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Recap / The Simpsons S 24 E 20 The Fabulous Fake Boy

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Bart fakes his way into being a piano-playing virtuoso to impress a Russian girl named Zhenya (voiced by former 30 Rock cast member, Jane Krakowski). Meanwhile, Marge helps Zhenya's father, Slava (voiced by former SNL cast member Bill Hader) pass his driver's test, and Homer hides his baldness when the last two hairs on his head fall out.

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  • Art Shift: The Couch Gag is done up in the style of Robot Chicken.
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  • Brick Joke: Slava bribed Chief Wiggum with tight, counterfeit jeans. Later in the episode, when Slava told Marge he got the license to be a chauffeur, Patty and Selma (who work at the DMV) were seen wearing tight, counterfeit jeans.
  • Briefcase Full of Money: When Chief Wiggum had Slava stop his car, Slava got a briefcase and it seemed the trope would be played staright. Then it was revealed it contained jeans. Which Wiggum accepted.
  • Funny Background Event: Bart is setting up a trap while Skinner and Marge are talking about him and then you see several students are in the trap.
  • Gilligan Cut: When Slava offered pants as bribe to Chief Wiggum, Marge said that wasn't how Springfield Police worked. The next scene proves her wrong.
  • Imagine Spot: Bart imagines his piano teacher Zhenya as The Chanteuse while he's accompanying her on the piano.
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  • Lady in Red: Bart has a huge crush on Zhenya, his piano teacher. He imagines himself as playing the piano while Zhenya as a seductive chanteuse who is dressed in a tight-fitting red dress.
  • Loophole Abuse: As punishment, Bart had to take Gramps a cookie plate. He ate the cookies on the way to the retirement home. Gramps was happy to have found crumbs.
  • Precocious Crush: Ten-year-old Bart falls in love with Zhenya who is a young adult.
  • Sensual Slav: Zhenya is a young Russian woman and very beautiful. She speaks with a strong accent which makes her more interesting and adds an exotic touch to her beauty. Bart has a huge crush on her.
  • Shout-Out: When Homer asked a man if he was an angel, he asked the "angel" to turn a pumpkin into a carriage.
  • Sitting Sexy on a Piano: Bart imagines Zhenya singing a seductive song while he's accompanying her on the piano. As they're performing, Zhenya is seen in various poses on the piano (either sitting and lying on it).
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  • Take That!: The Justin Bieber cameo (which consisted of Bieber getting thrown out of a talent show because he's over-age, despite looking underage), in probably one of the few times a celebrity cameo on The Simpsons wasn't put there as a transparent attempt at over-hyping the voice actor. There were even warnings stated that Justin Bieber's cameo was coming and for all viewers to tune out.

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