Homer becomes a food critic for the local newspaper following the retirement of the old one, and, after showering every meal with praise, decides to become a Caustic Critic
, which causes the local restauranteurs to plot his murder.
- Big Fun: Invoked briefly. Homer's fantastic reviews lead to a lot of citizens gaining weight, to which a now heavyset Mr. Burns claims he's "never felt jollier" until his shins break from the extra weight. He's later seen among the mob that delivers Homer's comeuppance at the end.
- Brain Bleach: When the Sea Captain and Akira discuss Homer's pants being unfastened:
Sea Captain: I'm surprised he doesn't just give it up and go for sweatpants.
Akira: He says the crotch wears out too fast.
Sea Captain: Yar! That's going to replace the whale in my nightmares.
- Caustic Critic: Homer becomes one about halfway through, causing local restaurants to lose so much business that their owners conspire to have him killed.
- Specifically, Homer becomes more critical after being confronted by several other critics, all of whom are like this — including one who reviews farm supplies.
- Censored for Comedy: Homer's cursing while driving behind an ambulance. Parodied, as the words that got bleeped out weren't the kind of curse words that warrant a bleeping on TV.
- Constrained Writing: When Homer becomes a food critic, he writes a review without using the letter E. That's because the E key on his typewriter is broken. "By Homer-no-Earl-no-Bill Simpson!"
- Extreme Omnivore: Before becoming a Caustic Critic, the only bad review Homer gave was to a slice of pizza he found under the couch, and only then he claims it lost points simply because he found a Hot Wheels toy on it.
- Four Point Scale: In-universe; initially Homer gives everything a good review, simply because he loves food so much. Even when he becomes a Caustic Critic, his rating of Marge's pork chops is the lowest he ever gave: seven thumbs up.
- Karma Houdini: Discussed, lampshaded, and ultimately averted when Homer tempts fate at the end saying he'll never receive his comeuppance, only for Laser-Guided Karma to happen during the credits as Homer is beaten up by an angry mob of everyone he pissed off in this episode.
- The Nose Knows: Homer can tell that a cake says "so long and best wishes" from it's smell.
Nelson: Your old man has an awesome nose.
Bart: That's nothing, he can hear pudding.
- Shower of Angst: Homer after he was rejected the first time ("Still not clean...").
- Sure, Let's Go with That: Homer's first review was written with a typewriter that didn't have a working "E". When the editor dismissed it as a joke, Homer decided it was indeed a joke.
- Temporary Bulk Change: Homer's rave reviews of just about everything cause a small surge of weight gain in the Springfield community.