''Lisa''':
Lisa.
-->'''Lisa:'''
Whew! Thanks, Dad.
-->'''Homer''':
Dad.\\
'''Homer:'''
I didn't think, I just acted.



--> '''Lisa''': But my parents are counting on seeing me dance. And I've worked ever so hard.\\
'''Vicki''': I'm sorry, Lisa, but giving everyone an equal part when they're clearly not equal is called what again, class?\\
'''Girls''': Communism!\\
'''Vicki''': That's right. And I didn't tap all those Morse code messages to the Allies till my shoes filled with blood just to roll out the welcome mat for the Reds.

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--> '''Lisa''': '''Lisa:''' But my parents are counting on seeing me dance. And I've worked ever so hard.\\
'''Vicki''': '''Vicki:''' I'm sorry, Lisa, but giving everyone an equal part when they're clearly not equal is called what again, class?\\
'''Girls''': '''Girls:''' Communism!\\
'''Vicki''': '''Vicki:''' That's right. And I didn't tap all those Morse code messages to the Allies till my shoes filled with blood just to roll out the welcome mat for the Reds.



--> '''Vicki''': You've just got to turn that frown upside down!\\

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--> '''Vicki''': '''Vicki:''' You've just got to turn that frown upside down!\\



* LogoJoke: The Gracie Films VanityPlate has the logo moving up to show the cat in the instruction video rubbing it's eyes.
* MagicFeather: At the very end, Marge tries to make Lisa feel better by saying that Frink's tap-dancing shoes were deactivated and ItWasWithYouAllAlong. Then Homer (in typical JerkAss InnocentlyInsensitive fashion) brings Lisa's dawning hopes down when he then says that the shoes ''were'' active and shows everybody the switch as proof.
* ReTool: ''The Cyborganizer'' does this in the ''first episode'', much to Homer's dismay.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''The Cyborganizer''.
* TrickedOutShoes: Lisa tries to perform in her class's recital with a pair of automatic self-tapping shoes. Unfortunately, they were designed by [[BunglingInventor Professor Frink]] and end up going haywire.

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* LeParkour: Lisa ends up doing this once her tap-dancing shoes go out of control.
* LogoJoke: The Gracie Films VanityPlate has the logo moving up to show the cat in the instruction video rubbing it's it is eyes.
* MagicFeather: At the very end, Marge Frink tries to make Lisa feel better by saying that Frink's his tap-dancing shoes were deactivated and deactivated, prompting Marge to tell her ItWasWithYouAllAlong. Then Homer (in typical JerkAss InnocentlyInsensitive fashion) brings Lisa's dawning hopes down when he then says that the shoes ''were'' active and shows everybody the switch as proof.
* ReTool: ''The Cyborganizer'' does this in the ''first episode'', episode''[[note]]the title character starts out working for the N.Y.P.D., then somehow ends up working for a modeling agency and trying to raise a song as a single father[[/note]], much to Homer's dismay.
* PantyShot: A rare one from Lisa is seen while laying on the floor after Homer trips her.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''The Cyborganizer''.
Cyborganizer'', as well as an old Little Vicki movie an envious Lisa watches.
* TemptingFate: Bart and Milhouse note that one advantage of spending a week at the mall instead of camp is not having to hear "stupid camp songs". Then they pass by "Stan's Keyboards", where a man at the store is singing an advertising jingle based on "If You're Happy And You Know It".
* TheEnd: The episode ends by cutting away to a "The End" title card right as Homer is about to [[ItMakesSenseInContext get electrocuted by a weasel ball toy]].
* TrickedOutShoes: Lisa tries to perform in her class's recital with a pair of automatic self-tapping shoes. Unfortunately, they were designed by [[BunglingInventor Professor Frink]] and end up going haywire.

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