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* CouchGag: The Simpsons, along with Snowball II and Santa's Little Helper, sit on the couch.


** Also the mention of him being in a fraternity- where he apparently wore a dress as a gag/hazing ritual.

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** Also the mention of him being in a fraternity- where he apparently wore a dress as a gag/hazing ritual. This is very inconsistent with the religious, overly moralistic persona he would take on a few seasons later.


Until season 29, this was the last ''Simpsons'' episode with music composed by somebody ''other'' than Alf Clausen. This episode was composed by Ray Colcord[[note]]music composer for Embassy Television sitcoms like ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''[[/note]].

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Until season 29, this was the last ''Simpsons'' episode with music composed by somebody ''other'' than Alf Clausen. This episode was composed by Ray Colcord[[note]]music Colcord,[[note]]music composer for Embassy Television sitcoms like ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''[[/note]].''Series/TheFactsOfLife''[[/note]] in his one and only contribution to the show.


* ActuallyPrettyFunny: After the boys forfeit, Homer insists this means he and Ned ''both'' must commit to the penalty (believing it will be worth so long as Ned suffers as well). To Homer's aggravation however, Ned finds humour in the situation and begins waving at the laughing public. (Bart can also be seen quietly snickering while the rest of the family mourns the embarassment.)

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: After the boys forfeit, Homer insists this means he and Ned ''both'' must commit to the penalty (believing it will be worth so long as Ned suffers as well). To Homer's aggravation however, Ned finds humour in the situation and begins waving at the laughing public. (Bart can also be seen quietly snickering while the rest of the family mourns the embarassment.embarrassment.)



* ICallItVera: Homer tells Bart to give his putter a name. Bart says "Mr. Putter," so he specifies it should be a girl's name. Bart selects "Mom," to which Homer snaps [[Film/FullMetaljacket "Your putter's name is Charlene!"]]

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* ICallItVera: Homer tells Bart to give his putter a name. Bart says "Mr. Putter," so he specifies it should be a girl's name. Bart selects "Mom," to which Homer snaps [[Film/FullMetaljacket [[Film/FullMetalJacket "Your putter's name is Charlene!"]]



* {{Jerkass}}: With his petty antagonism towards Ned and the undeserved pressure he puts on Bart, this episode marked a really low point for Homer in the show's early years.
** As noted in the DVDCommentary, Homer is very irritable and full of rage in this episode for no real reason. He starts out angry and gets angrier as the episode goes on.
* LaserGuidedKarma: After all of his antagonism of Ned and unfair treatment of Bart, it's satisfying to see Homer get his commupance at the end of the episode.

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* {{Jerkass}}: With his petty antagonism towards Ned and the undeserved pressure he puts on Bart, this episode marked a really low point for Homer in the show's early years.
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years. As noted in the DVDCommentary, Homer is very irritable and full of rage in this episode for no real reason. He starts out angry and gets angrier as the episode goes on.
* LaserGuidedKarma: After all of his antagonism of Ned and unfair treatment of Bart, it's satisfying to see Homer get his commupance comeuppance at the end of the episode.


* {{Unishment}}: Ned is actually amused at mowing the lawn in a Sunday dress (as it reminds him of his fraternity days), much to Homer's frustration.

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* {{Unishment}}: Bart and Todd end up competing against each other in mini-golf and Homer, always looking for an opportunity to mess with Flanders, makes a side bet: The "father of the boy who doesn't win"[[note]]Ned insisted on this wording since didn't want to hurt either boy's feelings with "loser"[[/note]] would have to mow the other's lawn in his wife's best Sunday dress. In the end Bart and Todd both forfeit because the game isn't fun anymore; Ned is thinks it's over, but Homer points out that neither boy won, so they ''both'' have to go through with the bet. However, Ned actually amused at mowing the lawn in a Sunday dress (as ends up having fun since it reminds him of his fraternity days), much to Homer's frustration.college days, while Homer made an ass of himself for nothing.
-->'''Homer:''' D'oh! Oh my god, he's enjoying it!


* ActuallyPrettyFunny: After the boys forfeit, Homer insists this means he and Ned ''both'' must commit to the penalty (believing it will be worth so long as Ned suffers as well). To Homer's aggravation however, Ned finds humour in the situation and begins waving at the laughing public. (Bart can also be seen quietly snickering while the rest of the family mourns the embarassment.)



* NotSoAboveItAll: Marge scolds Homer and the kids for laughing at Ned's melodramatic apology letter, but she privately finds it amusing as well.

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* NotSoAboveItAll: NotSoAboveItAll:
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Marge scolds Homer and the kids for laughing at Ned's melodramatic apology letter, but she privately finds it amusing as well.well.
** Right after she regains composure, she objects again and notes she wished the family were as close as the Flanders were. She meekly shirks however when Homer suggests right off the bat they have a spontaneous family outing together.


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Only the game announcer and Ned seem sincerely touched by Bart and Todd's sportsmanship. The rest of the audience storm out unimpressed.


* CharacterizationClickMoment: Ned started off as merely an AlwaysSomeoneBetter foil for Homer, with few other characteristics besides his VerbalTic. This episode not only fleshes out the rivalry between the two and introduces the other Flanders family members, but establishes most of Ned's God-fearing do-gooder personality (right down to his incessant bugging of Reverend Lovejoy).

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* CharacterizationClickMoment: CharacterisationClickMoment: Ned started off as merely an AlwaysSomeoneBetter foil for Homer, with few other characteristics besides his VerbalTic. This episode not only fleshes out the rivalry between the two and introduces the other Flanders family members, but establishes most of Ned's God-fearing do-gooder personality (right down to his incessant bugging of Reverend Lovejoy).

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* CharacterizationClickMoment: Ned started off as merely an AlwaysSomeoneBetter foil for Homer, with few other characteristics besides his VerbalTic. This episode not only fleshes out the rivalry between the two and introduces the other Flanders family members, but establishes most of Ned's God-fearing do-gooder personality (right down to his incessant bugging of Reverend Lovejoy).


* ExactWords: Because of how the bet between Homer and Ned was worded (the father of the kid who "doesn't win" instead of "the loser", because Ned found the wording too cruel for his sensibilities), Homer insisted that both of them mow each other's lawn in their own wives' Sunday dresses.

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* ExactWords: Because of how the bet between Homer and Ned was worded (the Ned's bet states that the father of the kid boy who "doesn't win" instead has to put on his wife's Sunday dress and mow the other father's lawn; it initially says "father of "the loser", because the loser," but Ned found changes the wording too cruel for his sensibilities), terms to sound nicer. When Bart and Todd decide to call the match a tie, Homer insisted points out that a draw isn't the same thing as a victory, meaning that both of them boys "didn't win." As such, Homer and Ned are both made to fulfill the bet and mow each other's lawn in their own wives' Sunday dresses.lawns (unfortunately, Homer is denied seeing Flanders embarrassed because the latter thinks it's funny).


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* UnknownRival: For most of the episode, Ned doesn't deliberately antagonize Homer or try to outdo him--Homer just perceives Flanders's seeming "perfectness" as a personal affront.

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* DraggedIntoDrag: Because of how the bet was worded, both Homer and Flanders end up having to mow each other's lawns in their wives' Sunday dresses.


Until season 29, this was the last ''Simpsons'' episode with music composed by somebody ''other'' than Alf Clausen. This episode was composed by Ray Colcord[[labelnote:*]]music composer for Embassy Television sitcoms like ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''[[/labelnote]].

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Until season 29, this was the last ''Simpsons'' episode with music composed by somebody ''other'' than Alf Clausen. This episode was composed by Ray Colcord[[labelnote:*]]music Colcord[[note]]music composer for Embassy Television sitcoms like ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''[[/labelnote]].''Series/TheFactsOfLife''[[/note]].



* AbsurdlyHighStakesGame

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* LaserGuidedKarma: After all of his antagonism of Ned and unfair treatment of Bart, it's satiafying to see Homer get his commupance at the end of the episode.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: After all of his antagonism of Ned and unfair treatment of Bart, it's satiafying satisfying to see Homer get his commupance at the end of the episode.

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** Both Bart and Flanders are right-handed in this episode.





* ADayInTheLimelight: For Todd, though most of the plot focused on Bart.

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For Todd, though most of the plot focused on Bart.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Flanders ''drinking''?
** Later episodes do feature a beer tap in the Flanders family basement so it is possible that Ned enjoys a good beer now and then. Also it is a way to avoid Moe's Tavern.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
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Flanders ''drinking''?
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''drinking''? Later episodes do feature a beer tap in the Flanders family basement so it is possible that Ned enjoys a good beer now and then. Also it is a way to avoid Moe's Tavern.

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* OffModel: Krusty appears in one sequence with his face having yellow skin.

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