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Recap / The Simpsons S 30 E 21 Doh Canada

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On a family vacation to Niagara Falls, Lisa is mistakenly granted political asylum in Canada. When Marge goes to rescue Lisa, they are forced to re-evaluate their love for America as they navigate the polite Canadian landscape. The episode was co-written by Tim Long.

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  • Artistic License – Law: Despite popular belief, foreigners and tourists can't just go to a Canadian hospital and expect free treatment. Generally speaking, you have to be a taxpaying citizen to qualify for free healthcare (since you're already paying for it through taxes). American citizens wouldn't be sent away, per se, but would be charged for the services.
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  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Homer mocks Upstate New York for starting to watch Fox News.
  • Call-Back: The Simpsons once again visit Mt. Splashmore. Bart and Lisa even repeat their way to ask Homer to take them there.
  • Canada, Eh?: The series' latest episode to take place in Canada.
  • Pun-Based Title: On "Oh Canada," the country's national anthem.
  • Take That!:
    • The episode takes some potshots at Upstate New York, saying it can never go into decline "because it was never that great to begin with." Homer sings a parody of "Theme from New York, New York" extending the joke even further.
    Start watchin' Fox News
    Stop watchin' your weight
    There is no fancy part of it
    Upstate New York
    • The Simpsons aren't fond of Niagara Falls and only go there for the free hotel stay.
    • The Simpsons can hide at the Detroit Lions' stadium because nobody buys tickets to watch their games.
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: Homer finally earns enough points for a free stay at a hotel but must use them before midnight or they're lost.
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