When a dashing lancer
becomes a Bumbling Sidekick
on a new cop show, Homer petitions the court to have his name legally changed.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Police Cops
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Police Cop Homer Simpson starting as a competent cop and being later changed into a Bumbling Sidekick.
- Named Like My Name: Trope Namer.
- Non-Idle Rich: The Police Cops version of Homer Simpson before being turned into a Bumbling Sidekick.
- The Other Darrin: Played for Laughs — During the joke about how networks love animation because they don't pay the actors squat, Ned Flanders comes in and adds, "Plus, they can replace the voices and no one can tell the diddly-ifference." For the sake of that joke, Karl Wiedergott (a featured voice actor who joined the show during its tenth season) voiced Ned Flanders (who is regularly voiced by Harry Shearer).
- Shout-Out: Homer's "Max Power" song is sung to the tune of the title theme of Goldfinger.
- Show Within a Show: Police Cops and the other mid-season shows, like The Laughter Family, Admiral Baby, and America's Funniest Tornados.
- Take That and Biting-the-Hand Humor: Homer's line about networks loving animated shows because they don't have to pay the actors' anything (and a newly-voiced Ned Flanders adding that networks can also change the characters' voice actors and no one can tell the difference). At the time of the episode's premiere, The Simpsons voice actors were in a pay dispute and were threatened with being replaced by soundalikes if they didn't agree to FOX's offer.
- At the environmental party, Homer refuses to talk to SNL producer and co-creator Lorne Michaels, who was actually voiced by former SNL cast member Harry Shearernote
- Too Dumb to Live: Chief Wiggum pointed a gun at himself while insulting Homer's competence.