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* PersecutedIntellectuals: The people of Springfield eventually riot ([[PowderKegCrowd as is usual of them]]) when the angel vanishes and destroy many scientific facilities in town, including the museum and a robotics research lab.
-->'''Robot''': (On fire after being hit with a Molotov) ''Why was I programmed to feel pain?!?''


* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The people who built the mall did so without checking if there was anything of archaeological value on the construction site and used Lisa as a pawn to cause a religious panic both to distract people away from the construction and to attract them to the opening of the mall. For all of her "[[StrawAtheist religion is bupkis]]" attitude during the episode, Lisa is still in the right to try to call them out on exploiting other people's faith.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The people who built the mall did so without checking if there was anything caring that they were building over an area of great archaeological value on the construction site and used Lisa as a pawn to cause a religious panic both to distract people away from the construction and to attract them to the opening of the mall. For all of her "[[StrawAtheist religion is bupkis]]" attitude during the episode, Lisa is still in the right to try to call them out on exploiting other people's faith.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The people who built the mall did so without checking if there was anything of archaeological value on the construction site and used Lisa as a pawn to cause a religious panic both to distract people away from the construction and to attract them to the opening of the mall. For all of her "[[StrawAtheist religion is bupkis]]" attitude during the episode, Lisa is still in the right to try to call them out on exploiting other people's faith.


* IfJesusThenAliens: When Marge rather condescendly said that she felt sorry for her because she doesn't have faith, Lisa wonders who could believe in angels, period. When Marge says that she does, Lisa immediately questions Marge's intelligence. To Lisa's credit, they were talking about not believing in angel fossils. And she was right, they weren't angel fossils at all.



* SoapboxSadie: Lisa. Being skeptic about finding actual angelic remains is one thing, but calling her mother stupid for saying that she believes in them is a pretty dick move (especially when she insists on this when Marge is trying to get her ready for what she believes will be Judgment Day). She's also the only one who (quite righteously, especially because she was used as a pawn) acts angry about a CorruptCorporateExecutive exploiting other people's religious faith to cause a massive scare in order to get publicity for a mall. And the moment nothing seems to happen on the alleged "doomsday" hour, she ''immediately'' starts an "I hope you learnt a lesson: IToldYouSo and you're all stupid" speech before being silenced by the "angel".

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* SoapboxSadie: Lisa. Being a skeptic about finding actual angelic remains is one thing, but calling her mother stupid for saying that she believes in them is a pretty dick move (especially when she insists on this when Marge is trying to get her ready for what she believes will be Judgment Day). She's also the only one who (quite righteously, especially because she was used as a pawn) acts angry about a CorruptCorporateExecutive exploiting other people's religious faith to cause a massive scare in order to get publicity for a mall. And the moment nothing seems to happen on the alleged "doomsday" hour, she ''immediately'' starts an "I hope you learnt a lesson: IToldYouSo and you're all stupid" speech before being silenced by the "angel".



-->'''Lisa''': Principal Skinner, remember how I didn't sue when [[NoodleIncident I found that scorpion in my apple sauce?]] Well I'm calling in a favour.

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-->'''Lisa''': Principal Skinner, remember how I didn't sue when [[NoodleIncident I found that scorpion in my apple sauce?]] Well I'm calling in a favour.favor.


* SoapboxSadie: Lisa. Being skeptic about finding actual angelic remains is one thing, but calling her mother stupid for saying that she believes in them is a pretty dick move. She's also the only one who (quite righteously, especially because she was used as a pawn) acts angry about a CorruptCorporateExecutive exploiting other people's religious faith to cause a massive scare in order to get publicity for a mall.

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* SoapboxSadie: Lisa. Being skeptic about finding actual angelic remains is one thing, but calling her mother stupid for saying that she believes in them is a pretty dick move.move (especially when she insists on this when Marge is trying to get her ready for what she believes will be Judgment Day). She's also the only one who (quite righteously, especially because she was used as a pawn) acts angry about a CorruptCorporateExecutive exploiting other people's religious faith to cause a massive scare in order to get publicity for a mall. And the moment nothing seems to happen on the alleged "doomsday" hour, she ''immediately'' starts an "I hope you learnt a lesson: IToldYouSo and you're all stupid" speech before being silenced by the "angel".


* SoapboxSadie: Lisa.

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* SoapboxSadie: Lisa. Being skeptic about finding actual angelic remains is one thing, but calling her mother stupid for saying that she believes in them is a pretty dick move. She's also the only one who (quite righteously, especially because she was used as a pawn) acts angry about a CorruptCorporateExecutive exploiting other people's religious faith to cause a massive scare in order to get publicity for a mall.

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* YouOweMe: How Lisa gets the staff and students of Springfield Elementary to work her archaeological dig.
-->'''Lisa''': Principal Skinner, remember how I didn't sue when [[NoodleIncident I found that scorpion in my apple sauce?]] Well I'm calling in a favour.

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** A minor one that's PlayedForLaughs, but as Lisa is unfairly arrested following the angel's disappearance, Bart gives a small bribe to Chief Wiggum so that his sister can at least have a decent cell to sleep in.

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* AdamWesting: Stephen Jay Gould plays a JerkAss version of himself who takes Lisa's money for a [=DNA=] test that he doesn't do.


* ArtisticLicenseReligion: Lisa, the skeptic, is the only person to suspect the skeleton is fake. All of the other people in town, including Reverend Lovejoy, criticize her for her lack of faith. Except that, according to Christian tradition, angels do not have physical bodies and cannot die. In addition, in some traditions angels also have the ability to shapeshift. Therefore even those who believe in angels, especially the preacher, should have called it out as a fake from the beginning. Lisa and the scientist should also have noticed that the wing bones on the skeleton are an inaccurate depiction of the skeletal structure of avian wings considering the angel appearance the people who made the skeleton are going for is 'human with wings'. [[WordOfGod This is pointed out in the DVD commentary by some of the writers]], who state they knew of the inaccuracy but '[[HandWave they just went along with it, anyway]]'.

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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: Lisa, the skeptic, is the only person to suspect the skeleton is fake. All of the other people in town, including Reverend Lovejoy, criticize her for her lack of faith. Except that, according to Christian tradition, angels do not have physical bodies and cannot die. In addition, in some traditions angels also have the ability to shapeshift. Therefore even those who believe in angels, especially the preacher, should have called it out as a fake from the beginning. Lisa and the scientist should also have noticed that the wing bones on the skeleton are an inaccurate depiction of the skeletal structure of avian wings considering the angel appearance the people who made the skeleton are going for is 'human with wings'. [[WordOfGod This is pointed out in the DVD commentary by some of the writers]], who state [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer they knew of the inaccuracy but '[[HandWave they 'they just went along with it, anyway]]'.


* ArtisticLicenseReligion: Lisa, the skeptic, is the only person to suspect the skeleton is fake. All of the other people in town, including Reverend Lovejoy, criticize her for her lack of faith. Except that, according to Christian tradition, angels do not have physical bodies and cannot die. In addition, in some traditions angels also have the ability to shapeshift. Therefore even those who believe in angels, especially the preacher, should have called it out as a fake from the beginning. Lisa and the scientist should also have noticed that the wing bones on the skeleton are an inaccurate depiction of the skeletal structure of avian wings considering the angel appearance the people who made the skeleton are going for is 'human with wings'.
** [[WordOfGod This is pointed out in the DVD commentary by some of the writers]], who state they knew of the inaccuracy but '[[HandWave they just went along with it, anyway]]'.

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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: Lisa, the skeptic, is the only person to suspect the skeleton is fake. All of the other people in town, including Reverend Lovejoy, criticize her for her lack of faith. Except that, according to Christian tradition, angels do not have physical bodies and cannot die. In addition, in some traditions angels also have the ability to shapeshift. Therefore even those who believe in angels, especially the preacher, should have called it out as a fake from the beginning. Lisa and the scientist should also have noticed that the wing bones on the skeleton are an inaccurate depiction of the skeletal structure of avian wings considering the angel appearance the people who made the skeleton are going for is 'human with wings'.
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wings'. [[WordOfGod This is pointed out in the DVD commentary by some of the writers]], who state they knew of the inaccuracy but '[[HandWave they just went along with it, anyway]]'.



* IfJesusThenAliens: Lisa's careful balance between sweet little girl and intellectual genius was broken severely. Lisa here is a condescending and anti-theistic unbelieving skeptic, despite the fact that she was always portrayed as being somewhat religious before then (and after, to the point where when she lost her religion she was not satisfied until she found another, namely Buddhism). To her credit, we are talking about not believing in angel fossils here. And she was right, they weren't angel fossils at all.
** Then again, at one point she wonders who could believe in angels, period. When Marge says that she does, Lisa immediately questions Marge's intelligence.
*** It's worth noting that Lisa's reply to Marge was in response to Marge's own condescension to her daughter, saying she felt sorry for her because she doesn't have faith.
** Still, she is somewhat humbled when the esteemed Stephen Jay Gould messed up in this episode.
-->'''Lisa:''' I don't understand professor, why didn't your tests show that the skeleton was a fake?
-->'''Gould:''' I'm going to be honest with you Lisa, I never did the tests.
** Alternatively, it may not be so much Stephen Jay Gould messing up, than the fact he felt that to perform tests on the angel fossil would be a waste of time. In fact, the full original line was: "I'm gonna be honest with you, Lisa. I never did the tests. I had important work to do."

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* IfJesusThenAliens: Lisa's careful balance between sweet little girl and intellectual genius was broken severely. Lisa here is a condescending and anti-theistic unbelieving skeptic, despite the fact When Marge rather condescendly said that she was always portrayed as being somewhat religious before then (and after, to the point where when felt sorry for her because she lost her religion she was not satisfied until she found another, namely Buddhism). To her credit, we are talking about not believing in angel fossils here. And she was right, they weren't angel fossils at all.
** Then again, at one point she
doesn't have faith, Lisa wonders who could believe in angels, period. When Marge says that she does, Lisa immediately questions Marge's intelligence.
*** It's worth noting that
intelligence. To Lisa's reply to Marge was in response to Marge's own condescension to her daughter, saying she felt sorry for her because she doesn't have faith.
** Still, she is somewhat humbled when the esteemed Stephen Jay Gould messed up in this episode.
-->'''Lisa:''' I don't understand professor, why didn't your tests show that the skeleton was a fake?
-->'''Gould:''' I'm going to be honest with you Lisa, I never did the tests.
** Alternatively, it may
credit, they were talking about not be so much Stephen Jay Gould messing up, than the fact he felt that to perform tests on the believing in angel fossil would be a waste of time. In fact, the full original line was: "I'm gonna be honest with you, Lisa. I never did the tests. I had important work to do."fossils. And she was right, they weren't angel fossils at all.



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: {{Implied}}.

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: {{Implied}}.{{Implied|Trope}}.



** LeaveNoWitnesses: The "Amnesia Ray" was a revolver and Burns told Smithers to use it on himself after he's done with the others.



* LeaveNoWitnesses: The "Amnesia Ray" was a revolver and Burns told Smithers to use it on himself after he's done with the others.



* PlanningForTheFutureBeforeTheEnd: Edna suggests she and Skinner have sex one last time before the end. Skinner agrees, but asks her to give him a bit so he can finish filling out the tardy slips. If the world was ending, who cares about tardy slips?
** It's part of Skinner's character. He is like the latter-day depiction of Marge Simpson, who would rather do something boring than something exciting and he isn't aware of how this makes him.

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* PlanningForTheFutureBeforeTheEnd: Edna suggests she and Skinner have sex one last time before the end. Skinner agrees, but asks her to give him a bit so he can finish filling out the tardy slips. If the world was ending, who cares about tardy slips?\n** It's part of Skinner's character. He is like the latter-day depiction of Marge Simpson, who would rather do something boring than something exciting and he isn't aware of how this makes him.



* TakeAThirdOption: a meta example in an episode about science vs religion instead of taking a side the writers opted to make it about the evils of capitalism



-->'''Lisa''': Hey, they can't just build a parking lot on Sabertooth Meadow! That's where they discovered all those fossils.\\

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-->'''Lisa''': ** When Lisa and Homer are discussing the building of a parking lot on a place where fossils were discovered:
--->'''Lisa''':
Hey, they can't just build a parking lot on Sabertooth Meadow! That's where they discovered all those fossils.\\



-->'''Homer''': Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true. Facts, schmacts.

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-->'''Homer''': --->'''Homer''': Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true. Facts, schmacts.


** TheyJustDidntCare: [[WordOfGod This is pointed out in the DVD commentary by some of the writers]], who state they knew of the inaccuracy but '[[HandWave they just went along with it, anyway]]'.

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** TheyJustDidntCare: [[WordOfGod This is pointed out in the DVD commentary by some of the writers]], who state they knew of the inaccuracy but '[[HandWave they just went along with it, anyway]]'.


* IfJesusThenAliens: Lisa's careful balance between sweet little girl and intellectual genius was broken severely. Lisa here is a condescending and atheistic unbelieving skeptic, despite the fact that she was always portrayed as being somewhat religious before then (and after, to the point where when she lost her religion she was not satisfied until she found another, namely Buddhism). To her credit, we are talking about not believing in angel fossils here. And she was right, they weren't angel fossils at all.

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* IfJesusThenAliens: Lisa's careful balance between sweet little girl and intellectual genius was broken severely. Lisa here is a condescending and atheistic anti-theistic unbelieving skeptic, despite the fact that she was always portrayed as being somewhat religious before then (and after, to the point where when she lost her religion she was not satisfied until she found another, namely Buddhism). To her credit, we are talking about not believing in angel fossils here. And she was right, they weren't angel fossils at all.



--> '''Flanders''': Reverend, I've got to admit. This doomsday warning has me just a smidge twitterpated.\\

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--> '''Flanders''': -->'''Flanders''': Reverend, I've got to admit. This doomsday warning has me just a smidge twitterpated.\\



--> '''Lisa''': Ah, here's Dr. Gould now. What were the results, professor?\\

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--> '''Lisa''': -->'''Lisa''': Ah, here's Dr. Gould now. What were the results, professor?\\



--> '''Wiggum''': What's this perp in for, Lou?\\

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--> '''Wiggum''': -->'''Wiggum''': What's this perp in for, Lou?\\



--> '''Lisa''': Hey, they can't just build a parking lot on Sabertooth Meadow! That's where they discovered all those fossils.\\

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--> '''Lisa''': -->'''Lisa''': Hey, they can't just build a parking lot on Sabertooth Meadow! That's where they discovered all those fossils.\\



--> '''Homer''': Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true. Facts, schmacts.

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--> '''Homer''': -->'''Homer''': Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true. Facts, schmacts.

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* WordSchmord:
--> '''Lisa''': Hey, they can't just build a parking lot on Sabertooth Meadow! That's where they discovered all those fossils.\\
'''Homer''': Fossils, schmossils. You can't stop progress 'cause of some moldy old bones. Bones, schmones.
** And later:
--> '''Homer''': Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true. Facts, schmacts.

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* LateToTheRealization: Homer visits the police station, thinking he won a raffle for a free motorboat. Instead, it's a ploy to arrest people with outstanding warrants and tickets. Even after the ruse is exposed and he pays the fine, Homer still thinks he's going to get a free motorboat.

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