Bart's friendship with Milhouse is strained when Milhouse falls for a new girl in school. Meanwhile, Marge orders subliminal weight loss cassette tapes for Homer, but ends up getting vocabulary builder tapes that makes Homer SophisticatedAsHell.
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* AccidentalMisnaming: Principal Skinner accidentally pronounces Samantha's last name as "Stinky".
* BigNo: Samantha's father does this when he sees her and Milhouse together, complete with DisturbedDoves flying out of the treehouse.
* BigWhat: Milhouse after Bart admits that he snitched to Samantha's father.
* ChekhovsGun: Bart uses the Magic 8-Ball from earlier in the episode to subdue Milhouse when they fight.
** The same Magic 8-Ball which tells them they won't be friends.
* KissingInATree: Bart performs a sinister version.
-->"Samantha and Milhouse kissing in a tree, about to lose their privacy. [[EvilLaugh He-he-he!]]"
* OverprotectiveDad: Samantha's father.
* RelationshipSabotage: Bart does this to Milhouse and Samantha so her father will take her away and he'll have Milhouse to himself. He ends up regretting it.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Homer speaks this way as a result of listening to vocabulary-builder tapes.
** SophisticatedAsHell: The idea that a vulgar, not too bright BumblingDad like Homer has a refined vocabulary.
* ShoutOut
** The famous opening scene where Bart steals Homer's pennies parodies ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
** The final shot is a reference to ''{{Film/Casablanca}}''.
* SleepLearning: Lisa tries to get Homer one of these tapes so he can subconsciously lose weight, but the company was all out, so they send him a vocabulary-builder tape instead.
* TheStinger: The show ends with a message from Homer to "increase your wordiness", giving his own definitions of words.
-->'''Satiety:''' Belt-popping fullness.
-->'''Triumvirate:''' Three guys giving orders.
-->'''Gourmand:''' Like a gourmet, only fatter.
-->'''Machiavellian:''' I don't know.
-->'''Boudoir:''' Where a French guy does it.
* WeaponizedHeadgear: Itchy does this in the ''Itchy & Scratchy'' cartoon the kids are watching.
* WordSchmord
-->'''Bart:''' How would I go about creating a half-man, half-monkey-type creature?
-->'''Mrs. Krabappel:''' I'm sorry, that would be playing God.
-->'''Bart:''' God-schmod, I want my monkey man!