When Marge throws a dinner party, Homer gets drunk and makes a fool of himself (even going as far as tricking Maude Flanders into digging for nuts so he can ogle her cleavage) and Marge forces Homer to explain to Bart what he did and go on a marriage retreat (which Homer wants to abandon so he can go after a legendary catfish). Meanwhile, after their regular babysitter freaks out over memories of Bart trying to run her over with the family car, Grampa Simpson steps in to care for the kids -- and Bart and Lisa take advantage of the old man by making him do whatever they want (eat ice cream instead of dinner, smoke cigars, drink coffee, and have a wild party).
* CompressedVice: Homer's obsession with fishing pretty much begins and ends in this episode.
* EasilyForgiven: Marge lets Homer off the hook shockingly fast at the end. All he does is throw back the fish he caught, which really doesn't address any of the things she was mad at him for, but she immediately accepts this as good enough.
* FirstAppearance: This is the first episode featuring Snake Jailbird (the convict who always robs the Kwik-E-Mart). In commemoration, Snake's jail number is this episode's production code (7F20), though some episodes depict this as [=TF20=] due to [[OffModel bad animation/artwork]].
* FlyInTheSoup: Homer puts a fake icecube with a fly inside on Dr. Hibbert's drink. Hibbert lectures Homer on the dangerous chemicals in the plastic cube, noting that a ''real'' fly would have been safer.
* LongList: When Lovejoy asked everyone to say what they didn't like about there partners. Homer mentions one minor thing that annoys Marge. However when it's Marges turn she ends up rattling off a list so long it takes several hours to finish and leaves her with a hoarse voice. Even then that only what sh can remember at that point in time.
* OminousLatinChanting: During the baby sitter's flashback of baby Bart nearly running her over.
* ShroudedInMyth: Homer becomes a local legend for almost catching General Sherman, and starts getting this treatment.
* SignatureLaugh: Arguably the first usage of Nelson's iconic "ha ha!", though it's a little bit different here.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Grampa finally gets the kids to behave and clean up their mess by pretending to cry so that they'll feel sorry for him.