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Recap / The Simpsons S 29 E 08 Mr Lisas Opus

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As Lisa writes her college application essay for Harvard, she recalls past disappointing birthdays that helped shape her.

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  • Always Someone Better: Lisa's first roommate at Harvard turns out to be better than her, and that also counts the many times her parents forgot her birthday, much to Lisa's chagrin.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Lisa claims rhinos are extinct at the time she's an adult, alluding to rhinos being endangered. In reality, the southern white rhinoceros, the south-western black rhinoceros, and the Indian rhinoceros would still be extant at her time, as they are not as rare as the other rhino species due to their populations thankfully increasing in recent years (although they are still threatened).
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  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Back when Lisa became seven years old, her first-grade teacher told the class it's the birthday of someone whose parents pretended to have forgotten it. She was talking about one of Lisa's classmates.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • To Stark-Raving Dad: For Lisa's 14th birthday, Bart sings an updated version of the birthday song he sung back then and even brings the fake Michael Jackson who wrote it with him.
      • Moments earlier, she was complaining about how her family forgot her birthday twice. The above-mentioned episode was about the second time.
    • To Flaming Moe's: When Flanders convinces Homer to quit drinking, Homer imagines a hell with Moe as the devil offering him a Flaming Moe.
    • To Fland Canyon]: 7-year old Lisa is shown hungrily eating bacon for breakfast, which the former episode established was one of her favorite foods before she became a vegetarian.
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  • Imagine Spot: After giving up drinking, Homer imagines a Devil Moe trying to lure him back.
  • Negative Continuity: In "Future Drama", Lisa goes to Yale instead of Harvard.
  • The Un-Favourite: Homer doesn't say one nice thing in this episode about his son. Openly calling his a disappointment for being a twenty-year-old who still lives with his parents while his sister is applying for Harvard, and not using his right to vote.
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