In this BizarroEpisode, Homer and Bart adopt a horse (again) and train it to be a {{badass}} on the racetrack, which irks a secret society of jockey elves. Meanwhile, Lisa files a complaint to President UsefulNotes/BillClinton over an unfair judgment at the county fair's Battle of the Bands.
* AudienceSurrogate: The Comic Book Guy becomes one in this episode.
* ContinuityNod / NoodleIncident: Lenny's eye injury
* CurseCutShort:
-->'''Nelson:''' Oh, man, that horse don't take no guff from nobody.
-->'''Jimbo:''' Guff?!
-->'''Nelson:''' I mean sh— (''Jimbo and Keaney pummel him.'')
* DidntWeUseThisJokeAlready:
-->'''Marge:''' Hmmm. Should the Simpsons get a horse?
-->'''Comic Book Guy:''' Excuse me, I believe [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E8LisasPony this family already had a horse]], and the expense forced Homer to work at the Kwik-E-Mart, with [[HilarityEnsues hilarious consequences]].
-->'''Homer:''' (''pause'') Anybody care what this guy thinks?
-->'''Crowd:''' No!
** Later:
-->'''Marge:''' Okay, Lisa, I've got Furious D across the board, boxed with the three and the eight and wheeled up and down.
-->'''Lisa:''' Mom, I think you might be [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E10Springfield developing a gambling problem]].
-->'''Comic Book Guy:''' ''(while wearing a [[LampshadeHanging "Worst Episode Ever" t-shirt]])'' Hey, I'm watching you.
* EveryoneChasingYou: Jockey-sized trolls chase after Homer after Homer breaks his promise to throw the horse race so they can win.
* HeartSymbol: Parodied and deconstructed. Moe meets a beautiful woman at a horse racing track, and his heart starts beating out of his chest like in the older, wackier [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age of Animation]] cartoons (particularly the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and [[TexAveryMGMCartoons MGM]] cartoons directed by Creator/TexAvery). When he notices this, he identifies this as the symptom of a serious medical problem, and says he has to leave for the hospital.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: See HeartSymbol above.
* SoreLoser: Lisa.
* SpoofAesop: UsefulNotes/BillClinton says that if you don't win something, complain until you get it. Marge even points out that that's a lousy lesson (with Clinton stating that he's a lousy President, which, according to the DVD commentary and the episode review on "Me Blog Write Good," is HarsherInHindsight, given that UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush was the next president and most people believe that Bush, Jr. was worse).
* WorstWhateverEver: Comic Book Guy criticizes the episode, which recycles old plots and character traits ("Excuse me, I believe this family already had a horse", Marge's gambling). As the episode proceeds, he wears a "Worst Episode Ever" shirt. When the credits end at the Gracie Films production logo, he says, "Worst. Episode. Ever."