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YMMV / The Simpsons S 6 E 11 Fear Of Flying

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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Homer is banned from Moe's. A man in a nice suit and top hat, who otherwise looks exactly like Homer, enters and introduces himself as "Guy Incognito." The patrons, thinking that it's Homer in a Paper-Thin Disguise, beat him up and toss him out of the bar. As it turns out, it actually was a different person as Homer happens to walk by and see the unconscious doppelgänger. He comments on it before getting distracted by a dog with a puffy tail and the issue is never brought up again.
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  • Critical Dissonance: Whereas many fans complained that the initial plot with Homer looking for a new bar was more interesting than the eventual main plot of Marge's aviophobia, a lot of professional critics actually had the opposite opinion, feeling that the initial plot with Homer was mostly padding that got in the way of the episode's exploration of Marge's backstory, something that the show hadn't really done before without going into her shared backstory with Homer. That being said, Homer's visit to Cheers still got a lot of praise among the critics.
  • Franchise Original Sin: A common complaint about modern Simpsons episodes is that many of them start with one plot before switching to the "actual" plot halfway through. This episode is also guilty of that, but it doesn't come under as much fire since the trope wasn't nearly as prominent at this point in the show's run.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: Homer doesn’t want Marge to go to therapy because he's afraid the therapist is going to brainwash her and turn her against him. In "Specs In The City", he finds out that she has been going to therapy in secret and he is her biggest complaint.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When Homer is banned from Moe's the first time, Marge suggested he pretend the house was a bar, so he could spend every night at home. He responded he wasn't even going to dignify it with an answer. In "Dumbbell Indemnity", after Moe's Tavern gets burned down, Homer lets Moe use his garage as a bar. And also, in "Homer the Moe", when Moe remakes his bar as a post-modern nightclub, Homer and his friends start their own bar (actually, a "hunting club"), located in the garage.
  • Memetic Mutation: The image of Homer in a lesbian bar gets posted a fair bit, and is often used in reference to somebody having an unpopular opinion or being Locked Out of the Loop on the internet.
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  • One-Scene Wonder: Guy Incognito, Homer's Identical Stranger, is fondly remembered despite being only present for a gag.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: A lot of viewers stated that the "Homer tries to find a new bar" plotline would have made a better episode than Marge going to therapy for her fear of flying.


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