Homer becomes a local celebrity for bowling a 300 game, but is Driven to Suicide (again) when his star fades, but when he gets rescued, he decides to give his neglected daughter, Maggie, some attention.
- Comically Missing the Point: When Homer plays Where's Waldo?:Homer: This would be a lot easier without all these people.
- Continuity Nod: Homer knowing Ron Howard.
- A Day in the Limelight: Not only is it one of many, many episodes focusing on Homer, but it also focuses on Homer trying to bond with Maggie "The Forgotten" Simpson.
- Despair Event Horizon: Homer borders it once he feels he has no reason to live, but comes back strong once he meets Ron Howard and gets parenting advice.
- 15 Minutes of Fame: Homer wins a 300 game and gets a short window of fame and keeps going until the news has to call him out on it.
- Noodle Incident: How did Hans Moleman get in the sewer and become King of the Moles (unless that's an identical twin)? And did it have anything to do with getting pushed around by the guy on the street?
- Police Code for Everything:Wiggum: You just bought yourself a 3-17: pointing out police stupidity. Or is that a 3-14? Nah, nah. 3-14 is a dog, uh- No. Or is that a 3-15?. You're in trouble, pal!
- Rhetorical Question Blunder: When Homer is pulled over for speeding:Wiggum: All right, smart guy. Where's the fire?
Homer: Over there. (points to a fire)
- Suicide Dare: When Homer deliberates a little too long in a line to jump off a skyscraper, the guy behind him says "Less chat, more splat, pal" and pushes him off. Subverted both in that Homer wasn't hurt by the fall, and because the guy was planning to do the same thing himself immediately afterwards, so he wasn't being a hypocrite.