Homer, who has been on a Good Samaritan kick lately, goes on a hunger strike to protest the Springfield Isotopes being moved.

!! Tropes:
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Parodied--Cesar Chavez appears before Homer looking like [[Series/{{Batman}} Cesar Romero]] since Homer doesn't know what Cesar Chavez looks like.
* AudienceSurrogate: Homer ends up being one during a point when having gone days without eating, he witnesses and hears the thousands of attendees in the stadium eating their food. [[MostAnnoyingSound Loudly.]] ''[[HellIsThatNoise All at the same, exact time.]]'' Which drives him to ask, "Must they all chew so loudly?!"
* BittersweetEnding: Homer finally exposes the plan to move the Isotopes to Albuquerque, and the Mayor of Albuquerque decides to give up trying to buy the team... in lieu of acquiring the Dallas Cowboys and ''making'' them play baseball.
-->'''Mayor of Albuquerque''': Looks like we'll have to steal some other baseball team. (to his aide) See what Dallas wants for the Cowboys.
-->'''Aide''': [[{{In-universe}} Uh,]] [[FridgeLogic that's a football team, sir.]]
-->'''Mayor of Albuquerque''': They'll play what I tell 'em to play. (walks to a window; menacingly) '''For I am the Mayor of Albuquerque!'''
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: When Sherri says that Bart is "a smelly, ugly dork", Homer retorts by saying "Ugly is such a smelly word."
* BlatantLies: According to Duff Stadium's announcer, Homer's on a hunger strike until the Isotopes win the Pennant, ''not'' because of the plans to move the team to Albuquerque.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The Isotopes have not won even one game since Howard K. Duff VIII has owned it; he's clearly [[SpringtimeForHitler trying to turn them into a disgrace on purpose to justify moving the team.]]
* GoodSamaritan: Homer, during the entire episode, the hunger strike being his [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMA]] as one.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: By giving Homer a hot dog made with southwestern ingrediants (''and'' by [[TooDumbToLive using "Albuquerque Isotopes" wrappers]]), the plan to move the team ''finally'' gets exposed.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: When trying to get a beauty parlor to honor his wife's coupon, Homer spies a hairnet and comments, "It would be a shame if it was hurled to the ground." However, it lands gently on the ground no matter how hard he throws it, so he resorts to unscrewing lids.
* SpecialGuest: Howard K. Duff is voiced by Creator/StacyKeach (from the first ''Cheech and Chong'' movie and played Christopher Titus' hard-assed father, Ken, on the sitcom ''Titus'' [which was in production at the time of this episode's premiere]).
* TemporaryBulkChange: A big part of the episode. Homer loses an unhealthy amount of weight over a period of days.
** At home, the opposites to Bart, Lisa and Maggie--the kids all get fat from Marge telling them that the four of them have to pitch in and eat Homer's share of the food. Lisa questions why her mom doesn't just cook less food, but Marge responds with, "I don't do things that way, Lisa."
* TitleDrop
* TheCassandra: Nobody would believe Homer's claims about the Springfield Isotopes moving to Albuquerque until he pointed out the food being served at the stadium had typical Albuquerque spices. It didn't help the Isotopes' case that the napkins had "Albuquerque Isotopes" written on them.
* TheDogBitesBack: With Homer's incentive, Duffman turns against Howard and throws him out of the stadium.
* ThrowTheDogABone: This is one of the few times that Homer's crazy stunts ends with success.
* TooDumbToLive: Paint Drinking Pete is dumb even by ''this'' show's standards.