Homer becomes a local celebrity for bowling a 300 game, but is DrivenToSuicide (again) when his star fades, but when he gets rescued, he decides to give his neglected daughter, Maggie, some attention.

* ArtisticLicenseBiology: At the bowling alley, Milhouse is being tortured by Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney by [[AmusingInjuries having his head stuck repeatedly in the bowl shine.]] He the cries out to them that they're polishing bone, only for them to ignore him and keep doing it. In reality, if they had reached his bone, Milhouse would already be dead.
** Dr Hibbert's explanation as to how Maggie was able to drag Homer back to the beach by herself is that, in danger, a child can summon superhuman strength to save their parent.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Homer almost says this word-for-word when Maggie saves his life from drowning.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Homer plays ''Where's Waldo?'':
--> '''Homer''': This would be a lot easier without all these people.
* ContinuityNod:
** Homer knowing Ron Howard.
** [[Series/TheHollywoodSquares The Springfield Squares]] makes a reappearance.
* ADayInTheLimelight: 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.
* DespairEventHorizon: 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.
* FifteenMinutesOfFame: 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.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Maggie is shown a lot in the early part of the episode getting either ignored by Homer or Homer backing out on activates the two were suppose to do together long before the main thread of the episode becomes about the two trying to bond together.
* HypocriticalHumor: After finding out that Homer has a family Ron Howard decides to give Homer some money. Homer tells him he doesn't want Ron's charity before pocketing the cash anyway (which Ron {{lampshades}} before taking the money back).
* JerkassRealization: Homer realises that his relationship with Maggie has become strained over the course of them spending time together and comments that he didn't realise things had become so bad between them. After Maggie saves his life he promises that the two will spend a lot more time together from then on with the final shot of the episode being of the two bowling together.
* KentBrockmanNews: Homer bowling his perfect game gets live news coverage and Kent Brockman says that this achievement will go down as one of the greatest feats that a Springfield resident has even accomplished. Kent then notes how pitiful Springfield really is if that is considered to be outstanding news.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Homer spends most of the first half of the episode ignoring Maggie's existence and [[ItsAllAboutMe focusing on his own short lived fame]]. Meaning that when Homer finally does decide to bond with Maggie their relationship is shown to be a lot more strained because of it.
* MadeOfExplodium: After Homer bowls his final strike and gets his perfect game he causes an explosion that not only destroys his own bowling pins but also the other pins around the bowlarama and one of the bowling monitors.
* NoodleIncident: 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?
** On Homer's list of things he wants to do before he dies is "See Music/StevieNicks Naked", and there's ''[[RuleOfThree three]]'' check-marks next to it.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Mr. Burns does ''not'' have to be reminded who Homer is.
* PetTheDog: For once, not only is Itchy not trying to kill Scratchy, he is telling everyone not to make him cry.
* PoliceCodeForEverything:
--> '''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!
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: When Homer is pulled over for speeding:
--> '''Wiggum''': All right, smart guy. Where's the fire?\\
'''Homer''': Over there. ''(points to a fire)''
* SilentSnarker: Maggie is in fine form in this episode, giving herself a {{facepalm}} when Homer misconstrues her pointing at a butterfly on the windscreen of the car as wanting to go to the beach, and rolling her eyes when Homer sinks right after she rescued him forcing Maggie to save him again.
* ShoutOut: To entertain his daughter, Homer dresses as a [[Series/TheTeletubbies a Teletubby]] named "Homie-Womey", which then morphs into a TakeThat towards the Rev. Jerry Falwell with him then declaring that he's [[RatedMForManly "all man" to clear up some things.]][[note]]Falwell had denounced the show and in particular the purple Teletubby, Tinky-Winky, who also carried a purse and, [[InsaneTrollLogic by extension, was declared gay and detrimental to parents and children.]][[/note]]
* TakeThat: At ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' for its reliance on has-been celebrities and having them make {{obligatory joke}}s:
-->'''Brockman:''' According to ''Redbook Magazine'', what is the speed of light?\\
'''Homer:''' Well, that is... Wait... ''(holds up two sheets of paper)'' Do I read from the sheet labeled "Jokes" or "Answers"?\\
'''Brockman:''' Oh, for the love of... Stop tape.
* SuicideDare: 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.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Springfield's state was about to be revealed via the Krusty the Klown Show's mailing address. [[https://frinkiac.com/gif/S11E06/394360/394560/ Too bad breaking news had to interrupt.]]