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Recap / The Simpsons S 20 E 16 Eeny Teeny Maya Moe

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Moe dates a little person named Maya while Homer leaves Maggie at a park next to Moe's Bar while he drinks and she is bullied by the local kids.

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  • Adults Are Useless: Homer, initially, who was completely oblivious to the bullying that Maggie suffers and ignored the warning signs, to boot. Eventually subverted in The Reveal, where he does arrive to see Maggie getting bullied and comes to the rescue, only to get overpowered by the buff infant.
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  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: When Homer meets Maya, he asks Maya a "mechanical" question he feels might be inappropriate... how a nuclear plant makes electricity from nuclear power (which she answers correctly.)
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The babysitter in the Nanny Cam commercial, who not only hated children, but was willing to eat her two charges once left alone in her care by their parents.
  • Bread Milk Eggs Squick: After apologizing to Maya for accidentally thinking that she lived in a tree, he explains that many others do, such as Tarzan, The Berenstein Bears and flood victims.
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  • Daycare Nightmare: Maggie's subplot is that a new daycare center has opened right next to Moe's bar and Homer places her there while he goes out to drink. The daycare center itself is not bad... but all of the other babies are hyper-territorial bullies that make Maggie's stay a living hell and take measures to not act like this in front of adults.
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  • HA HA HA—No: Maya is very turned off by Moe's little person jokes, so much that she breaks up with him.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Moe and Maya.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Subverted. Moe is surprised to see his date, Maya, is a little person, then immediately apologizes and asks what the correct term is. Maya tells him that he got it right with "little person".
  • Papa Wolf: Homer, who finally wises up and saves Maggie from the other babies. Well, he tries, until they get the better of him, prompting Maggie to slug the main bully and save her father.
  • Pet the Dog: Homer consoles Moe after the break-up, saying how he if he can have someone love him once, he can have someone love him again.
  • The Reveal: Marge bought a Spy Cam to see exactly what Homer was doing on his outings with Maggie, with a number of distractions hiding the fact he would run into the bar. When she finally sees the full video and Maggie getting harassed by the other kids, Homer actually comes to the rescue (or at least attempt to).
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  • Spy Cam: On the third act, Marge and Homer buy a micro-nanny cam that they put on Maggie's bow to see why she's acting so afraid of going to the daycare center. Needless to say, they are astonished by what they end up seeing.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: The kids at the playground do everything from stalking Maggie to playing menacing bongo music to harass her.
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