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Recap / The Simpsons S12 E11: "Worst Episode Ever"

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Original air date: February 4, 2001

The Comic Book Guy is forced to take a sabbatical from working at the Android Dungeon after suffering a heart attack during a Tom Savini Q&A session, and reluctantly lets Bart and Milhouse (whom he banned earlier in the episode) run the store.


  • Acquainted with Emergency Services: Bart makes a bet with Homer to eat spoonful of rotten baking soda which he agrees to:
    Lisa: (dialing) I'll call Poison Control. (talking on the phone) Fran, it's me. Just a heads-up.
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  • And This Is for...: The Biclops comic book cover shown to Milhouse has the titular hero beating up someone and saying it's for making him cry.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Bart tells his audience that, once the tape starts playing, it won't stop... because the stop button is broken.
  • Big Eater: Homer had been banned from Gallagher's live appearances for eating Gallagher's watermelon.
  • Bowdlerization: Ralph's line when he originally walked into the "Adult" section of the comic book store was "She's hungry!", but the censors rejected it and it was replaced with "Everybody's hugging!"
  • Blind Without 'Em: Milhouse takes off his glasses to fight, and immediately puts them back on.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: One of the secret tapes shows a General saying whoever is watching it must be the President of the United States. He hopes the President is a man.
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  • Deliberately Monochrome: Milhouse's Imagine Spot where Lisa dumps him because he's not a full manager.
  • Fan Disservice: Comic Book Guy in bed with Agnes Skinner. Clothed or not, it's still disservice-y.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The pictures on the "Banned for Life" wall are of Nelson, Sideshow Bob, and Matt Groening (though some viewers mistook the Groening caricature for George Lucas).
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Milhouse has a My Little Pony underwear.
  • Grail in the Garbage: What makes the Guy ban Bart and Milhouse is the fact that Martin's mom arrives with some memorabilia that Martin collected to sell... which includes such things as a handwritten alternate script of The Empire Strikes Back where Chewbacca is Luke's father, anti-jiggle breast tape Carrie Fisher had to wear when playing Princess Leia, and the like, the Guy then tries to swindle Martin's mom to sell all of it for five dollars (after having a fangasm) and Bart and Milhouse tell Martin's mom that it's priceless stuff (and she says "back to the leaky basement they go!" in response).
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  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Lenny attempts this on Comic Book Guy when the latter calls beer the nectar of the nitwit. The entire bottle shatters in his hands.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: What happens when Comic Book Guy's Rage Breaking Point is reached re: Bart and Milhouse's attempts to enter the store. As befits his character, he describes the symptoms of his attack in a fashion resembling old-school comic book narration.
  • Hypocritical Humor: This exchange occurs when Comic Book Guy turns down beer:
    Comic Book Guy: I'll pass! Beer is the nectar of the nitwit.
    Carl: Hey, are you knocking beer?
    Lenny: Nobody badmouths Duff!
    (Lenny smashes a bottle, attempting to stab Comic Book Guy with it, but the entire bottle shatters in his hands.)
    Lenny: Aw, piece of crap!
    • When Agnes and Comic Book Guy first meet:
    Agnes: Outta the way, tubby!
    Comic Book Guy: Oh, pardon me, Oldie Hawn.
    Agnes: Oh! Why, you ill-mannered sack of crap!
  • May–December Romance: Comic Book Guy (late 20s, early 30s) starts dating and developt a serious relationship with Agnes Skinner, an old age pensioner.
  • Nerds Speak Klingon: After he gets thrown out of Moe's, Comic Book Guy ask himself "Is there a word in Klingon for loneliness?", looks in his pocket dictionary. "oh, yes. Garr'dock!".note 
  • Nose Nuggets: When perusing Comic Book Guy's secret VHS stash:
    Milhouse: He's got the videotape of Kent Brockman picking his nose. (puts in tape) LOOK! HE'S PICKING HIS NOSE!'
  • Retcanon: Comic Book Guy's wall of people banned from the store was originally introduced in the Simpsons comic books in the mid-90's before being used here.
  • Sinister Surveillance: The Comic Book Guy's video vault contains a number of secret videos, including surveillance footage from all over town and such things as real alien autopsies.
  • Shout-Out: Biclops is a nerdy version of X-Men character Cyclops. A potential customer (Kearney the bully) asks if Biclops has a girlfriend named Lois Lame.
  • Take That!: In the original script and closed captioning, Bart orders Milhouse to mark down the South Park merchandise until someone actually buys it (in the actual episode, Bart tells Milhouse to put the Poochie merchandise on clearance and throw in some Supergirl comics).
  • Title Drop: Comic Book Guy describes his heart attack as "worst episode ever".
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Comic Book Guy to Bart and Milhouse for saving his life. Though he does cave in and allow them to run the store.
  • You Must Be This Tall to Enter: Bart sets a minumum height requirement to enter the adult section. Ralph tiptoes his way in.

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