In the 400th episode, Homer wins the 1,000,000th ice cream cone and gets interviewed by Kent Brockman, who had to sacrifice his editorial on the War in Iraq to do it because Channel 6's sponsor is the ice cream shop from which Homer bought the ice cream, but Kent ends up demoted when he blurts a horrible curse word live on the air and fired when his boss accuses him of being a drug addict.
- Everyone Has Standards: Even Rod and Todd feel that Ned's constant vigilance for their well-being by reporting Kent to the FCC is too much.
- Moral Guardian: Ned, who calls himself "God's little bellyacher".
Ned: (typing) To online Christian soldiers. Subject: televised super-swear.
Rod: Daddy, what are you doing.
Ned: Ploring people I never met to pressure government with better things to do than to punish a man who meant no harm for something nobody even saw. That's what I'm doing.
Ned: First thing's first!
- Rule of Three: Bart's kicks to Skinner's face
- Sarcasm Mode: Kent stating the editorial on the War in Iraq being passed over in favor of interviewing Homer for the ice cream has nothing to do with the ice cream parlor being owned by Channel 6's sponsor.
- Something Completely Different: Not only is this episode a Day in the Limelight for Kent Brockman and the 400th episode overall, but it's the first time since season seven's "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" to feature a Tracy Ullman Show Simpsons short.
- Truth in Television: Sadly, there are Moral Guardians (and obsessive fans) who sit in front of their TV all day looking for stuff to complain about, whether it's because of offensive content or trivial details about their favorite TV show.
- The Unreveal: The swear and Fox's secret
- Who Would Be Stupid Enough: When Lisa tells him about Media Watchdogs who look through TV shows to complain about them, Bart asks "Who'd be lame enough to do that?". Gilligan Cut to Flanders in front of his set recording programs and sorting them out as "Naughty" and "Nice".