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Recap / The Simpsons S14 E13 "A Star Is Born Again"

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Flanders dates a movie star, and fears her libertine Hollywood lifestyle clashes with his conservative, Christian values.


  • Absolute Cleavage: Sara's outfit for the concert she and Ned later attend. She begrudgingly agrees to wear Ned's jacket... by tying it around her waist, which pushes her bosom out even more.
  • Against My Religion: Ned only decides to have sex with Sara if they get married. Sara doesn't want to marry Ned, however, and breaks up with him.
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  • Alliterative Name: Sara Sloane.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Sarah's demand to have no nudity in a film gets through the director if she's okay with kissing a girl. She agrees without a second thought.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Bart says Fox Network has a new President once every year.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Rainier Wolfcastle once beat up Jon Lovitz for giving Sara an award, because he thought their handshake was too intimate.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: When Sara Sloane's wearing a somewhat revealing outfit, Homer drolls a little over her and drops his nachos when he trips over. He swaps between whining over his nachos and drooling over Sara's breasts.
  • Manly Tears: Rainier Wolfcastle references this trope when he asks Sara to take him back, saying that if he could cry, he would cry like a baby that just got hit by a hammer.
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  • Something Else Also Rises: Implied when Rod stares slack-jawed at Sara in her revealing evening gown.
    "Daddy, where do babies come from?"
  • The Southpaw: Ned as usual, and Sara. This trope ensures that they meet, as Sara was in the Leftorium looking for left-handed eyelash curlers.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Sara Sloane is attracted to Ned's down-to-earth nature, and almost marries him.
  • Special Guest: Marisa Tomei as Sara Sloane and James L. Brooks and Helen Fielding as themselves.
  • Take That!: To the tabloids, one of them even saying "come on, let's concoct more lies!" when they break into Ned's house.
  • Unable to Cry: Rainier Wolfcastle admits this to Sara when he asks her to take him back, saying that "if tears could break through [his] muscular ducts, [he] would cry like a baby that just got hit by a hammer".
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  • Vice City: Ned has a Imagine Spot where he imagines Hollywood as one of these when Sara asks Ned to move there with her.
  • Whole Plot Reference: To Notting Hill.


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