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Recap / The Simpsons S 15 E 11 Margical History Tour

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The Springfield Library is dilapidated, filled with bums, and hardly contains any books. Bart, Lisa and Milhouse expect to find material to work on their history class, and Marge fills in with three historical pieces from her own memory.

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    Henry VIII 
  • Adipose Rex: Henry VIII
    Homer/Henry VIII: I'm Henry the Eight I am
    Henry the Eighth I am, I am
    I've been eating since 6 AM
    For dessert I'll have dinner again
    My name's synonymous with gluttony
    I'll always eat a turkey or a ham.
  • Artistic License – History:
    • Henry was a huge eater, but he didn't become obese until a jousting accident caused him a shin fracture that never healed and made him an invalid. Before this, he was the epitome of the chivalrous knight.
    • The segment completely ignores the fact that Henry VIII did father a few sons (although the only legitimate one who lived long enough to see his first birthday was from his third wife).
    • Only two of Henry's wives were beheaded. However, he did execute a huge number of other people, so the "running out of pikes" joke isn't entirely inaccurate.
    • Catherine of Aragon wasn't at Henry's death bed because she died 11 years before him.
    • Henry never confined Catherine of Aragon to a dungeon, although he did banish her from court.
    • While Henry is often depicted eating vast quantities of turkey legs, this is inaccurate because turkeys were not introduced to England until three years after his death.
    • Anne Boleyn, who was quite thin, was not known for her child-bearing hips.
    • Anne Boleyn was beheaded with a sword, not an axe.
    • Jane Seymour was Henry's favorite wife.
    • While Catherine Parr was certainly the oldest of Henry's wives, she did not bear any children before their marriage.
  • Big Eater: Henry VIII. Up to Eleven since during his song he claims to have been eating since dawn and for dessert will have another dinner.
    Homer/Henry VIII: I eat, and eat, and eat, and I never get any thinner.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Henry VIII eats a lot and don't understand why he can't lose weight. He actually thinks he should lose weight as a consequence of eating lots of food.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Jane Seymour, much to Henry's frustration. Immediately after their wedding, he has her beheaded.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Dream!Bart/Edward VI suggests Henry can't sire a boy because of excessive masturbation.
    Henry VIII: Oh my boy, why can't I have you?!
    Edward VI: I dunno,, too much jerkin' your merkin?
    Henry VIII: Why you little!
  • Distinction Without a Difference: Marge/Catherine of Aragon to Lisa/Elizabeth:
    Marge: It's not your fault. It's just that you came out the wrong sex and ruined everything.
  • False Reassurance:
    • When Sir Thomas Moore (Flanders) disputes Henry's intentions in starting his own church, Henry says "Because you stuck to your guns, I'm going to canonize you." Cut to Moore being shot out of a cannon.
    • After Anne Boleyn gives birth to a daughter, Henry promises to love the child the same way he loves Anne, who's about to be beheaded. We never what became of the child.
  • Heir Club for Men: Henry VIII wants a son.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Henry VIII is normally characterized as fat and beheading prone. Here he is displayed as a totally gluttonous pig who never stops eating, and will not hesitate to have someone killed for even slightly annoying him or not immediately giving him what he wants.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Henry invented the divorce but had to give his ex-wife a part of his Kingdom as a result because he didn't invent the pre-nuptial agreement.
  • Insane Troll Logic: King Henry expects his constant eating to make him lose weight.
  • I Will Show You X: Subverted.
    Messenger: Well, we’re running out of pikes to stick’ your wives’ heads on.
    King Henry: I'll show you we're running out of pikes!
    Henry checks the pike storage.
    King Henry: Hey, you were right!
    Messenger's Head: That means a lot.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Otto as Anne of Cleves, Henry's fourth wife (since s/he was beheaded after Miss Springfield/Jane Seymour).
  • My Card: "Anne Boleyn - 'A son will come out - tomorrow!'"
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Henry won't behead his first wife because her father is the King of Spain.
  • Shoot the Messenger: Lampshaded by the guy (Moe) who told Henry they were out of pikes, saying he knew what Henry did to the bearer of bad news. He was right.
  • Start My Own: This is how the Anglican Church was born.
  • Therapy Backfire: Margerine takes Henry to marriage counseling in the hopes of stopping the king from marrying someone else. However the therapist (Hibbert) is all for Henry kicking his wife to the curb. Having four men push axes against his neck threatening to kill him the second he tried to talk about saving the marriage might have something to do with it.
  • Waxing Lyrical
    • Henry is introduced singing the song "I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am."
    • He later strangles Dream!Bart while yelling "Get out of my dreams and into my wife!!"
  • Would Hurt a Child: Henry the Eighth threatens little Princess Elizabeth with canonization when she starts to suggest that a princess could inherit.

    Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea 
  • Black Widow: Sacagawea hates her husband so much (it was an Arranged Marriage), she allows her brother to kill him when he and his tribe ambush the expedition.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Looking larger to intimidate mountain lions.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg:
    Chief: We have always known of the coming of the white man… and Carl.
  • Tempting Fate: A dying Tweedleburger tries to find comfort in the fact he'll be remembered alongside Lewis and Clark.
  • Written by the Winners:
    Tweedleburger: Oooh, I'm dying... but at least people will always remember the expedition of Lewis and Clark and Tweedleburger!

    Mozart and Salieri 
  • Adaptational Villainy: Though loosely based on Amadeus, which subjected Salieri to a Historical Villain Upgrade, the short's version of it's leagues worse—she doesn't just try to sabotage Mozart's career, she actually murders him.
  • Always Someone Better: Salieri suffered from this constantly. Her brother Mozart had greater talent even though she was more dedicated to her craft. And after Mozart was dead, she believed she was finally the greatest composer alive...only for Beethoven to appear, causing her to finally snap.
  • Artistic License – History:
    • Mozart died at the age of 35 in reality. This version has him die before becoming a teenager. In addition, he was married with two children.
    • Both of Mozart's parents predeceased him. Leopold Mozart died in 1787, four years before his son. And in reality, they had a poor relationship, and Leopold was most certainly not greedy.
    • Mozart's relationship with his (older) sister, Maria Anna, was far better than that depicted in this version; as mentioned below, it was she who inspired him to get into music. Also, her own prodigious skills were acknowledged by her father. However, due to the social mores of the time, she was unable to continue her career as she grew older.
  • Blatant Lies: When Mozart becomes ill, Salieri tells him that he has hired "the finest doctor in Austria," which is Dr. Nick, who is anything but.
  • Cain and Abel: Salieri and Mozart are siblings in this version of events, and Salieri kills Mozart by hiring an incompetent doctor out of jealousy.
  • The Cameo: Tito, Randy and Jermaine Jackson make a brief appearance when Homer describes them as Mozart's other "untalented" siblings.
  • Composite Character:
    • Salieri is composed with Mozart's older, loving sister Maria for this story, as well as being reimagined as a villain who hates her brother.
    • Mozart's father is composed with Joseph Jackson during a scene that portrays him as the father of Randy, Tito and Jermaine.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After Salieri sabotaged his concert, Mozart went into a drunken despair and got caught in a storm, resulting in him becoming ill and dying young.
  • Dramatic Irony: "People bored by opera? That's impossible!"
  • Driven by Envy: Salieri was jealous of Mozart's popularity and being treated poorly by her parents, so she sabotages the opera in revenge.
  • Driven to Madness: After the Emperor decrees that all other music besides Beethoven's is obsolete, Salieri snaps and climbs into an asylum wagon while laughing insanely.
  • Gender Flip: Lisa portrays Salieri, who in reality was a man.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: One of the reasons Salieri is jealous of Mozart is because he can write amazing music so easily while she practices diligently to perfect her own. Combined with his showboating and childish behavior, she feels he is unworthy of his talents.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: This version does this to Mozart's father and sister. Leopold only cares about the money his son brings, and even exploits said son's death. Maria Anna is composed with Salieri, and become so jealous of her brother's success, she sabotages his opera and brings an incompetent doctor to kill him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When Salieri decides to drink to Mozart's failure, she mistakenly drinks her own doctored wine.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After killing Mozart, Salieri tries to present herself to the Emperor to steal her hated brother's place as the greatest composer ever. Unfortunatly, the Emperor chooses Beethoven, causing Salieri's Villainous Breakdown, and dooming her to remain in the shadows forever.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Subverted. Salieri only wanted to ruin Mozart's reputation, but she kills him instead. She does appear to feel very guilty about it and even cries at his deathbed...but then the very next scene shows her trying to show the Emperor her requiem while bragging that she's the last composer alive, making you wonder if her remorse was really genuine.
  • Parental Favouritism: Played with. Mozart's father gives all his attention to his son. However he only cares about the money his son brings. He was more concerned about losing the income his son provided while the boy was on his deathbed, and immediately starts hawking merchandise commemorating his death minutes after Mozart has passed on much to the disgust of the people.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Mozart's parents outlive him in this adaptation. In reality, both predeceased him.
  • The Rock Star: Parodied with Mozart.
    Bart: Mom, everyone who ever lived is boring.
    Marge: Boring? Is there anything boring about a badass rocker who lived fast and died young?
    Bart: I know there's a catch, but tell me more.
  • Sibling Murder: In this version, Salieri indirectly murders Mozart out of jealousy.
  • Slipping a Mickey: Salieri gives the Emperor a glass of wine with a sleeping potion so that all the Fops will think he's bored by Mozart's concert and follow suit. It works, and when she toasts the success of her scheme, she ends up drinking from the same glass.
  • Stage Mom: Mozart’s Dad.
  • The Un-Favourite: Their father ignores Salieri, calling her untalented and focuses all his attention on Mozart. Their mother is not as bad and knows her daughter is a skilled composer, but as a lady of the times trusts her son more to keep them in luxury. Their father is shown to be just as dismissive of Randy, Tito and Jermaine.
  • Truth in Television: Mozart's sister, who's real name was Maria Anna Mozart, was in fact a musical prodigy just like him. It was her that got him into music.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Having Mozart's reputation destroyed and indirectly murdering him, Salieri looks as through she will finally gain the respect she desires. But seeing the Emperor with Beethoven destroyed all her remaining sanity.
  • Villain Protagonist: Salieri is the focus character, and her jealousy towards Mozart leads to her sabotaging an opera and causing Mozart to die.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The plot is largely based on Amadeus. Lisa points out how Marge clearly based her story on the movie, despite its historical inaccuracy—though Lisa's specified criticisms (that in real life Mozart worked hard on his music and Salieri was a respected composer) were only applicable to Marge's story, not Amadeus itself.

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