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Recap / The Simpsons S17 E14 "Bart Has Two Mommies"

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Marge babysits for Rod and Todd that goes against Ned's strict parenting, while Bart gets kidnapped by a chimp who turns out to be Mr. Teeny's mom.

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  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The chimp Toot-Toot played "Tum-Tum" in Teen Tarzan's Eco-Adventures.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • When Bart offers a sad Toot-Toot his ice cream, she smiled, walked over to him and grabbed...Bart.
    • After Marge gives Toot-Toot a touching speech to convince her to give Bart back, Toot-Toot holds Bart out to her, making it look like she got through to her...only for Toot-Toot to leap over Marge and escape her cage with Bart over her shoulder.
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  • Big "NO!": Nelson yells one when Lisa tells him Funny Town doesn't really exist, as he wanted to go live at Cuckoo Corners.
  • Call-Back: Maude's death from "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily" is referenced yet again.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Homer tries to win by shooting all the leading ducks during the race. It results in his duck both going into a windmill and being abducted by real ducks. The one he threw back into the race was a real duck and Flanders won instead. Despite this, Flanders gives them the computer anyway, leading to the main plot.
  • Empty Nest: The subplot revolves around a mother chimpanzee taking a maternal love for Bart.
  • Epic Fail: Homer's attempts to rescue Bart from Toot-Toot end with him swallowing a tranquilizer dart and knocking himself out.
  • Gotta Get Your Head Together: Homer's sarcastic rant about how maybe he can't stop talking sarcastically about escalates to holding his head and staring at nothing at "I have serious MENTAL PROBLEMS!"
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  • I'm Standing Right Here: While consoling Homer over losing the rubber duck race, Marge admits that Bart's performance at a soccer game was terrible, unaware that he was right behind her.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: Rod and Todd have a "sitting still contest." Marge and Maggie aren't impressed.
  • Mirror Scare: Lisa at the "See What You'd Look Like in Hell" mirror, flees when she sees herself aging rapidly. Subverted when Burns looks through it and sees himself as a king instead.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Bart tells Rod that being "gay" means "you used to be afraid of something, but now you're not."
    Rod: I'm gay, Daddy! I'm gay! Mrs. Simpson made me gay!
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: While going through the mill, Homer keeps saying to himself "Protect the duck!". After getting bonked on the head enough, he mumbles "Produck the tect".
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  • Noodle Incident: Homer hopes that monkeys don't have feelings, or else "his experiments could be called cruel." Exactly what experiments was Homer doing?
  • Overprotective Dad: Because he lost Maude, Ned is paranoid that his sons will get hurt. After Rod chips his tooth during an indoor rock-climbing accident, Ned saws the seesaw, bubble-wraps a tree, and blows up the playhouse.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Bart becomes one for Toot-Toot. Because her son, Mr. Teeny, was taken away from her, she took Bart in and treats him like her child.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Homer's Sarcastic Confession to Marge and being quietly called by Lisa on how this isn't sustainable escalates into how not only does he sarcastically consider the idea he should be more concerned about Bart's safety than (escalating the sarcastic histrionics) "covering [his] own butt", but maaybe he can't stop talking like this.
    Homer: (still speaking sarcastically) HEEEELP me, Lisa! I have serious MENTAL problems!...
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Homer's attempts to cheat the duck race don't work, and Flanders wins instead.
  • Shout-Out: The windmill that Homer and his rubber duck go through has similarities to the titular building from "The Old Mill".
  • Skewed Priorities: Lisa, anyone would have got what Homer meant by "my son's been apenapped!" You didn't need to correct his grammar while your brother was potentially in danger.
  • Special Guest: Dave Thomas returns, this time voicing Bob Hope's caricature in the credits scene.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: Lisa, after Homer asks her if the Gremlins from the Gremlins movies will be at the animal retirement home.
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