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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Karl, whose dedication, savviness, and StraightGay qualities made him a very memorable one-off character. The way that he treats Homer as a dignified human being worthy of respect up to the very end where he commits career suicide for him is also such a positive thing to see considering the sheer amount of disrespect Homer gets throughout the series from his co-workers, peers, and even his family.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Karl, whose dedication, savviness, and StraightGay qualities made him a very memorable one-off character. The way that he treats Homer as a dignified human being worthy of respect up to the very end where he commits career suicide for him is also such a positive thing to see considering the sheer amount of disrespect Homer gets throughout the series from his co-workers, peers, co-workers and friends to even his family.


* EnsembleDarkhorse: Karl, whose dedication, savviness, and StraightGay qualities made him a very memorable one-off character.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Karl, whose dedication, savviness, and StraightGay qualities made him a very memorable one-off character. The way that he treats Homer as a dignified human being worthy of respect up to the very end where he commits career suicide for him is also such a positive thing to see considering the sheer amount of disrespect Homer gets throughout the series from his co-workers, peers, and even his family.


** Burns snaps at Smithers when the latter explains what dimoxinil is, saying that he already knows about it. While he had done the same thing earlier when Homer tried to explain what fish sticks are (and it's probably a safe bet that fish sticks aren't a part of Burns' diet), it's not too big a leap in logic to think that Burns tried dimoxinil himself at some point, and wasn't quite so lucky as Homer.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Karl, whose dedication, savviness and StraightGay qualities made him a very memorable one-off character.

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** Burns snaps at Smithers when the latter explains what dimoxinil is, saying that he already knows about it. While he had done the same thing earlier when Homer tried to explain what fish sticks are (and it's probably a safe bet that fish sticks aren't a part of Burns' Burns's diet), it's not too big a leap in logic to think that Burns tried dimoxinil himself at some point, and wasn't quite so lucky as Homer.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Karl, whose dedication, savviness savviness, and StraightGay qualities made him a very memorable one-off character.


* ValuesResonance: Of all of the episodes of ''The Simpsons'' to feature any display of homosexuality, this first one is the only one where it's depicted as a complete non-issue, which is still rare today but was controversial at worst and unheard of at best in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E17ThreeGaysOfTheCondo Three Gays of the Condo]]") would have [[QueerPeopleAreFunny broader and broader gay stereotypes]], inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo in the United States. It wouldn't be until Patty came out, some [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E10TheresSomethingAboutMarrying 14 seasons later]], that the show started to reversed course on this approach.

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* ValuesResonance: Of all of the episodes of ''The Simpsons'' to feature any display of homosexuality, this first one is the only one where it's depicted as a complete non-issue, which is still rare today but was controversial at worst and unheard of at best in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E17ThreeGaysOfTheCondo Three Gays of the Condo]]") would have [[QueerPeopleAreFunny broader and broader gay stereotypes]], inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo in the United States. It wouldn't be until Patty came out, some [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E10TheresSomethingAboutMarrying 14 seasons later]], that the show started to reversed reverse course on this approach.


* ValuesResonance: Of all of the episodes of ''The Simpsons'' to feature any display of homosexuality, this first one is the only one where it's depicted as a complete non-issue, which is still rare today but was controversial at worst and unheard of at best in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E17ThreeGaysOfTheCondo Three Gays of the Condo]]") would have [[QueerPeopleAreFunny broader and broader gay stereotypes]], inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo the United States

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* ValuesResonance: Of all of the episodes of ''The Simpsons'' to feature any display of homosexuality, this first one is the only one where it's depicted as a complete non-issue, which is still rare today but was controversial at worst and unheard of at best in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E17ThreeGaysOfTheCondo Three Gays of the Condo]]") would have [[QueerPeopleAreFunny broader and broader gay stereotypes]], inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo in the United StatesStates. It wouldn't be until Patty came out, some [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E10TheresSomethingAboutMarrying 14 seasons later]], that the show started to reversed course on this approach.


* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: When Homer tells Bart "baldness is hereditary", is he really oblivious to the fact baldness is something people inherit from their mothers (which makes sense, considering how Marge started losing her hair from stress on the Sherri Bobbins episode from season 8) or is he counting on Bart not knowing that detail?

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When Homer tells Bart "baldness is hereditary", is he really oblivious to the fact baldness is something people inherit from their mothers (which makes sense, considering how Marge started losing her hair from stress on the Sherri Bobbins episode from season 8) or is he counting on Bart not knowing that detail?detail?
** Burns snaps at Smithers when the latter explains what dimoxinil is, saying that he already knows about it. While he had done the same thing earlier when Homer tried to explain what fish sticks are (and it's probably a safe bet that fish sticks aren't a part of Burns' diet), it's not too big a leap in logic to think that Burns tried dimoxinil himself at some point, and wasn't quite so lucky as Homer.


* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: When Homer tells Bart "baldness is hereditary", is he really oblivious to the fact baldness is something people inherit from their mothers or is he counting on Bart not knowing that detail?

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: When Homer tells Bart "baldness is hereditary", is he really oblivious to the fact baldness is something people inherit from their mothers (which makes sense, considering how Marge started losing her hair from stress on the Sherri Bobbins episode from season 8) or is he counting on Bart not knowing that detail?



* ValuesResonance: Of all of the episodes of ''The Simpsons'' to feature any display of homosexuality, this first one is the only one where it's depicted as a complete non-issue, which is still rare today but was unheard of in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E17ThreeGaysOfTheCondo Three Gays of the Condo]]") would have [[QueerPeopleAreFunny broader and broader gay stereotypes]], inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo the United States

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* ValuesResonance: Of all of the episodes of ''The Simpsons'' to feature any display of homosexuality, this first one is the only one where it's depicted as a complete non-issue, which is still rare today but was controversial at worst and unheard of at best in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E17ThreeGaysOfTheCondo Three Gays of the Condo]]") would have [[QueerPeopleAreFunny broader and broader gay stereotypes]], inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo the United States

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: When Homer tells Bart "baldness is hereditary", is he really oblivious to the fact baldness is something people inherit from their mothers or is he counting on Bart not knowing that detail?


* CueIrony: Of all of the episodes of ''The Simpsons'' to feature any display of homosexuality, this first one is the only one where it's depicted as a complete non-issue, which is still rare today but was unheard of in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E17ThreeGaysOfTheCondo Three Gays of the Condo]]") would have [[QueerPeopleAreFunny broader and broader gay stereotypes]], inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo the United States.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Karl, whose dedication, savviness and StraightGay qualities made him a very memorable one-off character.

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* CueIrony: EnsembleDarkhorse: Karl, whose dedication, savviness and StraightGay qualities made him a very memorable one-off character.
* ValuesResonance:
Of all of the episodes of ''The Simpsons'' to feature any display of homosexuality, this first one is the only one where it's depicted as a complete non-issue, which is still rare today but was unheard of in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E17ThreeGaysOfTheCondo Three Gays of the Condo]]") would have [[QueerPeopleAreFunny broader and broader gay stereotypes]], inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo the United States.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Karl, whose dedication, savviness and StraightGay qualities made him a very memorable one-off character.
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* CueIrony: Of all of the episodes of ''The Simpsons'' to feature any display of homosexuality, this first one is the only one where it's depicted as a complete non-issue, which is still rare today but was unheard of in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E17ThreeGaysOfTheCondo Three Gays of the Condo]]") would have [[QueerPeopleAreFunny broader and broader gay stereotypes]], inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo the United States.

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* CueIrony: Of all of the episodes of ''The Simpsons'' to feature any display of homosexuality, this first one is the only one where it's depicted as a complete non-issue, which is still rare today but was unheard of in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E17ThreeGaysOfTheCondo Three Gays of the Condo]]") would have [[QueerPeopleAreFunny broader and broader gay stereotypes]], inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo the United States.States.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Karl, whose dedication, savviness and StraightGay qualities made him a very memorable one-off character.


* CueIrony: Of all of the episodes of ''The Simpsons'' to feature homosexuality as a key story element, this first one is the only one where it's depicted completely tactfully, which is still rare today but was unheard of in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E17ThreeGaysOfTheCondo Three Gays of the Condo]]") would have broader and broader gay stereotypes, inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo in the real world.

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* CueIrony: Of all of the episodes of ''The Simpsons'' to feature homosexuality as a key story element, any display of homosexuality, this first one is the only one where it's depicted completely tactfully, as a complete non-issue, which is still rare today but was unheard of in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E17ThreeGaysOfTheCondo Three Gays of the Condo]]") would have [[QueerPeopleAreFunny broader and broader gay stereotypes, stereotypes]], inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo in the real world.United States.


* HarsherInHindsight: Less harsh and more ironic: of all of the episodes of ''The Simpsons'' to feature homosexuality, this first one is the only one where it's depicted completely tactfully, which is still rare today but was unheard of in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E17ThreeGaysOfTheCondo Three Gays of the Condo]]") would have broader and broader gay stereotypes, inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo in the real world.

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* HarsherInHindsight: Less harsh and more ironic: of CueIrony: Of all of the episodes of ''The Simpsons'' to feature homosexuality, homosexuality as a key story element, this first one is the only one where it's depicted completely tactfully, which is still rare today but was unheard of in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E17ThreeGaysOfTheCondo Three Gays of the Condo]]") would have broader and broader gay stereotypes, inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo in the real world.


* AcceptableEthnicTargets: Bald people. Homer gets promoted through the roof immediately after his hair starts growing back after he discovers a wondrous hair growth product. Once it fell out again, he ends up back in his old position.

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* AcceptableEthnicTargets: AcceptableTargets: Bald people. Homer gets promoted through the roof immediately after his hair starts growing back after he discovers a wondrous hair growth product. Once it fell out again, he ends up back in his old position.


* HarsherInHindsight: Less harsh and more ironic: of all of the episodes of The Simpsons to feature homosexuality, this first one is the only one where it's depicted completely tactfully, which is still rare today but was unheard of in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("Homer's Phobia," "Three Gays of A Condo") would have broader and broader gay stereotypes, inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo in the real world.

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* AcceptableEthnicTargets: Bald people. Homer gets promoted through the roof immediately after his hair starts growing back after he discovers a wondrous hair growth product. Once it fell out again, he ends up back in his old position.
* HarsherInHindsight: Less harsh and more ironic: of all of the episodes of The Simpsons ''The Simpsons'' to feature homosexuality, this first one is the only one where it's depicted completely tactfully, which is still rare today but was unheard of in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("Homer's Phobia," "Three ("[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E17ThreeGaysOfTheCondo Three Gays of A Condo") the Condo]]") would have broader and broader gay stereotypes, inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo in the real world.

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* HarsherInHindsight: Less harsh and more ironic: of all of the episodes of The Simpsons to feature homosexuality, this first one is the only one where it's depicted completely tactfully, which is still rare today but was unheard of in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("Homer's Phobia," "Three Gays of A Condo") would have broader and broader gay stereotypes, inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo in the real world.

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