Homer, who has been on a Good Samaritan kick lately, goes on a hunger strike to protest the Springfield Isotopes being moved.

!! Tropes:

* AffablyEvil: The Springfield Isotopes executives.
-->'''Marge:''' It's been a whole week. Why are you letting my husband die? What does that have to do with baseball?\\
'''First executive:''' ''(cheerfully)'' Death is a part of baseball!\\
'''Second executive:''' Oh yes, the main part.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Parodied--Cesar Chavez appears before Homer looking like Creator/CesarRomero since Homer doesn't know what Cesar Chavez looks like.
* AudienceSurrogate: Homer ends up being one during a point when having gone days without eating, he witnesses and hears the thousands of attendees in the stadium eating their food. [[MostAnnoyingSound Loudly.]] ''[[HellIsThatNoise All at the same, exact time.]]'' Which drives him to ask, "Must they all chew so loudly?!"
* BaitAndSwitchComment:
** When the Blockoland souvenir guy refuses to give Lisa the missing piece of her Eiffel Tower kit, Homer [[AngryFistShake angrily shakes his fists]] and tells him there's something to make him remember Homer. Homer then opens his hand and shows a snow globe with his name and face.
** When Homer confronts Mr. Duff over the latter's plan to move the Springfield Isotopes to Albuquerque, the latter shows a vial with what he claims to be a new addictive for Duff beer. Unlike what Homer understandably suspects, the memory-erasing drug comes from Duffman injecting him with a syringe.
* BerserkButton: Homer says he's fine with being called a liar when he's lying, or when he's about to lie, or when he's just finished lying. But ''not'' when he's telling the truth!
* BittersweetEnding: Homer finally exposes the plan to move the Isotopes to Albuquerque, and the Mayor of Albuquerque decides to give up trying to buy the team... in lieu of acquiring the Dallas Cowboys and ''making'' them play baseball.
-->'''Mayor of Albuquerque:''' Looks like we'll have to steal some other baseball team. ''(to his aide)'' See what Dallas wants for the Cowboys.\\
'''Aide:''' Uh, [[FridgeLogic that's a football team, sir.]][[invoked]]\\
'''Mayor of Albuquerque:''' They'll play what I tell 'em to play. ''(walks to a window; menacingly)'' '''For I am the Mayor of Albuquerque!'''
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: When Sherri says that Bart is "a smelly, ugly dork", Homer retorts by saying "Ugly is such a smelly word."
* BlatantLies: According to Duff Stadium's announcer, Homer's on a hunger strike until the Isotopes win the Pennant, ''not'' because of the plans to move the team to Albuquerque.
* BuiltWithLEGO: [[{{Expy}} Or "Blocko", rather]], regarding the theme park the family visits. Incidentally, Bart ''does'' actually say the word "LEGO" on the way home.
-->'''Marge:''' Don't you mean ''Blocko'' shirt?\\
'''Bart:''' Right, right. Blocko shirt.
* ContinuityNod: Duffman asks Homer if he was [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E1StarkRavingDad once in a loony bin]].
* ConvictionByContradiction: Spoofed; when Homer points out that the Isotopes serve Southwestern-style hot dogs, everyone suddenly believes him. Apparently only sports arenas in the Southwest are allowed to do that.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The Isotopes have not won even one game since Howard K. Duff VIII has owned it; he's clearly [[SpringtimeForHitler trying to turn them into a disgrace on purpose to justify moving the team.]]
* TheExitIsThatWay: Homer finds out about the plans to move the Springfield Isotopes when he tries to leave Mr. Duff's office but opens the wrong door.
* FailedASpotCheck: The concession stands in the stadium were already using "Albuquerque Isotopes"-branded wrappers on their hot dogs, but nobody noticed until Homer pointed it out to them.
* GoodSamaritan: Homer, during the entire episode, the hunger strike being his SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome as one.
* LampshadeHanging: Homer saying he's on a Good Samaritan kick "this week".
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Subverted; Howard K. Duff's injecting Homer with a knockout drug didn't quite work as well as he hoped it would.
--> '''Homer''': You know me, I'll be quirky. Wait a minute, "I'll be quirky"... Albuquerque!
* LiteralMetaphor: When asked if he's calling Homer a liar, the head of Duff Brewery says he has footage of Homer with his pants on fire. He's being literal.
* LosingHorns: Homer returns to the Albuquerque Isotopes room with a group of reporters, only to discover that Duff had already removed the incriminating evidence. The only thing in there is a beatnik playing a mocking tune.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: By giving Homer a hot dog made with southwestern ingredients (''and'' by [[TooDumbToLive using "Albuquerque Isotopes" wrappers]]), the plan to move the team ''finally'' gets exposed.
* NotHyperbole: The salon owner wasn't lying when he said he couldn't afford to streak Marge's hair. Homer goes over his books and finds out that the salon's profit margin is razor thin.
* PaperThinDisguise: When Homer brings the press to Mr. Duff's office to expose the moving plan, Duffman shows up wearing a press hat and a jacket while holding a notebook, claiming he's "Joel Duffman" of "The Newsly Times".
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: When trying to get a beauty parlor to honor his wife's coupon, Homer spies a hairnet and comments, "It would be a shame if it was hurled to the ground." However, it lands gently on the ground no matter how hard he throws it, so he resorts to unscrewing lids.
* ShoutOut:
** Duffman's TheDogBitesBack moment on Howard K. Duff is one to ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', with him looking between Homer and Duff, much like Vader did with Luke and the Emperor, before grabbing Duff and tossing him over the leftfield wall.
** Bart finds Homer passed out on top of the doghouse, to which he says "[[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Good]] [[BorrowedCatchPhrase grief]]."
* SmashCut: At one point, Homer is expressing doubt that a hair salon cannot afford to honor Marge's coupon. The very next scene is him crunching the salon's numbers with the owner, expressing surprise that the owner was telling the truth.
* SpecialGuest: Howard K. Duff is voiced by Creator/StacyKeach (from the first ''Cheech and Chong'' movie and played Christopher Titus' hard-assed father, Ken, on the sitcom ''Titus'' [which was in production at the time of this episode's premiere]).
* StrikeEpisode: Homer goes on a hunger strike after he discovers that the owner of the Springfield Isotopes is trying to move the team to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
* TemporaryBulkChange:
** A big part of the episode. Homer loses an unhealthy amount of weight over a period of days.
** At home, the opposites to his kids--Bart, Lisa and Maggie all get fat from Marge getting them to eat Homer's share of the food while he's off doing his hunger strike. When Lisa questions, "Couldn't you just make ''less'' food, Mom?," Marge simply replies, "I don't do things that way, Lisa."
* TemptingFate: Homer tries to reassure his family the people he's protesting against won't let him starve to death. He's then shown a skeleton sitting next to a sign demanding them to clean the ladies' bathroom.
* TitleDrop: "Hungry Hungry Homer" is the name given to Homer when the Isotopes adopt him as a new attraction to the stadium.
* TheCassandra: Nobody would believe Homer's claims about the Springfield Isotopes moving to Albuquerque until he pointed out that the hotdogs that were being served at the stadium were topped with popular ''southwestern'' ingredients. It also didn't help the Isotopes' case that the napkins had "Albuquerque Isotopes" written on them.
* TheDogBitesBack: With Homer's incentive, Duffman turns against Howard and throws him out of the stadium.
* ThrowTheDogABone: This is one of the few times that Homer's crazy stunts ends with success.
* TooDumbToLive: Paint Drinking Pete is dumb even by ''this'' show's standards--also, the stadium using napkins with "'''Albuquerque''' Isotopes" printed on them before the team has officially moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
* WaitingSkeleton: As Homer prepares to go on a hunger strike to protest the Isotopes' planned move to Albuquerque, he sees the skeleton of previous striker holding a sign reading "CLEAN THE LADIES ROOM".