After Homer saves Mark Hamill and Mayor Quimby from a nerd riot at the Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con, Mayor Quimby fires his usual bodyguards (who didn't save him because they were outside cloud-gazing) and makes Homer his new protector, but when Homer finds out that Mayor Quimby has mob ties and uncovers a plan to sell rat's milk to the public schools, Homer begins fearing for his life — and the Mayor's.
This episode contains examples of:
- Actor IS the Title Character:Mark Hamill IS Nathan DetroitPepper Steak IS The Entree
- Adam Westing: Mark Hamill.Mark: (to Louie) Hey, pal, that's my headshot up there next to the pepper steak, and don't you forget it.
Louie: You're all talk, Hamill! You never even finished Jedi school!
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: Fat Tony wants the mayor dead plus his wife and his cat and dog.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: A chocolate-flavored dessert distracts Homer while Legs is telling him about his nickname's origin.
- Batter Up!: Fat Tony manages to beat Mayor Quimby with a bat while Homer was fighting Louie.
- Big Damn Heroes: Homer rescues Mayor Quimby and Mark Hamill from the rioters at the convention, which impresses Quimby enough to fire his own bodyguards and employ Homer as a replacement.
- Big "NO!": Discussed at bodyguard school.Leavelle: Okay, listen up. My goal is to assassinate that watermelon. Your job is to take the bullet. Go! (Homer runs) Go, go, go! (imitating gun) Pow!
Homer: (monotonously) Nooo...
Leavelle: Well, your dive wasn't bad, but I just didn't believe your "Noooooo!!". You gotta sell it! Remember, your "Noooooo!!" is what gets you your next job. Now drop and give me twenty!
- Big "YES!": Homer does one after fighting off Louie with a couple of forks, only to realise seconds later that Fat Tony is beating up Quimby with a baseball bat.
- Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality: When Homer rescues Mark Hamill from the nerds at the sci-fi convention, he tries to escape in a cardboard-cutout Millennium Falcon.Homer: Oh, how was I supposed to know it's not a real spaceship?
- Comically Missing the Point: When Homer reveals that Fat Tony is selling rat milk to Springfield Elementary:Mayor Quimby: Rats?! I'm outraged! You promised me dog or higher!
- Corrupt Politician: When Quimby claims the mayor's office is not for sale, everyone just starts laughing at him.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Leavelle, complete with a designated "Berating Room".
- External Combustion: When the mob had threatened to kill him, Homer tries to get Bart to "start daddy's car for him". When Marge protests, he decides to get a cab.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Homer's protector job ends in failure when he's too busy doing a monologue while Fat Tony uses a baseball bat to beat up Mayor Quimby in the background.
- Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit: Leavelle.
- Fingertip Drug Analysis: Parodied. When the police bust the rat milking business, Chief Wiggum rubs a rat under his nose and declares it "pure".
- Alternatively, he was sampling the rat milk from a teat.
- Follow the White Rabbit: Homer follow the white rat that stole his tidbit and is shocked to find himself in a room where they milk rats.
- Fork Fencing: Leading to a hilariously bad pun.
- High-Altitude Interrogation: How Homer gets the mayor to end the rat milking affair.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: At the bodyguard school graduation, Leavelle sings them off with the theme from The Bodyguard ("I Will Always Love You").
- I Am Not Spock: In-Universe. Much to Mark Hamill's dismay, the role of Nathan Detroit is altered so he wears Jedi robes, carries a lightsaber, and sings a song about the Jedi.
- Improvised Weapon: As Homer fights Fat Tony's gangsters.
- I Will Only Slow You Down: At the sci-fi convention brawl, Mark Hamill tells Homer to move on without him because he twisted his ankle. Homer responds with a No One Gets Left Behind and carries Hamill out.
- Kiss of Death: From Fat Tony to the mayor... via Homer.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Parodied. Fat Tony says on television that the mayor has to look out. "Because accidents happen all the time. Like the killing of you. By us."
- May the Farce Be with You: Star Wars gets its fair share of spoofing in this episode.
- The Men in Black: Homer becomes one.
- New Job Episode: Homer as the mayor's bodyguard.
- Noodle Incident: How Legs got his nickname. It apparently had something to do with Joseph Kennedy.
- No One Gets Left Behind: When Homer rescues Mayor Quimby and Mark Hamill, Mark Hamill says he's twisted his ankle and tells Homer to leave without him. Homer refuses to do so and carries him out.
- Oh, Crap!:
- "CRAP ON A CRUTCH! THEY'RE MILKING RATS! MILKING RAAAATS!"note
- "His corpse is climbing the building!"
- "Yes!!! Nobody messes with the mayor when Homer Simpsons on.... (looks over to see Fat Tony beating Mayor Quimby with a baseball bat) oh crap."
- Pressure Point: Homer learns this technique and uses it on his family and himself.
- Production Foreshadowing: At Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con, Uter is shown wearing a Futurama t-shirt three months before Futurama actually premiered.
- Pushed in Front of the Audience: Happens to Louie during Guys and Dolls. He is backstage preparing to throw his knife at Quimby when the manager appears and pushes him onstage. He gets out of it by tap-dancing with the knife between his teeth.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Bodyguard instructor Leavelle told his students they're not suited to be bodyguards but they pass because their checks have been cashed in.
- To Star Wars. See Improvised Weapon above.
- One of the signs at the convention is for Roswell of Bongo Comics.
- When Homer thinks he's killed Quimby, his first instinct is to "stage an elaborate farce, a la Weekend at Bernie's."
- We hear the title song from The Bodyguard twice.
- Fat Tony telling Louie how "I want the mayor dead, I want his wife dead..." parodies The Untouchables.
- Comic Book Guy's encounter with a geek girl parodies Jaws meeting Dolly in Moonraker.
- Spy Speak: Bodyguard Homer when Marge enters the kitchen: "The pig is in the poke."
- Taking the Bullet: Homer is trained for this at the bodyguard camp.
- Tranquil Fury:Fat Tony: I'm not so much disappointed as I am blinded with rage.
- Truth in Television: Hamill says of the lightsabers, "Y'know, George Lucas makes me pay for these." On the DVD Commentary, he claims there's some truth to that.
- Your Costume Needs Work: Louie shows up to a production of "Guys and Dolls" and is pushed on stage.