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  • Accidental Innuendo: "Grab some wood there, bub."
  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: Some consider the actual moral to be "no one actually learned anything".
  • Complete Monster: According to Bender, his father. He burns his arm for spilling paint in the garage.
    • Brian's mother and Andy's dad have shades of this, even with their limited screentime. The former is a truly unsettling example of an Education Mama gone bad; the latter is more of a Smug Snake with tinges of Retired Monster.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The theme performed by Simple Minds.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy
  • Designated Love Interest: Arguably: Andy and Allison, Bender and Claire.
  • Ear Worm: Don't you... Forget about me...
  • Jerkass Woobie: All five main characters, although each in different ways. Allison's parents don't care, Bender's father is abusive and his mother is timid, Andrew's father pressures him to do well in sports and follow through with jock stereotypes, Brian's parents expect him to live up to their example and be the perfect student, and Claire's parents care more about deliberately going against each other and fighting than caring about her. They all have issues as a result and their issues are different.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Threatening an abused kid in a closed room with a physical beating, really? Then going off to sneak peeks at confidential psychological files -- and is caught by Carl, who promptly blackmails him.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Brian's mother and Andy's dad. Chilling folks.
  • Smug Snake: ANDY'S FATHER. Near-constant smirk? Check. Sarcastic, mocking voice? Check. Delusions of magnificence? Check. He's more or less the poster boy for this trope, despite his limited screen time.
  • Squick: Bender is offhandedly shown brushing his teeth with one of Claire's makeup brushes. Claire is later seen using the brush on Allison's face.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: The current Trope Illustrator.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Hey, teens! Got evil parents? TOO FUCKING BAD!
  • Values Dissonance: Both Bender and Andy use the word "fag/faggot" without being punished or reprimanded for it. Today, the word is seen as an insult almost on par with the N-word, but in The Eighties, the term would essentially be seen as just another swear, and doesn't imply that either of them were gay-bashers.
    • Brian's punishment of a Saturday detention for bringing a gun to school is shockingly laughable these days.
      • A flare gun, brought by a model student for what was probably assumed by teachers to be some sort of experiment. Would still be suspension/expulsion worthy by today's standards, but you can see how he'd get off easier in the 80s.
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