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* CerebusSyndrome: The episode starts with the people of Springfield hilariously overreacting to a bear that was just wandering through the town and not really doing anything. Then it turned into a very serious episode dealing with immigration issues.


** Not to mention Moe criticizing immigrants for not learning to speak English properly while repeatedly mispronouncing the word immigrant, and Barney's following string of drunken gibberish.

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** Not to mention Moe criticizing immigrants for not learning to speak English properly while repeatedly mispronouncing the word immigrant, immigrant and Barney's following string of doing so with blatantly poor grammar, Homer likewise providing a grammatically incorrect response, and Barney merely agreeing with drunken gibberish.


* BearsAreBadNews: Parodied. The appearance of a bear invokes a Springfield-wide panic that kicks off the plot, but the actual bear did no harm by itself and never once showed aggression.
** Though it wrecked that mailbox belonging to the Impson family.

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* BearsAreBadNews: Parodied. The appearance of a bear invokes a Springfield-wide panic that kicks off the plot, but the actual bear did no harm by itself (aside minor property damage) and never once showed aggression.
** Though it wrecked that mailbox belonging to the Impson family.
aggression.

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* LiteralMetaphor: Grandpa recounts how the Simpsons came to America. Upon seeing the Statue of Liberty, his father points out that they have reached their new home--The family lived on Lady Liberty's head until it got full of trash.


* BaitAndSwitch: After Apu reveals that he, too, is an illegal immigrant, Homer (one of the major proponents of the anti-immigration bill) has an empathetic expression and admits, "I got so swept up in the scapegoating and fun of Proposition 24 I never stopped to think it might affect someone I cared about. You know what, Apu?.... I'm really, really gonna miss you." And proceeds to staple an "I want you OUT" poster next to him.

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* BaitAndSwitch: After Apu reveals that he, too, is an illegal immigrant, Homer (one of the major proponents of the anti-immigration bill) has an empathetic expression and admits, "I got so swept up in the scapegoating and fun of Proposition 24 I never stopped to think it might affect someone I cared about. You know what, Apu?....Apu? ... I'm really, really gonna miss you." And proceeds to staple an "I want you OUT" poster next to him.



* BearsAreBadNews: Parodied. The appearance of a bear invokes a city-wide panic across Springfield that sets the plot into motion, but the actual bear did no harm by itself and never once showed aggression.

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* BearsAreBadNews: Parodied. The appearance of a bear invokes a city-wide Springfield-wide panic across Springfield that sets kicks off the plot into motion, plot, but the actual bear did no harm by itself and never once showed aggression.



* CitizenshipMarriage: Homer suggests that Apu marry Selma so he can stay in America, but she shuts down the idea.



--->'''Homer''': Not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a charm.\\
'''Lisa''': That's specious reasoning, Dad.\\
'''Homer''': Thank you, dear.\\
'''Lisa''': By [[FalseCause your logic]], I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away.\\
'''Homer''': Oh, how does it work?\\
'''Lisa''': It doesn't work.\\
'''Homer''': Uh-huh.\\
'''Lisa''': It's just a stupid rock.\\
'''Homer''': Uh-huh.\\
'''Lisa''': But I don't see any tigers around, do you?\\
[Homer thinks of this, then pulls out some money]\\
'''Homer''': Lisa, I want to buy your rock.\\
[Lisa is about to explain again, but gives up and accepts the money instead]

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--->'''Homer''': Not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a charm.\\
'''Lisa''':
charm.
--->'''Lisa''':
That's specious reasoning, Dad.\\
'''Homer''':
Dad.
--->'''Homer''':
Thank you, dear.\\
'''Lisa''':
dear.
--->'''Lisa''':
By [[FalseCause your logic]], I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away.\\
'''Homer''':
away.
--->'''Homer''':
Oh, how does it work?\\
'''Lisa''':
work?
--->'''Lisa''':
It doesn't work.\\
'''Homer''': Uh-huh.\\
'''Lisa''':
work.
--->'''Homer''': Uh-huh.
--->'''Lisa''':
It's just a stupid rock.\\
'''Homer''': Uh-huh.\\
'''Lisa''':
rock.
--->'''Homer''': Uh-huh.
--->'''Lisa''':
But I don't see any tigers around, do you?\\
[Homer
you?
--->[''Homer
thinks of about this, then pulls out some money]\\
'''Homer''':
money'']
--->'''Homer''':
Lisa, I want to buy your rock.\\
[Lisa
rock.
--->[''Lisa
is about to explain again, but gives up and accepts the money instead]instead'']



* DescriptionCut: In the end, Marge is happy that things worked out for everyone. The next scene shows Groundskeeper Willie being deported.

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* DescriptionCut: In the end, Marge is happy that things worked out for everyone. The next scene shows Groundskeeper Willie being deported.deported ("Ach ... ingrates").



* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Selma cites this as her reason for refusing to marry Apu, saying that the last thing she needed was to add "Nahasapeemapeti-whatever" to the mix (which includes Bouvier, Terwilliger, Hutz and [=McClure=]).

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* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Selma cites this as her reason for refusing to marry Apu, saying that the last thing she needed was to add "Nahasapeemapeti-whatever" to the mix (which includes Bouvier, Terwilliger, Hutz Hutz, and [=McClure=]).



* FalseCause: An isolated bear attack leads the mayor to fund a massive Bear Patrol scheme. Homer claims that the lack of bears proves the Bear Patrol works, at which point Lisa points out that you might as well say that a rock keeps tigers away, since she's holding the rock, and she can't see any tigers. Homer's response? "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint Lisa, I want to buy your rock]]."

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* FalseCause: FalseCause:
**
An isolated bear attack leads the mayor to fund a massive Bear Patrol scheme. Homer claims that the lack of bears proves the Bear Patrol works, at which point Lisa points out that you might as well say that a rock keeps tigers away, since she's holding the rock, and she can't see any tigers. Homer's response? "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint Lisa, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "Lisa, I want to buy your rock]]."rock."]]



* GuiltByAssociationGag: A rather dark one. The people of Springfield originally said they were just going to get rid of ''illegal'' immigrants. Instead, [[AggressiveCategorism they tried to get rid of immigrants period]].

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* GuiltByAssociationGag: A rather dark one. The people of Springfield originally said they were just going to get rid of ''illegal'' immigrants. Instead, [[AggressiveCategorism they tried to get rid of immigrants period]].in general]].



* HiddenDepths: Apu is revealed to have a master's degree in computer science as well as an extensive knowledge of U.S. history.
* HonorBeforeReason: Apu tries to save himself from deportation by buying a fake passport and "acting American", but drops the charade when he feels like he's betrayed his heritage.
* HypocriticalHumor: Homer went to bed after telling Apu sleeping was for the weak.

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* HiddenDepths: Apu is revealed to have a master's degree in computer science as well as and an extensive knowledge of U.S. history.
history.
* HonorBeforeReason: Apu tries to save himself from deportation by buying a fake passport and "acting American", but drops the charade when he feels like he's betrayed his heritage.
heritage.
* HypocriticalHumor: HypocriticalHumor:
**
Homer went goes to bed after telling Apu sleeping was is for the weak.



** Not to mention Moe criticizing immigrants for not learning to speak English properly while mispronouncing the word immigrant, and Barney's following string of drunken gibberish.

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** Not to mention Moe criticizing immigrants for not learning to speak English properly while repeatedly mispronouncing the word immigrant, and Barney's following string of drunken gibberish.



* JerkassHasAPoint: When the angry mob descends on Quimby a second time due to the raised taxes necessary to pay for the Bear Patrol ''that they demanded'' (and which they refuse to give up). It's hard not to sympathize with him when he says "Are these morons getting dumber, or just louder?"

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* JerkassHasAPoint: When the angry mob descends on Quimby a second time due to the raised taxes necessary to pay for the Bear Patrol ''that they demanded'' (and which they refuse to give up). It's hard not to sympathize with him when he says asks, "Are these morons getting dumber, or just louder?"



* KickTheDog: The horrible treatment that immigrants suffer at the hands of Springfieldites. Special mention goes to the elementary school students (and ''Skinner'') picking on Uter, a foreign exchange student who came to America ''legally''. Even [[NiceGuy NED]] [[TookALevelInJerkass FLANDERS]] joins in!
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Let's just say its a good thing Homer was born in America and never has to take a citizenship test.

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* KickTheDog: The horrible treatment that immigrants suffer at the hands of Springfieldites.Springfielders. Special mention goes to the elementary school students (and ''Skinner'') picking on Uter, a foreign exchange student who came to America ''legally''. Even [[NiceGuy NED]] [[TookALevelInJerkass FLANDERS]] joins in!
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Let's just say its a good thing Homer is very lucky that he was born in America and never has had to take a citizenship test.



* MinorWithFakeID: Kearney tries to buy cigars and beer with a fake ID and assumed name. Apu recognizes Kearney immediately ([[BadLiar his claims of his "adultivity" didn't help]]), but is impressed by the ID's quality. Apu asks where he got it, to obtain forged citizenship papers to avoid deportation, in exchange for letting Kearney keep the food he was trying to shoplift at the same time. [[NegativeContinuity Oddly]], this was around the time when Kearney started being portrayed as [[HeldBackInSchool well-over drinking age despite being in elementary school]].
* NoKillLikeOverkill: One of the Bear Patrol's weapons? A ''stealth bomber''.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Apu mispronounces the NY (New York) Mets as "the Nye Mets".

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* MinorWithFakeID: Kearney tries to buy cigars and beer with a fake ID and assumed name. Apu recognizes Kearney immediately ([[BadLiar his claims of his "adultivity" his]] [[PerfectlyCromulentWord "adultivity"]] [[BadLiar didn't help]]), but is impressed by the ID's quality. Apu asks where he got it, to obtain forged citizenship papers to avoid deportation, in exchange for letting Kearney keep the food snacks he was trying to shoplift at the same time. [[NegativeContinuity Oddly]], this was around the time when Kearney started being portrayed as [[HeldBackInSchool well-over drinking age despite being in elementary school]].
* NoKillLikeOverkill: One of the Bear Patrol's weapons? A ''stealth bomber''.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Apu mispronounces the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams NY (New York) Mets Mets]] as "the Nye Mets".



-->'''Willie''': "Ya want to pick on immigrants? Then pick on Willie!"

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-->'''Willie''': "Ya Ya' want to pick on immigrants? Then pick on Willie!"Willie!



-->'''Homer:''' Most of us here were born in America. We take this country for granted. But not immigrants like Apu. While the rest of us are drinking ourselves stupid, they're driving the cabs that get us home safely. They're writing the operas that entertain us every day. They're training our tigers and kicking our extra points. [[MixedMetaphor These people are the glue that holds together the gears of our society]]. If we pass Proposition 24, we'll be losing some of the truest Americans of all. When you go to the polls tomorrow, please vote no on Proposition 24.
* ShoutOut: The belief that picnic baskets have been stolen by a [[WesternAnimation/YogiBear smarter than average bear]].
* SmallRoleBigImpact: The bear is quickly disposed of but what happens afterwards is based on people's reactions for its mere presence.

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-->'''Homer:''' Most of us here were born in America. We take this country for granted. But not immigrants like Apu. While the rest of us are drinking ourselves stupid, they're driving the cabs that get us home safely. They're writing the operas that entertain us every day. They're training our tigers and kicking our extra points. [[MixedMetaphor These people are the glue that holds together the gears of our society]]. society.]] If we pass Proposition 24, we'll be losing some of the truest Americans of all. When you go to the polls tomorrow, please vote no on Proposition 24.
* ShoutOut: The belief that picnic baskets have been stolen by a [[WesternAnimation/YogiBear smarter than average smarter-than-average bear]].
* SmallRoleBigImpact: The bear is quickly disposed of removed but what happens afterwards is based on people's reactions for its mere presence.presence.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: One of the Bear Patrol's weapons? A ''stealth bomber''.



--->'''Mayor's Aide''': Sir, an unruly mob is here to see you.\\
'''Mayor Quimby''': Does it have an appointment?\\
'''Mayor's Aide''': ''(checks his clipboard)'' Yes.\\
'''Principal Skinner''': ''(pops his head in)'' I phoned ahead!
** Later, they march ''again'' against high taxes, which were the result of having to fund the "Bear Patrol" that ''they were campaigning to get during the first march.'' Which they apparently thought would be a free service. Quimby is not entirely without the audience's sympathy when he remarks:
--->'''Mayor Quimby''': Are these morons getting dumber, or just louder?\\
'''Mayor's Aide''': Dumber, sir. They won't give up the bear patrol, but they won't pay the tax for it either.
* UncleSamWantsYou: An anti-immigrant sign reading "I want you...'''OUT'''".
* UnrevealAngle: Homer tries to locate Springfield on the map, he points near Chicago. Lisa corrects him, but the view of her pointing at the correct location is obscured by Bart's head.

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--->'''Mayor's -->'''Mayor's Aide''': Sir, an unruly mob is here to see you.\\
'''Mayor
you.
-->'''Mayor
Quimby''': Does it have an appointment?\\
'''Mayor's
appointment?
-->'''Mayor's
Aide''': ''(checks [''Checks his clipboard)'' Yes.\\
'''Principal
clipboard''] Yes.
-->'''Principal
Skinner''': ''(pops [''Pops his head in)'' in''] I phoned ahead!
** Later, they march ''again'' against high taxes, a tax increase, which were was the result of having to fund the "Bear Patrol" that ''they were campaigning to get during the first march.'' march''. Which they apparently thought would be a free service. Quimby is not entirely without the audience's sympathy when he remarks:
--->'''Mayor Quimby''': Are these morons getting dumber, or just louder?\\
'''Mayor's
louder?
--->'''Mayor's
Aide''': Dumber, sir. They won't give up the bear patrol, but they won't pay the tax for it either.
* UncleSamWantsYou: An Parodied with an anti-immigrant sign reading "I want you...you ... '''OUT'''".
* UnrevealAngle: Homer tries to locate Springfield on the map, he points near Chicago.UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}. Lisa corrects him, but the view of her pointing at the correct location is obscured by Bart's head.


* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Apu attended the [[FunWithAcronyms Springfield Heights Institute of Technology]].

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: FunWithAcronyms: Apu attended the [[FunWithAcronyms Springfield Heights Institute of Technology]].Technology.

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** Though it wrecked that mailbox belonging to the Impson family.


* ChekhovsGunman: Manjula first appeared as a little girl in Apu's flashback, in which Apu tells her that he is sorry that their arranged marriage will not happen, before he travels to the U.S. She comes back in "The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons" where Apu finds that he can't escape his arranged marriage with her.

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* BoomerangBigot: Moe is the most vocal about illegal immigrants, but he is illegal himself.
* ChekhovsGunman: Manjula first appeared as a little girl in Apu's flashback, in which Apu tells her that he is sorry that their arranged marriage will not happen, before he travels to the U.S. She comes back in "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E7TheTwoMrsNahasapeemapetilons The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons" Nahasapeemapetilons]]" where Apu finds that he can't escape his arranged marriage with her.her.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: A bear roams the streets. It is caught and Homer immediately demands more protection against bears, even though it was the first time the town ever encountered this problem. After a special "bear patrol" is installed Homer tells Lisa he feels much safer now.
--->'''Homer''': Not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a charm.\\
'''Lisa''': That's specious reasoning, Dad.\\
'''Homer''': Thank you, dear.\\
'''Lisa''': By [[FalseCause your logic]], I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away.\\
'''Homer''': Oh, how does it work?\\
'''Lisa''': It doesn't work.\\
'''Homer''': Uh-huh.\\
'''Lisa''': It's just a stupid rock.\\
'''Homer''': Uh-huh.\\
'''Lisa''': But I don't see any tigers around, do you?\\
[Homer thinks of this, then pulls out some money]\\
'''Homer''': Lisa, I want to buy your rock.\\
[Lisa is about to explain again, but gives up and accepts the money instead]



* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Selma cites this as her reason for refusing to marry Apu, saying that the last thing she needed was to add "Nahasapeemapeti-whatever" to the mix (which includes Bouvier, Terwilliger, Hutz and [=McClure=]).



* FalseCause[=/=]InsaneTrollLogic: an isolated bear attack leads the mayor to fund a massive Bear Patrol scheme. Homer claims that the lack of bears proves the Bear Patrol works, at which point Lisa points out that you might as well say that a rock keeps tigers away, since she's holding the rock, and she can't see any tigers. Homer's response? "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint Lisa, I want to buy your rock]]."

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* FalseCause[=/=]InsaneTrollLogic: an FalseCause: An isolated bear attack leads the mayor to fund a massive Bear Patrol scheme. Homer claims that the lack of bears proves the Bear Patrol works, at which point Lisa points out that you might as well say that a rock keeps tigers away, since she's holding the rock, and she can't see any tigers. Homer's response? "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint Lisa, I want to buy your rock]]."



* InsaneTrollLogic: An isolated incident involving a bear wandering into Springfield is responded to by the creation of a multi-million dollar "Bear Patrol". When Homer states that the organization is stopping bears from coming into town, Lisa compares his logic to claiming that the ordinary rock she's holding is a potent tiger repellent, since there aren't any tigers around. Homer, naturally, offers to buy the rock.



* MinorWithFakeID: Kearney tries to buy cigars and beer with a fake ID and assumed name. Apu recognizes Kearney immediately ([[BadLiar his claims of his "adultivity" didn't help]]), but is impressed by the ID's quality. Apu asks where he got it, to obtain forged citizenship papers to avoid deportation, in exchange for letting Kearney keep the food he was trying to shoplift at the same time. [[NegativeContinuity Oddly]], this was around the time when Kearney started being portrayed as [[HeldBackInSchool well-over drinking age despite being in elementary school]].



* XDaysSince: The sign outside the federal building reads "131 years without a Civil War."

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* XDaysSince: The sign outside the federal building reads "131 years without a Civil War.""
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* DisproportionateRetribution: It's even more hypocritical that Springfield bitches over a two-dollar tax increase, considering that among the vehicles the Bear Patrol uses to keep an eye out (and deal with) bears there is a ''B-2 "Spirit" Stealth Bomber''.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: It's even more hypocritical that Springfield bitches over a two-dollar five-dollar tax increase, which Lisa points out as being the smallest tax increase in history, considering that among the vehicles the Bear Patrol uses to keep an eye out (and deal with) bears there is a ''B-2 "Spirit" Stealth Bomber''.


* DisproportionateRetribution: It's even more hypocritical that Springfield bitches over a two-dollar tax increase, considering that among the vehicles the Bear Patrol uses to keep an eye out (and deal with) bears there is a ''B-52 Stealth Bomber''.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: It's even more hypocritical that Springfield bitches over a two-dollar tax increase, considering that among the vehicles the Bear Patrol uses to keep an eye out (and deal with) bears there is a ''B-52 ''B-2 "Spirit" Stealth Bomber''.

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* HeelFaceTurn: Homer starts out completely on board with the anti-immigration hysteria gripping Springfield (and is indirectly responsible for it in the first place), and is absolutely willing to have Apu deported. He eventually changes his mind and works to help Apu gain his citizenship and turns against Proposition 24.


* DisproportionateRetribution: It's even more hypocritical that Springfield bitches over a two-dollar tax increase, considering that among the Bear Patrol's vehicles there is a ''B-52 Stealth Bomber''.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: It's even more hypocritical that Springfield bitches over a two-dollar tax increase, considering that among the Bear Patrol's vehicles the Bear Patrol uses to keep an eye out (and deal with) bears there is a ''B-52 Stealth Bomber''.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: It's even more hypocritical that Springfield bitches over a two-dollar tax increase, considering that among the Bear Patrol's vehicles there is a ''B-52 Stealth Bomber''.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines:
** Much of the inspiration for the episode came from news reports of bears roaming streets in Southern California around the time when the episode was in production. David X. Cohen said that when a bear swims in somebody's pool or goes in somebody's garbage can, it becomes a popular news item in California.
** Another inspiration for the episode came from California's Proposition 187, which proposed the rescinding of employment rights and benefits from illegal immigrants. Cohen decided to name the referendum "Proposition 24" because 24 was the number he had on his Little League Baseball uniform. Cohen commented that "the main theme of the episode is illegal immigration and anti-immigration sentiment, which is a big issue here in California. So both the intro with the bear and the main theme are yanked from the California headlines."

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* HonorBeforeReason: Apu tries to save himself from deportation by buying a fake passport and "acting American", but drops the charade when he feels like he's betrayed his heritage.

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