Bart's latest innoculation turns him deaf, which makes him impervious to being bullied -- but brands him and the rest of The Simpsons as unpatriotic after a WardrobeMalfunction involving a donkey and the American flag.
!!This episode contains examples of:
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Alcatraz hasn't been used as an actual prison since 1963, and these days, is a tourist attraction.
* TheCatCameBack: Parodied with Dr. Hibbert's pursuit of Bart. It turns out they were several characters disguised as Hibbert.
* DrivenToSuicide: Homer mentions that Elmo hung himself in his cell, followed by a ShadowDiscretionShot of Elmo's hanging body.
* NoodleIncident: [[SesameStreet Elmo]] is in Alcatraz because he "went to wrong fundraiser".
* TheOldConvict: The Last Registered Democrat
* PatrioticFervor: Mercilessly parodied, to the point that it came across as a heavy-handed AuthorTract the likes of which would make ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' in its seventh and eighth seasons proud.
* PompousPoliticalPundit: The talk show host who interviews the Simpsons. He tells the audience to tune in next time to hear him talk louder.
-->'''Homer:''' Hello? Appear on your TV show? Tell our side of the story? You'll see us there? [[ParrotExposition Goodbye? Dial tone?]]
* SarcasticConfession: When the talk show host asks Marge which part of America she hates the most, she retorts that if the country is built on questions like that, then she ''does'' hate America. Naturally, this gets the family in an even bigger mess.
* TakeThat: At the overzealous patriotic attitudes of post-9/11 America during Bush's first term. The "Government Knows Best Act" is a jab at the controversial Patriot Act.
** The prisoners at Alcatraz include various people known for their opposition to Bush's America, including filmmaker MichaelMoore, the DixieChicks and (for some reason) [[SesameStreet Elmo]].