After Bart cheats at the Springfield Marathon, he is recruited by record producer L.T Smash alongside Milhouse, Nelson, and Ralph Wiggum to form The Party Posse. However, when Lisa sees something strange in the band's new music video, she discovers a shocking conspiracy.

!!Tropes appearing in this episode:
* [[AsHimself As Themselves]]: Music/{{NSYNC}}.
* AutoTune: The Party Posse have terrible singing voices, so L.T uses NASA voice enhancing technology [[ThatSyncingFeeling to make them sound like teenage dreamboats]]. The secret is let out when his commander turns off the enhancers during a big concert.
* BaitAndSwitch: Done twice. When L.T learns that the Party Posse will no longer be able to gather recruits for the Navy, his commander says "It's over" before pointing a gun at him...which he then uses to turn off the Party Posse's voice enhancers. Angrily, L.T takes the gun from him...which he then uses to recommission the battleship.
* BigNo: J.C. gives out this after the rest of the band enlisted him in the Navy and he's carried off by two recruiters.
* BoyBand: The Party Posse
* BulletTime: One of N'Sync's dance moves is "a Matrix", where the five jump and stay frozen in mid-air while the camera pans around them.
* CassandraTruth: Homer and Marge dismiss Lisa's claims that the Party Posse is unwittingly brainwashing people as jealousy of Bart's newfound fame.
* CatchPhrase: Justin Timberlake always says "Word."[[note]]Which he actually said only once during the recording session; as a joke, the editing team placed it after almost all of Timberlake's lines, because he was reluctant to say "Word".[[/note]] Joey Fatone repeatedly says "Old school!"
* CreditsMontage: The credits for this episode featured behind-the-scenes footage (taken from an episode of an old FOX Family Channel documentary series called ''Total Access 24/7'') of NSYNC recording their lines, plus clips from the episode. The credits were split-screen, the footage airing next to the credits template Fox used at the time. These credits have never been altered for syndication airings, at least in the United States. Watch them [[ here]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: L.T. Smash decided to blow up Mad Magazine just because they wanted to do a spoof of the band. Even more, the boys themselves took the "insult" as a ''[[ActuallyPrettyFunny compliment]].''
* {{Fanservice}}: The "Drop Da Bomb" music video features girls in bikinis with 3 of them singing the subliminal "Yvan Eht Nioj" message.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Smash's military connection is hinted at by his record company: "Classified Records."
* GotVolunteered: The other members of N'SYNC enlist J.C. in the Navy without telling him. He doesn't find out until a couple recruiters drag him away.
* ImagineSpot: L.T has one where the military fights a group of hippies. Based on the conversation with his commander, it's a common occurrence.
* LouisCypher: Parodied. L.T. Smash is really '''Lt.'''... L.T. Smash.
* LustfulMelt: The Party Posse's CampGay dance instructor uses the reason he's not affected by this trope as a reason to sharpen their moves. When he hears their voice enhanced singing, he gasps for breath and fans himself.
* MommasBoy: When Lt. Smash accuses Skinner of standing in the Party Posse's way:
--> '''Skinner''': No I didn't! I even came in early and made orange drink!\\
'''Smash''': "Orange drink"? What do you, [[BasementDweller live with your mama]]?\\
'''Skinner''': ''(defiantly)'' She lives with ''me''!
* PaperThinDisguise: Bart's disguise consisted of a hat and mustache. No one, of course, recognized him until a bird stole the mustache.
* PyrrhicVillainy: L.T succeeds in blowing up the MAD building, however, the writers survive the explosion and are even sober now.
* ShaggyDogStory: In the end, Lisa learning the truth about L.T and trying to convince Homer and Marge was unnecessary since [[NonProtagonistResolver the Party Posse was shut down due to a slanderous article about them]].
* [[HeKnowsTooMuch She Knows Too Much]]: Lisa finds out Lt. Smash's secret, but leaves before he can do anything about it.
* ShoutOut: Bart's line "I use-a up all-a my Engleesh!" was a nod to Roberto Benigni's Best Actor Oscar acceptance speech for ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful''.
** His cheating in the Springfield Marathon was this/a TakeThat to Rosie Ruiz, who infamously cheated in The 1980 Boston Marathon under similar circumstances (she also appeared out of nowhere near the finish line to win it all, but unlike Bart, she didn't wear a disguise.)
* SubliminalAdvertising: "Yvan eht nioj"
** Subverted with Lt. Smash's "superliminal" strategy. He simply yells out his window to Lenny and Carl, "Hey you! Join the Navy!"
* TakeThat: When asked about the "Yvan eht nioj" chant, Homer replies it's just a meaningless phrase, like "Sha-ma-la-ma-ding-dong" or [[Music/JohnLennon "Give peace a chance."]]
* TemptingFate: When Bart is introduced to the other members of Party Posse, he's annoyed that they're just guys from his school. He asks, "Who's next? Ralph Wiggum?" [[ChairReveal Cue Ralph revealing himself.]]
--> '''Ralph''': Whee! I'm a pop sensation!
* ThereAreNoGoodExecutives: Or at least honest ones. L.T. Smash is really '''Lt.''' Smash and he tries to enlist the children of Springfield Elementary as well as other town denizens to join the Navy.
* WouldHurtAChild: The citizens were not amused by Bart's deception in the marathon and were willing to harm him over it.
-->'''Moe''': Let's have a fun run...on his trachea!
* YouAreTooLate: The Party Posse is unable to stop L.T from blowing up the [=MAD=] building.
* YouFool: L.T's response when his commander turns off the Party Posse's voice enhancers.