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}}:
-->'''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 some fans chalked up as yet another attempt of the show to be crass and in-your-face like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' (and later, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'').
* HighClassGlass: In Homer's version of ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'', the President of the United States wears a monocle.
* 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 (''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'').
* PanderingToTheBase : InUniverse, Homer writes a bad review of his movie so Gibson lets him work on the re-edit, thinking Homer was saying what people really felt and had the guts to tell him, when in fact it was because Homer [[GreenEyedMonster 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]].
* {{Pun}}: When the studio executives are chasing Homer and Mel, their car is hit by what appears to be Mel Gibson...
--> '''William Milo''': This is just a dummy!\\
'''Edward Christian''': I know, but he sells tickets. ''[long pause as neither of the execs laugh]'' ... Let's go.
* TheScapegoat: When Homer asks Mel why he thinks the country has lost its way, Mel replies with, "I blame the internet. And the return of swing music."
* 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 ''Film/TheGodfather 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.
* WackyFratboyHijinx: Homer pitches a movie idea to Mel that sounds like the plot to ''Film/AnimalHouse'' (or ''Film/AmericanPie'', since he mentioned "nerdy teens trying to get some," and, at the time, movies like that were making a comeback).