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Recap / The Simpsons S 24 E 6 A Tree Grows In Springfield

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Homer becomes obsessed with a Mapple MyPad he won in a silent auction at school, but when he breaks it, he loses all hope — then finds it again when he discovers that his backyard tree has spelled out the word "HOPE" in sap.

This episode contains examples of (YMMV tropes can be found here):

  • Artistic License – Biology: Flushie is apparently an alligator, but he has interlocking teeth like a crocodile.
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  • Bait-and-Switch: There's a scene where it seems that Homer is playing a game at his MyPad and driving at the same time but then it's revealed he's actually playing a game that simulates distracted driving.
  • Brick Joke: During Kent Brockman's investigation, we see where Lenny ended up after his conversation with Moe and Homer got dropped.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Homer says that books are for cavemen, yet he acts like a caveman when seeing fire.
  • Palette Swap: Flushie resembles a brownish-green Captain Jack.
  • Real Dreams Are Weirder: Homer is batting in the World Series against Steroid Santa Claus, and all the announcers are food. And then it gets weird...
  • Sewer Gator: Flushie.
  • Something Completely Different: A short at the end of the episode featuring a Continuity Nod of in-universe Simpsons' products.
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