Episode - 9F09\\
First Aired - 12/17/1992
Years of fatty foods and minimal exercise has taken its toll on Homer's heart and Dr. Hibbert advises Homer to get an artery bypass graft for $40,000, but Homer opts for a BackAlleyDoctor's $129.95 hack-job. Can Lisa and her newfound knowledge of cardiology save the day?
!!This episode contains examples of:
* BaitAndSwitchComment: Mr. Burns uses this to lure Homer into a false sense of security.
-->'''Mr. Burns''': Relax, Simpson. I just brought you in here for a friendly hello...\\
'''Mr. Burns:''' ...and goodbye! YOU'RE FIRED!\\
'''Mr. Burns''': But, wait. Perhaps I'm being too hasty. You are highly skilled...\\
'''Mr. Burns''': ...AT GOOFING OFF!\\
''(Homer [[HollywoodHeartAttack clutches heart]])''\\
'''Mr. Burns:''' Now don't worry, Homer. You're the kind of guy I could really dig...\\
'''Mr. Burns:''' ...[[OverlyLongGag A GRAVE FOR!]]\\
'''Homer:''' Aaargh! ''(heart beats faster than anything)''\\
'''Mr. Burns:''' Your indolence is inefficacious!\\
'''Homer:''' Huh? ''(heart beats normally)''\\
'''Mr. Burns:''' THAT MEANS YOU'RE TERRRIBLE!\\
'''Homer:''' Aarrggghh! ''(heart goes crazy until he collapses)''
* BeatStillMyHeart and MagicalSecurityCam: We get an inside look on Homer's heart reacting to Mr. Burns yelling at him.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Homer left the gas station in relief the thumping noise he heard was his heart and not his car's transmission.
-->'''Kid:''' Where's he going?
-->'''Gas Station Attendant:''' You remember that old Plymouth we just couldn't fix?
-->'''Kid:''' We're going to sell him to Mr. Nikopopolous?!
-->'''Gas Station Attendant:''' You're a dull boy, Billy.
** Homer doesn't seem to understand when Dr. Hibbert explaining to him that he has to cut him open to fix his heart. No matter how much he has to dumb it down.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: This is one of many early episodes in which the Simpsons home address was ''not'' 742 Evergreen Terrace (which explains why it's Snake's address in this episode).
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: After Homer's heart attack at The Merry Widow Insurance Company, he tells Dr. Hibbert about being in a "wonderful place filled with fire and brimstone and there were all these guys in red pajamas sticking pitchforks in my butt."
* HollywoodHeartAttack: Happens when Mr. Burns berates Homer for the latter's work ethic.
* RunningGag: The word "hell" is said seven times in this episode ("What the hell is this?"[[note]]Homer's reaction to getting oatmeal for breakfast[[/note]] "What the hell is that?"[[note]]Dr. Nick just before Homer's operation[[/note]] "We had a hell of a time replacing you,"[[note]]Carl telling Homer about what happened at work while he was sick[[/note]] "Ah, what the hell, sure,"[[note]]a customer at the Kwik-E-Mart ordering vodka with his beef jerky[[/note]] "Hell no,"[[note]]Moe answering Barney's question of whether or not they should start over their moment of silence for Homer[[/note]] and "What the hell am I going to do with this jumbo thong bikini?"[[note]]Barney thinking Homer's bypass operation is a sex change operation[[/note]])
* SelectiveObliviousness: When Marge, out of concern for Homer's health, gave him something he'd rather not eat, he "saw" a fly on it. Later, as he started eating bacon, he dismissed warnings about a fly on it.
** The scene where Homer sings "O, Holy Night" in a church as a boy (and was doing a great job until his voice changed) is based on ''EmpireOfTheSun''.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''COPS: In Springfield''
* SuicideAsComedy: During the ''COPS: In Springfield'' opening, Chief Wiggum tries to get a suicidal man off the ledge of a building. Rather than come back in, the man decides to drop to this death. And to [[CrossesTheLineTwice add insult to injury]], Chief Wiggum makes the "cuckoo" finger-to-temple swirl as the man plummets to his death.
* SuspectIsHatless: This episode is the TropeNamer.
-->'''Homer:''' I can't wait 'til they throw his hatless butt in jail.