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Recap / The Simpsons S 28 E 17 A Fathers Watch

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Marge goes to parenting experts for advice when she thinks that Bart is on the road to failure. Following their advice, Homer opens a trophy store.

  • Adults Are Useless: Lisa and Groundskeeper Willie both share the opinion that parents would rather be told what to do by supposed 'experts' than do any actual parenting themselves.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Lisa's new experts advise was about how too much praise without merit can make children over entightled, Marge oversimplifies it as 'trophies are bad' and gets rid of all the kids' trophies, including Lisa's despite the fact she actually earned (most) of them. When Lisa asks what Marge will do when 'another' expert comes along with an entirely different theory on self-esteem, Marge eagerly asks her who this expert is and about their theory.
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  • Fun with Acronyms: In the end, Homer tells Marge he follows his gut and shows her a book titled Give Up Trying.
  • It Runs in the Family: It turns out the Simpsons' father issues go back to Abe's own grandfather, with his son, meaning that at least four generations of Simpsons' men have really screwed up relations with their dad. And Homer implies it goes even further than that. When Bart breaks Abe's watch, Abe strangles him the same way Homer usually does.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • The frog spirits discussing the fate of the body of one of them, with the older frog spirit's hoping that things will go well for the treatment of the frog's body being dissected by Bart promptly proven wrong.
    • After losing Grampa's watch, Bart hopes it won't be found out but Gramps tells him a magazine wants to interview them because of it.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Apparently, the Simpsons' males have been doomed with this because of problems with their own fathers, going back to Abe's dad having a screwed-up relationship with his father.

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