When a dashing [[TheLancer lancer]] named Homer Simpson becomes a BumblingSidekick on a new cop show, Homer petitions the court to have his name legally changed and takes advantage of the good life that comes with having a new name -- until he gets roped into an environmental protest.

!! Tropes:

* AwesomeMcCoolname: Homer has his name changed to "Max Power" because it was the only he spelled correctly. His other options were "Hercules Rockefeller", "Rembrandt Q. Einstein", and "Handsome B. Wonderful".
* BreakingTheFourthWall: InUniverse: In ''Series/AllInTheFamily 1999'' after Archie Bunker proclaims his love for the {{Token Minorit|y}}ies around him, he mutters to himself, "I wish I'd saved my money from the first show."
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: ''Police Cops''
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In-universe: Police Cop Homer Simpson starting as a competent cop and being later changed into a BumblingSidekick.
* ExecutiveMeddling[[invoked]]: {{Discussed|Trope}}:
-->'''Lisa:''' Producers fiddle with shows all the time. They [[CharacterDevelopment change characters]], [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome drop others]], and [[DemotedToExtra push some into the background]].\\
''([[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Mr. Largo and the Capital City Goofball walk by in the background outside the house as she says this.]])''
* JugglingLoadedGuns: Chief Wiggum scratches himself with his gun... right after calling Homer "that stupid cop from TV".
* LineOfSightName: Homer got the name "Max Power" off a hair dryer.
* NamedLikeMyName: TropeNamer.
* NonIdleRich: The ''Police Cops'' version of Homer Simpson before being [[{{Retcon}} turned]] into a BumblingSidekick.
* NoodleIncident: Marge mentions an unspecified time when a man named Anthony Michael Hall (who may or may not have been the former teen actor from the Brat Pack movies of the 1980s and a brief, yet notable stint as a ''SaturdayNightLive'' cast member[[note]]At 17 years old, Anthony Michael Hall was the youngest white male cast member ever hired and the youngest overall[[/note]]) dug up the Simpsons' backyard.
* TheOtherDarrin: InUniverse: PlayedForLaughs -- 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 HarryShearer).
* SelfDeprecation: Lisa suggests that mid-season is just a dumping ground for shows that weren't good enough for the fall line-up. Guess [[Series/TheSimpsons what show]] premiered in December of 1989, well after the fall premiers.
* ShoutOut: Homer's "Max Power" song is sung to the tune of the title theme of ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Police Cops'' and the other mid-season shows, like ''The Laughter Family'', ''Admiral Baby'', and ''America's Funniest Tornados''.
* TakeThat and BitingTheHandHumor: 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 LorneMichaels, who was actually voiced by former ''SNL'' cast member HarryShearer[[note]]who has gone on record in stating that he didn't like his time on ''SNL'' during the fifth season [and later, the tenth, under Dick Ebersol] and begged NBC to make him showrunner for season six so he can mold ''SNL'' into what he wanted it to be. When Shearer learned that NBC hired Jean Doumanian [a decision they would later regret], he left the show along with the remnants of the "Not Ready for Primetime" cast.[[/note]]
* TooDumbToLive and HypocriticalHumor: Chief Wiggum pointed a gun at himself while insulting Homer's competence.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In-universe: ''Police Cops'' wasn't originally supposed to be a series. It was supposed to be a comedy about a psychologist on-board the ''R.M.S. Titanic'' starring Annie Potts and Jeremy Piven, but was scrapped because the idea scared the hell out of them, so they came up with a cop drama. Also, ''Police Cops'' was supposed to be called ''Badge Patrol'', but they didn't like the title.
* WhosOnFirst:
-->'''Trent Steele:''' You like Thai?
-->'''Homer/Max:''' Thai good, you like shirt?