Marge enters a baking contest, where she cheats after other contestants ruin her entry. Meanwhile, Bart uses Homer's old ''Playdude'' magazines to live life as a swinging bachelor.

!! Tropes:
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Homer thinks the joke about [[CargoShip an octopus having sex with bagpipes]] is hilarious.
* AffablyEvil / {{Jerkass}}: ''All'' the contestants (except one) towards Marge. They all act rude and try to ruin her entry because they all see her as a legitimate threat to their entries. It was good for her she got them back, but she was crossing it when trying to sabotage the final contestant.
* BaitAndSwitch:
** When Marge is going through the rundown kitchen, first a cupboard door breaks off, then the bottom of a drawer caves in, then when Marge opens the refrigerator...[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers the back of her dress rips]].
** When Marge receives a letter from the bake-off, it at first sounds like a rejection letter...but then it's revealed that Marge was accepted.
** Then again as Homer is giving Bart TheTalk.
--> '''Homer:''' Do you know why your mother and I sleep in the same bed?\\
'''Bart:''' Because we're poor?\\
'''Homer:''' Exactly! And the reason we're poor is because we have three children.
* BlatantLies:
** Homer tells Marge that he only keeps his Playdude magazines for the stories. Marge cuts off all pictures of women and Homer throws away what's left of the magazines.
** There's also the contractor who promised Marge the new kitchen would be ready in three weeks when it takes two years.
* BreakTheHaughty: This happens to Bart when Homer explains the true life of a bachelor.
* BrickJoke: Apu mentions he intends to abandon his family and sneak back to India disguised as Steve Barnes. Later, newspaper articles talk about Apu disappearing and 'Steve Barnes' opening up a convenience store in New Delhi.
* BrokenPedestal: Marge disappoints Lisa by cheating. [[RebuiltPedestal Lisa feels better after Marge publicly confesses]].
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Bart and the other kids are completely unaware of the DoubleEntendre used in ''Playdude''. Unfortunately, this upsets their parents who are more sexually aware than them.
-->'''Homer:''' Bart, I know a father has no right to pry into the life of his ten-year-old son, but what's going on up here?\\
'''Bart:''' I'm just spreadin' the Playdude philosophy: hi-fis, Norman Mailer, gettin' some...\\
'''Homer:''' Uh, um... what do you think "some" is?\\
'''Bart:''' Uh... toys?
* CordonBleughChef: Ralph was rejected from the bake-off because his sandwich consisted of grilled crayons and thumbtacks.
* EpicFail: While trying to build the new kitchen, Homer ends up using too much plaster on the ceiling, leaving him and Marge to need to stand on their knees.
* {{Expy}}: The food personalities in Homer's ImagineSpot are parodies of mascots of popular snack foods.
* EveryoneHasStandards: While Marge is sabotaging the other entries, she comments that even the Pope wouldn't forgive the sea captain's pizza (covered with seafood toppings), and he's let a lot of things slide.
* GilliganCut: The contractor assures Marge that the new kitchen will be finished in three weeks. [[CrookedContractor It takes two years]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: Marge felt that she was doing this when she sabotaged the other entries. She even said WhosLaughingNow while doing so.
* LonelyAtTheTop: PlayedForLaughs. The original Auntie Ovenfresh tries to advise the contestants that "ribbons and trophies are no comfort on your deathbed", only for her to be cut off by the head judge.
* MadnessMantra: "Blood for cream" especially at the end of the ImagineSpot where Homer seems too into it despite being his blood targeted.
* NowYouTellMe: Homer says this when Marge tells him that he used too much plaster on the kitchen ceiling. Marge counters that she ''never stopped'' telling him.
-->'''Homer''': [[ComicallyMissingThePoint So]] ''[[ComicallyMissingThePoint that's]]'' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint what that noise was]].
* OhCrap: Chief Wiggum, when Ralph mentions that his grilled crayon sandwich that he bit into has thumbtacks.
* PaperThinDisguise: Apu's disguise as Steve Barnes consists of sunglasses and a blond wig.
* SoLastSeason: The contestants considered Marge's dessert dogs 'So 90's'.
* SpitTake: Superintendent Chalmers when Marge forfeits the Ovenfresh Challenge.
* TheTalk: Homer gives this to Bart, and ends up scarring him and all the kids in town.
-->'''Homer''': Well, it's better they hear it from me now, than from their parents when they're old enough.
* TogetherInDeath: Upon learning that Marge cheated in the contest, Moe's pleased that they're both going to Hell, planning to make his move then.
* TroubledFetalPosition: Bart is seen in one after Homer tells him about 'the birds and the bees'.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Brandine's holiday "Alco-Hog" suddenly comes to life and pukes up the beer and candy canes it was stuffed with.
-->'''Brandine:''' Huh, I thought it was dead.