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Recap / The Simpsons S 31 E 1 The Winter Of Our Monetized Content

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Homer and Bart become viral video stars; Lisa takes a stand against Springfield Elementary's new detention policy.

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  • Detention Episode: Springfield Elementary subsidizes its detentions to a private company that operates prisons, running them like literal prisons, with children making license plates.
  • Gladiator Games: In the end, Homer and Bart are to fight on live television as gladiators with real weapons, with the implication that they are to fight to the death.
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  • Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: Bart interrupts Homer's live podcast and the ensuing fight goes viral. A tech entrepreneur has them stage fights under corporate sponsorship for money. Ironically, it's a video of them hugging, which goes against their "brand", that ends up humiliating them.
  • Left Hanging: It's never elaborated on as to who filmed Homer and Bart hugging in the first place. Lisa's subplot ends in a similar fashion with the teachers working on the license plates and the children's strike being ignored.
  • Overly Long Gag: Homer laughs for almost two hours after seeing a video of a monkey smelling his finger and fainting.
  • Take That!: Viral video marketing is presented in this episode as unethical, even leading to Homer and Bart being force to fight to the death just so they'd become viral sensations again.

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