Moe feels depressed about his job as a bartender and seeks advice from his old bartending instructor, leaving Homer to run Moe's Tavern for a time. But when Moe returns and turns the bar into a po-mo (post-modern, or "weird for the sake of being weird") nightclub for snooty hipsters, Moe and his bar buddies boycott the new Moe's and Homer opens up a bar in his own garage (which is illegal, unless he can prove that he's hosting a hunting club).
This episode contains examples of:
- Bowdlerization: Along with the scene of Homer bleeding after hitting his hand on the jukebox glass, the UK version also cut the scene where Homer puts a cigarette in Lisa's mouth and lights it (only for Lisa to cough and stub it out in her plate).
- Comically Missing the Point: Bart's attempt to prank call Homer while he's running Moe's bar backfires when Homer doesn't know what to do when given the name "Ollie Tabooger".
Bart: Yell out, "I'll eat a booger!"
Homer: What's the gag?
Bart: Oh, forget it.
- Coolest Club Ever: Moe remakes his tavern into M's, which is played up as the bar equivalent of this
- Digging to China: In Homer's Shaggy Dog Story, Lisa commented Bart would end up in China.
- Driven to Suicide: Depressed over suffering from cancer, Moe's mentor drowns himself by walking into a lake (which is how writer Virginia Woolf died).
- Evil Laugh: The ghost of Moe's mentor does one when he reveals that Moe still hasn't gotten any tips since he made over the bar.
Moe: Why are you mocking me? We're friends.
Mentor: Oh, right. Sorry.
- Fake-Out Opening: The episode begins with Bart digging a hole for no reason and becoming the target of Chinese officials who expect he's up to no good. Then it's revealed to be Homer's Shaggy Dog Story he tells at Moe's before the real plot starts.
- Handwave: Bart's explanation for why he's digging.
What are you doing? Bart:
To make a hole. Lisa:
A hole for what? Bart:
' More diggin'. (Beat) Lisa:
Okay, then. (backs away)
- Hypocritical Humor: Moe switches one of M's TVs to a football game, the normal footage showing blinking eyes, only to have patrons berate him for changing it when they were watching it. Predictably, they go back to not watching it when he switches back.
- When Homer remakes his garage into a bar when kicked out of M's, he tells Marge that he never quits when he's passionate about something. He then uncovers a bucket robot that asks Homer to give him legs while referring to him as "Father". Homer tosses the robot into the street.
- Loophole Abuse: Homer can't open a bar inside his garage. He opened a hunting club.
- Not in the Face! / Groin Attack: While Moe and Lisa set out to stop Homer from killing a turkey to prove his makeshift bar is a hunting club, Moe gives Lisa a bird call to contact him if something goes wrong. This draws the ire of an eagle that pecks Moe in the forehead and crotch. Moe prefers it pecks the forehead.
- Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: The time Moe nailed that rat with an ice pick is played up as one.
Homer: That was an amazing throw.
- Percussive Maintenance: Deconstructed. Homer attempts this on Moe's disc player like "Fonzie", only to cut himself and bleed out profusely.
- Bowdlerization: This scene is often cut when aired on Channel 4 in the UK.
- Postmodernism: This is the episode where this quote concerning postmodernism is derived.
: It's pomo! [Beat
] Postmodern! [Beat
] Alright, weird for the sake of weird.
- R.E.M.: Apparently, Homer got them to play in his garage bar under the pretense of it being a benefit to save the rainforest.
- Shaggy Dog Story: The beginning of the episode, lampshaded by Moe who by extension berates Barney's sheepdog
- Shout-Out: Moe reveals he got into bartending when he saw the movie Ironweed.
- Something Something Leonard Bernstein: Homer's attempt at singing "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)".
- Take That:
Homer: (reading newspaper comics) Aw, look at that dad in Drabble. He's like an unfunny version of me.
- Thanksgiving Episode: The holiday doesn't come into play until towards the end of the episode.
- Unreliable Narrator: Homer's Shaggy Dog Story included parts he couldn't have known (such as the Chinese spying on Bart), which is lampshaded by the other patrons. When questioned about it, Homer merely shrugs and says he naturally assumed the Chinese would be spying on them.