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Recap / The Simpsons S22 E3: "MoneyBART"

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In this episode written by Tim Long, Lisa becomes Bart's Little League coach in order to expand her extracurricular activities, but Bart comes to hate it when Lisa begins sucking the fun out of baseball.


  • As Himself: Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia, which marks his second appearance on the show, his first being "Homer at the Bat" 18 years previously.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Lisa's ease with numbers turns the team into a winning machine.
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  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: The radio announcer for the games when Bart comes to the plate:
    "Bart Simpson on deck. His bat's just hungering for a homer, like Kronos for his children. Speaking of homer, Bart's father's name is - you guessed it - not on my fact sheet."
  • Boring Yet Practical: Lisa uses math to lead the team to victory. Bart would rather be Awesome, but Impractical.
  • Call-Back: Marge recalls Mike Scioscia's radiation poisoning from Homer at the Bat. Not only has he made a full recovery from radiation poisoning, it's also given him super managing abilites...and the ability to demagnetize credit cards.
  • Control Freak: Lisa becomes Drunk with Power and devolves into this as the episode goes. The Third-Act Misunderstanding happens because she kicks Bart off the team because he went against her orders and went for a home run (which he achieved, by the way) and Bart decides jumping out is better than taking Lisa's nagging anymore.
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  • Game of Nerds: Lisa is drawn to baseball by being introduced to Sabermetrics by Professor Frink.
  • Gargle Blaster: Homer has a new brand of his own which involves mixing vodka with mayonnaise.
  • Gender-Blender Name: When Bart accused Lisa of not understanding baseball, she brought up legendary baseball names of what she believed to be women (Terry Francona, Connie Mack). Nelson tells her those are men.
  • Jerk Jock: When Lisa try to make the group look like the lovable underdog that no one want to coach, Bart corrects her that they won most of their game last year (Boys of Bummer had the team being in the finals) and Nelson corrects her that they are the meanest team in the league, even harassing one of their best player out of the team because he was a ginger.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: The aforementioned incident of Lisa claiming that women could coach baseball, using Terry Francona and Connie Mack as examples. Furthermore, as she brings wins to the team, she becomes more of a Control Freak, to the point that she makes the team study phonebook-sized team tactic books right before starting every game and pretty complicated board drawings on training sessions. The fact that the team is winning is the only reason why none of them follow Bart into quitting.
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  • Shout-Out: The episode title (and some plot details) are a homage to Money Ball.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: After a fashion, to the earlier Boys Of Bummer. On that episode, Bart losing a baseball game was the trigger to the whole town of Springfield to label him a loser and bully him into suicidal depression. On this episode, Bart losing the game (after learning that withstanding the team manager even if (s)he's a Jerkass is worth it for the sake of winning (and keeping families together)) by nearly stealing a home run makes Lisa understand that it's the passion of the game that counts over becoming a winning-obsessed Control Freak.
  • Technician vs. Performer: With Lisa on the "technician" spot (winning by the tactics analyzed thoroughly through Sabermetrics, anything that deviates from them is unacceptable) and Bart on the "performer" spot (the typical "win or lose, what you should have on the field is fun" Aesop).
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Bart quitting the team at the end of the second act, only to return to the third after being told that winning is worth minor sacrifices, like withstanding a Jerkass leader.

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