In this BizarroEpisode, 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 UsefulNotes/BillClinton over an unfair judgment at the county fair's Battle of the Bands.
* AudienceSurrogate: The Comic Book Guy becomes one in this episode.
* CheatersNeverProsper: Double Subverted. The Odgenville band cheats by using visual aids, then is stripped of their win by the President.
* ContinuityNod / NoodleIncident: Lenny's eye injury
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: It was already established that the jocky’s were angry at Duncan's attitude so the fact that they wanted to kill him wasn’t that far fetched. So the fact that they were elves weren’t necessary.
* CurseCutShort:
-->'''Nelson:''' Oh, man, that horse don't take no guff from nobody.
-->'''Jimbo:''' Guff?!
-->'''Nelson:''' I mean sh— (''Jimbo and Keaney pummel him.'')
* DidntWeUseThisJokeAlready:
-->'''Marge:''' Hmmm. Should the Simpsons get a horse?
-->'''Comic Book Guy:''' Excuse me, I believe [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E8LisasPony this family already had a horse]], and the expense forced Homer to work at the Kwik-E-Mart, with [[HilarityEnsues hilarious consequences]].
-->'''Homer:''' (''pause'') Anybody care what this guy thinks?
-->'''Crowd:''' No!
** Later:
-->'''Marge:''' Okay, Lisa, I've got Furious D across the board, boxed with the three and the eight and wheeled up and down.
-->'''Lisa:''' Mom, I think you might be [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E10Springfield developing a gambling problem]].
-->'''Comic Book Guy:''' ''(while wearing a "Worst Episode Ever" t-shirt)'' Hey, I'm watching you.
* EveryoneChasingYou: Jockey-sized trolls chase after Homer after Homer breaks his promise to throw the horse race so they can win.
* HeartSymbol: 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age of Animation]] cartoons (particularly the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and [[WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons MGM]] cartoons directed by Creator/TexAvery). When he notices this, he identifies this as the symptom of a serious medical problem, and says he has to leave for the hospital.
* InTheStyleOf: This whole episode is basically in the style of ''FamilyGuy'' (minus the [[CutawayGag cutaways]] that ''Guy'' was known for).
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: See HeartSymbol above.
* SoreLoser: Lisa.
* SpoofAesop: UsefulNotes/BillClinton says that if you don't win something, complain until you get it. Marge even points out that that's a lousy lesson...
* TakeThatMe: ...which Clinton counters by stating he's a lousy president.
* WorstWhateverEver: 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."