passage of time
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- The elapsing of time.
2013 October 13, Erik Adams, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Lisa’s Wedding” (season six, episode 19; originally aired 3/19/1995)”, The Onion AV Club:
- Presented with an opportunity to go off the rails, the show stays small and focuses on the characters and relationships as we know them, acknowledging the passage of time only when it suits the comedy of “Lisa’s Wedding.