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YMMV / The Simpsons S2 E7 "Bart vs. Thanksgiving"

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: It's not specifically made clear whether Bart intentionally threw Lisa's centerpiece into the fireplace or inadvertently lunged it in there in their tussle.note  From either perspective Bart can be considered a remorseless destructive brat who fails to see how hurtful his actions are, or a case of Then Let Me Be Evil from getting scolded over a genuine accident, or perhaps more likely, a bit of both.
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  • Broken Base: Did Bart really deserve to be punished? Were Marge and Homer a bit too harsh on him? The viewers who see the latter finds Bart's punishment too far, even for someone like Bart. Especially considering it's on Thanksgiving and when Lou and Eddie called them out for it, regretful or not. For the viewers who see the former defends Marge and Homer by stating that Bart purposely threw Lisa's centerpiece into the fire, without any remorse. Considering how much of a pain Bart can be, along with the fact the parents not only have to deal with their relatives and the preparation of the feast itself in Marge's case. One's patience can go so far, especially if one has a child like Bart. However, there is a third group of fans who see that all of them were just as selfish.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The opening scene when Bart and Homer watch the Springfield Thanksgiving Day Parade, it shows the antler of Bullwinkle balloon springing a leak, in the years since the episode's first airing there have similar incidents involving balloons: in 1993 a Sonic the Hedgehog balloon collided with a lamppost and injured two spectators, in 1997 a The Cat in the Hat balloon toppled over a lamppost and left a child spectator in a coma for a month and at the 2005 Thanksgiving Day Parade a M&Ms balloon had tangled in a streetlight resulting in two sisters being injured and the M&M's balloon being retired indefinitely.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: One of the women featured on Lisa's centerpiece is environmentalist and novelist Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Her name would soon become known internationally after a mass shooting at a Florida high school named after her.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • During Bart's Imagine Spot of the family blaming him for everything, Homer yells at Bart: "It's your fault I'm bald!" In "And Maggie Makes Three," we learn this is at least partly true as that episode shows that Homer's baldness came about by him ripping out his hair each time he learned Marge was pregnant.
    • When Homer mentions why you can't have "every flash-in-the-pan character" as a parade balloon, a Bart balloon is briefly visible on the Simpsons' TV. At this stage the show's producers were in all likelihood expecting that the show would run for a few years and then fizzle out, but as it would turn out, the show ended up being much more of a Long Runner than they could have ever dreamed. True, Bart's role has been heavily overshadowed by that of Homer, and to a lesser extent Lisa in the show's later years, but he hasn't done too badly all things considered.
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  • Never Live It Down: Ironically, despite Forgiveness being the theme of this episode, some viewers aren't forgiving towards Marge and Homer for punishing Bart. This is despite them showing remorse for making Bart run away, Homer having done worse things to Bart without issue, Marge being at her Rage Breaking Point at that scene, and Bart reacted to Homer's ordering him to his room with a smartass remark (which in turn led to Marge's accusation that he'd ruined Thanksgiving), which just escalated the situation and made it clear that even if his destroying Lisa's centrepiece was accidental, he didn't feel any remorse over it.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Crossing with Skewed Priorities, Bart tries to put the turkey where Lisa's centerpiece is when there is actually implied room for the turkey where Homer is sitting, judging by Homer's eagerness to carve the turkey.
    • This can also apply to Lisa; Bart is carrying a heavy and hot turkey, and clearly needs to put it down as soon as he can. Lisa could have easily slid her centerpiece to the side so that he had room to.
  • The Woobie: If there's one thing the fans can agree on, it's that Lisa is definitely one here. She never did anything wrong, yet her centerpiece which she worked so hard on gets thrashed and she blames herself for Bart running away.


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