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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 composer for Embassy Television sitcoms like ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''[[/note]] in his one and only contribution to the show.

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Until season 29, this was the last ''Simpsons'' episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' 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]] in his one and only contribution to the show.


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

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* ExactWords: Homer and Ned's bet states that the father of the boy who "doesn't win" has to put on his wife's Sunday dress and mow the other father's lawn; it initially says "father of the loser," [[ChekhovsGag but Ned changes the terms to sound nicer.nicer]]. When Bart and Todd decide to call the match a tie, Homer points out that a draw isn't the same thing as a victory, meaning that both boys "didn't win." As such, Homer and Ned are both made to fulfill the bet and mow each other's lawns (unfortunately, Homer is denied seeing Flanders embarrassed because the latter thinks it's funny).

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** Homer reads Flanders' sappy letter aloud at the breakfast table and laughs uproariously about it with the kids. Marge scolds them for receiving his kindness in that way but steps out of the room to giggle about it herself.


* TakingYouWithMe: A non-fatal variant. Homer is so determined to see Ned face the losing penalty that he's willing to exploit ExactWords with the contract, fully knowing it would mean he'd have to do it as well.



* {{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 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 ends up having fun since it reminds him of his college days, while Homer made an ass of himself for nothing.

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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 thinks it's over, over and is willing to let bygones be bygones, but Homer Homer, determined to see Ned humiliated, points out that neither boy won, so they ''both'' have to go through with the bet. However, Ned actually ends up having fun since it reminds him of his college days, while Homer made an ass of himself for nothing.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Had Ned allowed the contract to read "father of the loser" instead of insisting on "father of the boy who doesn't win", Homer wouldn't have been able to pull off his ExactWords ploy.

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* TranquilFury: After Homer bursts into a spiteful tirade about Ned rubbing his success in his face, Ned, in a blatantly angry but still calm and polite tone, [[GetOut firmly asks Homer to leave.]]


Episode - 7F08\\
First Aired - 11/15/1990

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Episode - 7F08\\
First Aired - 11/15/1990

'''Original air date:''' 11/15/1990

'''Production code:''' 7F08


** Homer is also perpetually miserable and agitated throughout much of the episode. Not much of his happy-go-lucky personality was visible here.

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** Homer is also perpetually miserable and agitated throughout much of the episode. Not much of his happy-go-lucky personality was visible here. Though it's because he has to deal with Flanders and it's been made clear he doesn't like him.

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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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