Homer doesn't care for Creator/MelGibson's remake of ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'', and Gibson (who is looking for someone who won't kiss up to him) enlists his help in improving it.
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* BloodierAndGorier: Homer's take on ''Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'', which is more akin to ''Film/LethalWeapon'' and ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind:
-->'''Creator/MelGibson:''' You want me to replace the villain with a dog? I mean nobody will know what's going on. \\
'''Homer:''' They will if you set up that the dog is evil. All you do is have to show him doing this. [lowers eyelids and glances around in shifty-eyed fashion] [[TropeNamer The people will suspect the dog.]]
** As a BrickJoke, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T55ArHjeR1c a dog with shifty eyes appears at the end of the episode.]]
* {{Gasshole}}: There was a scene that plays this trope:
-->'''Car Saleswoman:''' Thinking of saying goodbye to gas?
-->'''Bart:''' [[ExactWords You betcha]] :burps:
-->'''Marge:''' Bart! :farts: well, that shut me up.
** Also this episode marks the first time in the entire series that someone actually farts, which most fans has chalked up as yet another sign the show is trying to be crass and in-your-face like ''SouthPark'' (and later, ''FamilyGuy'').
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Mel.
** HilariousInHindsight: Given everything that happened to Mel Gibson years after this episode aired makes this episode funnier than it was when it first came on, ''especially'' the plot point of Gibson making an overly violent movie that shocks and disgusts his fans (''Passion of the Christ'').
* PanderingToTheBase : InUniverse, Homer writes a bad review of his movie so he lets him work on the redit, thinking Homer was saying what people really felt and had the guts to tell him. When in fact it was because Homer is a tasteless boob who skips over any part of a movie thats not funny or action packed ([[GreenEyedMonster and had a grudge against Mel at the time due to Marge's infatuation with him]]).
** CallBack: Mel Gibson is not the first man to [[{{Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E15OhBrotherWhereArtThou}} do the mistake of assuming that Homer Simpson knows what people really wants just because his tastes are simple]].
* ShoutOut: The episode title is one for Mel Gibson movie ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''.
* TakeThat: One of the executives said Homer's changes made Gibson's movie worse than ''The Godfather III'' and Mel Gibson told him not to say that kind of thing. The executive conceded he went too far with the comment but still wanted to destroy Homer's film.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: While in Hollywood, the Simpsons see Creator/RobertDowneyJr in a shoot-out with the LAPD, which Marge thought was a movie being filmed, parodying his drug problems and arrests at the time.
* WackyFratboyHijinx: Homer pitches a movie idea to Mel that sounds like the plot to ''Film/AnimalHouse'' (or ''AmericanPie'', since he mentioned "nerdy teens trying to get some," and, at the time, movies like that were making a comeback).