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Recap / The Simpsons S 16 E 15 Future Drama

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Through Professor Frink's future machine, Bart and Lisa see their lives in the year 2013, where Bart steals Lisa's chances at going to an Ivy League school in order to impress a skater girl named Jenda while Homer (now separated from Marge and living in an underwater apartment) fights Krusty the Clown after Marge begins dating him.

Tropes featured:

  • Act of True Love: Sibling version but Bart gives up his relationship and sex with Jenda to save Lisa from ruining her life by dating Milhouse and not going to Yale.
  • All for Nothing: Bart sacrifices his personal happiness and future so Lisa can avoid marrying Milhouse. A later episode showed that she would end up marrying him anyway.
  • Bad News in a Good Way: After Burns gives Bart Lisa's scholarship
    Bart: Listen Lis, I gotta tell ya something. I'm going to Yale.
    Lisa: What? I don't want to go the same college as you!
    Bart: Then I got some great news, you're not going to Yale.
  • Call-Back: Surprisingly, to Homer Badman. Homer succeeded in fulfilling his goal of living under the sea.
  • Cloning Blues: Moe does this to himself in an attempt to help run his bar.
  • Conveniently Timed Distraction: Bart is working for the Kwik-E-Mart and he makes a delivery to Mr. Burns at his mansion. He is held at gunpoint by Snake's combination phaser/cellphone, but Bart saves Mr. Burns when Snake is distracted by a phone call on his phaser and Bart knocks him out with a large diamond.
  • Entitled to Have You:
    • Jenda is passive aggressive about Bart delaying sleeping with her, then ends up threatening Bart to break up for not having sex with her right that second to save Lisa from ruining her life.
    • Milhouse tries to manipulate Lisa into being with him despite her breaking up with him because he's not right for her.
  • Flawed Prototype: Homer Simpson owns the first hover car ever made. It scratches the streets it's driven through.
  • The Future Is Shocking: Apparently the future will be full of cyborgs and human clones.
  • Future Loser:
    • Bart as per usual (a lazy slob, though upbeat). Though this time he has a cool girlfriend and there is a possibility for a brighter future in that he might go to college and marry Jenda.
    • Lisa further ahead in the future if Bart doesn't let her go to college. She might settle for Milhouse and be miserable with him, with little success at work.
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  • Guest Star: Amy Poehler as Jenda and John DiMaggio as Bender.
  • Hereditary Twinhood: Nelson gets both identical twins Sherri and Terri pregnant. Later, both are shown to have given birth to twins.
  • How the Character Stole Christmas: Mr. Burns created the scholarship Lisa uses to go to Yale as reparations for somehow permanently taking away Christmas.
    Lisa: I miss Christmas.
    Jenda: I don't.
  • Hulk Speak: Milhouse after Lisa dumps him and he goes on a rampage.
    Milhouse: What's Lisa problem?! Milhouse mother say Milhouse is HANDSOME!!
  • Ignored Epiphany: Future Bart realizes his life isn't going anywhere and wishes he could tell his younger self to straighten up so he doesn't turn out like him. However in the present timeline, past Bart is busy flinging cards into a top hat as he's announcing this.
  • I'll Kill You!: Homer to Krusty when he finds out he's dating Marge.
  • I Want My Jetpack: The year 2013 as seen from back in ... 2005. How could they be so wrong?
  • Mushroom Samba: Ralph has one after Nelson spikes the punch.
  • Parental Abandonment: Nelson does this to Sherri and Terri after they both give birth to twins who're his sons. Ironically doing the same thing his dad did to him.
  • Platonic Kissing: Lisa kisses Bart on the cheek after seeing what he does for her in the future.
  • Pun-Based Title: A pun on Futurama.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Take That!: To Futurama (which, at the time, was canceled and rerunning on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim line-up)
    Bender: (After suddenly appearing in Homer and Bart's car after passing through a tunnel) Alright, you guys are my new best friends!
    Homer: You wish, loser! (Homer tosses him out of the car and laughs as he breaks upon hitting the ground.)
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Parodied and subverted at Moe's where Edna tries to seduce 18-year-old Bart. They both agree they can do much better than each other.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Milhouse got himself some muscles, but subverted as he still pines after Lisa.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Milhouse took one as a teenager, he's willing to let Lisa ruin her life just so he can be with her.