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Recap / The Simpsons S 29 E 15 No Good Read Goes Unpunished

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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.

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  • 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.
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  • 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".
    • Also, Marge's past favorite book is called The Princess in the Garden, written by an expy of author Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Marge: Some things will be dealt with at a later date.
Lisa: If at all...

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