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Simpsons Plot Holes We Ignore


In the interest of exercising our inner Comic Book Guy, it's worth taking a look back at The Simpsons and examining some of the problematic moments that everyone, except the most nit-picky of Simpsons fans, were willing to overlook.

In the season 9 episode "Lisa the Simpson," Lisa begins to fear that her gift of intelligence is failing her.

When she complains to Abe, he tells her that every member of the Simpson family starts out smart but then dramatically becomes dumber with age, sending Lisa into an anxious spiral as she fears she'll soon become oafish like her father and brother.

When Homer realizes what his dad has done, he calls the extended family over, where they discover that the gene only affects the Simpson men. A female relative, who's a doctor, explains to Lisa that the defective gene is in the Y chromosome, meaning only boys get it, along with a rotund figure and a bald head. Although this makes Lisa feel better, it presents a plot hole in the form of Homer's previously introduced half-brother, Herb Powell.

The product of an affair between Abe and a woman named Gaby, Herb was put up for adoption in Shelbyville. When Homer meets Herb for the first time as an adult, he's introduced as a highly successful businessman who put himself through Harvard and climbed the ranks to start his own automotive company. Herb is rich, intelligent and successful. He's all the things that Abe's genes were supposed to go away as he got older. So the Simpson gene seemingly skipped Herb for unknown reasons.

But Herb actually may not have missed the Simpson gene entirely. He was convinced to make a terrible car by his half-brother, Homer, and fell victim to short bursts of anger and clumsiness. And maybe by virtue of being adopted, some nurture helped counteract his nature.

In the season 6 episode "Lisa's Wedding," the family attends a fair where Lisa stumbles upon a fortune-teller and agrees to let the woman tell her a story of her first love.

For the first time in the show's history, the audience is presented with a flash-forward showing a 23-year-old Lisa embarking on a whirlwind romance with a young British student named Hugh Parkfield. Their wedding ceremony in Springfield is ill-fated after Hugh simply can't handle the oafish nature of Lisa's family. She calls off the wedding, but not before friends and family gather for the ceremony, including Maude Flanders and Edna Krabappel. Although it's the year 2010 at the time, 15 years in the future from the episode's air date, fans know that both characters met unfortunate ends while Lisa was still in 2nd grade.

Maude was famously killed by a t-shirt blast that Homer provoked at a race car event when the velocity of the blow knocked her off the top of the raceway. That sent her husband, Ned Flanders, on a journey of grief in which he tried to figure out how to move on as a single father. The episode aired in 2000, long before Lisa's future wedding would have taken place.


The Simpson gene | 0:00
The dead come back | 1:46
Homer's brain damage | 3:10
Homer and Marge get married | 4:27
Seymour Skinner's past | 5:41
The Simpson farm | 6:45
Marge's fear of flying | 7:47
The Simpsons return to Florida | 9:10
Homer juggles multiple jobs | 10:13

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