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Recap / The Simpsons S 20 E 17 The Good The Sad And The Drugly

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Lisa is put on anti-depressants after reading Internet reports that Springfield will be a barren wasteland in 50 years. Meanwhile, Bart and Milhouse's friendship is, once again, strained, thanks to a girl named Jenny (voiced by Anne Hathaway).

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  • Bait-and-Switch: At the end, Bart is seen offering someone flowers and asking for forgiveness. He was talking to Milhouse.
  • Black Comedy Animal Cruelty: Via subtitled squeaks, we learn that Bart once filled a dolphin tank with 7-Up.
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  • Driven to Suicide: One of the Internet reports on what Springfield will be in 50 years mentions the last polar bear hanging itself in prison.
  • Gigantic Gulp: Bart drowns his sorrows with a 512-ounce Squishee (that's 32 lbs, or 14 kg).
  • Hope Spot: After Bart reveals to Jenny about the lies, it looks like she is going to forgive Bart as she smiles...only to frown and dump Bart.
  • Humiliation Conga: In additional to being exposed as the "Ay, Carumba" kid by Milhouse before Jenny, Bart is seen crying back home after she dumps him.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Lisa acknowledges the Two Lines, No Waiting structure of the episode at the climax.
    Lisa: Bart, in my concurrent adventure I learned a really important lesson.
  • Mushroom Samba: Lisa starts seeing smiley faces everywhere once she's on the pills. It reaches the point where Marge catches Lisa almost ready to make out with an electric fan.
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  • Take That!: To Shrek the Third. Apu promotes a Shrek Squishee contest, where if you answer the trivia correctly, you get a 10% discount off any Shrek DVD, except the first two films.
  • Tempting Fate: Milhouse rings the Simpsons' doorbell right after Jenny says nothing will change the good opinion she has about Bart.
  • Third-Person Person: Shauna refers to herself in third person before explaining that she's Shauna.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Incredibly, Homer thinks Milhouse is this for Bart.
    Homer: Well, I'm glad they suspended Milhouse. He's a bad influence on you. (Homer sees El Barto graffiti, including an obvious Bart self-portrait) You know, I think Milhouse is El Barto...Hmmm.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Milhouse and Bart have a heated discussion on this subject, with Bart invoking John Adams and Thomas Jefferson as an example of friends who just happen to stop talking to each other for a long time.
    Milhouse: Just because you saw one episode of one miniseries doesn't mean you get to use it as a whip!
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