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At his school, Marty falls in love with a Cuban girl named Carmen and goes on a date with her, but after it goes bad, he tries to win her heart, even going far as following her to Cuba.

Tropes in the Episode

  • Actionized Sequel: Spoofed; Jay, Marty and Carmen hope to go see The Red Balloon, unaware it's actually a sequel, Revenge of the Balloon, complete with the boy being surrounded by terrorists led by a Hans Gruber Expy and him letting go of the balloon for it to escape. And also has a scene with the military looking for it via radar and Steven Seagal telling off the General.
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  • Affably Evil: Fidel Castro is a warm-hearted for a brutal communist dictator and a loving grandfather to Carmen.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: What a Mexican airport clerk does to Jay so he can get a flight to Cuba (since he's an American citizen and can't fly a Mexican plane unless he was a Mexican citizen). But he gets caught by authorities after them thinking he's a lunatic. But before the boat ride, the clerk shows up and demands to be married, with Jay being honest about his intentions and with the clerk admitting she's marrying him so she can be a Mexican citizen. Jay was touched about the honesty of the sham marriage. And later on, she announces her plans to divorce him and take half his money.
  • Bad Date: Marty's first date with Carmen doesn't go well, with her falling asleep during the movie and Jay even getting carjacked.
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  • Bait-and-Switch: After Jay was mistaken for a mental patient and forced upon a boat, it appears he's going on a boat with screaming mental patients, but then it's revealed he's going on a boat, which is akin to a cruise.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Both Marty and Carmen trade eadch other with these at the end while in Cuba.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: To win Carmen over after she tells him how her grandfather aid how America will choke on the excess of capitalism, Marty mentions that he choked on a scented candle and got his nose caught in a mousetrap and adds it was the worst birthday he ever had.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Jay does this after being mugged for his car keys, asking him what good are the keys when he doesn't have the car, then it dawned on him his intentions.
  • Driven to Suicide: Zig-zagged in a chain reaction sequence. During the classroom presentation about Career Day, Jay erases some of the chalk drawing from Horst the German artist, which devastates him, causing him to jump out of a window and falling on top of a hedge deer (he's OK though). That results in the man making the hedge deer devastated and him jumping off and landing on a cement worker's sidewalk. The worker in question is apathetic though.
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  • Foodfight!: What happens in the cafeteria after a disagreement on a trade between the kids. Marty even protects Carmen from getting hit, with her being attracted by his bravery.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: After seeing Marty and Carmen kiss, Catro ponders on the innocence of children and considers chaning his communist ways (or at least being more peaceful), but Jay puts a stop to that after he insults him, not aware of who he really is.
  • Hypocritical Humor: During lunch:
    Marty: You know something? You were the best dad there.
    Jay: Oh, please, son. It wasn't a competition. (Turns to a Yankees baseball player and his son) Well, hello, loser. (The father and son duo walk away as Jay chuckles satisfied with himself.)
  • Latino Is Brown: Carmen is Cuban and has brown skin.
  • Little Stowaway: Marty hides in a cello case to get in the plane heading to Cuba.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: or in Marty's case, a lunch tray, shielding him and Carmen during the foodfight.
  • Meganekko: Carmen is a beautiful little girl with big glasses.
  • Oh, Crap!: Jay does this twice:
    • First when he, Carmen and Marty expect to see The Red Balloon, when it turns out it's actually its actionized sequel.
    • And again, when he unknowingly insults Fidel Castro and Marty points out who he is.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: Marty does this after the security guards bump into him on the plane while using the cello case as a disguise.
  • Race for Your Love: What Marty does, but he ends up going to Cuba to find Carmen.
  • Shot at Dawn: After Jay insults Fidel Castro, he claims he's more softer than his image, then puts Jay to a firing squad, telling the to shoot to wound. But it's implied Jay got out of the shooting when he tells them he gave a good review to The Mambo Kings.
  • Start of Darkness: Shown in a flashback, with Fidel Castro being a proud American citizen on a date with a woman, discussing their plans, but gets rejected for making out due to his beard and after being told off by John F. Kennedy, he determines America will pay someday, then pushing the date out and headed back to Cuba.
  • Street Performer: A homeless bum takes the cello Marty threw in the trash to stow away in the plane and plays it. He starts off well and people give him money, but after playing a bad note, they take their money back. But it works out for him as he's later seen playing a sold out concert at Carnegie Hall.
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