When a dashing [[TheLancer lancer]] becomes a BumblingSidekick on a new cop show, Homer petitions the court to have his name legally changed and takes advantage of the good life that comes with having a new name -- until he gets roped into an environmental protest.

!! Tropes:

* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: ''Police Cops''
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Police Cop Homer Simpson starting as a competent cop and being later changed into a BumblingSidekick.
* NamedLikeMyName: TropeNamer.
* NonIdleRich: The ''Police Cops'' version of Homer Simpson before being [[{{Retcon}} turned]] into a BumblingSidekick.
* TheOtherDarrin: PlayedForLaughs -- During the joke about how networks love animation because they don't pay the actors squat, Ned Flanders comes in and adds, "Plus, they can replace the voices and no one can tell the diddly-ifference." For the sake of that joke, Karl Wiedergott (a featured voice actor who joined the show during its tenth season) voiced Ned Flanders (who is regularly voiced by HarryShearer).
* ShoutOut: Homer's "Max Power" song is sung to the tune of the title theme of ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Police Cops'' and the other mid-season shows, like ''The Laughter Family'', ''Admiral Baby'', and ''America's Funniest Tornados''.
* TakeThat and BitingTheHandHumor: Homer's line about networks loving animated shows because they don't have to pay the actors' anything (and a newly-voiced Ned Flanders adding that networks can also change the characters' voice actors and no one can tell the difference). At the time of the episode's premiere, ''The Simpsons'' voice actors ''were'' in a pay dispute and ''were'' threatened with being replaced by soundalikes if they didn't agree to FOX's offer.
** At the environmental party, Homer refuses to talk to ''SNL'' producer and co-creator LorneMichaels, who was actually voiced by former ''SNL'' cast member HarryShearer[[note]]who has gone on record in stating that he didn't like his time on ''SNL'' during the fifth season [and later, the tenth, under Dick Ebersol] and begged NBC to make him showrunner for season six so he can mold ''SNL'' into what he wanted it to be. When Shearer learned that NBC hired Jean Doumanian [a decision they would later regret], he left the show along with the remnants of the "Not Ready for Primetime" cast.[[/note]]
* TooDumbToLive and HypocriticalHumor: Chief Wiggum pointed a gun at himself while insulting Homer's competence.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In-universe: ''Police Cops'' wasn't originally supposed to be a series. It was supposed to be a comedy about a psychologist on-board the ''R.M.S. Titanic'' starring Annie Potts and Jeremy Piven, but was scrapped because the idea scared the hell out of them, so they came up with a cop drama. Also, ''Police Cops'' was supposed to be called ''Badge Patrol'', but they didn't like the title.