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Recap / The Simpsons S 18 E 11 Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Three Times

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Another anthology episode — this time, centered on the consequences of taking revenge.

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  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: In-Universe, Homer insists that the real moral of Lisa's storynote  was to never put down your weapon.
  • Bait-and-Switch: While Lisa and Marge both talk about why revenge is bad, Bart's story tries to convince his dad that revenge is good. What he didn't realize is that Homer and the Texan had talked things out off-screen.
    • As well, the Simpson family was en route to the airport to take a flight to Hawaii (which means the first two minutes look like yet another "travel episode"), but the Rich Texan cut Homer off and Homer got upset by it. By the time he catches up to the Texan (and decides to make up), it's night already and the flight has long since departed.
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  • The Chosen One: Milhouse is chosen to use the Getbackinator because he's the only nerd with hand-eye coordination.
  • Clark Kenting: When revealing himself, the Count must remove his fake dot from his face.
  • Composite Character: In Marge's version of The Count of Monte Cristo, Moe is a composite of two of the four rivals, Danglars (who was jealous of Edmond Dantès' financial success) and Fernand Mondego de Morcerf (who wanted Edmond's fiancée Mercedes for himself).
  • Disproportionate Retribution: One man (Rich Texan) cuts off Homer in traffic and Homer wastes the whole day chasing after him with full intent to beat him up with a baseball bat out of road rage.
  • Evil Is Petty: Again, the Simpsons had a trip to Hawaii booked, but Homer decided that getting revenge on the guy that forced him to brake suddenly was much more important.
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  • Heel Realization: Milhouse realizes his revenge scheme has gone too far when he almost uses the glove on Lisa.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: The lesson of Lisa's story. Homer, on the other hand...
  • Irony:
    • Homer is a fan of The Count of Monte Cristo but doesn't pay attention when Marge retells the story to show why revenge is a bad thing.
    • Marge and Lisa try to talk Homer out of taking revenge with their stories, but he doesn't listen. Bart encourages revenge with his story, but Homer makes up with the Rich Texan by the time Bart's finished.
  • Legacy Character: Averted. In the third story, Bart is trained by the Crimson Cockatoo and offered a chance to replace him but decides to become Bartman instead.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In the end, Milhouse decides that he's gotten Drunk with Power and takes off the Getbackinator... but does absolutely nothing else, which allows Nelson to pick it up and brutalize him with the gadget.
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  • Not So Different: Homer ultimately decides against taking revenge on the Rich Texan... because, as he learns, they both come from Connecticut.
  • Precrime Arrest: Milhouse, while on his Roaring Rampage of Revenge, decides to bully a new student (it's his first day at Springfield Elementary) by justifying it as "prevenge".
  • Same-Sex Triplets: Marge's story features three Moe-faced Maggies.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Homer intends to pin the blame on attaching the Rich Texan on Maggie if he gets caught, "just like the time [he] shot Mr. Burns".
  • Superhero Episode: The Bartman Begins segment.
  • Take That!: Homer says that Lisa's story was his favorite, because it had what he likes in a story: an ending.
    • His early response to Marge:
    Marge: Homer, no! Revenge doesn't solve anything!
    Homer: Then what's America doing in Iraq?!
  • Timed Mission: In essence, this is what the wraparound story is: Homer is chasing after the Rich Texan, intending to beat him up with a baseball bat because he cut Homer off on the highway. Marge, Lisa, and Bart (respectively) try to talk Homer out of it with stories before Homer manages to catch up and follow through with his plan.
  • We Can Rule Together: Milhouse tries to make Lisa his "queen" under the threat that he could use the glove on her.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Milhouse after using the Getbackinator.
  • You Killed My Father: In Bart's story, the protagonist wants to avenge his deceased parents.
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