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Recap / The Simpsons S 11 E 17 Bart To The Future

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In the second "look-into-the-future" episode, the Simpsons visit an Indian casino after their camping trip to Larval Lake gets canceled due to an insect infestation (that has eaten the comment book and stolen the park ranger's class ring — followed by the skin, fat, and muscle off his hand), where Bart gets a vision of his future as a DeVry Institute dropout looking to hit the big time as a musician, while Lisa is the first heterosexual female President of the United States, trying to get the country back on track after Donald Trump's disastrous stint as President.


  • As You Know: Lisa begins the discussion of the budget crunch inherited from Trump with these words.
  • Bad Future: Homer says, "What a bleak and horrible future we live in!" when he can't put sauce on his food. Bart corrects him that he means "present."
  • Bad News in a Good Way: Lisa mentions Marge losing $20,000 via gambling as if she's talking about the weather.
  • Call-Back: Marge's gambling problem from "$pringfield, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling" and Arthur Crandall and his ventriloquist dummy, Gabbo, who had their own kids' show in "Krusty Gets Kancelled."
  • Didn't Think This Through: According to Lisa's advisers, the previous administration's decision to invest in the nation's children was a big mistake.
    Aide: The balanced breakfast program just created a generation of ultra-strong super criminals!
    Milhouse: And midnight basketball taught them to function without sleep.
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  • Future Loser: Bart is a broke moocher that wastes his time on Frivolous Lawsuits, has an awful band that can't get a gig, and lives with Ralph Wiggum.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Homer's plan to find Abraham Lincoln's gold:
    Homer: ... fourscore four, fourscore five, fourscore six, fourscore and seven paces.
    Marge: Wait! How do you know this is where Lincoln buried the gold? You just started counting from an arbitrary place!
    Homer: I just started what from a what?
    Marge: Your plan makes no sense!
  • Kick the Dog: An angry Lisa strangles Bart for disrupting her broadcast. Instead of helping the latter, a security guard who was after him joins her.
  • Magical Native American: Double Subverted.
  • Never My Fault: Pretty much everything Bart says. He constantly mooches money from his parents and other family friends, and when they refuse tries to guilt-trip them, then attempts to do the same thing with Lisa by constantly trying to abuse her authority.
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  • Padding: Invoked when Bart asks the Indian why a vision from his own life included a B story about Homer and Marge searching for treasure around The White House. The Indian says, "I guess the spirits thought the main vision was a little thin."
  • Pretender Diss: Bart's most common insult in the future is "What happened to you, man? You used to be cool!" It works on Homer and the Chinese ambassador, but not Lisa, who simply replies, "No I didn't."
  • Product Placement: Bart's vision contains adverts. "It was Crazy Talk's idea."
  • Should Have Thought of That Before X: Homer eventually responds to Bart's attempt to make him give money by saying he should have thought about that before dropping out of the DeVry Institute.
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  • Too Soon: In-universe. Bart tries to come up with a coolness plan at Camp David, and Krusty suggests opening with a joke: "What's the difference between Pakistan and a pancake?" The punchline: "I don't know any pancakes that were nuked by India!" Bart and the others stare at Krusty in shock, and Krusty replies, "What? Too soon?"
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: When Lisa asked Bart what her future was like, he told her she'd have "some government job".


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