When the Simpsons' plans for a nice family outing at the Frying Dutchman turn into a dining disaster, the family (and show writers) try to salvage the night by telling three tales of disasters at sea.

!! Tropes:

* AnachronismStew: During the ''Literature/MutinyOnTheBounty'' story, a native asks the Bounty's crew if RobertFulton already invented the steamboat and someone tells her it won't take long.
* BadBoss: Capt. Bligh made a suggestion box out of the head of the subordinate who asked him to install a box (Martin Prince).
* BeyondTheImpossible: In the third tale, Homer is able to sit on a toilet ''upside down''. He justifies it by saying he has great ass suction.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Bligh threatens to make the turtle he's marooned on into soup if it doesn't swim faster.
* DiabolusExMachina: At the end of the ''Literature/{{Poseidon}}'' story, just when the survivors are about to rescued, the blowtorch from the rescue worker sets Sideshow Mel on fire. He even lampshades the irony.
* DirtyCoward: Bligh seems to be one, as he mistreats the crew pretty every chance he gets, but the second his crew mutinies against him, he's obviously scared and at a loss for words.
* TheDogBitesBack: Combined with RuleOfThree --
## Bligh severely mistreats the crew of the ''Bounty'' and sure enough, just as Willie predicted, they revolt against him.
## After Bligh and Willie are cast off in a boat, Willie revolts against him, taking the boat and leaving Bligh on a turtle.
## When he tries ordering the turtle he's on to swim faster, he dives down with an annoyed expression.
* ForgottenFramingDevice: While the Simpsons are waiting for their meals at the Frying Dutchman, a seafood restaurant, Marge, Bart, and Homer each tell a story with a nautical theme. The episode ends at the end of Homer's story and we don't see the Simpsons at the conclusion of the story.
* {{Ghost Pirate}}s: At the end of the episode, the crew from the second segment appear and turn out to have become a skeleton crew.
* InsultBackfire: When told that he eats dolphin boogers, Capt. Bligh shrugs and admits that it might happen when one eats dolphins as often as he does.
* IWarnedYou: Bligh is told by Willie after the crew mutinies that he warned Bligh it would happen. Bligh shrugs it off.
* {{Jerkass}}: Bligh is a big one, as he is a BadBoss and thus performs a KickTheDog at every opportunity, and even after the crew mutinies, he's still a jerk to Willie, and even to the turtle he's left sitting on when Willie revolts against him.
* KickTheDog: Bligh does this to his crew by throwing away their mail from home, informing them the mail had cookies in it, rather bluntly informing Milhouse his father had died while baking said cookies, and whacking members of his crew with his cutlass when their singing of a sea shanty displeases him.
* LaserGuidedKarma: For being a colossal jerk and a BadBoss to the Bounty's crew, Captain Bligh is left adrift in a boat when the crew mutiny against him, and is left on a turtle when Willie mutinies against him. He presumably drowns when the turtle goes underwater when he dares it to.
* NewYearHasCome: The third story takes place during new year.
* OffWithHisHead: Offscreen example. When the Bounty's crew wanted a suggestion box, Bligh gave them one. It was made of the head of the one who suggested it, Martin Prince.
* OhCrap: Bligh, when he hears guns click behind him and realizes the crew are mutinying.
* TemptingFate: Capt. Bligh thinks his crew will never revolt. When he and Willie are left in a life boat, he dares Willie to revolt and it results in Capt. Blight being left on a turtle, which he dares to dive (it promptly does so).
* TooDumbToLive:
** Bligh, marooned on a turtle after Willie mutinies against him, dares it to go underwater, and when it does, dares it to go deeper. We don't see the result but he presumably drowns.
** Upon taking over the Bounty, Bart throws away the helm.
** When Sideshow Mel was set on fire, he could have just jumped in the water to put it out, but instead he complains about the irony.