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  • Acceptable Targets: Bald people. Homer gets promoted through the roof immediately after his hair starts growing back after he discovers a wondrous hair growth product. Once it fell out again, he ends up back in his old position.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • When Homer tells Bart "baldness is hereditary", is he really oblivious to the fact baldness is something people inherit from their mothers (which makes sense, considering how Marge started losing her hair from stress on the Sherri Bobbins episode from season 8) or is he counting on Bart not knowing that detail?
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    • Burns snaps at Smithers when the latter explains what dimoxinil is, saying that he already knows about it. While he had done the same thing earlier when Homer tried to explain what fish sticks are (and it's probably a safe bet that fish sticks aren't a part of Burns's diet), it's not too big a leap in logic to think that Burns tried dimoxinil himself at some point, and wasn't quite so lucky as Homer.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Karl, whose dedication, savviness, and Straight Gay qualities made him a very memorable one-off character.
  • Values Resonance: Of all of the episodes of The Simpsons to feature any display of homosexuality, this first one is the only one where it's depicted as a complete non-issue, which is still rare today but was controversial at worst and unheard of at best in 1990. Each subsequent episode about the subject ("Homer's Phobia" "Three Gays of the Condo") would have broader and broader gay stereotypes, inversely proportionate to homosexuality becoming less taboo in the United States. It wouldn't be until Patty came out, some 14 seasons later, that the show started to reverse course on this approach.
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