Homer runs off to a South Pacific island to escape the wrath of PBS after promising them $10,000 during one of their pledge drives.
!!Tropes used in this episode:
* AnonymousBenefactor: Homer attempts to {{invoke|dTrope}} this by donating all of the money the pledge drive required and not having to worry about actually paying, just so PBS can get back to showing their usual TV shows as soon as possible. He is thwarted by Insta-Trace.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: When Bart fills in for Homer at the nuclear power plant, Burns berates him for causing seventeen meltdowns, selling weapons grade plutonium to the Iraqis (without markup) and worst of all, taking the Hamburglar's birthday off the previous Monday ''and'' Wednesday ("Which is it?").
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]].
-->"It's a beautiful day to kick your ass!"
* BewareTheSillyOnes: The Muppets of ''Series/SesameStreet''.
-->'''Oscar:''' Give us the money, Homer!\\
'''Elmo:''' Elmo knows where you live!
* BaitAndSwitch: When a tremor occurs at Microatia, Q'Toktok tells Homer what the locals call it, appearing to speak his native tongue... until it turns out he's just coughing up a bone, after which he continues, "We call that, 'earthquake'."
* BlatantLies: Homer still tries to convince the PBS crew that the Bank of Springfield is closed even after all of them see people entering and conducting their businesses in there.
* BookEnds: The episode begins and ends with a TV program being interrupted by a pledge drive asking for ten thousand dollars, which is resolved in a single call.
* BritishBrevity: At seven whole episodes, ''Do Shut Up'' is Britain's longest-running sitcom!
* TheCameo: [[Series/TheXFiles Fox Mulder and Dana Scully]], [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Hank Hill]], [[WesternAnimation/ThePJs Thurgood Stubbs]], [[Series/BeverlyHills90210 Dylan McKay]], and yes, even [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Bender Bending Rodriguez]] are all taking pledges alongside UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch in the Creator/{{Fox}} pledge drive.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Homer agreeing to pay for PBS' pledge drive.
-->'''Homer:''' Oh, why did I register with Insta-Trace?
* FrickinLaserBeams: The Series/{{Teletubbies}} fire them at Homer.
* GoodLuckGesture: Lisa Jr. crosses her fingers when she says she wants to give up gambling. She doesn't hide it behind her back so her wish is probably sincere and she really hopes to stop.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: When Bart donates to the Fox pledge drive towards the end, Rupert Murdoch says "You've saved my network!", to which Bart says "Wouldn't be the first time...", referring to how The Simpsons helped popularize the Fox network.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Homer sees the casino devolved into constant fighting.
* NationalGeographicNudity: Brought up when Homer notices the local women in Microatia are clothed.
-->'''Homer:''' Hey, what happened to all the shirtless girls you see in all the geographical magazines?\\
'''Q'Toktok:''' Craig and Amy gave us the gift of shame. All the naked women are on that island. ''(The island in question is far away)''\\
'''Ak:''' Yeah, anything goes over there. Bouncy, bouncy!\\
'''Homer:''' Aww...
* NoEnding: The plot of the episode is interrupted by a PBS-style plea from Betty White which ends the episode.
* OverlyLongName: Lisa Jr.'s real name is "Oovilu-Eeoo-Kitana-Wanjay".
* PelicanPackagePouch: Deconstructed in the ShoutOut to the ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.
* PrepareToDie: Yo Yo Ma exclaims "You die now!" during the chase scene.
* RealityEnsues: Homer builds a church on an island, he imitates ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' by using a pelican as a cement mixer; as he encourages it to do an AsideComment, the bird just falls on the ground dead.
* RecognitionFailure: In a variation of one of the show's {{Running Gag}}s, Mr. Burns mistakes Bart for Homer when he reports his ten-year performance record.
-->'''Bart:''' But I'm not Homer Simpson.\\
'''Burns:''' I think I know who Homer Simpson is.
* ShoutOut:
** When Marge first calls Homer on the radio, she asks [[Music/PinkFloyd "Hello, is there anybody in there?"]]
** Homer cites ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' as his inspiration for his idea to use a [[PelicanPackagePouch pelican as a cement mixer]]. He attempts to urge it into making a typical AsideComment about the situation just like the animals that have been in similar situations in the show, [[RealityEnsues but it just falls over dead]].
* SpitTake: UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch does one when he receives $10,000 in pledge money from Bart Simpson in the Creator/{{Fox}} pledge drive at the end.
* TheStinger: Homer exclaiming "Save me, Jebus!" during the Gracie Films logo at the end of the show.
* TakeThat:
** At BritishBrevity.
-->''"Not hard to see why it's England's longest running series, and today, we're showing all seven episodes."''
** At ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' ("So, if you don't want lowbrow programming to disappear from the airwaves..." followed by Creator/BettyWhite turning off the TV showing the ''FG'' logo on it "...please, call now."), even though, these days, that joke would either be HilariousInHindsight and/or a FunnyAneurysmMoment, as ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has since come back from cancellation and, despite critics and fans stating that the post-cancellation episodes aren't as good as the pre-cancellation ones, is slowly becoming more popular than ''TheSimpsons'' in terms of ratings.
** Marge just doesn't think ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'' is funny.
** "Ahem, pardon me, folks. There's nothing to see here: just off to the dumpster with these childrens' letters to God." Even better, every single person in the mob ''waves Rev. Lovejoy off.''
* ToadLicking: Homer takes this up since there's no alcohol on the island. He appears to favor a red one.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The events of this episode are later referenced in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS13E22PoppasGotABrandNewBadge Poppa's Got A Brand New Badge]]" confirming that Homer survived falling into the lava, but it's never mentioned what became of Lisa Jr.
* YouNoTakeCandle: "Me Homer. Me hiding from PBS."