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YMMV / The Simpsons S4 E19 "The Front"

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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The segment with Ned Flanders at the end is completely divorced from the rest of the episode, and was only added to fill time.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight
    • After Abe gives his speech at the end of the episode, one cartoon writer (modeled after Al Jean, who was a writer at the time, but would later be a show runner) decides that he's wasting his career and decides to "go write that sitcom about the sassy robot." In 1999, Matt Groening went on to create Futurama, a sitcom that prominently features a sassy robot (Bender), though Jean wasn't involved in it.
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    • The art style in the Action Figure Man sequence looks like something out of King of the Hill (the episodes from seasons one to three), a show that Film Roman (the domestic production studio behind The Simpsons at the time) would later go on to also produce four years later.
    • The theme song to The Adventures of Ned Flanders ends with the line "Everyone else loves Ned Flanders!" which sounds like a Shout-Out to Everybody Loves Raymond (and this show has done a few, including one where Ray Romano himself was a guest star)... except this episode aired three years before that sitcom premiered.
    • Related, the song includes a gag of Homer chiming in that he doesn't love Flanders, to which the chorus responds with "Everyone who counts loves Ned Flanders!" Ten years later, there'd be an episode where Homer writes a hit song about how much everyone hates Ned.
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  • Padding: Due to the episode having a shorter runtime, an extra-long couch gag was used (the showbiz extravaganza one that was often used in season four), and "The Adventures of Ned Flanders" segment was added at the end.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Homer having to retake high school science. This could have been explored more (especially since the episode was running short) or, like in "Homer Goes to College" in season five, it could have been its own episode. Instead, it happens mostly offscreen and is resolved and forgotten.


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