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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: It's not specifically made clear whether Bart intentionally threw Lisa's centrepiece 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 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[1].
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    • Lisa tells Maggie about her Thanksgiving centerpiece which pays tribute to female trailblazers, Lisa points out one that's was a barely recognized name: Marjory Stoneman Douglasnote . Watching the episode now, especially given the February 14th, 2018 shooting at the Florida high school named after her, Marjory Stoneman Douglas' name might be recognized by both the high school and the tragic shooting.
  • 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.
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  • Misaimed Fandom: Despite Homer and Marge having every right to be angry at Bart and punishing him on Thanksgiving, and shown remorse for making Bart run away, they are seen as Abusive Parents for the other part of the fan base, and they even go as far as outright demonizing the two. Even though Homer has done worse things to Bart in all the other episodes, and Marge herself was at her Rage Breaking Point at that scene.
  • 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. On the other hand, others aren't forgiving towards Bart for making Lisa cry by throwing her centerpiece into the fireplace on purpose.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Bart's Imagine Spot where his family uses him as a scapegoat while taunting and laughing at him could be considered unsettling for some.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Bart for the part of the fan base that saw Homer and Marge as being too cruel in their punishment. Even worse when you consider that the rest of the adults never tried to get in between his argument with Lisa until her centerpiece was already destroyed. Despite of this, even if one could ignore Bart destroying Lisa's centerpiece, and pulling mean-spirited pranks and causing trouble in the other episodes, Bart refuses to apologize and never saw any reason to until after running away. Speaking of which, when he was interviewed by Kent Brockman, Bart openly mocks his family and taunts them out of spite on live television.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: This site sees both Marge and Homer as this by punishing Bart on a holiday as going too far. Granted, Marge declared Bart ruined Thanksgiving but she was at her wit's end. As mentioned above, none of the adults tried to stop Bart and Lisa arguing until the latter's centerpiece was destroyed. It also helped that Lou and Eddie themselves thought Marge had been too hard on Bart, being stunned when she confessed that she told him he "ruined Thanksgiving".
  • 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 she gets her centerpiece thrashed and blames herself for Bart running away.
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