When a dashing [[TheLancer lancer]] named Homer Simpson 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:

* FiveFiveFive: [[https://frinkiac.com/img/S10E13/923338.jpg The garden party invite]] lists Trent Steel's phone number as [=KL5=]-2654.
* AwesomeEgo: InUniverse: Ed Begley Jr rides a go-kart powered by his own sense of self-satisfaction. It goes as fast as a race car, too.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Homer has his name changed to "Max Power" because it was the only one he spelled correctly. His other options were "Hercules Rockefeller", "Rembrandt Q. Einstein", and "Handsome B. Wonderful".
* BreakingTheFourthWall: InUniverse: In ''Series/AllInTheFamily 1999'' after Archie Bunker proclaims his love for the {{Token Minorit|y}}ies around him, he mutters to himself, "I wish I'd saved my money from the first show."
* BumblingSidekick: On ''Police Cops'', the character of Homer Simpson becomes one to Lance Kaufman after the first episode. Lenny even refers to the character as one.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: ''Police Cops''.
* DisasterDominoes: Homer cutting down his tree manages to knock down all the other trees in the forest and destroy a police car. To top it off his chain hits an eagle when he tosses it skyward.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In-universe: Police Cop Homer Simpson starting as a competent cop and being later changed into a BumblingSidekick.
* EpicFail:
** Homer's single-handed demolition of an entire forest (including the smashing of a patrol car and killing an eagle) when he tries to prevent the cops from macing him as a protestor against the forest's destruction. InUniverse, the ''Police Cops'' version of Homer mistakes a "guns-for-toys" exchange program for the reverse, and so he ends up giving away guns to criminals.
** Lenny once held a New Years' Eve party, and didn't even have a clock.
* ExecutiveMeddling[[invoked]]: {{Discussed|Trope}}:
-->'''Lisa:''' Producers fiddle with shows all the time. They [[CharacterDevelopment change characters]], [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome drop others]], and [[DemotedToExtra push some into the background]].\\
''([[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Mr. Largo and the Capital City Goofball walk by in the background outside the house as she says this.]])''
* {{GASP}}: Homer does this when he sees that the cool detective on ''Police Cops'' is also called Homer Simpson.
-->'''Homer:''' GASP! He's NamedLikeMyName!
* GenreShift: InUniverse. ''Police Cops'' starts off as action show before being retooled into a comedy.
* IAmNotSpock: InUniverse: Once the character is changed into a clown, people start treating Homer like he's the character.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Lenny when he tells everyone Homer was about to do something stupid. On one hand It isn't really being a good friend to follow a friend about waiting for him to mess up, but on the other hand, Homer 'did' cause a huge accident trying to cook fondue on his work console.
* JugglingLoadedGuns: Chief Wiggum scratches himself with his gun... right after calling Homer "that stupid cop from TV".
* LineOfSightName: Homer got the name "Max Power" off a hair dryer.
%%* NamedLikeMyName: TropeNamer.%%ZCE
* NonIdleRich:
** The ''Police Cops'' version of Homer, before being [[{{Retcon}} turned]] into a BumblingSidekick.
** The celebrities are all dedicated enviromentalists. This terrifies Homer, who ''only'' wanted the self entitled benefits of celebrity.
* NoodleIncident:
** Marge mentions an unspecified time when Anthony Michael Hall stole Homer's car stereo.
** Later, Marge mentions a New Year's Eve Party Lenny held which was supposedly worse than Homer and Marge being chained to trees.
--->'''Marge''': [[EpicFail He didn't even have a clock.]]
* TheOtherDarrin: InUniverse: 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 Creator/HarryShearer). Played a bit more straight with changing the actor playing the ''Police Cops'' Homer Simpson between the pilot and the second episode from a handsome guy to a Creator/ChrisFarley {{Expy}} -- this alongside turning the character into a complete idiot.
* RealityEnsues: After being humiliated from the ShowWithinAShow ''Police Cops'' features a character called Detective Homer Simpson, who is heroic and suave in the pilot but becomes a fat, bumbling idiot in the series proper. Homer decides to sue the producers for improper use of his name, which the judge immediately throws out as individuals do not own exclusive rights to their names, and simply sharing a name with a fictional character does not give you the right to sue over how that character is used by the creators.
* {{Retirony}}:
-->'''Chief Wiggum:''' That car only had one day until retirement.
* PoliceBrutality: When the cops try to deal with the protesting celebrities (and Homer), Wiggum orders that the cops use pepper spray. Or rather, a mixture of pepper so strong that the bottle guarantees will ''probably destroy the eye'', and needs a massive swab for it to be applied (so they chase after Homer in order to hold him down so they can do so). Him being chased by the cops around the tree that he's chained to causes the DisasterDominoes mentioned above.
* IResembleThatRemark: Homer's attempts to prove that he's nothing like (the new) Homer on Police Cops, only causes him to act ''more'' like him.
* SanitySlippage: Homer briefly experiences this after the fallout of the new Homer Simpson, during which he orders Bart to kill a random cat and a big, yellow flower which were apparently laughing at him.
* SelfDeprecation: Lisa suggests that mid-season is just a dumping ground for shows that weren't good enough for the fall line-up. Guess [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons what show]] premiered in December of 1989, well after the fall premieres.
* ShoutOut: Homer's "Max Power" song is sung to the tune of the title theme of ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''.
** The initial detectives' appearances and behavior in ''Police Cops'' and the show itself were modeled after ''Series/MiamiVice''.
** A subtle one to ''Series/MaxHeadroom'': When Homer's asked where he got the name "Max Power", he said he got it off a hair dryer. In the ''Max Headroom'' series, Max got his name from the last thing Edison saw before getting in a car crash: A sign that said "MAX HEADROOM 2.3 M".
** The retooled "Police Cops" show has DaChief yelling "SIMP-SOOOOOOOON!" at the new, dumbed-down Homer Simpson, similar to how on ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', Mr. Spacely would yell "JET-SOOOOOOOON!" at George Jetson.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Police Cops'' and the other mid-season shows, like ''The Laughter Family'', ''Admiral Baby'', and ''America's Funniest Tornados''.
* StatusQuoIsGod: In the end Homer/Max changes his name back to Homer Simpson.
* 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 Creator/LorneMichaels, who was actually voiced by former ''SNL'' cast member Creator/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]]
** To make Homer feel better, Marge [[ConsolationBackfire tells him]] that his new characterization may serve as the comic relief, like Creator/MarlonBrando in ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
** The aforementioned comment about Anthony Michael Hall and how it was a coincidence that some ''other'' man with the same name stole Homer's car radio.
-->'''Bart''': [[SarcasmMode Right, coincidence.]]
* TooDumbToLive and HypocriticalHumor: Chief Wiggum pointed a gun at himself while insulting Homer's competence.
* UnfortunateNames: Homer has Marge's name changed to "Chestie LaRue" he says if shes not completely satisfied she can be [[AllMenArePerverts "Busty Saint Clare" or "Hootie McBoob"]]
* 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 or [[SciFiGhetto the idea of hi-tech badges that shoot laser beams.]]
* WhosOnFirst:
-->'''Trent Steele:''' You like Thai?\\
'''Homer/Max:''' Tie good, you like shirt?