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YMMV / The Simpsons S 7 E 23 Much Apu About Nothing

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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In one part, Grandpa gives Apu the idea "The government doesn't control the sky. What if you lived in a balloon?" Apparently, somebody at Pixar was listening.
  • Memetic Mutation: This episode features Helen Lovejoy's first usage of "Won't someone PLEASE think of the children?!", a phrase that not only became synonymous with her character, but also one of the most cited examples of the Think of the Children! logical fallacy in popular culture, journalism and academia, to the point where it has been referred to as "Lovejoy's Law".
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  • Moral Event Horizon: Principal Skinner crosses this when he joins the students in harassing Uter, all because the boy is from Germany. Worse is that Uter came to the United States legally. And even worse in that the Season 6 episode "The PTA Disbands" showed Skinner remorselessly leave Uter to die at the hands of murderous reenactment soldiers, leading to strong Fridge Horror.
  • Never Live It Down: Outside this episode, Helen Lovejoy doesn't make an appeal to the children that often, and when she does it's often more as a parody of her famous quote. It hasn't stopped thinking of the children becoming the defining quirk of her character.
  • Values Resonance: The episode shows the legal and human side of illegal immigration. It works better at a time when Congress and states are debating greater border security and restrictions.


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