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YMMV / The Simpsons S 16 E 11 On A Clear Day I Cant See My Sister

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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: All of Lisa's actions in this episode are unnecessarily cruel.
  • Designated Hero: Lisa overall, for her constant use of the restraining order to make Bart's life miserable and refusing to remove it until she thinks he's had enough (and it's obvious that him living so long on the backyard that he has become feral is not "enough"), and working very hard to remember three things Bart did for her in order to forgive him. The event mentioned below on "They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot" paints her even more as having as "It's All About Me" mentality.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: Dr. Hibbert mentions being sued for sexual harassment. Now bear in mind that he was created as a caricature of Bill Cosby...
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: Lisa is so much of a straw Soapbox Sadie, she'd force children into her beliefs and make them prioritize the environment over being children.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The sequence where Lisa tries to recall good things Bart did for her (just three) would have been a good moment for a Continuity Cavalcade, especially when the show has used it for less serious things (plotwise-speaking). Instead, Negative Continuity wins and Lisa can't remember any of Bart's sacrifices for her behalf during the show's many seasons (she can remember a couple, but they are ones which the fans had not seen before, and cannot recall a third... so she misinterprets Bart's effigy and counts it as such. Or rather, she can see Bart built it as a symbol of his dislike of her... but she missed Bart's lies, so she decides to take his lie that he built it because he loves her at face value).
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  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Bart was only being a kid when he was pulling pranks on Lisa.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Lisa. When Bart pranks her, she responds with a restraining order and abuses it to make Bart suffer a lot, and appears to deny all the nice things he has done for her throughout the series. When her own mother comes to her to ask her to stop this, Lisa just says that she won't do it until Bart has learnt his lesson... which means she thinks turning her own brother into a homeless wild man that has started to think he's a dog isn't enough punishment (she relents once Marge insists and says she will if she remembers the nice things, though... but what if she didn't?)
  • What an Idiot!: Bart just couldn't waste an opportunity to mock Judge Harm's right in the middle of his hearing to get the order rescinded. As a result, Judge Harm decides to increase the order's radius from 100 to 500 feet.


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