Stan is embarrassed when he discovers his new, macho dog is a homosexual and tries to [[CureYourGays make him heterosexual]], but when Stan's dog runs away, Stan goes after him and nearly blows Jimbo and Ned's chances at beating the point spread of the elementary school football game.

!!Big Gay Al's Bay Gay Boat Ride has the following examples:
* AnAesop / SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Being gay is perfectly natural and anyone who is gay shouldn't be discriminated against or treated differently because of it.
* ButtMonkey: Pip and his being unable to use a helmet while playing football.
* CampGay: Big Gay Al.
* CensoredTitle: On TV Guide, this episode was retitled "Big Al's Big Boat Ride"
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Clyde is voiced by Matt Stone instead of Trey Parker, which is why Clyde sounds like Butters.
** "Jesus and Pals" (in this episode, "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig," and "Death") is shown as a call-in advice show instead of a talk show with a full studio audience (as seen in "The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka"), though this can be excused as Jesus' executive probably told him to change the show's format to get better ratings.
* MusicalTrigger: Jimbo straps a bomb on the opposing team's mascot, set to go off when the high note of "Loving You" is sung during halftime. Unfortunately, the singer (John Stamos' less talented brother) can't hit the high note and the plan fails. [[spoiler:And then at the end [[BrickJoke he manages to sing it right and the bomb goes off]].]]
* NiceGuy: Big Gay Al, he takes in gay animals and takes care of them and teaches people why being gay is natural.
* OhCrap: Jimbo when he realizes that if his confidence in Stan's ability is wrong, the town will kick his ass since they bet heaps of money on him.
* [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero Politically Incorrect Announcer]]: One of the Announcers for the football game.
* ShapedLikeItself: Cartman calls Sparky a "gay homosexual".
* ShooTheDog: Stan shoos out Sparky because he doesn't want a gay dog.
* SpecialGuest: George Clooney voiced Sparky in this episode. He had a sense of humor about it.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Mr Garrison's denying he's gay and claiming he acts that way to pick up chicks.
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: Three ''Middle Park Cowboy'' football players dismember and decapitate Kenny.