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* AnachronisticClue: {{Invoked|Trope}} when Mr. Bergstrom pretends to be a cowboy from 1830 and invites the class to find the three mistakes in his outfit. Lisa notes his revolver (first created in 1835) and State of Texas belt buckle (Texas became a State in 1845), but [[FailedASpotCheck misses his digital wristwatch]].

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* CouchGag: The family comes in to find the couch missing.

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* InsultBackfire: While Bart and Martin are campaigning for class president, the latter hangs a poster attacking the former that reads "A vote for Bart is a vote for anarchy!". Bart is then seen hanging his own poster with the exact same slogan.

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* ChoreCharacterExploration: While Marge and Lisa are folding laundry, Lisa talks about how much she likes Mr. Bergstrom. At one point, Snowball II walks onto a sheet and Marge has to move her out of the way.


* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Homer tries his best to cheer Lisa up by telling her that there are many special people waiting for her in the future, but loses his train of thought and can only describe them in a place "where the food is real good, and guys like me are serving drinks." He [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] his inability to speak in metaphor and ends up trying to be silly to cheer Lisa up instead.

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* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Homer tries his best to cheer Lisa up by telling her that there are many special people waiting for her in the future, but loses his train of thought and can only describe them in a place "where the food is real good, and guys like me are serving drinks." He [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] his inability to speak in metaphor and ends up trying tries to be silly to cheer Lisa up instead.


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* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Mr. Bergstrom gives Lisa a simple piece of paper and tells her that if she ever loses her way or doubts herself, all she needs to do is read it. She unfolds the paper and reads four words that bring tears to her eyes: "You are Lisa Simpson."

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* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Homer tries his best to cheer Lisa up by telling her that there are many special people waiting for her in the future, but loses his train of thought and can only describe them in a place "where the food is real good, and guys like me are serving drinks." He [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] his inability to speak in metaphor and ends up trying to be silly to cheer Lisa up instead.

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* CheerThemUpWithLaughter: Homer pretends to be a monkey to make Lisa laugh which manages to cheer her up.


* ActorAllusion: To the famous moment from ''Film/TheGraduate'' with [[BetweenMyLegs the guy framed under a woman's leg]], which is kind of odd since Creator/DustinHoffman was credited under the name "Sam Etic" rather than his actual name.

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* ActorAllusion: To the famous moment from ''Film/TheGraduate'' with [[BetweenMyLegs the guy framed under a woman's leg]], which is kind of odd since Creator/DustinHoffman was credited under the name PunnyName "Sam Etic" rather than his actual name.



* SpecialGuest: Creator/DustinHoffman as Mr. Bergstrom (credited as Sam Etic).

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* SpecialGuest: Creator/DustinHoffman as Mr. Bergstrom (credited as [[PunnyName Sam Etic).Etic]]).
* SteamNeverDies: An unusual variation, where the train Mr. Bergstrom leaves Springfield on is shown to have a diesel locomotive pulling the coaches, but it sounds like a steam train, complete with chugging and whistle.
* TrainStationGoodbye: This is how Lisa's tearful goodbye to Mr. Bergstrom plays out. It's [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], of course.


* ActorAllusion: To the famous moment from ''Film/TheGraduate'' with the guy framed under a woman's leg, which is kind of odd since Creator/DustinHoffman was credited under the name "Sam Etic" rather than his actual name.

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* ActorAllusion: To the famous moment from ''Film/TheGraduate'' with [[BetweenMyLegs the guy framed under a woman's leg, leg]], which is kind of odd since Creator/DustinHoffman was credited under the name "Sam Etic" rather than his actual name.


* ActorAllusion: To the famous moment from ''Film/TheGraduate'', which is kind of odd since Creator/DustinHoffman was credited under the name "Sam Etic" rather than his actual name. (Incidentally, the same happens in the Japanese dub in an odd way, as Creator/RyuseiNakao, Mr. Bergstrom's dub voice, appeared as a singer during a cameo in ''Series/DenshiSentaiDenziman''.)

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* ActorAllusion: To the famous moment from ''Film/TheGraduate'', ''Film/TheGraduate'' with the guy framed under a woman's leg, which is kind of odd since Creator/DustinHoffman was credited under the name "Sam Etic" rather than his actual name. (Incidentally, the same happens in the Japanese dub in an odd way, as Creator/RyuseiNakao, Mr. Bergstrom's dub voice, appeared as a singer during a cameo in ''Series/DenshiSentaiDenziman''.)name.



** This is lampshaded in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E6ItchyAndScratchyTheMovie Itchy And Scratchy: The Movie]]" when Lisa mentions that Dustin Hoffman and Michael Jackson had cameos but didn't use their own names.


* PrecociousCrush: 8-year-old Lisa seems to be crushing Mr. Bergstrom who is her teacher. The promotions all but confirm it.

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* PrecociousCrush: 8-year-old Lisa seems to be crushing on Mr. Bergstrom who is her teacher. The promotions all but confirm it.


'''Lisa''': (Stands up angrily) I'm glad I'm not crying, because I would hate for you to think what I'm about to say is based on emotion, (points angrily at a startled Homer) but ''YOU'' sir...are a BABOON!\\
'''Homer''': (gasp) Me?\\

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'''Lisa''': (Stands [''stands up angrily) angrily''] I'm glad I'm not crying, because I would hate for you to think what I'm about to say is based on emotion, (points [''points angrily at a startled Homer) Homer''] but ''YOU'' sir...sir... are a BABOON!\\
'''Homer''': (gasp) [''gasp''] Me?\\



'''Homer''': (stricken) I don't think you realize what you're saying...\\
'''Lisa''': '''BABOON!!!''' (Runs off crying)

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'''Homer''': (stricken) [''stricken''] I don't think you realize what you're saying...\\
'''Lisa''': '''BABOON!!!''' (Runs [''runs off crying)crying'']



* CrowdChant: "More Asbestos! More Asbestos! More Asbestos!"

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* CrowdChant: "More Asbestos! asbestos! More Asbestos! asbestos! More Asbestos!"asbestos!"



* FriendToAllChildren: One of the reasons Mr Bergstrom's so beloved.



* FriendToAllChildren: One of the reasons Mr Bergstrom's so beloved.


* CallingTheOldManOut: Lisa drops a ''major'' eye-opener on Homer when it seems like he doesn't care about Mr. Bergstrom leaving or why she's sad about it, one that shocks even Bart simply because no one expected her to say it:

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* CallingTheOldManOut: Lisa drops a ''major'' eye-opener on Homer when it seems like he doesn't care about Mr. Bergstrom leaving or why she's sad about it, sad, one that shocks even Bart simply because no one expected her to say it:


* AlanSmithee: Guest star Creator/DustinHoffman is listed as [[PunnyName Sam Etic]].


* AssumedWin: The fourth graders were so confident that Bart would win the election that none of them bothered to vote. By the time Bart gathers Milhouse and Lewis from recess, it's already too late. Martin even poses with a newspaper whose headline reads "Simpson Defeats Prince".

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* AssumedWin: The fourth graders were are so confident that Bart would win the election that none of them bothered bother to vote. By the time Bart gathers Milhouse and Lewis from recess, it's already too late. Martin even poses with a newspaper whose headline reads "Simpson Defeats Prince".

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