Recap / The Simpsons S 12 E 14 New Kids On The Blecch

After Bart cheats at the Springfield Marathon, he is recruited by record producer L.T Smash alongside Milhouse, Nelson, and Ralph Wiggum to form The Party Posse. However, when Lisa sees something strange in the band's new music video, she discovers a shocking conspiracy.

Tropes appearing in this episode:
  • As Themselves: *NSYNC.
  • Big "NO!": J.C. gives out this after the rest of the band enlisted him in the Navy and he's carried off by two recruiters.
  • Boy Band: The Party Posse
  • Bullet Time: One of N'Sync's dance moves is "a Matrix", where the five jump and stay frozen in mid-air while the camera pans around them.
  • Catch Phrase: One of the N'Sync members always says "Word." Another one repeatedly says "Old school!"
  • Disproportionate Retribution: L.T. Smash decided to blow up Mad Magazine just because they wanted to do a spoof of the band. Even more, the boys themselves took the "insult" as a compliment.
  • Fanservice: The "Drop Da Bomb" music video features girls in bikinis with 3 of them singing the subliminal "Yvan Eht Nioj" message.
  • Got Volunteered: The other members of N'SYNC enlist J.C. in the Navy without telling him. He doesn't find out until a couple recruiters drag him away.
  • Momma's Boy: When Lt. Smash accuses Skinner of standing in the Party Posse's way:
    Skinner: No I didn't! I even came in early and made orange drink!
    Smash: "Orange drink"? What do you, live with your mama?
    Skinner: (defiantly) She lives with me!
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Bart's disguise consisted of a hat and mustache. No one, of course, recognized him until a bird stole the mustache.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: L.T succeeds in blowing up the MAD building, however, the writers survive the explosion and are even sober now.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: In the end, Lisa learning the truth about L.T and trying to convince Homer and Marge was unnecessary since the Party Posse was shut down due to a slanderous article about them.
  • Shout-Out: Bart's line "I use-a up all-a my Engleesh!" was a nod to Roberto Benigni's Best Actor Oscar acceptance speech for Life is Beautiful.
    • His cheating in the Springfield Marathon was this/a Take That to Rosie Ruiz, who infamously cheated in The 1980 Boston Marathon under similar circumstances (she also appeared out of nowhere near the finish line to win it all, but unlike Bart, she didn't wear a disguise.)
  • Subliminal Advertising: "Yvan eht nioj"
    • Subverted with Lt. Smash's "superliminal" strategy. He simply yells out his window to Lenny and Carl, "Hey you! Join the Navy!"
  • Take That: When asked about the "Yvan eht nioj" chant, Homer replies it's just a meaningless phrase, like "Sha-ma-la-ma-ding-dong" or "Give peace a chance."
  • Tempting Fate: When Bart is introduced to the other members of Party Posse, he's annoyed that they're just guys from his school. He asks, "Who's next? Ralph Wiggum?" Cue Ralph revealing himself.
    Ralph: Whee! I'm a pop sensation!
  • There Are No Good Executives: Or at least honest ones. L.T. Smash is really Lt. Smash and he tries to enlist the children of Springfield Elementary as well as other town denizens to join the Navy.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The citizens were not amused by Bart's deception in the marathon and were willing to harm him over it.
  • You Are Too Late: The Party Posse is unable to stop L.T from blowing up the MAD building.
  • You Fool!: L.T's response when his commander turns off the Party Posse's voice enhancers.