In this Bizarro Episode
(with a heavily Broken Base
), Homer and Bart adopt a horse (again) and train it to be a badass
on the racetrack, which irks a secret society of jockey elves. Meanwhile, Lisa files a complaint to President Bill Clinton
over an unfair judgment at the county fair's Battle of the Bands.
- Audience Surrogate: The Comic Book Guy becomes one in this episode.
- Bizarro Episode: Probably the most notorious one among fans, who either love it for its craziness or see the craziness as a sign that the show is no longer down-to-Earth.
- Continuity Nod / Noodle Incident: Lenny's eye injury
- Curse Cut Short:
Nelson: Oh, man, that horse don't take no guff from nobody.
Nelson: I mean sh— (Jimbo and Keaney pummel him.)
- Didn't We Use This Joke Already?:
Marge: Hmmm. Should the Simpsons get a horse?
Homer: (pause) Anybody care what this guy thinks?
Marge: Okay, Lisa, I've got Furious D across the board, boxed with the three and the eight and wheeled up and down.
- Everyone Chasing You: Jockey-sized trolls chase after Homer after Homer breaks his promise to throw the horse race so they can win.
- Heart Symbol: Parodied and deconstructed. Moe meets a beautiful woman at a horse racing track, and his heart starts beating out of his chest like in the older, wackier Golden Age of Animation cartoons (particularly the Looney Tunes and MGM cartoons directed by Tex Avery). When he notices this, he identifies this as the symptom of a serious medical problem, and says he has to leave for the hospital.
- Something Else Also Rises: See Heart Symbol above.
- Sore Loser: Lisa.
- Spoof Aesop: Bill Clinton says that if you don't win something, complain until you get it. Marge even points out that that's a lousy lesson (with Clinton stating that he's a lousy President).
- Worst Whatever Ever: Comic Book Guy criticizes the episode, which recycles old plots and character traits ("Excuse me, I believe this family already had a horse", Marge's gambling). As the episode proceeds, he wears a "Worst Episode Ever" shirt. When the credits end at the Gracie Films production logo, he says, "Worst. Episode. Ever."