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* BreakingTheFourthWall: A very rare non-''Treehouse'' example - When watching the Macy's Parade on TV, Homer tells Bart that you can't just introduce flash-in-the-pan cartoon characters willy nilly or you'll turn that parade into a farce. Immediately afterwards, a Bart Simpson float can be seen on the TV.



* SelfDeprecation: See BreakingTheFourthWall above.



* TakeThatUs: When watching the Macy's Parade on TV Homer tells Bart that you can't just introduce flash-in-the-pan cartoon characters willy nilly or you'll turn that parade into a farce. Immediately afterwards a Bart Simpson float can be seen on the TV.


* AdultsAreUseless: When Bart and Lisa fight over the centerpiece, and then Bart throws said centerpiece into the fire, the adults just sit and watch. It isn't until after Lisa runs away crying that Marge and Homer come down hard on Bart, when it's too late to deescalate the situation.

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* AdultsAreUseless: When Bart and Lisa fight over the centerpiece, and then Bart throws said centerpiece into the fire, the adults just sit and watch.watch--with Grampa even getting ''excited'' watching it. It isn't until after Lisa runs away crying that Marge and Homer come down hard on Bart, when it's too late to deescalate the situation.

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* AdultsAreUseless: When Bart and Lisa fight over the centerpiece, and then Bart throws said centerpiece into the fire, the adults just sit and watch. It isn't until after Lisa runs away crying that Marge and Homer come down hard on Bart, when it's too late to deescalate the situation.


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* {{Hypocrite}}: The adults don't step in when Bart tries to move Lisa's centerpiece, nor try to save it when he throws it into the fire, but are quick to come down on him once it's destroyed.


* PlotHole: If the homeless shelter is in town, why didn't Homer and Marge just go and get Bart?


* FreezeFrameBonus: Bart tossing Lisa's centerpiece into the fire was no accident. If one pauses the scene at the right moment, [[https://ibb.co/ctGG3k he is seen]] [[SlasherSmile smiling evilly]] as it gets thrown into the fire.

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* FreezeFrameBonus: Bart tossing Lisa's centerpiece into the fire was no accident. If one pauses the scene at the right moment, [[https://ibb.co/ctGG3k he is seen]] [[SlasherSmile smiling evilly]] as it gets thrown into the fire. Of course, there's no way he'd knew that would set the fire.


* BrickJoke: A rather dark one. Homer is shown failing to light the fire place earlier in the episode. When Lisa's centerpiece ends up thrown into there, it instantly sets the whole thing in flames.

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* BrickJoke: A rather dark one. Homer is shown failing to light the fire place fireplace earlier in the episode. When Lisa's centerpiece ends up thrown into there, it instantly sets the whole thing in flames.


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** Homer is also downright cordial towards Patty and Selma, even giving them both a kiss on the cheek. For their part, the two sisters are far nastier to Marge's face than usual. While they're not ''above'' bullying her, she's usually the only person they tolerate.


* CanineCompanion: When Bart sneaks out of the house, he lets Santa's Little Helper tag along, sympathising with him after he gets kicks out for his own misbehaviour of snatching Homer's drumstick.

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* CanineCompanion: When Bart sneaks out of the house, he lets Santa's Little Helper tag along, sympathising sympathizing with him after he gets kicks out for his own misbehaviour misbehavior of snatching Homer's drumstick.



* JerkassHasAPoint: While Homer and Marge went too far for punishing Bart and declaring that "he ruined Thanksgiving" [[WasTooHardOnHim regretful or not,]] Bart did throw the centerpiece in the fireplace on purpose and without remorse. Along with the fact that Marge has to deal with her sisters, her mother, and father-in-law, not to mention the preparation of the feast itself. One's patience can go so far, especially if one has Bart for a child.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: While Homer and Marge went too far for punishing Bart and declaring that "he ruined Thanksgiving" [[WasTooHardOnHim regretful or not,]] Bart did throw the centerpiece in the fireplace on purpose and without any remorse. Along with the fact that Marge has to deal with her sisters, her mother, and father-in-law, not to mention the preparation of the feast itself. One's patience can go so far, especially if one has Bart for a child.



** Both Patty and Selma expressed concern when Bart isn't coming down the stairs to apologize.



** At the same time, however, Marge [[OrderedApology demanding that Bart apologize]] for what he did causes ''Bart'' to reach this point, prompting him to [[TheRunaway leave]].

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** At the same time, however, Marge [[OrderedApology demanding that Bart apologize]] for what he did causes ''Bart'' to reach this his point, prompting him to [[TheRunaway leave]].


* JerkassHasAPoint: While Homer and Marge went too far for punishing Bart and declaring that "he ruined Thanksgiving" [[WasTooHardOnHim regretful or not,]] Bart did threw the centerpiece in the fireplace on purpose and without remorse. Along with the fact that Marge has to deal with her sisters, her mother, and father-in-law, not to mention the preparation of the feast itself. One's patience can go so far, especially if one has Bart for a child.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: While Homer and Marge went too far for punishing Bart and declaring that "he ruined Thanksgiving" [[WasTooHardOnHim regretful or not,]] Bart did threw throw the centerpiece in the fireplace on purpose and without remorse. Along with the fact that Marge has to deal with her sisters, her mother, and father-in-law, not to mention the preparation of the feast itself. One's patience can go so far, especially if one has Bart for a child.



** The family have this when they find out Bart has run away. Homer and Marge in particular feel guilty for what they said to him, and Lisa breaks down in tears thinking she is responsible.

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** The family have has this when they find out Bart has run away. Homer and Marge in particular feel guilty for what they said to him, and Lisa breaks down in tears thinking she is responsible.



* ScapeGoat: Bart imagines that everyone will blame him for everything from Homer being bald to America losing it's way on him if he apologizes to Lisa.

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* ScapeGoat: Bart imagines that everyone will blame him for everything from Homer being bald to America losing it's its way on him if he apologizes to Lisa.



* YouAreGrounded: This is essentially what happens to Bart at the end of Act 1. The beginning of Act 2 has Bart feeling unloved and mistreated due to said Grounding. The shot of Bart stating that he always gets blamed for everything while stewing in anger over what happened prior, sums up the whole notion of what being Grounded is all about. In one single shot!

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* YouAreGrounded: This is essentially what happens to Bart at the end of Act 1. The beginning of Act 2 has Bart feeling unloved and mistreated due to said Grounding. grounding. The shot of Bart stating that he always gets blamed for everything while stewing in anger over what happened prior, sums up the whole notion of what being Grounded grounded is all about. In one single shot!

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* YouAreGrounded: This is essentially what happens to Bart at the end of Act 1. The beginning of Act 2 has Bart feeling unloved and mistreated due to said Grounding. The shot of Bart stating that he always gets blamed for everything while stewing in anger over what happened prior, sums up the whole notion of what being Grounded is all about. In one single shot!


* ThanksgivingEpisode: While "Homer vs. Dignity"[[note]]The climax centers around a parade like the Macy's parade and Homer being expected to shower the audience with fish guts as a prank to end all pranks.[[/note]] and "Homer the Moe"[[note]]Homer hunting for a Thanksgiving turkey as part of his hunting club which was an attempt to get around local liquor laws.[[/note]] also have Thanksgiving in the plot, those episodes aired on Sunday instead of Thursday and had Thanksgiving shoehorned into the final act. This episode actually aired on Thanksgiving (which is on the fourth Thursday of November in America, while ''TheSimpsons'' were competing with ''TheCosbyShow'' on Thursdays. Canadian Thanksgiving is in October) and centered on a Thanksgiving meal gone bad. While many Thanksgiving episodes indeed are about ill-fated dinners, and there's plenty of in-jokes and gags, critics lauded this episode because it had actual sentiment and one of its central characters was enlightened about the meaning of the holiday (after he runs into two homeless men who have very little if anything).

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* ThanksgivingEpisode: While "Homer vs. Dignity"[[note]]The climax centers around a parade like the Macy's parade and Homer being expected to shower the audience with fish guts as a prank to end all pranks.[[/note]] and "Homer the Moe"[[note]]Homer hunting for a Thanksgiving turkey as part of his hunting club which was an attempt to get around local liquor laws.[[/note]] also have Thanksgiving in the plot, those episodes aired on Sunday instead of Thursday and had Thanksgiving shoehorned into the final act. This episode actually aired on Thanksgiving (which is on the fourth Thursday of November in America, while ''TheSimpsons'' were competing with ''TheCosbyShow'' ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' on Thursdays. Canadian Thanksgiving is in October) and centered on a Thanksgiving meal gone bad. While many Thanksgiving episodes indeed are about ill-fated dinners, and there's plenty of in-jokes and gags, critics lauded this episode because it had actual sentiment and one of its central characters was enlightened about the meaning of the holiday (after he runs into two homeless men who have very little if anything).


Bart is told that if he can legitimately apologize and mean it, he will be allowed to dinner, but a stubborn Bart insists that he did nothing wrong and that Lisa was to blame. Bart continues to sulk and decides he's going to show his parents a thing or two by running away. Santa's Little Helper, who had been thrown out of the house, decides to join Bart as they wander through town. Bart first stops at a house that happens to be Mr. Burns' mansion, where he tries to swipe a freshly baked pie but is run off by Burns' bloodthirsty hounds. Later, after donating plasma at a local paid-donor blood bank (that happened to be open on Thanksgiving Day) for $12 cash, Bart passes out on the streets in a run-down part of Springfield. When he awakens is greeted by two street bums who bring him to a community Thanksgiving dinner for the less fortunate. There, Kent Brockman is preparing to do an insincere, self-serving commentary about the holiday and how society treats the poor and needy; during his live commentary, he interviews Bart, who claims he's homeless and "didn't apologize." Homer and Marge see the report and call the police, admitting to officers their fear that they may have been too harsh with Bart.

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Bart is told that if he can legitimately apologize and mean it, he will be allowed to dinner, but a stubborn Bart insists is convinced that he did has done nothing wrong and that Lisa was to blame. Scoffing at the directive and thinking he doesn't have to take his punishment, Bart continues to sulk and decides he's going to show his parents family a thing or two by running away. Santa's Little Helper, who had been thrown out of the house, decides to join Bart as they wander through town. Bart first stops at a house that happens to be Mr. Burns' mansion, where he tries to swipe a freshly baked pie but is run off by Burns' bloodthirsty hounds. Later, after donating plasma at a local paid-donor blood bank (that happened to be open on Thanksgiving Day) for $12 cash, Bart passes out on the streets in a run-down part of Springfield. When he awakens is greeted by two street bums who bring him to a community Thanksgiving dinner for the less fortunate. There, Kent Brockman is preparing to do an insincere, self-serving commentary about the holiday and how society treats the poor and needy; during his live commentary, he interviews Bart, who claims he's homeless and "didn't apologize." Homer and Marge see the report and call the police, admitting to officers their fear that they may have been too harsh with Bart.

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* BrickJoke: A rather dark one. Homer is shown failing to light the fire place earlier in the episode. When Lisa's centerpiece ends up thrown into there, it instantly sets the whole thing in flames.
-->'''Abe:''' Hey, that got her going.

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* PetTheDog:
** Literally. Bart is unambiguously nice to Santa's Little Helper, letting him tag along after he gets kicked out by Homer and sharing his meal at the homeless shelter with him.
** Later after observing the state of the real homeless during the holiday, he offers the twelve bucks he made from blood donations to the two that befriended him.


* CanineCompanion: When Bart sneaks out of the house, he lets Santa's Little Helper tag along, sympathising with him after he gets kicks out for his own misbehaviour of snatching Homer's drumstick.



* DisproportionateRetribution: Marge and Homer both punished Bart for burning Lisa's centerpiece and "ruining Thanksgiving".


* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Creator/DanCastellaneta's voice for one of the homeless men is an imitation of Creator/BillMurray. Specifically, his [[Film/Caddyshack Carl Spackler]] character.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Creator/DanCastellaneta's voice for one of the homeless men is an imitation of Creator/BillMurray. Specifically, his [[Film/Caddyshack [[Film/{{Caddyshack}} Carl Spackler]] character.

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