To escape a gay pride parade marching by their house, The Simpsons take in a movie, but all the cheesy trailers and useless trivia fillers wear on Homer's nerves, and he instigates a riot. While escaping the ushers, Homer runs out of the theater -- and fractures his jaw on Drederick Tatum's unveiled park statue. With Homer's jaw wired shut, the only thing he can do is listen to his family and friends, and suddenly becomes a kinder, gentler Homer, which is nice at first, but soon, Marge misses Homer and his brash, wacky ways.
!!This episode contains examples of:
* BaitAndSwitch: Before the previews, the movie screen shows a word jumble for celebrity names. One seems to obviously spell Creator/TomHanks, before it's revealed to be "Otm Shank". According to Apu, "He is India's answer to Brian Dennehy."
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Duffman shows up at Moe's to challenge everyone to a trivia question to identify a certain beverage based on how he describes it. Homer is the only one who figures out it's beer but is unable to speak so he has to figure out another way to convey the answer. He goes as far as to push one of Moe's beer taps but [[EpicFail the only reaction he gets a complaint from Moe, who doesn't even bother to mention the name of the liquid Homer is wetting him with]].
* CurbStompBattle: A masked driver in the demolition derby absolutely trashes every car, including Marge's, without ever getting hit. It gets ridiculous as said vehicle is still shown beating the already wrecked cars in "beating a dead horse" fashion.
* EdibleBludgeon: When Homer causes a ruckus at the theater, the Squeaky-Voiced Teen and his fellow ushers threaten and pursue Homer wielding "movie-sized" Kit Kat bar pieces.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Homer's line, "Quit banging my wife!" (which was actually referring to the demolition derby drivers ramming into Marge's car)
** The scene in ''Soccer Mummy'' where the mummy gets a boner after seeing a woman's bouncing breasts during a game.
* HeelRealization: Parodied in a scene where Bart talks with head-braced Homer and expresses his disgust with the realization that he's a trouble-making class clown.
** Homer himself realizes what a {{Jerkass}} he's been and becomes a quiet, well-mannered person. [[StatusQuoIsGod It doesn't last]].
* NoMoreForMe: Upon seeing a gay dog parade, Maggie stops drinking her milk bottle and tosses it aside.
* NoTalkingOrPhonesWarning: There's a pre-movie Itchy and Scratchy short called "To Kill a Talking Bird", in which a duck can't stop chattering on his cell phone, leading Itchy to switch it out with a dynamite stick which blasts the duck down to a skeleton. Itchy then slices Scratchy's stomach open and pulls out his intestines to write "Please no talking" on the movie screen.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: "Flight of the Bumblebee" plays when Maggie's pacifier gets stuck in the wiring of Homer's head brace and he swings her around, attempting to get her off.
* TheQuietOne: Homer while in the brace which prevents him from talking, aside from a few instances where he groans understandable words like "Broken jaw?!" through his teeth. In a way, it's subverted in that we hear his thoughts.
* ShoutOut: Marge jiggling her arms and crying for help like [[{{Popeye}} Olive Oyl]] in classic cartoons. Later, when Homer had a beer to give himself courage, the background music was one Popeye fans used to hear when he ate [[PowerUpFood spinach]], including Bart squeezing the beer out of the can into Homers mouth, and Homer flexing his bicep with an image representing power, though unlike Popeye which usually had a tank or a turbine, Homer has a beer in a glass. Homer later gives a donkey some beer and music resumes [[TheDayTheMusicLied until the donkey falls down]].
* SuicideAsComedy: Apparently, Dr. Hibbert has a suicide machine (a wooden chair with syringes fixed to it) which Homer tries to use once fitted with the brace but apparently it [[SubvertedTrope only causes "sexual release" for a man Homer's size]].
* TakeThat: One of the reasons the film they intended to see at the beginning of the episode is rated PG-13 is due to brief rudeness and scenes featuring Garry Shandling.
** Ed O'Neill being the star of a crummy kids' movie is a burn against him starring in ''Dutch'' and a burn against Ed O'Neill trying to find another acting job after ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'''s cancellation (which was hard for O'Neill to do since everyone recognized him as Al Bundy, the loser shoe salesman married to a lazy, redheaded nag. It wouldn't be until ''Series/ModernFamily'' years later that the association would slowly wear off).
* WeWantOurJerkBack: Marge can't stand mild-mannered Homer.