Airdate - March 17, 2002

Homer finds out he has an overdue library book. Before he returns it he reads three stories from it; the stories of [[Literature/TheOdyssey Odysseus]], UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc, and Theatre/{{Hamlet}}.

!!Tropes featured:
* AbhorrentAdmirer:
-->'''Discus Stu:''' Discus Stu has ouzo for two-zo!
-->'''Bart:''' (''to Marge'') I'll just leave you guys alone.
-->'''Discus Stu:''' (''to Bart'') Discus Stu was talking to you!
-->'''Bart:''' (''shuddering'')
* AbnormalAmmo: Lisa suggested the French army use bigger soldiers in their catapults, or better yet, rocks. The soldier who was about to be fired doesn't know how to feel.
* BagOfKidnapping: Just as Lisa [[TemptingFate says she can't be stopped]], Groundskeeper Willy puts her in a bag.
* BalefulPolymorph: Homer's crew are turned into pigs by Circe (the Greek sorceress who turned those who offended her -- mostly men -- into animals). He eats them.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: When Lisa tells the family that God told her to lead the French to victory, Homer remarks "Victory? We're French! We don't even have a word for it!!"
* DancePartyEnding
* DidntThinkThisThrough: During the trial, God admits he told Lisa and Willie that he told them to fight their respective nations with him on their side, but never anticipated that they'd meet in person, prompting him to say [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere "Goodbye, now!"]] and leave.
* FanDisservice: Patty and Selma as the Sirens
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: While heading down the river Music/{{Styx}}, one of the headbanging skeletons flashes "her" chest at Homer.
* INeverSaidItWasPoison / LameRhymeDodge: "I didn't use that much poison! I mean, I didn't use that much poi, son! At the... royal luau."
* TheOphelia: Lisa's only appearance in the ''Hamlet'' segment.
-->'''Lisa:''' Ah, great. Now Hamlet's acting crazy. Well nobody outcrazies Ophelia.
* ShipperOnDeck: Bart during the ''Odyssey'' segment.
* ShoutOut:
-->'''Homer:''' Son. It's not only a great play [Theatre/{{Hamlet}}]. But also became a great movie. Called ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''.
** When Poseidon/Sea Captain flicks Homer's ship in the other direction on the map when they are close to home:
--->'''Poseidon:''' Y'arr, [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes ain't I]] [[WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck a stinker?]]
** The Sirens' song is a spoof of "Copacabana."
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Another ThreeShorts episode that isn't a Halloween episode (see "Simpsons Bible Stories" and "Simpsons Tall Tales").
* StealthPun: Homer sailing on the river Music/{{Styx}}, which has "Lady" blasting and skeletons rocking out.
-->'''Homer:''' [[TakeThat Oh, it truly is Hell!]]
* TooDumbToLive: Lenny and Carl in the ''Hamlet'' parody are poisonous to anyone who touches them and, in spite of knowing this, high-five each other. Ralph, upon being told he's entitled to a test poke before his duel with Bart starts, hits himself with his sword.