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"Oh, there are pictures [of Maggie]; I keep them where I need the most cheering up."
Homer puts up with, and does, a lot of crap. Now you know why.

The Simpsons may be known for its satire, but that doesn't stop it from having some really Heartwarming Moments anyway.

Moments pages are Spoilers Off. You Have Been Warned.

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    Season 1 
  • "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire":
    • This conversation between Homer and Marge. It shows how powerful three words can be.
    Marge: I get the feeling there's something you haven't told me, Homer.
    Homer: Huh? Oh, I love you Marge.
    Marge: (matter of factly) Oh, you tell me that all the time.
    • After Bart exposes his Mall Santa gig, Homer drags him backstage, seemingly ready to tear him apart. However when alone, Homer confesses to Bart that he didn't get his Christmas bonus and begs him to keep it quiet from the family until he can make up the money. Bart in turn praises his willingness to "sink so low" just to ensure his family has a good Christmas.
    • The scene where Bart and Homer take in Santa's Little Helper after finding him running away from his abusive owner.
    Bart: Can we keep him, Dad? Please?
    Homer: But he's a loser! He's pathetic! He's—
    (Santa's Little Helper whines and licks Homer's face. Homer smiles)
    Homer: A Simpson.
  • Homer and Bart playing catch in "Bart the Genius" (during the scene of Bart struggling to tell Homer that he doesn't belong at the genius school because he cheated on the test, but puts it out of his mind — until the chemistry lab explosion — when he realizes that he and Homer actually had a good time together).
    • Bart and Homer (Lisa laughs but doesn't join in)goofing around and giggling with each other during the symphony was pretty adorable.
    • Marge's misguided attempt to nurture Bart's brain with the opera after going years without doing so is sweet in it's own way.
  • In Homer’s Odyssey, What gets Homer out of his suicide funk? When he sees his family in danger and saves them from getting hit by a car.
    • The following:
    Marge: [gasps] Oh, Homer. How could you think of killing yourself? We love you.
    Bart: Yeah.
    Lisa: Yeah, Dad. We love you.
  • The beginning of "Bart the General". Bart has been insulting Lisa all morning. Upon getting to school, one of Nelson's cronies takes a batch of muffins Lisa had baked earlier. That's all it takes for Bart to attack the cronie and he winds up punching Nelson in the face and is challenged to fight. Bart ends up having nightmares about Nelson every night. It's the first sign in the series that Bart isn't a total jerk towards his sister.
  • "Moaning Lisa": Lisa is deeply, profoundly sad. Marge encourages her to fake smile and pretend to be happy—but then when she sees how Lisa is being patronized by her teacher and fellow pupils, she pulls her back in the car, and has one of the all-time great speeches: "If you want to be sad, honey, be sad. We'll ride it out with you. And when you get finished feeling sad, we'll still be there. From now on, let me do the smiling for both of us." Then, when she tells Lisa it's okay for her to not smile, Lisa gives the CMOH payoff line: "I feel like smiling!"
  • A small one from "The Telltale Head," Mr. Burns of all people bursts into tears at the sight of the headless statue, and Smithers comforts him, patting him on the back and giving him a tissue to blow his nose. And near the end of the episode, Mr. Burns solemnly declares, "I love you, Smithers," which Smithers gladly reciprocates. Out of character? Possibly. A cute moment that showcases the bond between these two? Absolutely.
  • The end of "Life on the Fast Lane," where, after accepting an invitation from a suave French bowler to his apartment, Marge decides to go to the Nuclear Power Plant, with "Up Where We Belong" playing in the back, where she tells Homer she loves him, and Homer joyously proclaims to tell the boss that "I'm going to the backseat of my car with the woman I love, AND I WON'T BE BACK FOR TEN MINUTES!"
    • His fellow co-workers cheering for him is a bonus CMOH.
  • Near the end "The Crepes of Wrath" when Bart finally understands enough French to tell a police officer that he's being abused by his exchange family and that they're selling wine tainted with anti-freeze and the officer taking him to the station with Bart telling him, "Mon savieur. Vous aurez toujours une place dans mon coeur" (Translation: "My savior, you will always have a place in my heart")
    • In the last scene, Bart is finishing a story with "... so basically, I met one nice French Person." While intended as a joke, Bart is probably talking about the police officer, his savior, meaning his previous words were not an overstatement.
    • Near the beginning of the episode, Homer slips on Bart's skateboard and throws out his back. As he's lying on the floor, Santa's Little Helper licks his face and takes a nap on top of him. Maggie crawls over to Homer, sticks her pacifier into his mouth, and falls asleep next to him, as does the family cat.
  • Homer's big speech at the end of "Homer's Night Out" where he says that women should be treated like human beings and not objects(out of guilt for him dancing with a woman at a party which got photographed by Bart and which Marge found humiliating) and Marge sees the whole thing and hugs and forgives him.
  • Krusty getting freed at the end of "Krusty Gets Busted". He thanks Bart for proving his innocence with a handshake and a hug.
    Krusty: Well the important thing is that I can regain the trust of the kids...but there was one little boy who trusted me all along.
    • After Krusty's heart attack, Bart and Lisa sent him a get well card.
  • At the end of "Some Enchanted Evening", Homer makes a fool out of himself when he releases a wanted criminal the kids tied up (thinking that the kids were once again tormenting the babysitter) and is embarrassed when he watches it on the news. Marge cheers him up by saying that he must be a good parent if he raised three kids who can take down a dangerous criminal.
    • Additionally in the episode, while it stands out as an example of Characterization Marches On, Moe ends up giving Homer some genuine and legitimately helpful advice in putting his marriage back on track.
    • While practicing making a romantic gesture to Marge (with a pathetic gift), he is interrupted by an enraged Marge opening the front door ready to tear into him. He finally goes for one very earnest sentence that melts her completely:
    Homer: I love you, Marjorie.
    Marge: *hugs Homer* Oh, Homie. I love you too.

    Season 2 
  • Mrs. Krabappel passing Bart due to his use of applied knowledge in "Bart Gets an F" is this in addition to the Moment of Awesome, as well as his kissing her for passing him (even though he was grossed-out after realizing what he did) as well as him owing his passing grade to God.
    • When Bart fails the history test, Edna at first acts in her usual sarcastic, dismissive way at his grade. But when Bart starts to break down and sob, she's genuinely shocked at how much he's hurting and does her best to comfort him ("It's a high F!"), even patting him on the back and saying "There, there." It's beautiful to see Edna not as an Apathetic Teacher, but a concerned, caring person who actually loves her students. Her deciding to give Bart a single point of extra credit because of his applied knowledge is the icing on the cake.
    • The whole entire scene of Springfield having fun in on the freak snow day. Every single citizen is happy and at peace and doing fun activities like ice skating (which Santa's Little Helper helps Maggie to do also while holding her up in the star-shaped snowsuit), playing hockey and building snowmen. Mayor Quimby declares it the happiest day of the year, all of the citizens hold hands and sing "Winter Wonderland" note  Even when Homer throws a snowball at Mr. Burns, he's not even angry. He has a good laugh at it, saying that he hasn't seen a good snowball fight in a while, calls him a young ragamuffin and has Smithers throw one back.
  • The character of Karl (voiced by Harvey Fierstein) in "Simpson and Delilah" doing all he can to make Homer feel and look comfortable in his new job environment after Homer gets promoted due to having hair. Additionally, his taking the fall when it looks like Homer is about to be fired from the plant for insurance fraud.
    • Homer's overcome with absolute joy when he wakes up one morning and discovers that the Demoxinyl worked! He has a full head of long hair, which sprouted overnight, and he runs out the door in his pajamas and through the town, cheering and greeting everyone like George Bailey at the end of It's a Wonderful Life. Once he gets to the town square (where the statue of Jebediah Springfield is located), another man comes running from the opposite side of the town, also still dressed in his night clothes, with a head full of long, curly black hair. The two pause, take a look at each other and realize they just experienced the same overnight miracle.
    Homer/Man: ...DEMOXINYL!!! *the two laugh, cheer and hug each other*
    • At the end of the episode Homer feels Marge won't love him as much anymore because he's ugly and bald again, and Marge reassures him by singing "You Are So Beautiful" while holding him in her arms.
    • And in the previous scene Mr. Burns shows sympathy for Homer's baldness problem, having lost his own hair in his early 20s, and lets him have his old job back.
  • The ending to "Dancin' Homer", where after Homer tells his story to the bar patrons while feeling like a loser for giving up a great opportunity, the patrons tell him his story was great and ask him to tell it again, making Homer realize he's not such a loser after all.
    Homer: I wonder why stories of degradation and humiliation make you more popular.
    Moe: I don't know. They just do.
    • Near the beginning of the episode, as Homer is watching the game, Mr. Burns takes a seat next to him. Homer has an Oh, Crap! moment, worrying that sitting next to his boss will prevent him from letting loose and having a good time. What happens instead? To Homer's surprise, Mr. Burns treats Homer to a beer, (and then several more,) and the two actually have a moment of genuine camaraderie. They jubilantly heckle the players, drunkenly attempt to do 'the wave,' and laugh together.
  • When Marge gets Mr. Burns to inadvertently sabotage his election chances in "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish", he vows to make Homer's life miserable, to the point that his dreams go unfulfilled. Later that night, Homer and Marge are lying and bed, and Homer worryingly asks Marge if she can do something to make him feel better. Marge's reply marks a gold standard for heartwarming moments.
    Marge: Homer, when a man's biggest dreams include seconds of dessert, occasional snuggling and sleeping in 'til noon on weekends, no one man can destroy them.
    Homer: Hey, you did it! (They kiss)
    • Earlier in the episode, Homer finds Mr Burns sobbing in his car, and actually seems concerned about him. Mr Burns responds to this by letting Homer into his car, and confessing that the power plant is in danger of getting shut down. It's a rare moment of humanity between these two extremely different people.
    Mr. Burns: (singing) Say, don't you remember? I'm your pal. Brother, can you spare a dime... (bursts into tears and sobs)
    Homer: Huh? What the— (taps on window) Uh, Mr. Burns?
    Mr. Burns: Ah!
    Homer: AAAH!! Sorry, sir, it's just me, Homer Simpson... Everything alright?
    Mr. Burns: (sniffling) Working late, Simpson?
    Homer: Uh, yes sir.
    Mr. Burns: You and I are a dying breed, Simpson. I'm going to share something with you. (opens door) Hop in.
    • Near the beginning of the episode, Burns expresses anxiety about the safety inspectors approaching the plant. He asks Smithers to give him a Cool Down Hug, which he does immediately. Note that this happens in the same episode where Mr. Burns is stated to hate being touched.
  • "Bart vs. Thanksgiving":
    • Bart passes out after giving blood and when he wakes up, two bums bring him into a soup kitchen and get him some food. Bart gives them twelve bucks, money that he half killed himself to earn by donating said blood.
    • Bart is spitefully satisfied when he hears that Homer and Marge are distraught over him going missing... but when he hears Lisa crying, he actually whispers a message to her through the air duct that he's okay, showing apparently genuine empathy for her.
    • Bart finally saying sorry to Lisa, realizing that he does care about her feelings, even if he doesn't know why he behaves like an asshole, with her accepting his apology. After seeing that, Homer and Marge, who have been wracked with depression and doubt over how they treated Bart earlier, realize that they're not such bad parents after all.
    • "Oh lord, on this blessed day, we thank thee for giving this family one more crack at togetherness".
    • You may not notice it at first, but you'll see several moments of Santa's Little Helper and Snowball II nuzzled up and sleeping peacefully together. Even at the end when the family finally eats their meal at the table, you can see the two of them underneath the table eating some turkey slices as well.
    • Also Bart letting Santa's Little Helper tag along with him after Homer kicks the dog out of the house for further misbehaviour, marking the first A Boy and His X outing in the show. Even as he gloats to his family on TV, he is shown sharing his food with Santa's Little Helper.
    • After spending almost the entire episode annoyed and angry at him, Marge's first instinct when she sees Bart on the news is to cry out "My special little guy!".
  • In "Bart The Daredevil":
    • Homer and Bart are both equally excited about the upcoming monster-truck event that they both gleefully yell about it at each other and hug. Later, at the event, they laugh at each other's quips and have a great time. It's nothing especially noteworthy, but given how antagonist their relationship can be, it's nice to see them on the same wavelength and enjoying spending time together.
    • When Lisa learns of Bart's plan to jump Springfield Gorge, she immediately informs their parents. As much as she conflicts with her brother, she doesn't want him to die a stupid death.
    I'm sorry Bart. But if you got hurt or died, despite the extra attention I'd receive, I'd miss you.
  • "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge":
    • The kids of Springfield going outside and enjoying life after "Itchy And Scratchy" has all the violence taken out of it (thanks to Marge), especially when the Simpsons kids explain what they've been doing (Bart went fishing with Milhouse while Lisa went birdwatching with Janey) and Homer quips that they're both great kids. Becomes a slight Tear Jerker when it's reversed at the end.
    • Homer telling Marge "I always knew you would change the world. For the better."
    • The only kid who seems to like the change in Itchy and Scratchy is Maggie, who ends up giving Homer lemonade after watching it (earlier, she had hit him with a mallet because of the cartoon's influence).
    • A very small one, but still kinda sweet. That complete disaster of a so-called spice rack Homer is trying to make in the beginning of the episode? Marge is using it while cooking later.
  • "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish":
    • When Homer eats a poisonous fish and only has twenty-four hours to live, in his last day of living, he goes around to do everything that he could, including having a man-to-man talk with Bart, listening to Lisa play her saxophone, making a video for Maggie, being nice to Flanders for once and spending his last night with Marge. Each scene itself deserves to be a CMOH. But the best scene is when Homer reconciled with his father. He went to Abe, who acted indifferently to him at first, until Homer told him that he loved him. Then, both started crying and ended in an embrace. And for the rest of the afternoon, despite wanting to do other things, Homer stayed with his dad to do some father-and-son things with him that they never got to do before.
    • Marge's tears of joy when she finds out that Homer's still alive:
    Marge: "Homer! Your drool is still warm! (crying) You're alive!"
  • In "The Way We Was," young Homer telling Marge he's gonna hug her and kiss her, and he knows he'll never be able to let go of her. Flash forward to the present, where he says "And I never have," and hugs her again.
    • The way Homer fixes the strap on Marge's dress seems to imply he figured out what happened and chose not to pry into the matter.
  • "Principal Charming" offers a bittersweet example when Patty sadly has Skinner realize she can't marry him because she shares a special tie with Selma and couldn't leave her for any man.
  • While most of the ending of "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" is heartbreaking due to how Homer unintentionally made his half-brother's company go bust with his ridiculously designed car, the Homer, there's a small but sweet moment when Bart tells his dad that he liked the design for it.
    Bart: I thought your car was really cool.
    Homer: Thanks, boy! I was waiting for someone to say that.
  • "Bart's Dog Gets an F": When Santa's Little Helper passes his final exam, Homer at first claps bitterly and sarcastically, knowing this means the dog gets to stay, but his expression gradually changes to one of genuine joy and he finds himself cheering sincerely.
  • "Old Money"
    • Grandpa decides to donate his late girlfriend's money to Springfield Retirement Castle, especially when the Bea Simmons Memorial dining room is unveiled: "Dignity's on me, friends." This really has an impact when you think about the... less than flattering way that old people are usually portrayed on this show.
    • Even before that when Homer prevents his father from striking out and losing his money in a casino, despite appearing to have a winning streak, saying "For the first time in 36 years, I'm glad I had children". Later, the two have a moment together when Homer asks him if he's decided what he's going to do with the money while eating a baguette. When Abe sees the elderly people get off the bus. He tells Homer that he has, and wipes the mess made on his mouth.
    • Abe recites an excerpt of Rudyard Kipling's If, partly because it's some of the only heartfelt fatherly wisdom he's ever shared with Homer, and partly because it shows how desperate he feels in being faced with the suffering of so many people and feeling like he still doesn't have enough to help like he wants to: in stopping him from blowing his fortune, Homer reminds his father (who raised him as a single dad), that even if you can't always do as much as you want, sometimes, the best you can is still pretty good.
    • Abe's relationship with Bea is a delight to see, given how maturely it's handled. When they first start conversing, he lampshades how much they're like flustered teenagers, and curses himself for his fear in asking Bea out. Bea herself shows up as a ghost to ask Abe why he isn't enjoying himself more with his new resources, and even prods him to reconcile with Homer after their estrangement.
      • Resulting in Abe rushing to his son's house to hug him:
    Grampa: Sonny boy! Is there room at your table for a foolish old man?
    Homer: Well, sure! Eh, we'll have to move a chair in from the den. But it's no problem. Bart!
    • Jasper shows genuine care for Abe in the episode too, gingerly revealing the news of Bea's passing and placing his arm around Abe when the latter starts to cry.
    • When Homer rushes to the Retirement Castle to make amends with his father, he tells the nurse to tell Grampa that "I love him and I don't care about his money". The nurse says that "they get a lot of that here". Apparently this is a recurring situation.
  • Marge receiving a kind letter from Ringo Starr in "Brush With Greatness", who praises her skills as an artist and is thankful for the portrait she sent him. At that point in the episode, Marge had been expressing serious doubts about her ability to paint Mr. Burns's portrait, and the letter inspires her to finish the job.
    • Ringo's quest to answer all his fan-mail is this as well. He even says to his butler that if his fans take the time to write to him, answering is the least he could do.
  • "Lisa's Substitute":
    • Four words - You are Lisa Simpson.
    • In Mr. Bergstrom, not only does Lisa find appreciation for her intelligence, but inspiration to learn and a teacher who actually cares about his students. This would all prove hard to come by later. Lisa still holds Mr. Bergstrom in reverence.
    • Homer pulls off a good parenting hat trick - comforting Lisa over Mr. Bergstrom leaving, then cheering Bart up over losing the class election and finally giving Maggie her pacifier.
      "Everyone special to me is right under this roof."
    • The scene of Homer cheering up Lisa in her room is a combination of this and a Tear Jerker in the happy sense. Lisa is literally sobbing out of grief, and Homer is trying to talk to her and say something intelligent and helpful to get through to her. When this doesn't appear to work, he cheers her up in the only way he knows he can- by making her laugh. He takes her "baboon" comment in stride and makes her giggle by making baboon noises. Then he picks her up and hugs her. Lisa may have lost Mr Bergstrom, but she still has Homer in her life.
      Lisa: I'm sorry I called you a baboon, Dad.
      Homer: Think nothing of it. (they hug)
  • Even though Matt Groening detests the scene from "The War of The Simpsons" when General Sherman leaps out of the water and winks at the camera before swimming away, it's still a sweet moment to show the audience that he did end up surviving his fight with Homer (and arguably his role in saving his and Marge's marriage or at least his approval/contentment of them making up).
  • "Blood Feud":
    • Mr. Burns has ordered Smithers to have Homer beaten up for writing an insulting letter saying, amongst other things, that Mr. Burns smells "like an elephant's butt." When Smithers tries to carry out his order, though, he finds he can't go through with it because Homer donating Bart's blood is the only reason Mr. Burns is still alive. When he delivers the news, at first Burns is predictably angered at Smithers' defiance, but he very quickly mellows, tells Smithers, "You've always been the sober yin to my raging yang," and to a swell of romantic music shakes his hand for a long time until the scene changes.
    • The fact that Smithers donated his kidney to Mr Burns. And the fact that Mr. Burns uses this to reassure Smithers that he shouldn't feel guilty about not being able to donate his blood to him.
    Mr Burns: Smithers, don't feel so bad. After all, that kidney you donated to me really hit the spot.
    • Mr Burns regaining his health after getting the blood transfusion, and Smithers' Tears of Joy, is an oddly satisfying and heartwarming moment. And in the very next scene, Mr. Burns struts into the plant, proud as a peacock, and at least tries to be nice to his employees for once.
    Mr. Burns: Ahh, top of the morning to 'ye! Why, look who's here! It's.. good old... you!
    • Easy to miss, but in the background as the transfusion is complete, both Dr. Hibbert and the unnamed pink-haired nurse are smiling. Mr. Burns isn't a great person, but these two medical professionals are impartially satisfied that they gave a sickly old man a second chance at life.
    • Although the gesture enraged Homer, the fact that Mr Burns personally sent a thank-you card to Bart for donating blood was actually pretty sweet.
    • Smithers giving Bart a hug out of gratitude.
    Smithers: Homer, brave young Bart... I don't know which one to hug first.
  • The "Bad Dream House" segment of "Treehouse of Horror" has a tidbit of meta-insight into Bart's character in that the story is made up by Bart, and Marge is portrayed in an exceptionally heroic way in this segment. She is the only Simpson who doesn't succumb to the evil influence of the spirit of the house, and she is the one who bravely stands up to the spirit. Despite his bratty exterior, the fact that Bart tells his story in this way shows how much respect he has for his mother. Granted, this might be reading a bit too deeply into the episode, but it should also be noted that just before Marge stands up to the spirit, the spirit has been giving a cartoonishly lurid description of how it will kill the Simpsons family - this seems to be the only part of Bart's stories in the episode which is clearly being told by a 10 year old boy.

    Season 3 
  • "Stark Raving Dad":
    • Four words: "Lisa, It's Your Birthday". Bart did not give Lisa anything for her birthday, and then meets a man who believes he is Michael Jackson. They write and perform the song for Lisa, proving that Bart doesn't truly hate her after all.
    • Made all the more touching and heartbreaking by the fact that when Michael Jackson, who, under the name of John Jay Smith, portrayed the guy who sang that in the episode, died; FOX reran the episode in his honor.
  • "Mr Lisa Goes to Washington":
    • When Marge tells Bart that he might be interested in the essay writing competition, he declines, stating that Lisa "is the pony to bet on"
    • The eventual winner of the essay competition compliments Lisa for her essaym pointing out that she deserves the prize money as much as he does.
  • Despite his nefarious Jerkass tendencies that got Flanders into the position in the first place in "When Flanders Failed", Homer genuinely feeling remorse for inadvertently sending Ned into debt and later helping him and his store out by showing it to the various citizens of Springfield is incredibly heartwarming. The end is just one of the most beautiful scenes in the series.
    Ned: Homer, affordable tract housing made us neighbors, but you made us friends.
    • Of special note is one left-handed acquaintance who is lounging on his couch when he gets Homer's call, until his wife mentions why and he leaps to his feet.
  • A small moment from "Homer Defined," the adorable photo of a smiling Smithers holding his ridiculously tiny dog, Hercules. D'awww.
  • In "Like Father, Like Clown", Bart and Lisa convince Krusty's father to finally accept his son's career path, culminating in him guest starring in an episode of Krusty's show.
    • Krusty and his Father singing "Oh mein papa" also counts.
    • The flashbacks of a young Krusty deciding he wants to be a clown when he grows up because he loves making people laugh.
  • In "Lisa's Pony", Homer has a Jerkass Realization about how often he ignored Lisa when she was younger and decides to make it up for her by buying her a pony like she always wanted. Unfortunately, raising a pony is expensive and Homer has to overwork himself to afford it. Fortunately, Lisa realizes this and gives up her pony because, in her words, there's one "big dumb animal" she loves more.
  • "Saturdays of Thunder":
    • Homer had taken a father quiz and realized he knew nothing about Bart. So he decided to help Bart make his racing car for the Soap Box Derby. Only for Bart to ditch Homer for a much better, faster car made by Martin. He was initially upset by Homer's disappointment. But just before the race start, Bart saw Homer on the stands, as he proclaimed (with a full mouth) "Do it for your old man, boy!" In the end, after winning the race, Bart presented the trophy to Homer and they both embraced.
    • But right at the very end, in a quick blink-and-you-miss-it moment, we see that the whole race was monitored by the same people who made the father quiz. And two men, the father and son he met earlier at the Father-and-Son Bonding clinic, embraced as well upon seeing Bart and Homer do the same thing.
    • When Homer at first refused to go to the race, because he was so hurt. He goes into the kitchen, notices the quiz on the fridge, and starts miserably answering the questions. When he realizes he now passes the test, he rushes to support Bart.
    • One of the questions was to name one of the child's heroes. When Homer and Bart embraced at the end of the episode the song "Wind Beneath My Wings" was playing. "Did you ever know that you're my hero".
  • "Flaming Moe's":
    • It was sweet of Bart to stand up for his old man in the "Inventors we admire" section, even if he wasn't allowed to fix some "Flaming Homers" for the class.
    • The way the episode centers around Homer's and Moe's sincere friendship is kinda sweet.
    • When the waitress hired by Moe realizes that he stole the recipe from Homer, she convinces her boss to sell the recipe and give half the amount to Homer.
  • "Burns Verkaufen Der Kraftwerk" begins with a moment that is equal parts heartwarming and goofy. When Mr. Burns is uncharacteristically depressed, (even shedding a Single Tear,) Smithers tries to coax him into telling him what's wrong. When Mr. Burns declines, Smithers asks if he'd "rather talk to Snappy the Alligator," (a hand puppet,) to which Mr. Burns smiles and gingerly says "Maybe..." The silly gesture works, and is implied to be a somewhat regular occurrence between these two.
    • Later in the episode, Mr. Burns actually seems really happy in retirement, jubilantly leaving his office with a farewell to Smithers and a spring in his step. And even though Smithers no longer works for him, Mr. Burns still hangs out with him, inviting him to his manor and cheerfully showing him his pet bees, (the queen of which is named 'Smithers,') and taking him out for drinks.
    • Mr. Burns succeeds in genuinely making Smithers laugh twice in the episode; first when he does an impromptu Elvis impression, and then when he's mocking the German investors. To see him actually making Smithers laugh, despite Smithers being pretty despondent throughout most of the episode, is pretty sweet.
  • "I Married Marge" provides probably the simplest explanation for why these two got married:
    Marge: Homer, do you know why I married you?
    Homer: Because I knocked you up?
    Marge: No, because I love you.
    • Homer's proposal (which Marge reads because he misplaced the card) and his reaction to her acceptance.
    • Abe's reaction when he finds out Marge is pregnant. He straight out tells him he'll not do any better than Marge, showing how much he already cares for his future daughter-in-law.
    • When Selma realizes how depressed a pregnant Marge is without her husband, she tells her where she'll find him. Selma may loathe Homer as much as Patty, but it's shown she still cares for her younger sister and her happiness.
  • "Radio Bart" has Bart using his radio to trick the townspeople into believing an innocent boy by the name of Timmy O' Toole fell down a well. The townspeople showed nothing but desperation to get that nonexistent kid out of there. Even though Timmy O' Toole is not real, seeing the townspeople's love and care for what they thought was a poor innocent child trapped in a well is truly poignant. If you're sick of Springfield acting like a bunch of dicks, this episode's for you.
    "We're sending our love down the well..."
    • The radio itself was a birthday gift from Homer. Unlike past years where Homer gave Bart something boring he bought at the last minute, Homer bought the gift for him after seeing the commercial on TV and believing Bart would genuinely enjoy it. He even made sure to call the company the second he heard supplies were limited (which was a lie, but Homer didn't know that).
    • When Bart himself falls down the well, the townsfolk refuse to help him out of anger at being tricked. Homer decides that enough is enough when Bart starts to cry at his predicament and digs him out.
    • Homer "trying is the first step towards failure" Simpson tries to save Bart by digging, in contrast to the gimmicky or expensive solutions that were being considered for Timmy, even though it's hopeless for him to do it this way alone. But, his action inspires the rest of the town to get their hands dirty to successfully save Bart. The cherry on top is when they finally make it to Bart, Marge hugs him.
    • A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but in the music video scene, one of the celebrities seen in the recording booth is Princess Kashmir. It seems she has found a better career for herself after being stuck as a belly dancer for parties in "Homer's Night Out".
  • In "Homer Alone", Marge has a nervous breakdown from stress of housework and stops her car in the middle of a highway. Despite fiercely and stoically refusing to budge, she instantly reacts to Homer negotiating her out.
    • Though it had disastrous results, Homer trying his hardest to entertain and bond with Maggie in Marge's absence is rather sweet.
  • In "Bart the Lover", where Bart is in trouble (again) with Mrs. Krabappel because of yo-yos. He discovers the personals in a magazine, and initially, he gets revenge by setting her up with a fake beau named "Woodrow" with a picture of Gordie Howe as his profile, and for the clincher, setting her up on a fake date. When Bart sees that she's crying because she's been stood up, he feels guilty, especially when later in class, she starts crying in front of him he enlists his family's help in writing one last, but very sweet letter (topped off with Homer's "with a love that will echo through the ages") to her, explaining why "Woodrow" had to leave town and leave her feeling loved. It works.
    Edna: Bart, it's such a nice day, let's hold detention outside.
    Bart: It's a date!
    • After the death of Marcia Wallace in October 2013, Fox reaired the episode before the premiere of "Four Regrettings and a Funeral".
  • The ending for "Separate Vocations" An aptitude test tells Lisa that her suitable career is housewife, and a music store owner tells her that the stubby fingers she inherited from Homer will make her unfit for professional jazz. In response she becomes a delinquent, and eventually steals the teacher's guides, an expulsion-worthy offense. When Bart finds out what Lisa did, he takes the blame, staying in school due to his work as hall monitor. When asked why, Bart tells Lisa that test or no test, she's the one with the makings to be a success. The episode closes with Bart writing lines, while Lisa plays her sax outside the classroom window.
    • It's surprising to see Bart acing his job as hall monitor, but its even more surprising to see him and Principal Skinner working togetheenjoying each others company.
  • The end of "Colonel Homer", where it becomes clear that Homer's inability to pick up on Lurleen's increasingly blatant romantic advances ("Oooohhh... there isn't a man alive who wouldn't be turned on by that... well, goodnight!") has less to do with Homer's typical cluelessness and more to do with his devotion to Marge, followed by Lurleen's final song to him hoping that Marge knows how lucky she is. Actually, no matter how many times Homer & Marge's marriage is threatened, their reunion makes for a CMOH.
    • A little earlier when Lurleen makes her intentions clear and actually kisses them, all of his previous romantic efforts flash before his eyes. They're all pretty pathetic and full of rejection (a girl smacked him in the face during a game of Spin the Bottle and the end of his first date was met with a surly "Thanks for dinner!" as his date drove off in her car), of course, but then we get to Marge saying "I'll love you for the rest of my life." Upon snapping back to reality, Homer pushes Lurleen away and leaves.
    • There's the fact that the whole reason Homer was trying to help Lurleen in the first place was just because he wanted to help her and he thought he'd be able to make some money for the family.
    • The positive effect Lurleen's song has when the DJ plays it on the radio. Especially the scene with Krusty and Sideshow Mel.
      Krusty: *slapping Mel with a magazine* I TOLD YOU STAY AWAY FROM MY SISTER!!! *hears Lurleens song on the radio* ...Aw what the hell, here's 50 bucks, take her to the Copa.
    • The ending, with Homer and Marge in bed, listening to Lurleen's final song on the TV.
      Lurleen: His name is Homer.
      He's quite a man.
      I tried to kiss him, (Marge frowns)
      But Homer ran. (Marge smiles)
      Sure wish I could say
      That I was his.
      I hope that Marge knows
      Just how lucky she is.
      Marge: (to Homer) I do. (they kiss)
  • The end of "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?", has Homer's half-brother Herb forgiving him for inadvertently destroying Herb's car company. When Herb regains his fortune with an invention that he designed with $2,000 he borrowed from Homer, Herb not only buys Homer the vibrating chair he initially wanted to purchase with the $2,000, but he also forgives Homer and recognizes him as his brother, coming full circle from the Downer Ending that ensued in the episode when Herb first appeared.
    • While he is still mad at his half-brother for ruining his life, he does not feel the same animosity for the rest of the family and is delighted to see his nephew and nieces again.

    Season 4 
  • "Kamp Krusty": The fact that Krusty is genuinely shocked and distraught at how poorly the campers were treated, making up for it by taking them to Tijuana for a real vacation. While Krusty is usually shown as being cynical about his young audience, deep down he does have a soft spot for them and never wants to be (intentionally) outright malicious toward them.
  • "Homer The Heretic":
    • After saving townsfolk save Homer from his burning house, Homer believes that the fire was a punishment from God for not going to church. However, Reverend Lovejoy assures him that God was present to save him - in the form of his neighbors, of different faiths.
    • Homers interpretation of God in his dream. While initially furious at Homer for not attending church, he proves himself to be a Reasonable Authority Figure who is willing to hear Homer out.
  • "Lisa the Beauty Queen" has a few of these, such as Bart boosting Lisa's spirits when she says the other girls are prettier than she is: "Lisa, as your brother this is the hardest thing I've ever had to say, but... you're not ugly". And this exchange earlier:
    Homer: "There's no one prettier than my little girl!"
    Marge: "You're looking at her through a father's eyes."
    Homer: "Well, if I could gouge someone else's eyes out and shove them in my sockets I would, but to me she's beautiful!"
    • Homer made a big sacrifice by selling his ride on the Duff Blimp in hopes of making Lisa feel better. When Marge tells Lisa about this, she decides to enter the pageant.
  • The final scene from "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie", where we learn that Homer's drastic disciplinary measure actually worked out, as Bart is now Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and he finally gets to see the movie along with his old man (who also pays for it).
    • It was Bart's neglect of Maggie which prompted Homer to actually teach him a lesson, which shows he does care about her. Also, Maggie looks absolutely adorable when she falls asleep after crashing Homer's car.
    • Also that Homer's actions aren't motivated out of anger, but out of honest concern for Bart's future and a desire to see him succeed. He compromises with Bart and makes repeatedly clear that the approach is for his own good. It's a rather heartwarming look at Homer's thoughts for his children, when normally he doesn't show much care or worry about what they'll do with their lives.
  • "Lisa's First Word", another Whole Episode Flashback. Not only what Lisa's first word is (it's "Bart") but also...
    Homer: You know Maggie, the sooner kids talk, the sooner they talk back. [switches lights off] I hope you never say a word. [leaves room]
    Maggie: [removes pacifier] Dad-dy.
    • There’s also some special significance to this, as the episode had shown that Maggie is the only of the three Simpson children to call him "Daddy" rather than "Homer" as a baby — made all the more sad by the fact that Homer missed his one chance at hearing his child call him "Daddy."
  • "Homer's Triple Bypass" shows everyone's overjoyed reaction to Homer being alive, and him weakly waving back.
    • Homer trying to give his last words to Bart and Lisa just in case he dies and both of them help him say something meaningful to the other. To Bart, Homer says that he'll grow up and turn out alright with or without him and to Lisa, Homer says she's adopted and he doesn't like her (and then yells at Bart), but then says that no matter what, she has a big brother who loves her and always will.
      • A small detail - as they go in, Bart has his hand Lisa's shoulder.
    • Apu and Homer's friends all praying for Homer when he finally gets his surgery.
    • And when the surgery turns out to the best and Homer reunites with his family, Dr Nick smiles and hums happily.
    • It's a one-off scene, but the fact that Ned Flanders was donating a kidney and a lung to whomever needed it was touching and altruistic in its own right. Then his reaction to learning of Homer's health problems, even if it did end in a funny response:
  • After a hectic experience at Duff Gardens with Bart and Lisa in "Selma's Choice", Selma and Homer have a rare moment where the both of them express the closest to an expression of affection between the two of them they probably ever have, where she admits that she doesn't feel cut out for being a parent and appreciates what Homer goes through.
    • And if you look, he even holds her hand in sympathy. Daaawww....
    • The B-plot involves Marge looking after Homer when he's recovering from food poisoning, and trying to cheer him up. She rents some video tapes and affectionately snuggles with him in bed. And when he's feeling better, Homer wraps himself in a bedsheet toga and playfully carries Marge around the house.
    • Selma cuddling her new pet iguana Jubjub and singing "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman" to him was pretty cute. It's one of the rare times we see Selma blissfully happy.
    • Homer actually being nice to Patty and Selma by offering his condolences for Aunt Gladys' death.
  • When Marge thinks that Lisa didn't quite beat her addiction to the "Corey Hotline" in "Brother From The Same Planet" she assures her that she did her best, only to pick up the phone and find that Lisa had called to confirm the time, meeting her deadline.
    Lisa: I made it...
  • From "I Love Lisa", Lisa giving Ralph a card after seeing him crying over not getting a Valentine, Ralph's dramatic performance of George Washington (which was fueled on being humiliated by Lisa during the Krusty The Clown 29th Anniversary Show), and Lisa giving Ralph the "Let's 'Bee' Friends" card.
  • In "Whacking Day", when Bart gets homeschooled by Marge. It's a bit tumultuous at first, but considering all of the crap that Bart has been given through the public education system, it's rather sweet and great to see him actually learn something and at his own pace, with Marge as the teacher. This even pays off at the end, as Bart's thirst for knowledge comes to shine the truth on the sham holiday that is Whacking Day.
  • In "Duffless", Homer gets pulled over for drunk driving and is persuaded by Marge to give up alcohol for a month (and is even forced to ride a bicycle after getting his license suspended). Even though he gets tempted by boredom and advertising, Homer eventually starts to spend more time with his family. After visiting Moe's and seeing the other drunken, miserable people there, Homer leaves and instead chooses to go for a bike ride with Marge, ending with the two singing "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" as they ride off into the sunset.

    Season 5 
  • "Homer Goes to College": The end credits is a bit of a low-key one where Homer finally does get to enjoy lighthearted college hijinx in the style of Animal House and still succeed on his own merits, and what makes it truly heartwarming is that both the Nerd Trio and the dean takes part willingly.
  • During "Rosebud", Maggie has Mr Burns' teddy bear from when he was a child. He tries to get it back from her through various means, ending with trying to snatch it and failing. He asks that she value it more then he did and she gives him the teddy bear back.
    • Earlier Burns agrees to pay Homer millions if he gets Bobo back, when Homer snatches Bobo off of Maggie however, she starts crying. Despite the blatant agony of turning down this bargain, Homer softly gives Maggie back the bear and tells Burns the deal's off. The fact Homer sounds on the verge of tears making this decision only punctuates what happiness he'd sacrifice for his baby girl.
    • Mr Burns getting Bobo back.
    Mr Burns: For me? Bobo? Smithers, I'm so happy.
    • After Mr. Burns pretty much holds the entire town hostage till he gets his Bear back, a massive mob forms outside the Simpson's household, and they break in and take the teddy bear from Maggie. But one look at the little girl with tears in her eyes and they realize just how monstrous this action is they give Maggie Bobo, and find themselves overwhelmed with happiness at the sight of Maggie cuddling the little bear, chose to go to the hospital instead and sing for the sick.
    • Bart giving Bobo to Maggie after he finds the bear in a bag of ice he bought at the Kwik-E-Mart, and Maggie immediately hugs and loves the battered old toy in a way that only a child can.
    • In a meta way, the fact that Mr. Burns is genuinely cheered by the newfound presence of his childhood teddy bear at all- given the episode's grim source material; Rosebud is a direct allusion/parody of "Citizen Kane," but with a decidedly more optimistic ending for its main character. Unlike Charles Foster Kane, Burns' happiness here isn't just fleeting; the joy he gets from Bobo actually sticks in the long-term. In later episodes and supplemental material, we see that Bobo is now pretty much Mr. Burns' security blanket that brings him comfort when he's hurt or sick. And Bobo even makes an appearance in season 32, when Mr. Burns is hospitalized and Smithers brings him his beloved bear to comfort him.
  • In "Bart Gets Famous", after Bart's celebrity image from a catchphrase drives him crazy and he locks himself in his room, refusing to do a performance, Marge empathetically reasons with him from outside, assuring him what he does is far from a mockery.
    Marge: Honey, I know you feel a little silly saying the same four words over and over, but you shouldn't. You're making people happy, and that's a very hard thing to do.
  • The ending of "Homer and Apu", where the whole family hugs Apu in his hospital bed as he's recovering from a gunshot wound.
  • In "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy", Smithers instantly recognizing Lisa as Homer's daughter and willing to help her locate Stacy Lovell. Also, the fact that he owns the world's largest Malibu Stacy collection is pretty cute.
    • Although Lisa's attempt to create a less sexist alternative to the new talking Malibu Stacy fails, the episode does end with one girl buying the new Lisa Lionheart doll and shooting Lisa a smile. Lisa takes just reaching one little girl as, if nothing else, a personal victory.
  • At the end of "Deep Space Homer" there's a Brick Joke where Bart repeats his prank of writing on the back of Homer's head but this time he writes "HERO".
  • The end of "Homer Loves Flanders". Flanders is shunned by those in the church who think he was arrested on a DUI, whilst Homer is praised for his charity work. Homer's breathing through his nose causes Flanders to lose his patience, and everyone turns on Flanders more so. However, Homer leaps to his defense:
    Homer: "If everyone here were like Ned Flanders, there'd be no need for heaven... We'd already be there."
    • Flanders turns to Homer with tears of gratitude and thanks him for being a true friend.
  • A lot of Bart and Skinner bonding in "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song" is this. Especially the ending where the two go back to being enemies and share a hug... where Bart places a 'kick me' note on Skinner's back, and Skinner does the same to Bart with a 'teach me' note.
    • Skinner looking back at Springfield Elementary, while also a very solemn Tear Jerker, has him reminiscing fondly about past interactions with students, including Martin baking him raisin roundies and a young child thanking him for teaching them how to read. Even a flashback to Ralph being "carsick" in his office moves him to tears. It shows that despite his constant penny pinching and cynical conflicts about the school, its faculties and rebels such as Bart, he did genuinely love teaching kids.
  • In "Lady Bouvier's Lover," Grandpa says to Jacqueline (Marge's mother), "you remind me of a poem I can't remember, and a song that may never have existed, and a place I'm not sure I've ever been to." It's played for laughs, but given the context - an old man falling in love for possibly the last time - it's very poignant and sweet.

    Season 6 
  • "Bart of Darkness"; Bart struggling across the street with a broken leg when he thinks Lisa is about to be murdered, even if he does end up dragging a ridiculous amount of junk that gets caught on it.
  • "Lisa's Rival": Bart decides to help Lisa take Allison down, because he can't stand to see his sister upset... unless it's by his doing, of course. It's his own way of showing he cares.
    • Ralph of all people ends up winning the diorama contest, with his display of vintage Star Wars toys (he didn't even know what a diorama was) because Skinner turns out to be a bit of a Star Wars fanboy. In the ending, he's happily skipping home, singing to himself about beating the smart kids for once.
  • In "Another Simpsons Clip Show", Marge was trying to encourage her family about romance. However, the stories either ended in heartbreak (Bart getting rejected by Laura in "New Kid on the Block" and Lisa yelling at Ralph in "I Love Lisa") or were revelations of near-infidelity (Homer falling for Mindy in "Last Temptation of Homer" [with Homer explaining that, after that incident, Mindy became an alcoholic and lost her job at the plant] and Marge almost sleeping with a French bowler in "Life in the Fast Lane"). Feeling dejected, Marge was about to give up, until Homer pointed out that not all romance stories end like that. And we flashback to how Homer and Marge met during their prom on "The Way We Was":
    Homer: (to Marge) "I've got this problem. As soon as you stop this car, I'm gonna hug you and kiss you and then, I'll never be able to let you go."
    • Made even better with Lisa's following comment and Homer's reply.
    Lisa: "Your first kiss."
    Homer: "But not the last."
    (shows montage of several kisses shared between Homer and Marge, finishing with them kissing in the present while the kids go back in the living room to watch cartoons)
  • The climax of "Lisa on Ice" in which Bart is set to score the winning shot and Lisa is ready to block. While the crowd cheers for the two to defeat each other, they flash back to all the times that they were more than just brother and sister — they were each other's friends (Bart helping Lisa get a cookie from a cookie jar which she shared with him, Bart making shadow puppets for Lisa's entertainment, Lisa patching Bart's injured knee, and, most heart-warming of all, Bart sharing his ice cream with Lisa after hers falls off her cone) and decide to throw the game in the name of their friendship and sibling-hood. After sharing a heartfelt hug with each other, they share this simple, poignant exchange before happily skating off the rink, arms around each other's shoulders:
    Bart: Great game, Lis.
    Lisa: Great game, Bart.
    • Marge actually sheds tears of pride for her children:
    I've never been so proud of them.
    • Subverted by Homer sobbing...about the fact they're both losers.
  • The ending of "Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy", where Homer realizes Abe wasn't such a bad dad after all, and they make peace while their old house burns to the ground, then roll on the grass together to put out the flames in their clothes.
  • The end of "And Maggie Makes Three". A Whole Episode Flashback is triggered by Homer being asked why there aren't any pictures of Maggie in the photo album. Homer explains how Maggie's birth forced him to quit his dream job working at Barney's Bowl-a-rama and return to his job at the Nuclear Plant, which he had quit months earlier (and hates). To add insult to injury, Mr. Burns installed a plaque in Homer's workstation reading "Don't forget: You're here forever". Bart asks what the point of Homer's story was, and it's revealed where the photos of Maggie are: Homer has posted them all over his workstation, strategically covering up the plaque so that it reads "Do it for her". There’s a reason that’s the page image.
    • During the actual birth, Homer is trying to be happy, but he's also clearly bitter over the setbacks he's had to endure up to this point. His eyes light up, however, when a little hand grabs his thumb.
    Marge: Homie, I think someone's trying to say hello.
    • The revelation to why Maggie adores sucking her pacifier so much; she thought it was a substitute for a kiss.
    • When Homer has to quit his job at the bowling alley. His boss Steve and the rest of the people there wish him farewell and thanked him for doing a great job of the place, even giving him a bowling jacket as a going away gift.
  • In "Bart's Comet", Ned Flanders has been forced out of his own civil defense shelter by his selfish neighbors, and is left to face the comet that signals Springfield's impending doom alone. However, each of the neighbours begins to feel increasingly guilty about forcing him out, and - starting with Homer - one by one leave the shelter to join him. Ned, resigned to his fate, stands on a hill near Springfield quietly singing 'Que Sera Sera' to himself... only for the entire town to suddenly appear and join him in the chorus.
    • Not to mention also how dark that moment was. The townsfolk managed to overcome their Jerkass attitude to cheerfully wait for their doom together.
    • Also, while it may have been unintentional, when everyone is inside the bomb shelter, they begin thinking of reasons they should be allowed to stay (due to their being too many people inside). While Krusty and Moe each give reasons to save their own skins, Moe immediately follows it up by explaining why Homer should stay. Despite their somewhat tumultuous friendship, Moe really did seem to care about Homer.
  • In "Bart vs. Australia", right before Bart is about to receive his booting, Lisa tearfully promises not to make fun of him for it.
  • In "Homer vs. Patty and Selma", Homer has had to put up with his sisters-in-law's crap all episode, blackmailing him with the debt he owes them, and finally culminating in them failing his chauffeur's test so he can't pay them back. Then they are caught smoking by their supervisor and face demotion for doing so. Homer laughs at this, until he notices that Marge would not be happy, so he covers for them. They apologize and (reluctantly) forgive Homer's debt.
    • Bart embracing his love for ballet, and showing a sensitive side to his nature.
  • During "Lisa's Wedding", Marge, Bart and Homer all go to see Lisa before the actual wedding and each one provided a touching family moment. Marge gave Lisa a lock of her hair for "something blue" for the wedding and they wordlessly hugged.
    Homer: "Little Lisa. Lisa Simpson. You know, I always felt you were the best thing my name ever got attached to ... I just want you to know I've always been proud of you. You're my greatest accomplishment and and you did it all yourself. You helped me understand my own wife better and taught me to be a better person. But you're my daughter and I don't think anyone could have had a better daughter than you."
    • Then, Lisa would later return the favor back to Homer and her family. Her fiance Hugh had intentions of returning to England and separating Lisa from her family forever, even insulting them in front of Lisa. Angrily, Lisa gave him back his ring and walked out.
    Hugh: "You complain about them more than anyone."
    Lisa: "That may be, but I still love them, and I don't think you understand that.
    • Despite having been excited all week about the prospect of his prospective son-in-law wearing his pig cuff-links during the wedding, Homer is completely understanding when he realizes that Hugh doesn't want to wear them. Particularly heartwarming when you realize that he's just been denied the only thing he was allowed to do during the entire wedding, but accepted it because his daughter's happiness was far more important to him than his own.
    • And then there's the ending where Lisa and Homer bond after Lisa visits the fortune teller. On its own it's nothing special, but in the context of the episode, Lisa's enthusiasm in hearing about Homer's day at the Renaissance Fair is just about the sweetest ending the show has ever done.
  • "'Round Springfield" actually has one from Bart, of all people. When Lisa is absolutely crushed that she can't get the last copy of Bleeding Gums' album for a tribute after his death, Bart spends all the remaining money from his recent legal settlement involving Krusty the Clown's cereal to get it for her, because she was the only one who believed him when he said his stomach hurt (somehow getting appendicitis from swallowing a jagged Krusty-O).
    • Followed by another one, when a random lightning strike increases the power of the local jazz station enough so that everyone in Springfield can hear the album being played.
    • Followed by another one, as Bleeding Gums appears in the clouds a la Mufasa from The Lion King (1994), says good-bye, and disappears...only to return for one last jam session with Lisa.
    • The song itself counts too, especially with Yeardley Smith going full out on the vocals.
    • Homer is the first person shown trying to comfort Lisa after Murphy's death. That in itself is heartwarming.
    • All of what Lisa does to remember Bleeding Gums Murphy becomes even more heartwarming after the passing of Ron Taylor.

    Season 7 
  • In a small moment of humanity, at least one bystander (Jimbo, as the audience sees,) actually expresses concern for Mr. Burns after he's been shot and stops to ask him if he's okay.
    Smithers: Oh sir, you're awake! Don't worry- we'll have up up and hunched over in no time!
    • Also the fact that Smithers, who had every right to still be angry at at Mr. Burns for going off the deep end and firing him, stayed by his side in the hospital and was there for him when he woke up, and was happy to see him recovering. That's Undying Loyalty right there.
  • In "Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily", Maggie, Bart and Lisa were put in custody at the Flanders after Child Welfare officers accuse Homer and Marge of neglecting their kids and providing a squalid living environment for them. Both Bart and Lisa note that Maggie is much happier with the Flanders than she is with her own family. Then came the choice whether she should go with the Flanders or the Simpsons. From Maggie's point of view, we see that the Flanders was a bright, cheerful family with bunnies and butterflies. When looking at Homer, Bart and Lisa, all she saw was a dark, gloomy place with frogs. So she began walking towards the Flanders. Only to see Marge coming down the hill. As soon as she saw Marge, she reached out and Marge delightfully held her up and spun her around, ending in a glorious, realistic portrait of a sunset behind them.
    Marge: Oh, Maggie, you're a Simpson again.
    (Maggie pulls out her pacifier and belches)
    • Earlier, Bart and Lisa leave a message for Homer and Marge: "Simpson Kids Miss Mom and Dad." Doubles as a Tear Jerker.
  • At the very end of "Bart Sells His Soul", when Bart, after resorting to various desperate measures to re-obtain a piece of paper that supposedly represents his actual soul, Bart turns to prayer, tearfully begging God to give him back his soul. It's Bart at his most vulnerable and honest; truly afraid that his soul will never come back and that he'll never be the same again.
    • At the end of the episode, Lisa gave Bart a lecture that implies his soul is not a piece of paper that can be sold or bought; and yet, she used her secret money to buy it back anyway. And Bart not only sincerely thanks Lisa for doing it, he even kisses her.
  • Lisa and Homer making up at the end of "Lisa the Vegetarian", complete with a veggie-back ride home and Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" playing in the background.
  • "Mother Simpson", where Homer meets his mother for the first time in a long time. She sadly has to leave again. He drives her to the pick up point and stays there, staring at the stars. Instead of the normal end credits, they keep this shot and play a melancholic song. The commentary points out how hard the crew fought to prevent commercials from playing during its premiere.
    • Mona easily bonds with the rest of the family especially Lisa whom often felt alienated from her family because of her intelligence. Even the normally-rebellious Bart has a soft-spot for her.
    • Wiggum, surprisingly, has a moment here as well. During a protest against Burns' germ warfare lab, where Wiggum was stationed as a security guard, Mona's antibiotic bomb cured his asthma. The protest allowed him to finally join Springfield's police force, and in return, he secretly helps Mona escape town when she returns in the present day.
  • A small one from "Marge Be Not Proud". When Bart thinks Marge may no longer love him, he asks Luann Van Houten if he can stay while she does mom stuff. She smiles sweetly and the next scene shows the two doing envelopes together. It's a brief but still sweet moment.
    • The ending of the episode, determined to get attention, he storms off to the Try-N-Save. When Marge notices Bart sneak home with something, she becomes suspicious and corners him, demanding he reveal it. It's a portrait of Bart, for once sensibly posed as she desired, with a "Paid In Full" receipt visibly attached.
    Bart: I wanted to surprise you for Christmas.
    Marge: *in tears* Aww Sweetie, this is the present a Mother could get! *cue hugs and kisses*
    • Bart faking excitement at the game she bought. It's a small moment, but still touching.
  • In "Lisa the Iconoclast," the fact that Homer completely believed Lisa when she discovered the truth about Jebediah Springfield and did all he could to help her spread word to the town, which is even more amazing when you take into consideration that Marge of all people refused to listen to what Lisa had to say.
    • The ending, where Lisa decides not to reveal the truth about Springfeld because it's brought out the best in Springfield. And then Homer lets her sit on his shoulder and ring the town crier's bell, which is its own moment when Wiggum refuses to intervene (even though Homer has taken the job from Flanders by force) simply because Homer's too good at being town crier.
      Wiggum: Let 'im march, boys. Let the man march!
  • In the episode "Homer the Smithers," there's a subtle bit of heartwarming when we see Burns' teddy bear Bobo again. Comparing how it looks in this episode to how it looked previously, we can probably infer that it was Smithers who fixed his beloved bear up for him off-screen.
    • At the beginning of the episode, Smithers has a complete nervous breakdown and his mental health quickly falls apart. What does Mr. Burns do? Happily insist that Smithers take a vacation to get his head on straight. And later in the episode, Mr. Burns cheerfully asks him to send him pictures from said vacation.
    • Despite arguably deserving of his fate, Homer is horrified when he thinks he's accidentally killed Mr. Burns. And when he rushes back to his office to see that he's alive and has a black eye, he sincerely apologizes and worriedly offers to bring him a compress for said eye.
    • Mr. Burns gratefully giving Homer a long hug for (quite literally) knocking some sense into him.
  • In "Bart on the Road", Lisa spending her spring break bonding with her father at the power plant. Best of all, nothing ever comes along to compromise it — Homer never reveals any of the secrets she trusts him with and their relationship finishes as strong as it was in the middle of the episode.
  • When Bart is about to dive to find the treasure in "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"":
    Bart: Hey, Grampa, do you think I could've been a Flying Hellfish?
    Abe: You're a gutsy daredevil with a give-'em-hell attitude and a fourth-grade education. You could've made sergeant.note 
    • The episode focuses on the relationship between Bart and his grandfather. By the end of the episode, Bart has a new found respect for Grampa, even though he is somewhat annoyed by his stories.
    • While she is at first dismissive of Abe's panicked cries that someone is trying to kill him the moment the assassin bursts in the nurse doesn't run or flee... she pulls out a gun of her own and declares that the residents are trying to nap while blasting at the assassin, chasing him off.
  • The Simpsons family standing by Apu and helping him pass his citizenship test during "Much Apu About Nothing".
    • Groundskeeper Willie standing up for Uter when the other kids are bullying him for being foreign is sweet...until it whiplashes into sarcastic humor when Principal Skinner tells Willie to pick on someone his own size.
  • When Lisa manages to make a group of new friends in "Summer of 4 Ft. 2" Bart's jealousy leads him to expose all the nerdy things that made her so unpopular back home. Lisa is crushed and believes her newfound friends will quickly disown her. Instead it turns out that they genuinely found her a cool person because of her geeky knowledge, one character explaining that "You can't fake the sort of good person you are" and they decorate the Simpson family car with seashells in tribute to her (until Homer finds out — despite that Homer's car is the purple sedan and Marge's is the station-wagon and yells, "SWEET, MERCIFUL CRAP! MY CAR!").
    • And Bart, actually feeling remorse over what he'd done, brought the empty unsigned yearbook he'd showed the kids to prove that she was unpopular back to them, and they filled the Yearbook with a load of heartwarming messages. Milhouse also signed it, too.

    Season 8 
  • In "You Only Move Twice", there's just something really heartwarming about watching the citizens of Springfield bid goodbye to the family as they leave, especially considering that The Simpsons Movie and the 500th episode "At Long Last Leave" depict the entire town wanting The Simpsons kicked out of town.
    • Homer, after a talk with Hank, gives up a job he likes after he sees how miserable his family is in Cypress Creek.
  • "The Homer They Fall":
  • "A Milhouse Divided":
    • A subtle detail: Ned is seen comforting a clearly upset Maude when the Van Houtens argue during the party.
    • Homer and Marge getting remarried after a brief divorce (even though "Wedding for Disaster" reveals that Reverend Lovejoy's license to wed expired and that Homer and Marge aren't legally married) so they won’t end up like Milhouse's parents.
    • Milhouse thinks Nelson is going to "ha-ha" him after his parents break up, but instead he is very understanding and even shares the story of his own parents' split-up.
  • When Ned begins his "The Reason You Suck" Speech tirade against the rest of the town in "Hurricane Neddy", Bart stands up to him as soon as he starts badmouthing Marge. It's a small moment that's overshadowed by the rest of the scene, but it really shows that, for all his brattiness, Bart loves his mom.
  • Homer's speech in "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" at the end in character as Poochie about how he knows they've gotten off on the wrong foot, but he would like to start over, because he feels they could make people happy together.
  • As if Sideshow Bob willfully working with Bart and Lisa to stop his brother's plot in "Brother From Another Series" wasn't enough, when the police accuse Bob of the crime, Lisa tries to vouch for his innocence. Bob returns the gesture with a warm smile. It doesn't work, but still.
  • Homer letting Wiggum arrest him in "Homer vs the Eighteenth Amendment" so the ex-police chief can get his job back.
  • Skinner and Edna's dancing in "Grade School Confidential" is just incredibly sweet.
    • Their first kiss in Martin's play house is incredibly sweet too. Skinner and Edna seem like they'd be oil and water, but the show makes their romance completely believable (even if their trysts quickly get ridiculous).
  • An understated one for Smithers in "The Old Man and Lisa", where Mr. Burns loses all his money and power. Smithers isn't even in his services since he can't even afford his paycheck. His first course of action upon the declaration of his bankruptcy? To move him to his house and continue serving him. He even keeps referring to him as "sir".
    • Burns tries his best to return the favor. He's the ultimate Corrupt Corporate Executive, but still, there's something touching about him wanting to help Smithers in his home, from taking the dishes to grocery shopping.
  • Lenny and Carl's easy going treatment of Homer is rather sweet in "Homer's Enemy". Despite his incompetence and endangering their lives several times over, they don't really seem to hold it against him.
    Lenny: Everybody makes mistakes. That's what they have erasers on pencils.
    Carl: Yeah, Homer's okay. Give it a break.
    • To some extent, Homer attempting to patch things up with Frank.
  • In "Homer's Phobia", in spite oh Homer's Jerkass behavior throughout the episode when he and Bart where surrounded by angry reindeer his response is to hold Bart over his head so the reindeer can't get to him and keep him held up while they attack him to spite the obvious pain he was in. Doubles as a Moment of Awesome.
    • Not to mention him continuing to hug Marge even though it's causing him pain.
  • In "The Secret War of Lisa Simpson", Bart secretly helping Lisa when they're at military school. Also applies later, when he helps her openly.
    Bart: I know you can do it! I believe in you!
    • When Lisa is at her lowest and loneliest, Marge sends her a tape message encouraging her to stay strong, ending with her singing "You are my sunshine".

    Season 9 
  • After Lisa wasn't able to see the Egyptian exhibit in "Lost Our Lisa", Homer sneaked the two of them into the museum to see it. Cue Homer trying to get a closer look at the mysterious Orb of Isis and ended up knocking it to the ground. Only to realize that the Orb was in fact a music box and that Homer and Lisa are the first people to hear its song in over four thousand years. Just the thought that Homer and Lisa shared this incredible discovery was a CMOH on its own.
    Lisa: It's kind of humbling, isn't it? The music we just heard might never be heard again.
    Homer: Yeah, but it'll always live on because we'll never forget it.
    • Which becomes a funny moment seconds later when Homer sings the Old Spice jingle and Lisa corrects him... then heartwarming again when they both happily sing it together, especially as the tune closes the episode, Then funny again when they trip the alarms and the museum's guard dogs go after them.
  • As maligned as "The Principal and the Pauper" is, it does hit some good notes following the reveal of Seymour/Armin:
    • Following getting to know the "real" Sgt. Skinner, Edna and Agnes complain about him being an annoying weenie. After Marge points out that the old Skinner was a weenie, too:
      Edna: But he was our weenie!
      Agnes: Now there was a weenie you'd be proud to call your son.
      Marge: Did you ever tell him that?
      (Agnes suddenly looks sad)
    • After the extended group goes to Capitol City to convince Armin to come back, he refuses and gets rather defensive.
      Agnes: Seymour! I didn't bring you up to use language like that!
      Armin: Well, you didn't raise me at all!
      Agnes: The hell I didn't! I've been taking care of you for twenty-six years! I'm the only mother you've ever known!
      Armin: But you have your real son.
      Agnes: You are my real son! You've been my son longer than he has, and he doesn't need me, and I don't need him! Now you march yourself downstairs and get in that car!
      Armin: (meekly) Yes, Mother.
    • It's also kind of sweet how the whole ruse started -Armin thought his good friend Seymour Skinner died while they were in Vietnam, and when he went to his friend's former home to tell his mother, Agnes mistakes him for Seymour and he can't bear to tell her the truth. He lied for 26 years, but he did it because he didn't want to break the old woman's heart. It's even implied that he felt she knew, "deep down", that he wasn't really her son. Except in the ways that matter.
    • At the very beginning of the episode, Lisa and Ralph deliver a small presentation on "Skinner's" life, in which Ralph declares that when he grows up he wants to be a Principal...or a caterpillar. Even Bart gets into the action, light-heartedly buzzing Skinner as he shakes his hand. Normally, this would be done maliciously, but it is clear that there is still affection between the two.
  • "Lisa's Sax" (the plot of Homer choosing a saxophone for Lisa rather than air conditioning for the family, not so much the plot of Bart becoming a bad kid after his kindergarten teacher crushed his self-esteem, unless you count the part where Bart wins over the other kids by cracking jokes, as it shows that Bart found a way to cope with his depression). Homer bought Lisa her first saxophone, with the inscription "Dear Lisa, never forget your daddy lov-D'OH!" (He dropped it). He buys her a new one after the story, with the inscription of "Dear Lisa, may your new saxophone bring you many years of-D'OH!"
    • Followed by Lisa passionately HOWLING the sax solo on "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty, accompanying a montage of her greatest sax moments.
  • "The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons ": Moe crying at Apu and Manjua's wedding.
    Aw, geez. I am no good at weddings, I am no good at weddings.
  • The end of "Lisa the Skeptic":
    Marge: I guess you were right, honey... but you have to admit that when the angel started to talk you were squeezing my hand pretty hard.
    Lisa: (uneasy) Heh, well, it was just so loud and... Thanks for squeezing back.
    Marge: Anytime, my angel.
    (they walk off hand in hand)
  • In "Das Bus", when Nelson threatens Lisa to get to Milhouse, Bart immediately leaps to her defence. Even if it possibly leads to him being murdered, he sticks up for his sister.
  • In "Lisa the Simpson", Miss Hoover gives Ralph a C- for his agriculture project, without even seeing it or knowing what it is. Just think about that. All we know about it is that it's a bloody part of a cow in a brown paper bag with "Ralph's Project" on it. Ralph is The Ditz and Miss Hoover clearly doesn't like him much, so it speaks volumes that she would give him a passing grade, probably the best grade he's had in a while, for a piece of work she hasn't even seen. It's a very nice Pet the Dog moment, and Ralph's "Yay!" is the cherry on top.

    Season 10 
  • Homer's treatment of Pinchie in "Lisa Gets An A". Originally his intention was to raise and fatten the lobster for a home made meal, however as becomes more endeared to it, he doesn't have the heart, and begins raising and playing with him like a dog (it even wags it tail before him) and even giving him a seat on the family table, ignoring his family's complaints. Turns into a Tear Jerker when he accidentally boils Pinchie in a hot bath, and eats him heartbroken ("Pinchie would have wanted it that way *sobs*").
    • When Lisa confesses to Skinner that she cheated on the test, she doesn't rat out Bart or Nelson, who helped her do so.
  • In "Bart the Mother", Bart accidentally shoots a bird only to feel miserable afterwards, and leading Marge to ignore him, not wanting to put up with his behavior. Out of remorse, he then takes care of the orphaned eggs; when the hatchlings turn out to be bird-eating reptilians, Bart is told they need to die for the greater good - so he's faced with the Adult Fear of losing who, technically, he thinks of as his offspring. He cries and tells Marge that "maybe she doesn't understand", to which Marge replies she obviously does. And then they hug.
    Bart: Everyone thinks they're monsters. But I raised them, and I love them! I know that's hard to understand.
    Marge: Not as hard as you think.
    • Even more touching is earlier when Marge discovers the eggs, convinced he is up to no good again, she storms into his treehouse to find his incubator. He explains meekly that he didn't want to kill them like he did their mother. Marge attempts to start a lecture, but eventually can only muster a loving "Oh, sweetie, come here" and hugs him.
    • In a sick, twisted way, Nelson congratulating Bart for his kill. This is obviously supposed to invoke Your Approval Fills Me with Shame, but he just sounds like a supportive big brother at that very moment, pat on the back and all.
    Nelson: You are one cold-blooded killer, dude.
    • The episode ends with a tribute to Phil Hartman, who had recently been murdered (the episode originally premiered 3 days after what would have been his 50th birthday). Doubles as a Tear Jerker and, for a lot of people, The Simpsons was never the same without him.
  • The end of "Make Room for Lisa" where Lisa sees how much her dad loves her by taking her to places he doesn't like such as the ballet and the Smithsonian exhibit. Lisa then goes with Homer to the demolition derby where she hugs his arm and he gives her a hug back and a kiss on the forehead. It's really sweet to see Homer and Lisa bond, especially with their clashing personalities often getting the better of them.
  • In "Maximum Homerdrive", we have Homer deciding to finish Red's last job so the old trucker's otherwise perfect record won't be tarnished by the last shipment not making it on time because of his death.
    • From the same episode, there is the melody that Marge wants for their door bell. It's "Close to You" by the Carpenters which is hers and Homer's song.
  • "They Saved Lisa's Brain" ends with Stephen Hawking and Homer having some beer at Moe's. There's something touching about one of the world's brightest scientists and one of Springfield's... not so brightest souls spending time together.
    Homer: Wow, I can't believe someone I've never heard of is hanging out with a guy like me.

    Season 11 
  • In "Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder", after Homer's "15 minutes of fame" wanes after bowling a perfect game and decides to attempt suicide (only to be saved by a bungee-jumping Otto), Homer decides to dedicate his life to his children, but Bart has found male role models in everyone else except Homer and Lisa is too smart for him, so Homer tries to bond with Maggie. The problem is, Maggie is afraid of Homer and every attempt at bonding ends in disaster. It's not until Homer drowns in the ocean and Maggie saves him that Homer realizes that Maggie does care for him. Also the ending where Homer and Maggie bond at the bowling alley and as Homer is tickling Maggie, Homer bats away the "300 Game" balloon that floats down near him, showing that Homer (despite being a Jerkass and a cartoonish idiot at times) is really just a sympathetic bumbler who wants to be loved and recognized, be it by thousands of fickle fans or just one member of the family.
  • "Eight Misbehavin'":
    • Before Marge tells Apu to come into the delivery room, Lisa is seen sleeping on Homer's knee and Homer's arm is around her (Homer is also asleep). Bart and Maggie are asleep next to them and Maggie is using Bart's leg as a pillow.
    • Homer is very reassuring and supportive of Apu and Manjula, in that he tries to help them conceive (and succeeds, despite slipping them fertility pills to achieve it), helps Apu to recover the octuplets when Mr. Kidkill won't release them from his contract, and agrees to give Kidkill a new contract with him and Butch Patrick to get the octuplets out of it. Kidkill agrees, but only after Homer changes it from it simply being him prancing around in a monkey suit.
      • The skit Homer ends up having to do requires him to drive on a tricycle with Butch Patrick on his shoulders on a cobra-filled stage. He does it without complaint although in a whole lot of pain. As Apu notes:
      Apu: Now that is a true friend.
  • "Take My Wife, Sleaze".
    • The montage of Bart teaching Homer to ride his motorcycle, especially the end, where Homer finally gets it right and as he looks back towards Bart, Bart smiles proudly at him. Then their faces appear on the surface of the moon, smiling at each other.
    • The song that plays during it, about a son who loves his dad. Particularly the end part, where Homer accomplishes it and Bart smiles at him.
    • The fact that Bart agreed to teach Homer to ride the motorcycle in the first place.
    • Homer fighting Meathook to win Marge back, coupled with this line: "I made a sacred vow on my wedding day to bogart her forever!" That alone earns him a smile and "Oh, Homie!" from Marge.
  • After losing his wife in "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily", Flanders was determined not to go to church, briefly losing faith in God. But he ends up going anyways and arrives just in time to hear a song sung by Rachel Jordan, about how not to lose faith in God.

    Season 12 
  • "Lisa the Tree Hugger":
    • The episode's Couch Gag has Maggie sitting on the couch as the other family members come in dressed as the Teletubbies (Homer as Tinky Winky, Marge as Dipsy, Bart as La-La and Lisa as Po). Maggie claps with amusement.
    • Bart sends her a care bucket that includes both food and a letter that's both humorous and heartwarming: "Dear Lisa, you rock. Mom is calling rescue agencies. Dad is building a giant ladder but it is of poor quality. We miss you. Bart".
  • Homer and Marge being proud of Bart for him getting his first "A" in "Homer Vs. Dignity".
    • In a way, Homer agreeing to become Burns' Butt-Monkey so he can try and support the family. Then, when Lisa tells him he's doing so at the cost of his dignity, he uses the money Burns gave him to buy toys for needy kids at Costington's. Mr. Costington commends him for this.
  • In "Skinner's Sense Of Snow", Homer and Ned deciding to get the kids home from school after they get snowed in. Homer's misuse of cruise control saves the day and gets the kids out of the school. And what happens when Homer and Ned make it to the school? Lisa runs to the car, opens the door (which falls off) and hugs Homer. Aww...
    • After Chalmers' departure, Bart and Skinner decide to put the whole thing behind them and even share a laugh about it.
  • In "HOMR", Homer increases his intelligence (after having a crayon removed from his brain), and starts to bond with Lisa, only to be ostracized for his newfound intelligence, so he has another crayon lodged up in his brain to decrease his intelligence. As Lisa is despairing about this, she finds a letter her father wrote for her before he lost his intelligence, saying that he now knows what it's like to be smart in a world where being average or below average is the norm. Overjoyed, she embraces her father, as he thinks, "Mmmm...hug."
  • At the end of "Hungry, Hungry Homer", the crowd throw food to Homer after he has starved himself during his hunger strike.
  • In "Day of the Jackanapes", Sideshow Bob hears that Krusty's taped over the episodes featuring him and decides to get revenge via a bomb and a hypnotized Bart. At the special Krusty is hosting, Krusty admits that it was his abuse that drove Bob to become a criminal, starting with framing him for armed robbery in "Krusty Gets Busted", and sings a song as a way of apology. This touches Bob enough to stop his own murder plot.
  • "I'm Going to Praiseland":
    • Ned finally being able to move past Maude's death and going on a date with Rachel.
    • The Simpsons helping Ned to make Maude's final dream of opening "Praiseland" a reality is pretty touching even though it ultimately doesn't last long.

    Season 13 
  • "The Blunder Years":
    • When Homer is being hypnotized into thinking he's 12 years old, his first reaction right before he starts screaming is pretty adorable.
    • The Reveal that it was Mr. Burns of all people who took care of Smithers after his father passed. Burns respected Waylon Sr. that much, and actually felt remorse for what he did. Sure in true Simpsons fashion, Burns reveals he made a cover-up story.
    • Baby Smithers first word; Sir .
    • It is a really (bitter)sweet scene when Mr Burns interacts with Waylon Jr.
    Mr Burns: So, you're a baby huh? How's that working out for you?
    • On top on that, Baby Smithers is constantly smiling at Mr Burns.
    • The final scene, in which Moe visits Homer and Marge claiming he found critical clues for the mystery, only to be told they already solved it. Moe gets upset that they won't even look into the envelope he made for them, saying he put a lot of effort into his investigation. Homer and Marge, feeling sorry for him, allow him to show them his clues.
  • In "I Am Furious Yellow", Bart is giving out his Angry Dad comics on the playground, Lisa comes in, acting as a Staight Man. Bart tries to mock her by saying he'll put in a character named Know-it-all Girl, but she actually gets excited at the thought of being put into the cartoon and requests some stuff about her to be a part of the character, like a pony. Bart is stunned for a second that she's so on board, but then gives her a sincere nod.
  • In "The Frying Game", even though the whole being framed for murder and being sentenced to execution became a total ruse for a 'FOX' reality TV show, it was so sweet to see Homer taking the rap for the whole murder to save Marge at the cost of his own life.

    Season 14 
  • From "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation":
    • Homer drunkenly announcing "I don't care about the color of your skin, Lenny. You're my friend." It's sweet because the barflies are never really shown to care about each other apart from that moment and in season 24's "The Saga of Carl".
    • Marge and the kids spending the family vacation fund on a week at rock'n'roll camp for Homer after they realize how much he does for them.
  • All of "Special Edna", from Bart hanging out with Edna to Seymour Skinner finally proposing to Edna. The fact they broke up a few seasons later doesn't diminish that.
    • A more humorous example comes when Bart sees how depressed Mrs. Krabappel is. He nominates her for a major teaching award, and in the video he submits to the judges claims that Mrs. Krabappel deserves to win because she's managed to survive teaching him. The judges are shocked to discover that Bart is real (his exploits being so legendary that many teachers think he's just an Urban Legend), and decide that if Mrs. Krabappel has "danced with the devil in the blue shorts and lived", she's a clear winner. Mrs. Krabappel is very touched by Bart's gesture.
    • Seeing Homer & Marge having a good time as a couple throughout their time at the Epcon Center from making fireworks (with Marge insisting on tamping the powder) and then going on rides together.
  • In "The Dad Who Knew Too Little", Det. Dexter Colt fires a human cannonball at Homer and Lisa. Without hesitation, Homer immediately throws Lisa out of the way and takes the hit himself.
    • The whole premise of the episode is Homer trying to have Lisa like him more.
  • "The Strong Arms of the Ma":
    • We have Homer and the kids trying to help Marge overcome her agoraphobia. Even if their attempts fail because of Homer's stupidity, it's clear that their hearts were in the right place.
    • Homer, on the verge of tears, talking down Marge from her rampage at Moe's Tavern.
  • In "Pray Anything", Reverend Lovejoy proves once again that despite what his attitude might imply at times, he does genuinely care for his flock. He's lost everything to the point of having to leave Springfield but still comes back without needing to be asked to save his congregation from a flood.
  • "Barting Over":
    • Judge Harm of all people defends Bart from Homer's violent behavior and despite Bart being too young to live on his own, she approves of him emancipated if that meant he could be safe from his father. Say what you want but she really does take her job seriously.
    • As Bart says goodbye to Lisa, he gives her an Indian Burn - in the shape of a heart.
    Bart: And if I did right, it's permanent.
  • "I'm Spelling As Fast As I Can":
    • Lisa expects Springfield to hate her for being 2nd place in the national spelling bee, but instead she's treated like a hero for being "the biggest winner this town's ever produced".
    • When Homer got ahold of his favorite sandwich (of which there was one left), he gave it up so he could watch his daughter at the spelling bee.
    Homer: You're number one on my menu. Now super-size it!
  • The last part of "Brake my Wife, Please". At the beginning of act 3, a stressed-out Marge and Homer began to fight over the little things to the point where Homer thinks Marge is trying to intentionally harm him and they go to couples' therapy. What does Homer do to win her back? He invites most of Springfield - excluding the Flanders family - to a surprise "We Love You, Marge" dinner in the Simpsons' backyard for Marge. Homer even gets Jackson Browne to sing about how much he loves Marge and how far their relationship has come.
  • In "The Bart of War", where Homer, Bart and his boys community group, the Pre-Teen Braves, goes up against Milhouse, his father Kirk and his group, the Cavalry Kids, until things get worse at the baseball game, erupting in a full-out riot with them and with everyone in the audience. Marge begins to cry and they show her crying face on the Jumbotron, where everyone saw it. And slowly, they began to stop and then, they all link hands in a giant maple leaf and join in singing "O Canada".
  • "Moe Baby Blues": The Simpsons are stuck in traffic on a bridge. When the cars finally begin to move, Homer floors the gas pedal and slams into the car in front of him, causing the seat belt on Maggie's car seat to break and send her flying out the sunroof. Homer tries to catch her as she goes over the side of the bridge but fails. Meanwhile, Moe is preparing to kill himself by jumping into the water below. He extends his hands and happens to catch Maggie, saving her life. The other Springfield citizens see this, and declare him a hero and start cheering for him. Maggie removes her pacifier and kisses Moe on the cheek, causing him to smile and say "Life don't seem so hard no more."
    • Also one for Homer. When Maggie goes flying out of the car he instantly leaps out, dashing over cars in an attempt to try and save Maggie. As lazy as he might be, when his child is in mortal peril Homer Simpson rushes to save her.

    Season 15 
  • At the beginning of "My Mother the Carjacker", Bart tries to defend his father from an unknown assailant whom puts a sweater over him that says "World's Best Grandson". Bart realizes that the person is actually Mona and hugs his grandmother affectionately.
  • The end of "'Tis the Fifteenth Season", despite Homer's selfishness and foolishness throughout the rest of the episode, the entire town joins together singing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" (even a crippled Moe).
    • Basically everything Homer does to try and be a better person. He gives a series of homeless people his old clothes, gives Lenny a proper Christmas present as his secret Santa (a photo cube with pictures of Homer, Lenny and Carl, with the corners filed down so it can't hurt Lenny's eye), gives Marge the last pork chop at dinnertime (reducing her to tears of joy), coercing Burns to contribute to the church congregation plate, and building a skating rink in the backyard, even persuading more homeless people to come to it.
  • "I (Annoyed Grunt)-bot":
    • Homer, realizing that Bart doesn't look up to him, pretends to be a robot that he built so that Bart would finally look up to him. This goes to the point where he fights in a robot dueling competition and sustains a great number of wounds, nearly dying, all the while saying to himself "Doing it for the boy. Pain is love. To bleed is to care".
    • When Bart finally finds out that he was the robot the whole time, instead of being crushed and angry like Homer thought, Bart's reaction is one of amazement and respect, realizing that his dad had been the one doing battle with deadly robots the entire time.
    • During Snowball II's funeral, Bart actually comforts Lisa when she breaks down reading a poem.
  • In "Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore", Bart and Lisa become best friends when Milhouse moves out of town. When he moves back, Bart hangs out with him again and ignores Lisa. Later, Bart tries to interest Lisa in a game of Monopoly, which she reluctantly agrees to. However, she then sees that Bart replaced the chance cards with favor coupons. The episode ends with her redeeming the card "Good for one hug."
  • "The Wandering Juvie": The Simpson family throwing a taco dinner for Gina in her cell.
  • Quite a few from "Fraudcast News":
    • After Mr. Burns shuts down the Simpsons' power and Lisa is unable to print her independent newspaper, Principal Skinner gifts her a mimeo machine (a hand-cranked printing device) so she can continue The Red Dress Press.
    • When Bart starts working as The Red Dress Press's cartoonist, he makes unflattering cartoons of Principal Skinner. Principal Skinner is actually amused and appears to take it in stride.
    • Lisa's activism and fight for free, honest news actually pays off; near the end of the episode, her spark has rubbed off on everyone in the neighborhood and inspired the people of Springfield to think for themselves. Everybody prints their own independent newspapers, which is what causes Mr. Burns to throw in the towel on his latest scheme.
    • This completely earnest, sweet quote from Homer's self-published newspaper, "The Homer Times:"
    Homer: "All my daughter ever did was tell people to think for themselves. I may be her father, but when I grow up, I want to be just like her, except still a dude!"
    • The episode's ending is a mix of this and genuinely funny. Mr. Burns, surprisingly, shrugs off his defeat without much griping, and he and Smithers proceed to go on a lighthearted shopping spree at the mall. The shopping montage ends with a shot of a smiling Mr. Burns happily dozing off in an equally happy Smithers' arms, clutching a balloon he probably acquired from their excursion. D'awww...

    Season 16 
  • "Sleeping With The Enemy":
    • Marge offering Nelson some motherly treatment and he gives her gratitude in return.
    • Nelson cheering up Lisa when she feels self-conscious about her body, and then helping her get back at Sherri and Terri for teasing her.
    • Bart reuniting Nelson with his long-lost father.
  • Homer gets two great parenting moments in "Fat Man and Little Boy":
    • He's inspired to nurture Lisa after watching a nature documentary. They start out by playing Malibu Stacy then he picks her up and they go running down the street. It is absolutely adorable.
    • After seeing Bart upset that Goose Gladwell swindled Bart out of his t-shirt money, he threatens the man with a mini-nuclear reactor he made for Lisa's science project to give Bart his due.
  • The ending to "On a Clear Day, I Can't See My Sister", where Lisa burns her restraining order against Bart and the Simpson family performs "Tijuana Taxi" to celebrate their reunion.
  • In "Goo Goo Gai Pan", despite there being no love lost between them, everything Homer puts up with in China so Selma can adopt a baby, particularly his touching speech to convince Madam Wu to let Selma bring up Ling despite being unmarried, which even raises a grateful smile from Selma to her brother-in-law.
    Homer: I was [Selma]'s husband for a few days, in name only, and beer will soon obliterate that memory. But I don't think this baby could find any greater love on your planet or ours.
  • In "Future-Drama", after Jenda dumps Bart and leaves him on top of the hill, Chief Wiggum and the police arrive and laugh at his predicament. However, when he sees that Bart is genuinely heartbroken, Wiggum immediately stops the teasing and offers him comfort.

    Season 17 
  • The ending to "Bonfire of the Manatees" where Mr. Burns and Smithers wash the manatee filling in for Homer at work, having a playful water fight as they do so.
  • Homer and Lisa's daddy-daughter dance at the end of "See Homer Run".
  • In "The Last of the Red Hat Mamas":
    • Homer is actually sincere about wanting to find a friend for Marge. And near the end, he declares:
    Homer: Listen, Marge. No matter where you go in this life, you'll always have one friend who loves you, body and soul.
    • A literal Pet the Dog moment occurs earlier in the episode, when Mr. Burns openly gives one of his hounds a good cuddling and baby-talks to him gently before taking him to the groomer's. The dog is clearly annoyed but can be seen briefly smiling at him.
    Mr. Burns: *chuckles* Who's a stinky dog? You are! Michelle's going to work on you today! Yes, she is!
    • During the Easter Egg hunt, whenever Maggie tries to take an egg, the other babies would grab it. When one baby grabbed the egg and pushed her, Maggie tears up and Homer takes notice and starts taking other toddlers' eggs and putting them into Maggie's basket; showing that he does care about Maggie's happiness despite him forgetting about her sometimes.
    • At the ending, Homer seductively declares to Marge that he'll do something for her that "no other friend can do." The scene then cuts to Homer and Marge on a romantic dinner. D'awww.
    • Mr. Burns gets a minor Jerk with a Heart of Gold moment when he refrains from having the intruders arrested simply because they started crying. He's so uncomfortable that rather than calling the police, he just asks that the Cheery Red Tomatoes return his possessions to him and leave his manor without further incident.
  • In "The Italian Bob", Sideshow Bob finally legitimately became a mayor, and also got a wife and a son. Aww.
  • In "Kiss Kiss Bangalore", the audience is led to believe that Homer has been an oppressive cult leader to his new employees in India, only for it to turn out that, unlike so many others, he's been treating his employees as equals, and giving them the rights and benefits they deserve, such as overtime (though the Indian workers only go along with it because they don't speak or understand English and had to do something to make it look like they understood Homer).
  • In "Regarding Margie", Marge gets amnesia after hitting her head. She quickly starts remembering people around her... except for Homer, who is understandably distraught. Despite many tries to get her to remember him, she ends up being disgusted at his behavior and tells him that forgetting about him is the best thing that's ever happened to her. Her sisters then suggests she tries speed-dating, and when she does, she quickly meets a nice guy whom she goes to have dinner with, Homer following them and starting to think to himself that if Marge is happy, then he'll be happy... before falling in the sea. The guy Marge had met immediately leaves when he hears she has amnesia and three kids, but before he can get away, Homer, covered in seaweed, verbally smacks him for doing so.
  • "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story":
    • Moe's story about how he fell in love with Edna Krabappel, briefly reuniting in the end.
    • This episode demonstrates one of Burns' most touching Jerk with a Heart of Gold moments. Mr. Burns of all people willingly pulls a Go Through Me to attempt to save Lisa from an extremely volatile wild goat that's been chasing both of them. Lisa thanks him by asking for a photograph of her and the "hero who risked his life to save her." This photo is what leads to Mr. Burns getting his fortune back after having lost it earlier in the episode, ([1],) and he's so grateful that he gives Lisa a hug.
    Lisa: Mr. Burns got his plant back, and I like to think I found a shred of humanity in his withered soul.
  • In "Bart Has Two Mommies", Flanders encouraging Rod to climb the tower, and realizing that love means having faith in his son even though he's scared for him.

    Season 18 
  • In "Jazzy and the Pussycats", Bart feels empathy for Lisa and decides to use his money to build a home for the animals.
  • "The Haw-Hawwed Couple":
    • Homer reads a story to Lisa as the subplot and he ends up reading ahead while Lisa is at a sleepover and finds out that it has a Downer Ending. To try and protect her, he makes up absurd and obviously fake ending, that ends happily. Lisa immediately knows it's fake, but plays along as she probably gathered what was happening. Once he leaves, Lisa secretly reads the true ending herself, and she agrees Homer's verison was better.
    • As for the main plot, Bart and Nelson's friendship had some pretty sweet moments too, Ho Yay and Foe Yay aside. Notably there's the latter saving the former from drowning and the Brokeback Mountain reference at the end.
      Bart: Ahh, Nelson. I'll never forget the week we were best friends.
      Nelson: Haw-haw! I touched your heart!
  • In "The Wife Aquatic", Homer sees how nostalgic Marge is for the place that she went to as a little girl for the summer that he puts the home movies on different devices and takes her back there.
  • In "Rome-Old and Juli-Eh", Homer and Patty are attempting to break up Abe and Selma, and pretend to kiss each other, in order to make Abe think Selma was cheating on him. To get in the mood, Homer has to fantasize about someone arousing. He only thinks of Marge.
  • Marge calling the town out on driving Bart to suicide and sticking up for her son on "The Boys of Bummer", though that's pretty much by default since most of "The Boys of Bummer" was so vicious and cruel.
    • La Boot trying to save Bart's life is also this, considering what he did earlier in the episode.

    Season 19 
  • "Midnight Towboy":
    • When Homer goes missing, Maggie teams up with Santa's Little Helper to find him after seeing how upset Marge is. To thank her for rescuing him, Homer gives Maggie her nose back. It goes from adorable to funny when he realises that he gave her Lisa's nose.
    • Maggie reconciling with Marge at the end. Having grown independent, Maggie asks Marge to hug her. When she repeats the phrase "Hugs are drugs", Maggie shuts her up with her pacifier and kisses her.
  • At the end of "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind", Homer, believing that Marge was cheating on him with Duffman and that in his anger, he hit her, tries to jump off a bridge. Only to find out that that Marge was actually planning a surprise party for him and Duffman was helping her. And how Marge got her black eye was because Homer accidentally popped a wine cork at her eye. And what happens later is before Homer fell into river, he landed on a moon bounce, where the surprise party was waiting just for him on a boat. The look of wonder and surprise on Homer's face as he realizes that he wasn't dead and that tonight was going to be the best night of his life was just a CMOH on its own.
    Marge: Aren't you going to drink?
    Homer: No, this is a moment I want to remember.
  • (Combined with Moment of Awesome): Ralph actually going through with being a candidate for U.S. President (even though he was written in as a joke and isn't old enough to be President [in America, the age to be U.S. President is 35]) in "E Pluribus Wiggum", because he wants to bring about world peace. Also, the end where he's sitting on the Lincoln Memorial's lap (as if he were a Mall Santa) and one of the things on his wish list is "a brighter future for America." It really shows that Ralph isn't just some mentally slow kid who spouts out hilarious one-liners (much like the season four episode "I Love Lisa" when he put on an excellent dramatic performance as George Washington in the school play).
  • "That '90s Show" has been much derided for showing Marge as a shallow, heartless witch and for messing with the show's continuity. However, there are some heartwarming scenes to be mined from this slog of an episode:
    • Homer's "Margerine" song and music video.
    • Marge dumping her professor and taking Homer back by dragging him to the hospital, thinking he's overdosed on heroin (he was actually in diabetic shock after drinking too much Frappacinos and needed his insulin needles to stay alive).
  • Homer cheering up Bart in "The Debarted", admitting that while they don't see each other eye to eye he does respect Bart and believe he can make a come back as king of the school.
  • The entirety of "Apocalypse Cow". Bart spends weeks bonding with Lou, the cow he's taking care of as a 4-H project and goes to great lengths to save him from being slaughtered, even willing to marry one of Cletus's daughters. Even better is that the episode ends with Lou surviving and being taken to India where cows are sacred animals. Even more touching is the closing line, which also gives a nice variation of one of Bart's Catch Phrases:
    Bart: For once, I'm glad I had a cow, man.

    Season 20 
  • A meta example; in "Lost Verizon", Dr. Nick Riviera is briefly seen alive and well after The Simpsons Movie. No explanation is given how he survived, but it is heartwarming to see him again.
  • From "Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words", the secret message Homer leaves in the crossword puzzle for Lisa. Helped by the heartwarming song that plays after Lisa finds out and the two reconcile.
  • In "No Loan Again, Naturally", Flanders buys the Simpsons house after they lose it and rents it back to them. They start to move their stuff back inside, but Homer stops them and says he should go in first because he left a little "surprise" for the new owners. He quickly runs up the stairs to what we assume is a dump he took on the carpet. It turns out to be a vase of flowers and a card that says "Please love our home as much as we did".
  • In "Wedding for Disaster", where Homer and Marge have to get married (to each other) for the THIRD time (after Reverend Lovejoy reveals that he wasn't qualified to marry Homer and Marge during the events on "A Milhouse Divided"), someone seems to be sabotaging the thing by kidnapping Homer. When Bart and Lisa find out it's Patty and Selma, they blackmail them into giving their parents the wedding they deserve — and Patty and Selma give it to them.
    • When Homer is trapped in Patty and Selma's dungeon, he makes an image of Marge out of his chains.
    • Homer reading his intended wedding vows in the dungeon. It even moves Patty and Selma to let him go.
    Homer: With each marriage I get a little better. Maybe after a thousand I'll be worthy of you.
  • "Eeny Teeny Maya Moe": Episode rundown: Moe meets Maya, a woman he's been talking to online and finds that she's only three feet tall. Moe falls for her, despite feeling that others will make fun of him for it, so he starts cracking jokes about Maya's height, which she likes at first, but hates after a while and breaks up with Moe because she feels that all he cares about is her height. Heartwarming moments — two:
    • A rather twisted one where Moe opts to become surgically shorter just to win Maya back (it fails when Mr. Largo [the Ambiguously Gay music teacher at Springfield Elementary School] ends up getting the shortening surgery instead of a sex change).
    • A more conventional one at the end where Homer points out that even though things didn't work out with Maya, Moe should be happy that a woman actually loved him and remain hopeful that he'll find love again.
    Homer: Moe, this is a great thing for you. You went from sitting on the sidelines to getting in the game! Sometime, when you least expect it, you'll realize that someone loved you. And that means that someone can love you again! And that'll make you smile.
    • The very end of the episode, which showed how much Moe had taken Homer's words to heart. Moe is still looking down while cleaning the bar, but then slowly smiles:
    Moe: Hey, Homer was right. Who would've thought such a little woman could make me feel so big.
    • How they started talking online deserves a mention as well. After seasons of jokes about how unattractive he is, Moe decides to just take a leap of faith and use an undoctored photo of himself as his profile picture. Cue Maya coming in and telling him he's cute.
    • In the subplot of the episode, Homer leaves Maggie to play on a playground that turns out to be full of bully babies. When Marge gets suspicious about it, she puts a camera in Maggie's bow and sees what's been happening and is just about to punish Homer for it when on the tape, he finally does find out about it and tries to save Maggie, only to get beaten up by the babies, which makes Maggie get dangerous and rescue Homer in return. When Homer walks into the room, Marge hugs him and calls him a good father.
  • In "The Good, the Sad and the Drugly", Bart's attempt to save a duckling results in either the duckling being hurt, or him being hurt. Granted, it's an act, but the fact he takes the beating speaks volumes.
  • This scene from "Coming to Homerica":
    Lisa: I'd just like to remind you that we were all immigrants at one point.
    Homer: Yeah, and you were a baby once. Does that mean you still like milk and hugs?
    Lisa: Yes, and I'd like both right now.
    Homer: *gives her a glass of milk and then hugs her* MMPH. Hey, this is alright.
    • The end of the episode, where after the wall is built and everything is dead quiet, the Ogdenvilliens walk through the door they built in and are immediately welcomed back, then everyone dances to a Norwegian folksong, with the episode closing on a shot of the country's flag.

    Season 21 
  • In "The Devil Wears Nada", Homer and Marge's relationship gets a bit strained when Marge becomes popular for her erotic calendar and Homer is hired as Carl's new assistant. Earlier in the episode, Marge uses a sexy dice game to spice up their love life, but it comes up with a lot of weird suggestions (like "Whisper into Ass"). In the end, the two play the game again. Marge kisses the dice and the dice come out to a correct response: "Love wife."
  • The ending of "Once Upon a Time in Springfield". Krusty leaving his bride at the altar precisely because he loves her too much to saddle her with a loser like him, only to come back to her months(?) later when she's in France.
    • The stinger at the end, thanking viewers for 450 episodes and 20+ years (and, depending on what version you've seen, either promising the best to come or chastising viewers for wasting their lives on this cartoon).
  • In "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?", even when Bart ignores her, Maggie shows that she loves her brother a lot when she blows him a goodbye kiss and stares affectionately at him.
  • "Stealing First Base": Nelson gets saddled with a blind kid and develops a Big Brother Instinct towards him. Considering Nelson’s status as a card-carrying bully, that’s saying a lot.
  • The end of "The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed." Being in Israel causes several people, including Homer, to go temporarily insane and believe they are the Messiah. On the flight back home, Flanders tells Homer that out of all the false messiahs, he made the most sense. Homer, in turn, tells Flanders that his faith is finally rubbing off on him and treats him to an overpriced airline turkey sandwich.
  • "Chief of Hearts", where Homer befriends Clancy Wiggum after making him a sandwich. Their friendship was nice and refreshing (even though they hung out before on "Marge on the Lam" and seem to be on friendly terms in other episodes prior to this, despite that Homer usually ends up getting arrested by Wiggum for yet another wacky scheme). Also: Homer telling Chief Wiggum that he doesn't have faith in Wiggum's awesomeness (because faith is for things that aren't real); he believes in his awesomeness because it's real.
  • In "The Squirt and the Whale":
    • Homer does his best to help Lisa save Bluella and her calves.
    • The calves' father is there to save him when he's about to be eaten by a group of sharks.
    • A smaller moment, but after Bluella's calves and mate depart, Lisa wonders if they'll be okay. Homer assures her that they will and suggests that Bluella's widower will marry a giant octopus someday and live happily ever after. Marge suggests that they all draw pictures of what Homer said when they get home, and the credits are played over a cute little montage of pictures of that scenario drawn in crayon.
  • In "Judge Me Tender", Santa's Little Helper wins an ugly dog contest (not knowing that Bart just drew a face on his rear end and showed that to the judges) and becomes incredibly depressed, hiding in his doghouse. Lisa comes out to visit him and tells him she understands what it's like to be insecure about your looks and then lists all of his good qualities. By the end, he's smiling and wagging his tail as she hugs him.
  • The ending of "Moe Letter Blues" features a montage of characters with their mothers, set to "I'll Always Love My Mama" by The Intruders. The final image of Homer and his late mom clinched it.
    • The resolution of the episode itself as well, especially Moe's explanation that he set up the events of the episode because, having no one he wanted to teach Homer, Apu and Reverend Lovejoy not to take their wives for granted, Mrs. Lovejoy taking her Rail Enthusiast husband on a romantic trip on the Orient Express, and Mrs. Bouvier seemingly haven gotten over her hatred of Homer.
      • Helping Homer is especially heartwarming: in past episodes, Moe has made no secret of his interest on Marge, yet in this episode he tries to help his friend's troubled marriage without ever taking advantage of the situation.

    Season 22 
  • Homer goes through great lengths in "Lisa Simpson, This Isn't Your Life" to complete Maggie's Happy Little Elves collection. After driving all the way to the only station that sell the toys in the middle of nowhere, Homer spends a lot of money for gas in order to get the required doll but fails. At the end of the episode, he finally succeeds by robbing the store late at night. Just shows how much Homer loves his baby daughter.
    • It's a small moment, but when Homer initially gives up on getting Maggie the toy, she can be seen trying to comfort him.
    • The other two plots in the episode also end in heartwarming fashion; Bart not only successfully stops Nelson from beating him up, but they finish the episode on friendly terms.
    • Lisa and Marge's ending is a bit more bittersweet but Lisa deciding to drop out of her new school when she finds out Marge agreed to do all their new laundry, not wanting to put her through that, still qualifies as this. This moment also makes Lisa respect Marge, repairing the schism between them from Lisa saying she didn't want to turn out like Marge (i.e a housewife).
  • There's a humorous but rather sweet scene in "The Blue and the Gray" where the Crazy Cat Lady apparently finds love in the form of a Crazy Dog Man.
  • The end of "Homer Scissorhands" in the Lisa subplot in which after breaking Milhouse's heart once then unwittingly ruining Milhouses' newfound relationship with a fifth grader, Lisa comforts him and kisses him.
  • Bart breaking Mrs. Krabappel out of the teacher holding facility in "The Ned-Liest Catch", especially when taking into account the reason why she's even there in the first place was because she slapped him in a prank-sparked rage. Bart thinks it isn't fair that she is punished for his prank.

    Season 23 
  • Bart's subplot in "Replaceable You". He creates cute robotic seals initially for his science fair project. However, he starts making them for the seniors at the retirement home, which brings some joy to their grim lives. When a funeral home reprograms the seals so the seniors will die and they can host more funerals, Bart teams up with Hibbert so the seals will return to their original program and make the seniors happy again.
  • A small moment from "The Food Wife" has the kids and Homer returning from a video game convention riding on top of bouncing balls. When Marge tries to literally deflate the kid's fun by deflating the bouncing balls, Homer quickly picks them up and bounces away over the fence into Flander's yard so Marge won't spoil their fun, and picks up Rod and Todd to join in on the fun, too.
  • A small one from "The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants". Homer persuades Mr. Burns to do karaoke, which leads to the two of them singing "Come Josephine In My Flying Machine," with everyone else joining in, too. The two of them look so happy!
  • So many parts in "Holidays of Future Passed" (which was originally supposed to be the series finale, but when money issues at FOX were resolved, the show was greenlit for two more seasons).
    • Homer actually being a fun and loving grandfather to his grandsons, proving that he had learned from his and Grandpa's mistakes. Especially his telling his grandkids that Bart isn't so bad.
      Homer: Everyone thinks their dad's a jerk. And everyone's right. But, when you get older, you realize how much you love them. Your dad may be a little bit immature, but I know he loves you. So, you ought to give him a chance.
    • Bart's sons hugging Bart.
      Bart: Boys, I have acted like a ten year old for the last thirty years. And I swear to you, I will grow up and act like a twenty year old, the way a divorced forty year old should.
      Bart's Y.Son: You're going to have to do better than that!
      Bart: Boys, I'm a deadbeat dad. I live in a school. It's Christmas. The only thing worth anything in my life is you.
    • Lisa and Bart getting drunk in the treehouse, and reminiscing about their lives. It culminates in Bart admitting that he always wanted to be like Lisa.
    • Zia hugging Lisa.
      Zia: I look up to both of my parents, but I especially look up to you.
    • Homer hugging un-frozen Grandpa. Just before, Grandpa finishes a stream of his usual insults by thanking Homer for looking after his wellbeing.
    • Maggie's identical daughter.
    • Homer and Marge growing old together.
    • Kearny as a cab driver who shows genuine concern for Maggie's contractions and arranges her hospital room, a far cry from the bully we knew in the past.
    • Learning that Homer has finally quit drinking but still goes down to Moe's to see his old friends. And Moe actually allows this.
    • Grandpa asking Maggie who the father of her baby is (the implication being that the answer is scandalous), leaving her clearly embarrassed to answer. But...
      Abe: Eh, doesn't matter. If there's one day a year to give unwed mothers a break, it's Christmas.
  • In "Moe Goes from Rags to Riches", Bart's increasingly desperate attempts to regain Milhouse's friendship are all oddly heartwarming.
    • Even though the poem he reads to Milhouse was written by Lisa, the fact that Bart was actually willing to read it at all is a testament to how much he values Milhouse's friendship.
  • "At Long Last Leave":
    • The ending, where everyone in town decides that, as bad as The Simpsons are, they can't live without them (a nice metaphor for why the show has been on for as long as it has, despite claims and proof that it's not the show it used to be in the 1990s) and decide to live in the Outlands with them.
    • It seems Skinner is the only one who was left in Springfield... until Bart comes after him. True, Bart then makes Skinner bump against some buildings, but he still came after him.
    • The stinger at the end thanking the viewer for supporting the show for 500 episodes (and counting), then advising viewers to go outside and get some fresh air before coming back in to inevitably go online and bitch about how crappy the episode was.
    • Flanders was the only person willing to defend the Simpsons. Unfortunately, he gets violently ejected out of City Hall because the Springfield residents knew that would happen.
    • The episode's blackboard gag has Milhouse writing it for a change - "Bart's earned a day off".
  • In "How I Wet Your Mother", the children immediately hug their grandmother while inside their father's dream.
  • In "Beware My Cheating Bart", Homer is asked what his goal in life is and, without any hesitation, responds that he wants to grow old with Marge and live long enough to "be one of those couples who just sit in the park holding hands".
  • In "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again", Bart sets things up to make it so that his family's vacation on a cruise ship will never end. While he admits to having a selfish motive, he also admits that he could also see how happy everyone else was.
    Bart: Lisa, you finally got to meet with kids who are just like you. Mom, Dad, you were more in love than I'd seen you in forever. It was the greatest week of our lives. And I wanted it to last forever.
    • The ending of the episode is a flashforward to Bart as an old man happily looking over the pictures of his happy memories that he's savored and saying "What a ride" with a smile on his face.

    Season 24 
  • "Gone Abie Gone":
    • Bart helping Lisa keep her college fund through poker because he secretly cares about her.
    • Abe choosing not to go to Europe with Rita so he can watch over Homer.
    • Abe and Rita reuniting and singing their song at the end.
  • "To Cur With Love":
    • Abe Simpson reveals how he had to give Homer's beloved dog Bongo away to a farm run by a lesbian couple when he was six in order to protect him from Mr. Burns, whom the dog had bitten protecting Homer. At first the dog doesn't want to leave Homer, but Abe gives the new owners Homer's sweater to get him to stay with them. To appease Burns' wrath, Abe agrees to feed his attack dogs for a year wearing a very ineffective protective suit and then afterwards forced to wear a bolo tie and slippers, which he does to this day. The worst part though was he always thought Homer was angry with him ever since not knowing what he went through to save his pet.
    • Homer then reveals months after he went to get Bongo back, but saw that he was already happy in his new home and was no longer his. Since then he's been unable to get close to dogs, including "Santa's Little Helper", because they were "disloyal". Abe then shows Homer a photo Bongo's new owners sent of him sleeping on Homer's old sweatshirt, saying that his dog never stopped loving him. After a few false starts and failed attempts Homer and his father finally hug.
    • The episode ends with Homer and his dad on the couch fallen asleep and Homer holding Santa's Little Helper. Bart tries to get SLH but Homer still asleep holds onto him murmuring "My dog!". Bart smiles and lets his father have his dog for the night.
  • In "The Changing of the Guardian":
    • Homer and Marge are trapped in a bank and Homer has a note for the rescue team for who should be rescued first, Marge.
    Homer: It might be the last thing I write.
    • When he sees the twister, Homer doesn't waste any time trying to save Santa Little Helper and when the dog is taken by storm he wants to go looking for him before the storm passes.
  • In "The Saga of Carl": Homer, Lenny, and Moe convincing the people of Iceland to forgive Carl's family.
    Icelander: How can you say these men are not your true friends?
    Carl: (hugging the trio with tears in his eyes) I can't! I can't!
  • In "Dangers on a Train", Homer gets a mall train that he and Marge had a memorable ride on during their first anniversary.
    • What's especially endearing about this is that Homer had spent the entire episode working on this project with his friends. He really went all out to give Marge a fantastic anniversary gift.

    Season 25 
  • "Four Regrettings and a Funeral": The first episode to air after the death of Marcia Wallace, who played Edna Krabappel, the chalkboard gag had Bart simply writing "We'll really miss you, Mrs. K".
  • "YOLO": When Homer asked where he should drop his Spanish penpal Eduardo, who's been helping him live out his childhood dreams, at the airport, the latter replied with "as far as your heart will take you", and he went all the way to the Saint Basilica Cathedral, in Spain.
    Eduardo: You are a good friend.
  • "Married to the Blob":
    • Comic Book Guy is depressed because of how lonely he is, but then he meets a Japanese mangaka that takes interest in him. It almost ends in disaster when his girlfriend's overbearing father tries to break them up. However, Homer manages to convince him to let Comic Book Guy keep dating her. The episode ends with them getting married, with Stan Lee as the priest. After "Worst Episode Ever," it was nice to see Comic Book Guy get the bone thrown to him.
    • Kumiko's dad saying to Homer: "We have much in common. We both love our daughters and discipline our sons."
  • Bart's friendship with Diggs in the episode with the same title. The ending with Diggs thanking Bart for being his friend is really touching.
  • "The War of Art":
    • Lisa getting Pokey the guinea pig.
    • In the final sequence, Homer commissions three paintings from art forger Klaus Ziegler. One is the payoff to a Brick Joke about a poster of a jukebox that Homer wanted to buy at the Van Houtens' yard sale, but the other two fall squarely under "heartwarming".
      • One is a family portrait of the Van Houtens for Kirk to give to Luann after she throws him out for not telling her about a relationship he had while they were separated; she is so touched that she hugs him. Kirk and Luann normally have an Awful Wedded Life even after their re-marriage; real moments of love between them are incredibly rare, and all the more heartwarming for it.
      • More touching still: the third painting is a replacement for the sailboat painting that Pokey destroyed in the first act when he got trapped in the living room wall. It's Homer's way of acknowledging how much the original painting meant to Marge, and the value he places on her happiness.
  • In "You Don't Have to Live Like a Referee", after Homer realizes Lisa chose him as the subject of her "My hero" essay as a last second swap, he considers taking a bribe. Later on, he decides to refuse to take the bribe that the Brazilian gangsters offered for the World Cup and become the hero that Lisa talked about.
  • In "What to Expect When Bart's Expecting", Bart casts a voodoo spell on his art teacher and, as a result, she become pregnant. A couple who had been trying for years hears about it and asks Bart to try. It works, and the couple is overjoyed.

    Season 26 
  • In "Clown in the Dumps", Lisa is worried about Homer's health.
  • "Super Franchise Me" ends with a tribute to Jan Hooks, who'd played Apu's wife Manjula from seasons 9-14.
  • At the end of "Simpsorama" (the crossover with Futurama), Homer and Bender actually become friends. At the end, Bender shuts down to take The Slow Path back to the future, and Homer declares that Bender will always have a special place in their home- and unceremoniously tosses the robot into the basement. However, the very last scene has Homer coming down to pour some Duff beer down Bender's head, to which Bender replies, "Thanks, pal."
    • And before that, Bender giving Maggie her cut of his gambling winnings.
  • "The Man Who Came to Be Dinner":
    • The family has to pick which one of them is to be eaten by the Rigelians. Everyone votes for Homer to be eaten except for Homer who voted for Bart. When Homer sees who everyone voted for he changes his vote to himself.
    • After being rescued from the Resistance, Homer gets a ship to go back home, and is told that the ship has the ability to give him anything he desires, at first it's the usual food, dead Flanders, and TVs. But then it changes to Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie sitting on the couch. He states he can't deal being without his family.
  • Bart and Homer bonding in "Bart's New Friend" after his mind is regressed to a 10 year old's.
  • "Walking Big & Tall":
    • The montage of the citizens of Springfield singing their town anthem over the years, even if it later turns out to be plagiarized.
    • It's a blink and miss it, but apparently, Dr. Hibbert and his wife have been very close since their childhood.
    • Bart and Lisa begin to sing the new anthem they wrote for Springfield. Everyone is at first outraged by the song initially describing the negative things about Springfield, but they quickly have a change of heart when the song begins to focus on the town's upsides.
    • At the end of the episode, Homer promises Marge that he'll keep on trying to lose weight until he gets it right. What follows is a montage of Homer and Marge walking side-by-side with Homer alternating between being physically fit and being extremely obese. By the end of the montage, he is in perfect health and is even congratulated by Lisa.
  • "The Princess Guide" ends with a tribute to Leonard Nimoy, who'd appeared as himself in "Marge vs. the Monorail" and "The Springfield Files".
  • "Waiting for Duffman" ended with a tribute to series co-creator Sam Simon, complete with an interview and a message to close out the episode:
    Thanks, Sam
  • "Peeping Mom":
    • When Flanders notices that his new dog Baz likes Homer more than him, he attempts to give her to Homer. Homer decides that he can't bear to see Flanders sad, so he insists that Flanders keep Baz.
    • After realizing that he does care about his mother, Bart finally confesses to Marge that he was responsible for the bulldozer incident at the beginning of the episode. Marge says "Why you little" and attempts to strangle her son, only to receive a hug from him.

    Season 27 
  • Homer and Lisa bonding together after she gets scared at the amusement park in "Halloween of Horror". When strangers break into the house, Lisa gets scared again, which leads to Homer comforting her.
    Homer: You can't let fear make you turn off your brain, because between the two of us, yours is the only good one we've got.
  • Toward the end of the "Treehouse of Horror XXVI" segment "Telepaths of Glory", when Lisa and Milhouse get superpowers as a result of radioactive exposure, Milhouse goes mad with power and messes everything up until he is destroyed by none other than... Maggie, who gets her superpowers from a radioactive rod she has picked up and used as a pacifier. As "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" plays in the background, she uses her powers to use a radio tower, a giant donut, a "D" in "Springfield" and a flaming tire as rings in a Rock-a-Stack; then she uses other powers to clothe a shirtless Vladimir Putin riding on horseback, turn Homerzilla of the previous segment into a Barney-like costumed dinosaur, and make a Frenchman be polite to an American tourist. Afterwards, she yawns and goes to sleep as she floats, still clutching the rod in her hand, right before the happy-faced sun rises up, and two rainbows appear in the background. Awww!
  • The family's group hug when Bart gets back from the asylum at the end of "Paths of Glory".
  • "Barthood":
    • Bart's relationship with Grandpa. It's clearly better than either's relationship with Homer.
    • Lisa and Bart get into a bitter argument and are shown not speaking to each other for an extended period of time. When Lisa sees Bart again, she sees that he's the successful owner of a custom-painting shop, and that he's painted a huge mural of Lisa on the back of the garage door. Lisa is visibly touched, and hugs him.
  • Bart and Lisa bonding (even if temporarily) about how their accomplishments often get overlooked in "Much Apu About Something".
  • Bart offering Hattie a place to stay after accidentally wrecking her cart in "Gal Of Constant Sorrow". Followed by Lisa helping to spread her music to the community, despite her later revelation as a heroin addict.
    • Before Hattie's revelation, Bart tries to talk Lisa out of it, knowing that she's been hurt like this in the past and is very sensitive to things like this.
  • A small moment from "Lisa The Veterinarian", when Mr. Burns takes one of his ailing hounds to the vet, and nuzzles him and baby-talks to him while he's getting examined. If you look closely you can even see the dog wagging its tail.
  • Bart bonding with Maggie in "How Lisa Got Her Marge Back". He even decides to include her in his pranks.
  • From "Fland Canyon", Homer and Ned bonding as they look for food and supplies for their families.
    • Also at the end, Homer reminds Ned that he still owes him a vacation and takes their families to a postcard museum, which Ned greatly enjoys.
  • The family share another group hug when Marge got out of prison in "Orange Is The New Yellow". But this time in the closet.
  • "The Burns Cage":
    • Smithers and Mr. Burns hug each other.
    • The earnest conversation that leads up to the aforementioned hug:
    Smithers: Sir, before you start, let me say I don't want money, and I don't want some letter written by your lawyers. I want to know why you want me back.
    Mr. Burns: I see. Well, the thing is, you really care about me, don't you?
    Smithers: Maybe a little, still.
    Mr. Burns: All right, Smithers. There's one thing I've never given you. I kept it bottled up inside all these years and here it is... your performance review.
    Smithers: (gasp!)
    Mr. Burns: It's... excellent!
    Smithers: Amazingly, that's enough. Thank you, sir.
    Burns and Smithers: (They hug).
    • The scene that leads up to Smithers and Julio's (brief) relationship. Homer hosts a party to try to find Smithers a boyfriend, which Smithers is irritated by. Julio, acting as the party's bartender, notices that Smithers has a pinched nerve in his neck, and offers to give him a neck massage. Smithers is extremely grateful for the kind gesture, and leaves the party with Julio shortly after.
    • The fact that Homer was pretty sincere about wanting to find Smithers a boyfriend. Was it partially due to wanting to get Smithers off of his back? Yes; but he clearly wanted Smithers to be happy, too.
    • Smithers and Julio's relationship is pretty adorable, even if it, sadly, doesn't last. The scene where Julio gives Smithers a little peck on the cheek, and Smithers smiles bashfully, is precious. And when Smithers later dumps Julio (due to still being in love with Mr. Burns,) he actually does seem penitent towards Julio.

    Season 28 
  • "Friends and Family" shows what kind of virtual fantasy that Homer and Marge have: kissing each other, being together.
  • The family having fun playing Clothespin Bowling together in "The Town".
  • In "The Last Traction Hero", Bart writing on Homer's cast is initially played as a Funny moment, as he says he wrote something that "starts with 'F' and ends with 'CK'...". The Heartwarming comes when we see what he really wrote: "Father, Good Luck". As trouble-prone as their relationship is, deep down, Bart really does love his dad.
  • Homer's friendship with Deuce in "Fatzcarraldo".
  • Bart and Lisa's story in "The Cad and the Hat". After Bart throws her prized hat away, he apologizes and gets it back for her. When he does, even though she's hesitant, she quickly forgives him.
  • Bart forming a friendship with Phoebe in "Looking for Mr. Goodbart".

    Season 29 
  • In "Whistler's Father", Homer and Maggie's interactions are pretty sweet, especially the moment near the end where he instantly leaps to her defense when the crowd starts booing her on stage because her newly grown tooth prevented her from whistling, even successfully fighting off attempts to get him off the stage.
  • A couple from "Mr. Lisa's Opus":
    • When Lisa is 1 year old, Homer is proud of her intelligence and says that she's already the greatest thing he's created.
    • On Lisa's 7th birthday, everyone forgot. While Homer is driving Lisa, he finds out and decides to try to make Lisa's birthday her best by going home and telling the world that they forgot her birthday.
    • On her 14th birthday, they did remember and wished her a happy birthday, along with 5 new verses of "Lisa It's Your Birthday" from Bart and Leon.
    • The biggest one was at the end of her 14th birthday, when she told Homer that Marge is planning on leaving him. Homer then asks Flanders for help and managed to QUIT drinking so he could stay with Marge. Say what you will about Homer, but he does care for Marge more than drinking.
    • When Lisa is dealing with the anxiety of feeling unfit for Harvard, Bart tells her that she belongs at Harvard and will do amazing and make their family proud.
  • "Gone Boy":
    • During the Christmas-themed opening sequence, instead of Maggie shaking her fist at Gerald, she gives him a present.
    • Sideshow Bob seems legitimately concerned when Bart disappears (in his own way, of course) and has a Heel Realization halfway through the episode. They even hug at the end, no funny pranks or tricks. Bart himself sums it up best with an "aw!"
  • "Homer Is Where the Art Isn't":
    • The ending has a tribute to Stephen Hawking.
    • Lisa spending time with her father talking about a piece of abstract art. She enjoyed her bonding time with Homer that she stole the artwork from the auction. Afterwards, the art is hung back up and Homer is staring at it with Lisa.
  • In "King Leer", when Marge sets out to try and mend Moe's family problems, Homer makes a point saying it's going to be hard to not rub it in Marge's face when it inevitably goes wrong, prompting Lisa to tell him to just not say it. Although Homer explains to Lisa that "when you love someone very much, the toughest thing is not to rub their face in their horrible screw-ups", when it does backfire later on, when Marge is trying to process how bad things went, Homer actively prevents himself from saying "I told you so":
    Marge: But I-I brought them together. How could things end so badly?
    Marge: Maybe I shouldn't have gotten involved.
    Homer: (internally thinking) Don't say "I told you so." Don't say "I told you so."
    Marge: Why didn't somebody warn me?
    Homer: (internally thinking) Don't say "I told you so." (out loud) I told- (proceeds to strangle self)
  • When Lisa has the yips in "Lisa Gets The Blues", who cheers her up? Bleeding Gums Murphy's nephew.
    Nephew: My uncle always said you were the most talented young musician he ever met.
  • In "Left Behind", after Flanders loses his job, he tries to be a teacher for the 4th grade. While the class generally acts like hellions, Bart is more reluctant given his relationship with Ned. When he eventually caves in to peer pressure, he goes to apologize later that day.
    Bart: Don't quit. I think you could be a really good teacher... just like her (cut to photo of Edna Krabappel).
    • This even has new dialogue from Marcia Wallace, her first lines since her death. (Likely thanks to archive footage)
  • "Flanders' Ladder":
    • After Bart is put in a coma and takes a turn for the worse, Lisa admits that she loves him and wants him to get better.
    • While in the coma, Bart imagines that he accidentally killed his father, and begs his ghost to stay with him.
    • While trying to convince Homer to stay alive, he tells him that Marge might re-marry. Homer replies that he'll be fine so long as he's happy.
    • The Reveal of how Marge happily remarried Ned Flanders after Homer's untimely death, and how Ned has had numerous happy marriages since the passing of both Maude and Edna.

    Season 30 
  • In "Bart's Not Dead", after lying to everyone about going to heaven and speaking with Jesus then coming clean about it, Bart sits on the roof and asks Lisa if she thinks God will forgive him. She reassures him that if he has true remorse in his heart, he'll be forgiven.
  • In "Heartbreak Hotel", Bart and Lisa convincing a game show to accept their parents, since they'd been trying for years and had been rejected every time.
  • Despite the silly premise of "Werking Mom", where Marge pretends to be a drag queen to sell Tupperware, its undoubtedly one of the sweetest episodes of the season. Marge's newfound confidence in herself and friendship with the other drag queens is sweet, and becomes better when they reveal they knew all along she was female and still accept her. Even its sub plot of Lisa doing anonymous good deeds (with Bart helping her no less in some of them) counts too.
  • In "'Tis the 30th Season", the entire family takes Marge to Florida after she gets stressed trying to make the holiday perfect. Then, when it turns out the vacation's a bust, they try and stay happy for her. In turn, she realizes what they're trying to do and lets them know they don't have to stay in their crappy hotel.
    • Earlier on in the Christmas-ified into sequence, when Maggie is put into the cart and sees Gerald, instead of the standard fist-shaking, she reaches down and pulls out a present to give him. Gerald is visibly touched.
  • In "I'm Dancing As Fat As I Can", after angering Marge by watching their favorite show without her, Homer spends weeks secretly learning to dance. Afterwards, he invites Marge to a ballroom and they share a romantic dance together.

    Season 31 
  • "Todd, Todd, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?":
    • Near the end of a near-death experience, even if it was just for a moment, Homer gets to be with his mother Mona once again. No flashbacks, no hallucinations, no dreams within dreams, just heaven. And they finally get to say goodbye to each other when he leaves.
    • Marge doesn't lash out at Todd or blame him in some way for having a crisis of faith. She understands why he's upset and explains how he can still pray without believing in God. Considering how intolerant Marge used to be in earlier seasons, this is an undersold moment.
    • Almost every citizen of Springfield is seen at Flanders's vigil. One major heartwarming sight is that Reverend Lovejoy is in the front with his wife Helen. He is most of the time irritated by Flanders's antics, but he does care.
  • "The Hateful Eight-Year-Olds":
    • Lisa gets stuck at a sleepover with "mean-girls" and can't get home. She tries to call her parents to no avail, but eventually gets in touch with Bart. Bart initially refuses, citing a fight earlier in the episode where they chose to sever their sibling bonds. Upon hearing her crying and seeing what they posted about her on Facebook, he comes to her aid and helps her get revenge.
      • Later in the episode, Lisa is able to convince the girl who initially invited her to pull a Heel–Face Turn based on their mutual love of horses.
    • The B-plot of Homer taking Marge on a cruise. At one point, the singer of the cruise band starts trying to lure Marge on stage, only for it to turn out that he was beckoning a bikini-clad woman. Homer might have been disappointed earlier with Marge being lead away, but the anger over being baited shows that Homer thinks Marge is more beautiful than some bikini-wearing woman.
  • "Way of the Dog":
    • Santa's Little Helper re-uniting with his mother and the scene of the two of them on the couch with the Simpsons at the end.
    • The Dog psychologist as a whole, she comes off as a bit of a jerk at first but once she sees that SLH is going through trauma she drops everything and works day and night to figure out what's bothering him (even putting aside a potential romantic interest to do so).

    Season 32 
  • In "The Road to Cincinnati", after 31 seasons of being constantly belitted, Principal Skinner FINALLY earns the respect and admiration of Superintendent Chalmers after his resourcefulness got him to a conference in time, as well as tells him off (earlier in the episode) for all the years of abuse. In addition, it's revealed he's on good terms with his mother AND earns the admiration of a small-town cranky judge, as well as that of a group of wheelchair-bound veterans. That high-five with Bart at the end was never more deserved.
  • "Diary Queen":
    • After getting his hands on Edna Krabappel's diary, Bart does the typical mischief you'd expect of him, such as going on a joyride in Chalmers' car, or looking into the teacher's lounge. And then he finds an entry that he thinks is about him. What does Bart do when he finds his late teacher saying nice things about him? He cleans up his act. Helping a short kid reach the water fountain, amending graffiti to say that "Skinner is ^not a wiener", and actually trying (albeit with some cheating) on a test instead of just doodling a skull in the multiple choice bubbles.
    • After finding out the truth that the entries were about Mrs. Krabappel's cat, Bart is distraught. Enter, Ned Flanders, telling Bart that Edna really did think of Bart as highly as he thought she did. When the Flanders family considered leaving Springfield, Krabappel votes against it, because misunderstood kids like Bart need someone like her.
    Mrs. Krabappel: I have to stay here in Springfield because boys like Bart Simpson need me. Sweet, misunderstood boys, who just need someone to recognize the basic goodness trapped inside them, and is desperately trying to get out.
    Ned: She was allergic to the cat, but, uh, you were nothing to sneeze at, son.
    • Bart, relieved by this, hands back Edna's diary in thanks, noting that Ned should read it too. He nervously reads a paragraph which notes Ned "made (her) life a living..." (he apologises in advance before continuing)"...dream come true."
    • In a meta example, this episode was expressively made to give Ms. Krabappel a proper farewell.
  • "Uncut Femmes":
    • Before her reunion with Bette and Erin Sarah blames herself for their arrest. But when they're reunited they tell her it wasn't her fault because Lindsay Naegle betrayed them.
    • Despite Sarah's criminal past Clancy still loves her.
    • Ralph and Fat Tony getting along with each other.
  • In "Burger Kings", when Mr. Burns had a heart attack, Smithers clearly stayed on his side until he woke up. He even brought flowers and Bobo for him.

  • From "The Way We Was" and "I Married Marge." Three words from Homer: "Marge, pour vous."
  • At the end of the first Maggie centric short "The Longest Daycare". Maggie is dropped off at Daycare and finds it dismal until she finds another kid smashing butterflies onto the wall. She then finds a caterpillar and a book that tells her that caterpillars grow into butterflies. The other baby approaches Maggie menacingly and Maggie RUNS to get away from the other baby as the caterpillar turns into a butterfly. She eventually is cornered by a window and it appears that the butterfly gets smashed under window blinds Maggie leaves, and the butterfly is revealed to be Maggie's bow. Pan out shot to Maggie in the Simpson family car, and the butterfly is safe on Maggie as her bow it begins moving and flies out the window as Maggie giggles and waves goodbye. D'AWWWW.
  • At the very start of the second Maggie short "Playdate with Destiny", we see a silhouette of Mickey Mouse in the style of classic Disney shorts that’s revealed to actually be two sprinkled doughnuts hovering over Homer’s head - that he quickly proceeds to eat. Afterwards, we see a title card that reads “Disney Welcomes The Simpsons”. Though some fans aren’t too fond of the idea, the mere fact that the Walt Disney Company is wholeheartedly embracing the series as part of the Magic Kingdom is a beautiful thing.
  • In one Coke commercial, Mr. Burns' fortune goes belly-up and he's forced to sell all of his assets, including Smithers. He goes to the park and sees that everyone has someone else- Even Chief Wiggum and Snake, handcuffed together, are each enjoying a Coke together. Apu, having just bought an armful of bottles from a cart run by Gil, who actually looks happy for once, sees Mr. Burns all alone, and gives the Monty a free Coke. This act of kindness turns Burns' day around, and Carl and Lenny pick him up for some fun. The commercial ends with the camera zooming out to show everyone having a good time.
  • In April 2015, Al Jean announced that seasons would no longer be released on DVD, citing lowered sales, leaving seasons 17 and 20 the latest seasons available in the format. But in July 2017, it was announced that, by popular demand, season 18 would be released on DVD, with the possibility of the remaining seasons to be released, too.
  • This short has a statement at the end asking people to help Puerto Rico, which is still suffering from the after-effects of Hurricane Maria.
  • In Ned's diary in the licensed book "Flanders' Book of Faith" involves Ned picking up trash in the park, shining a statue, and waiting around in case anyone wants directions. He also talks with his sons about what they're grateful for and Todd says he's grateful for being able to be grateful.
  • The first and last items on "Bart's Top 40" from The Bart Book: #1 is "Krusty the Clown" and #40 is "Playing catch in the yard with Homer."
  • This illustration (from an unproduced Simpsons calendar) showing a worried Smithers lovingly taking care of a sick Mr. Burns. D'awww.
  • The Smithers "World of Springfield" figurine comes with a small clipboard that lists his daily job duties. One of said duties reads "Send one dozen red roses to Mr. Burns (have them de-thorned)."
  • From the comic issue "Winter Wingdings #5," there's a brief scene in the story "One Flu Over Springfield" in which Moe gives Maggie a kiss on the cheek. On the same page he gets tackled and licked by Santa's Little Helper.
    • Near the end of the story, we see that the flu epidemic has afflicted pretty much the entire population of Springfield, who sit clustered in the crowded hospital waiting room. In the background, we can see that Smithers, (who's looking pretty under the weather himself,) is comforting a very feverish Mr. Burns, who appears to be in worse shape than Smithers and is looking to him for reassurance.


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