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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.


* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Creator/DanCastellaneta's voice for one of the homeless men is an imitation of Creator/BillMurray.

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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 Carl Spackler]] character.


* CharacterizationMarchesOn: While she wasn't exactly the warmest of people in her subsequent appearances (especially towards her son-in-law and for the episodes that she actually appears), here Mrs. Bouvier is a {{Jerkass}} towards almost the entire family, even tells her youngest daughter that she never does anything right.



* JustInTime: Bart escapes from Mr. Burns' attack dogs through the bushes just as they are nearing him.



** After Homer's prayer about his dismay over the fight between Bart and Lisa, Patty then quips after he's finished, "Worst prayer yet."



* RealityEnsues: Although Bart was able to fool the blood bank into thinking he was 18 (by using Homer's ID) to get $12 and a cookie, since he's only ten, he promptly faints upon leaving. And Santa's Little Helper eats the cookie himself.



* SpecialGuest: Greg Berg as Rory (a homeless man at the soup kitchen)

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* SpecialGuest: Greg Berg as Rory (a homeless man at the soup kitchen)kitchen).


* KickTheDog: Homer has a literal case when he kicks Santa's Little Helper out of the house for swiping some food.

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* KickTheDog: KickTheDog:
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Homer has a literal case when he kicks Santa's Little Helper out of the house for swiping some food.food.
** When Bart was interviewed by Kent Brockman, he spitefully taunts his family on live television.



* OrderedApology: This is the main reason why Bart ran away along seeing [[NeverMyFault himself as a blameless victim]].



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


* RageBreakingPoint: While it was rather harsh for Marge for declaring Bart that he ruined Thanksgiving, Marge was at her wit's end from dealing with her sisters, her mother, and her father-in-law, and the preparation for the feast itself. One can't be too hard on her, especially when her son is Bart.

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* RageBreakingPoint: RageBreakingPoint:
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While it was rather harsh for Marge for declaring Bart that he ruined Thanksgiving, Marge was at her wit's end from dealing with her sisters, her mother, and her father-in-law, and the preparation for the feast itself. One can't be too hard on her, especially when her son is Bart.

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


* TheRunaway: Bart

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* TheRunaway: BartBart, primarily out of spite, opts to leave home when he is told he can only come back downstairs if he apologizes.

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* OhCrap: As far as everyone was concerned, Bart was still in his room, refusing to apologize for the incident at dinner. So naturally they are shocked to see Bart appear during Kent Brockman's report from the homeless shelter.


* ThanksgivingEpisode: While "Homer vs. Dignity" and "Homer the Moe" 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).
** "Homer vs. Dignity" features a parade like the Macy's parade and Homer was supposed to shower the audience with fish guts as a prank to end all pranks. [[spoiler: It is actually Mr. Burns that does the prank.]]
** "Homer the Moe" features Homer hunting for a Thanksgiving turkey as part of his hunting club which was an attempt to get around local liquor laws.

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* ThanksgivingEpisode: While "Homer vs. Dignity" 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" 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).
** "Homer vs. Dignity" features a parade like the Macy's parade and Homer was supposed to shower the audience with fish guts as a prank to end all pranks. [[spoiler: It is actually Mr. Burns that does the prank.]]
** "Homer the Moe" features Homer hunting for a Thanksgiving turkey as part of his hunting club which was an attempt to get around local liquor laws.
anything).


* ThanksgivingEpisode: While "Homer vs. Dignity" and "Homer the Moe" 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 last 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" and "Homer the Moe" 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 last 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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** "Homer vs. Dignity" features a parade like the Macy's parade and Homer was supposed to shower the audience with fish guts as a prank to end all pranks. [[spoiler: It is actually Mr. Burns that does the prank.]]
** "Homer the Moe" features Homer hunting for a Thanksgiving turkey as part of his hunting club which was an attempt to get around local liquor laws.


* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Dan Castellaneta's voice for one of the homeless men is an imitation of Bill Murray.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Dan Castellaneta's Creator/DanCastellaneta's voice for one of the homeless men is an imitation of Bill Murray.Creator/BillMurray.

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