Marge forces the family to hand in their electronics and head to the library in an attempt to bring the family together again. This results in Bart using a war book to control Homer, and Marge discovering that a past favorite of hers is now offensive and insensitive.
This episode provides examples of...
- Anachronism Stew: Marge's new version of her favorite book mentions the protagonist being cisgender and fighting for net neutrality in spite of the story being older than such concepts.
- Big Book of War: The episode's B-plot involves Bart using Sun Tzu's "The Art Of War" to psychologically manipulate Homer.
- Deliberately Monochrome: One of the episodes shown in the Itchy & Scratchy marathon was all in black & white to reflect the series it parodies.
- National Stereotypes: Marge's past favorite book stereotypes Latin Americans as submissive to Europeans and Irish as drunkards.
- Nostalgia Filter: Marge doesn't remember how offensive her favorite story is until she tries to read it to Lisa.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: Marge edits her past favorite to make it politically correct and it turned the protagonist into a Mary Sue.
- Shout Out: One of the Itchy & Scratchy episodes is a parody of Leave It to Beaver and is titled "Leave it to Cleaver".