The Simpsons: Highlights from “Crystal Blue-Haired Persuasion”

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THE SIMPSONS: Homer angers Marge by binging their favorite show without her, and has to pick up a new skill in order to make amends. Meanwhile, Bart prepares to compete in ÒKrustyÕs Holiday TrampleÓ in the all-new ÒIÕm Dancing as Fat as I CanÓ episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Feb 10, (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT). THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2018 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. /
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While The Simpsons has become known for dropping references and Easter Eggs to past episodes in current seasons, last night’s episode entitled “Crystal Blue-Haired Persuasion” touched on one aspect of the show that we thought had been scrapped entirely: Bart’s ADHD.

Apparently, Bart Simpson was still taking the mind-altering drug known as Focusin in Season 30 of The Simpsons. The devilish heathen had been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in “Brother’s Little Helper” and prescribed the medication to treat his condition. Bart, however, went a bit overboard and begin guzzling tons of the pills.

At the sight of Bart going through such a psychotic break, Marge decided to take Bart off of the medication. She supposedly did so but the latest episode of The Simpsons tells us that she kept her son on the medication after all. This aspect of Bart’s life becomes clear when Marge informs him that they have to switch his Focusin to a cheaper generic brand.

Now, that might not seem like a big deal but if we’re looking at all the shenanigans that Bart has gotten himself into since Season 11—the year that Bart started taking Focusin—there may be a direct correlation to his behavior and medications. Bart is obviously rambunctious, to begin with, but perhaps the Focusin made his condition more severe. He did seem to become a bit crazier when the doctors first prescribed him medicine for his ADHD.

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In addition to last night’s callback to “Brother’s Little Helper”, the episode also brought back another mainstay of the series: Dr. Nick Riviera. The affordable town doctor has made sparse appearances in recent years but it’s strange because Dr. Nick was killed in The Simpsons Movie.

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Having been crushed by a large glass shard, fans thought he’d be axed from the show altogether. Fortunately, that’s not the case, evidenced by Dr. Nick’s presence in “Crystal Blue-Haired Persuasion”.

The final noteworthy moment actually revisited yet another classic trope of The Simpsons: Bart getting an A. He’s forged report cards in the past and even gloated about receiving good grades when he actually cheated. But last night’s episode showcased Bart earning a decent grade all on his won—with a little help from his crystals. Fans know this pattern of good behavior won’t last but who’s to say Bart will give up on being a good student.

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What are your thoughts on last night’s episode of The Simpsons? And did we miss any other references or callbacks? Let us know in the comments section below.

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