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YMMV / The Simpsons S6 E16: "Bart vs. Australia"

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  • Broken Base:
    • Australian fans are split about this episode. Some Aussies are most unamused by it, while others get a kick out of it.
    • American viewers were the same way, especially after learning that the Coriolis Effect doesn't affect draining, making the whole thing an excuse to make stereotypical jokes about Australia. Remember, this was back when The Simpsons was considered the anti-sitcom and didn't do things that other sitcoms did, so for them to do this was a shock to fans.
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  • Critical Research Failure: Bart calls several countries in the Southern Hemisphere to see which way the water flows in their toilets and drains. Among them is apparently Burkina Faso, which is a West African country that's north of the Equator. This might have been justified since Bart isn't exactly solid with the book-learning, but he did have a globe and a (very) basic understanding of the Equator to work with.
  • Designated Villain: The Australian government's anger about Bart unapologetically tricking one of their citizens was justified. The real problem with the booting was that Evan Conover didn't bother telling them about it in advance.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Tobias has become one on the Rock Bottom Facebook page with several memes depicting Tobias acting and talking like a real Australian would. Unsurprisingly, Tobias memes are popular on the Compuglobalhypermeganet Australia & New Zealand Facebook fan page.
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  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In-universe, the episode discussed the American fascination with Australian culture in The '80s, including such works as Crocodile Dundee, and Yahoo Serious' films such as Young Einstein, the latter prompting Lisa to say "I know those words, but that sign makes no sense."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Homer mispronounces Uruguay as "U R Gay". Uruguay would later be the first South American country to legalise civil unions.
  • Idiot Plot: The Coriolis effect is real, but it doesn't affect the way water runs down the drain, so the entire plot is just an excuse for The Simpsons to go to Australia and raise hell.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Pretty much every single line of dialogue said by any of the Australians has been subjected to this. Special mentions go to "Nine-hundred dollarydoos?!", the game of Knifey-Spoony, and the Prime Minister's introduction.
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    • Homer pointing to Uruguay on the map and remarking, "Look at this country, it says 'U R Gay'."
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: The episode is considered an excellent documentary in Australia, particularly for showcasing the game of Knifey-Spoony, and the Prime Minister drinking from a can of beer while lying naked on a lake in an old tire. One Australian is petitioning for the currency's name to be changed to dollarydoos. It's got over 60,000 signatures.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: There is a parody of Crocodile Dundee with a man going "think that's a knife? THIS is a knife". For newer viewers, the film from which the meme came is not so familiar, and therefore many people think back to this series instead.


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