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** Homer casually admits that his mother always considered him a disappointment, which is a far cry from the Mona Simpson we actually meet in the series later on.


* TherapyBackfire: The episode has Homer insist the family go to a therapy session. They all blame him (although this might have been annoyance at [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness him having sold their TV to pay for it]]). Even escalating to '''electroconvulsive aversion therapy''' can't stop the family from feuding with each other (if anything, they end up blowning out the clinic lights and several surrounding blocks' lights in the ensuing electroshock fight). Dr. Monroe gives up, refunds Homer's money, and begs them to never tell anybody that they visited the clinic.

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* TherapyBackfire: The episode has Homer insist the family go to a therapy session. They all blame him (although this might have been annoyance at [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness him having sold their TV to pay for it]]). Even escalating to '''electroconvulsive aversion therapy''' can't stop the family from feuding with each other (if anything, they end up blowning blowing out the clinic lights and several surrounding blocks' lights in the ensuing electroshock fight). Dr. Monroe gives up, refunds Homer's money, and begs them to never tell anybody that they visited the clinic.


* TherapyBackfire: The episode has Homer insist the family go to a therapy session. They all blame him (although this might have been annoyance at [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness him having sold their TV to pay for it]]). Even escalating to '''electroconvulsive aversion therapy''' can't stop the family from feuding with each other (if anything, they end up browning out the clinic and several surrounding blocks in the ensuing electroshock fight). Dr. Monroe gives up, refunds Homer's money, and begs them to never tell anybody that they visited the clinic.

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* TherapyBackfire: The episode has Homer insist the family go to a therapy session. They all blame him (although this might have been annoyance at [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness him having sold their TV to pay for it]]). Even escalating to '''electroconvulsive aversion therapy''' can't stop the family from feuding with each other (if anything, they end up browning blowning out the clinic lights and several surrounding blocks blocks' lights in the ensuing electroshock fight). Dr. Monroe gives up, refunds Homer's money, and begs them to never tell anybody that they visited the clinic.


** Homer's brief quotation of his mother made her out to be just as bitter and verbally abusive as his father (who hadn't even completely settled into that characterization yet). Later seasons (particularly the season seven episode "Mother Simpson") had Homer's mother as a loving, caring woman who abandoned him because she got swept up in the 1960s counterculture (which, to her, was world's better than being tied down to someone like Grandpa Simpson, who's more traditional and conservative).

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** Homer's brief quotation of his mother made her out to be just as bitter and verbally abusive as his father (who hadn't even completely settled into that characterization yet). Later seasons (particularly the season seven episode "Mother Simpson") had Homer's mother as a loving, caring woman who abandoned him because she got swept up in the 1960s counterculture (which, to her, was world's worlds better than being tied down to someone like Grandpa Simpson, who's more traditional and conservative).


** Homer's brief quotation of his mother made her out to be just as bitter and verbally abusive as his father (who hadn't even completely settled into that characterization yet) instead of the loving but [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] CoolOldLady they will eventually introduce.

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** Homer's brief quotation of his mother made her out to be just as bitter and verbally abusive as his father (who hadn't even completely settled into that characterization yet) instead of yet). Later seasons (particularly the loving but [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] CoolOldLady they will eventually introduce.season seven episode "Mother Simpson") had Homer's mother as a loving, caring woman who abandoned him because she got swept up in the 1960s counterculture (which, to her, was world's better than being tied down to someone like Grandpa Simpson, who's more traditional and conservative).


* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: Dr. Monroe, after Homer forces him to honor his "family bliss or double our money back" slogan.

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* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: Dr. Monroe, after Homer forces him to honor his "family bliss or double our your money back" slogan.

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* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: Dr. Monroe, after Homer forces him to honor his "family bliss or double our money back" slogan.
-->'''Dr. Monroe''': Just go, and never tell anyone you were here!

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* BorrowedCatchphrase: This episode marks the first time someone other than Homer says "D'oh!" Most notably, ''Mr. Burns'' of all characters delivers it when he sees each of the Simpsons bringing him a gelatin mold.


* HypocriticalHumor: More in sync with his later characterisation, the episode frequently notes a lot of the family woes Homer is embarrassed about are caused by ''him''.

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* HypocriticalHumor: More in sync with his later characterisation, characterization, the episode frequently notes a lot of the family woes Homer is embarrassed about are caused by ''him''.



* ImagineSpot: Homer picturing his family as a bunch of devils and the Flanders family as a bunch of angels, complete with their road home going up into Heaven and his road home going through Hell.

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* ImagineSpot: Homer picturing his family as a bunch of devils and the Flanders a happier family as a bunch of angels, complete with their road home going up into Heaven and his road home going through Hell.



** Then again, getting wasted isn't exactly out of character for Marge. For example, she aids a felon friend in Ruth Powers in the Season 5 episode "Marge on the Lam," and becomes a gambling addict later that season when Mr. Burns opens a casino. While she escapes charges in the former, the latter is much more depressing because she neglects her family.
** Despite the embarrassment, it would still be enviable that when Homer finds her drunk, she greets him enthusiastically and asks if he's tried the punch. Doubtful that many other Springfieldians would react to their spouses like that with their inhibitions lowered.


* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Homer's most popular characterization as a crude, clumsy, lazy, ignorant man, with alcoholic tendencies, makes this an ''extremely'' odd episode to watch, especially for those who have ''never'' seen the show in its early days. He is embarrassed by his family's boorish behavior, including Marge getting drunk at his boss's party, and takes them to family therapy. If this was written after the first season, the roles would undoubtedly be reversed. Adding to this, ''Homer sells the TV'' in order to pay for the therapy; again, something he'd never even ''contemplate'' doing post-season one. While Homer is somewhat called out on it later that episode, since most of the things he was ashamed of them doing were ''his'' fault in the first place, he shows a lot more devotion to his family here than in later seasons. Then again, Homer has yet to discover the joys of taking out the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc... mortgage which he does in later seasons.
** Regardless of how Homer turned out, he still proved that he loves his family despite his faults, in later seasons. For example, he is willing to work a 2nd job at the Kwik-E-Mart to afford shelter for "Lisa's Pony," suffer incredible pain while jumping Springfield Gorge in Bart's place, or filing for divorce just so he and Marge could have a proper wedding (the first one was a shotgun wedding in Vegas).

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Homer's most popular characterization as a crude, clumsy, lazy, ignorant man, man with alcoholic tendencies, makes this an ''extremely'' odd episode to watch, especially for those who have ''never'' seen the show in its early days. He is embarrassed by his family's boorish behavior, including Marge getting drunk at his boss's party, and takes them to family therapy. If this was written after the first season, the roles would undoubtedly be reversed. Adding to this, ''Homer sells the TV'' in order to pay for the therapy; again, something he'd never even ''contemplate'' doing post-season one. While Homer is somewhat called out on it later that episode, since most of the things he was ashamed of them doing were ''his'' fault in the first place, he shows a lot more devotion to his family here than in later seasons. Then again, Homer has yet to discover the joys of taking out the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc... mortgage which he does in later seasons.\n** Regardless of how Homer turned out, he still proved that he loves his family despite his faults, in later seasons. For example, he is willing to work a 2nd job at the Kwik-E-Mart to afford shelter for "Lisa's Pony," suffer incredible pain while jumping Springfield Gorge in Bart's place, or filing for divorce just so he and Marge could have a proper wedding (the first one was a shotgun wedding in Vegas).


** Then again, getting wasted isn't exactly out of character for Marge. For example, she aids a felon friend in Ruth Powers in the Season 5 episode "Marge on the Lam," and becomes a gambling addict later that season when Mr. Burns opens a casino. While she escapes charges in the former, the latter is much more depressing because she neglects her family.



** Then again, getting wasted isn't exactly out of character for Marge. For example, she aids a felon friend in Ruth Powers in the Season 5 episode "Marge on the Lam," and becomes a gambling addict later that season when Mr. Burns opens a casino. While she escapes charges in the former, the latter is much more depressing because she neglects her family.

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** Despite the embarrassment, it would still be enviable that when Homer finds her drunk, she greets him enthusiastically and asks if he's tried the punch. Doubtful that many other Springfieldians would react to their spouses like that with their inhibitions lowered.

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* BlatantLies: Homer signs the family up for shock-aversion therapy. It doesn't begin well.
-->'''Marge''': Bart, how could you shock your sister?\\
'''Bart''': My finger slipped. [Bart gets shocked.]\\
'''Lisa''': So did mine!


** Regardless of how Homer turned out, he still proved that he loves his family despite his faults, in later seasons. For example, he is willing to work a 2nd job at the Kwik-E-Mart to afford shelter for "Lisa's Pony," suffer incredible pain while jumping Springfield Gorge in Bart's place, or filing for divorce just so he and Marge could have a proper wedding (the first one was a shotgun wedding in Vegas.)

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** Regardless of how Homer turned out, he still proved that he loves his family despite his faults, in later seasons. For example, he is willing to work a 2nd job at the Kwik-E-Mart to afford shelter for "Lisa's Pony," suffer incredible pain while jumping Springfield Gorge in Bart's place, or filing for divorce just so he and Marge could have a proper wedding (the first one was a shotgun wedding in Vegas.)Vegas).


* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Homer's most popular characterization as a crude, clumsy, lazy, ignorant man, with alcoholic tendencies, makes this an ''extremely'' odd episode to watch, especially for those who have ''never'' seen the show in its early days. He is embarrassed by his family's boorish behavior, including Marge getting drunk at his boss's party, and takes them to family therapy. If this was written after the first season, the roles would undoubtedly be reversed. Adding to this, ''Homer sells the TV'' in order to pay for the therapy; again, something he'd never even ''contemplate'' doing post-season one. While Homer is somewhat called out on it later that episode, since most of the things he was ashamed of them doing were ''his'' fault in the first place, he shows a lot more devotion to his family here than in later seasons. Then again, Homer has yet to discover the joys of taking out the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, ect... mortgage which he does in later seasons.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Homer's most popular characterization as a crude, clumsy, lazy, ignorant man, with alcoholic tendencies, makes this an ''extremely'' odd episode to watch, especially for those who have ''never'' seen the show in its early days. He is embarrassed by his family's boorish behavior, including Marge getting drunk at his boss's party, and takes them to family therapy. If this was written after the first season, the roles would undoubtedly be reversed. Adding to this, ''Homer sells the TV'' in order to pay for the therapy; again, something he'd never even ''contemplate'' doing post-season one. While Homer is somewhat called out on it later that episode, since most of the things he was ashamed of them doing were ''his'' fault in the first place, he shows a lot more devotion to his family here than in later seasons. Then again, Homer has yet to discover the joys of taking out the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, ect...etc... mortgage which he does in later seasons.

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