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Recap / The Simpsons S 15 E 15 Co Dependents Day

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Homer and Marge's bond becomes stronger when they both get drunk on wine, but soon the bond unravels when Homer blames Marge for crashing the car and Marge gets sent to rehab. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa complain to Randall Curtis (a George Lucas-esque science fiction movie director) about his latest film.

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  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: The Comic Book Guy hates the new Cosmic Wars movie so much he vows to only see the movie thrice more. That day.
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  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Fox is described here as a division of Orange Julius and as something Bart and Lisa want to complain about.
  • Celebrity Paradox: This episode introduces the Cosmic Wars franchise, an obvious parody of Star Wars - trouble is, those films have already been referenced in-series (and will continue to do, as three episode later, Homer tries to check out a movie called "Chocolate Star Wars", only to learn it doesn't exist).
  • Dramatic Irony: The Simpsons is a TV series which has been accused of declining in quality over the years. Star Wars is a series of films which has also been accused of declining in quality over the years. In this episode the Simpson kids call out a George Lucas expy for making the in-universe equivalent of Star Wars terrible, then ask him to go back to his roots.
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  • Everyone Has Standards: When Homer confesses to Moe about framing Marge, Moe is disgusted and tells Homer he should be drinking watered down beer from a chipped glass sitting on a nail. Moe then proceeds to do just that.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Lisa criticizes Jim-Jam Bonks of being a "tired stereotype," Italian chef Luigi complains, "Yes, and it's-a making-a me so mad, I'm-a gonna throw the meatballs at the screen! But first, I gotta pose-a for a pizza box-a," and he does so, holding a pizza in a stereotypical Italian pose.
  • Insane Troll Logic: "I'm in no condition to drive. Wait, I shouldn't listen to myself, I'm drunk."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Moe regrets serving Homer and Marge a 1886 Chateau Latour when he looks up its value in a wine collector's guide (which he admits is "a step I perhaps should have taken initially").
    Moe: Let me dry my tears with this lost Shakespeare play.
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  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: During the Creature Works tour, the guide comes across two men in the middle of a motion-capture production and declares, "Who knows what fantastic creature these two men are creating?" The man operating the computer turns to the tour guide and responds, "It's a Hip-Hop loaf of garlic bread for an Olive Garden commercial."
  • Shout-Out: When Bart reads the Opening Scroll for Cosmic Wars, he reacts by exclaiming, "What the Fark-bot?!"
  • Take That!: Jim-Jam Bonks is an obvious potshot at Jar-Jar Binks.

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