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Recap / The Simpsons S 15 E 20 The Way We Werent

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Homer and Marge recall the story of their first kiss at summer camp when they were children, where Homer betrayed Marge by standing her up on their second date.

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  • All for Nothing: Marge really does not take it well when she finds out that the boy who would become her husband didn't stand her up and she's been nursing a heartache her whole life for nothing
  • Cassandra Truth: The guards at Fat Camp didn't believe it when Homer said he wasn't a camper there.
  • Continuity Nod: When Homer explains that Marge forgave worse things than standing her up, he recalls events from "Lisa's Wedding", "The Cartridge Family", and "Pray Anything".
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    • Notice the way young Homer tumbles down the cliff. Look familiar?
  • Does Not Like Men: Marge was so heartbroken by Homer standing up on their second date (which isn't really Homer's fault, as he fell off a cliff right after the first date, and found himself in a fat camp), that she starts to hate males. She grew out of it when she remet Homer.
  • First Kiss: Homer and Marge.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Unbenknownst to present day Homer and Marge, this is when they first met.
  • Innocently Insensitive: When Marge's friends maliciously say the boy who helped her probably has a lousy name like "Homer", Marge says he probably has a cooler name.
  • It's All My Fault: Homer blames himself for ruining Lisa's marriage in the future predicted in "Lisa's Wedding" but it was her would-be-husband's fault for refusing to wear the Simpson family's cufflinks and wanting Lisa to cut ties with her relatives except for allowing Marge to visit the kids they would have had Lisa not called the wedding off.
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  • Mistaken for Prank Call: When Marge phones Homer's camp and asks for the phony name he gave her, Moe mistakes it for a prank.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Marge's never called out on it but, instead of telling her friends there's nothing wrong with a name like "Homer", she says she's sure the boy has a better name.
  • Origins Episode: Lampshaded in the Mistaken for Prank Call that Marge makes. Moe turns to the camera and says "and that's the origin of that."
  • Reality Ensues: Thirty years of heartache doesn't vanish in an instant just because you found out the truth. Even knowing Homer never meant to stand her up when they were children, Marge doesn't let go of her anger towards 'Elvis' until he shows her he kept his half of their rock.
  • Signed Up for the Dental: As a benefit Milhouse and Ralph receive as Bart's hired help, Bart gives them anti-cootie shots that consist on punching their arms.
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  • Sure, Let's Go with That: When Abe drops Homer at a camp for underprivileged kids, Homer accuses Abe of pretending to be poor to get him into a camp. Abe's half-hearted admission of guilt suggests that he's not really faking poverty.
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