In this episode, Bart becomes friends with Bashir, a Muslim child and neighbor. Homer initially welcomes them but is convinced by Moe and the barflies not to trust the family after seeing an episode of a 24
clone. After offending the family at dinner, Homer overhears Bashir's father speaking of blowing up the Springfield Mall. He goes out to stop the plot, only to find out that Bashir's father simply works for a demolition company. At the end, the family arranges a tolerance dinner to make amends.
In the meantime, Lisa becomes addicted to downloading music on her MyPod and is threatened by a massive bill. She seeks out Steve Mobs and ends up having to take a job passing fliers in a MyPod costume.
This episode contains examples of: (YMMV Examples here)
- Actor Allusion: In Homer's fearful nightmare following his suspicions of Bashir's family, Genie appears and transforms Springfield into a stereotypical Muslim caricature. Homer's voice actor Dan Castellaneta was the replacement voice for Robin Williams' Genie in The Return of Jafar and the Aladdin animated TV series.
- Bland-Name Product: The "Mapple" Bar with its MyPods and MyPhones.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Homer sees it in a 24 parody.
- Mistaken for Terrorist: The source of conflict when Homer assumes that Bashir's father is a terrorist
- My God, What Have I Done?: The episode's Itchy and Scratchy segment "diePod Slaylist" features Scratchy feeling guilty over having tested the atomic bomb. He goes in a time machine to stop himself but gets killed by Itchy planting a bomb in his past self's body
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Homer tries to move the bombs under the belief that Bashir's father is plotting to suicide bomb the Springfield Mall but instead ends up blowing up the bridge leading to the Duff Brewery.
- Scam Religion: Apparently Moe started one to get out of jury duty much to Kearney's disdain
- Shout-Out: The title is a reference to Bedknobs and Broomsticks
- When Bart makes it seem Steve Mobs is insulting his clients, Comic Book Guy charges and swings a sledgehammer at the screen akin to the "1984" Apple commercial.
- During the dream where Genie transforms Springfield, a music store is changed to only have aisles of CDs by Cat Stevens (though ever since his conversion to Islam, he now goes by Yusuf).
- Unfortunate Names: Bashir's last name is Bin Laden.
- What the Hell, Hero?: To a point, as Homer was perfectly tolerant of Bashir and his family until Moe and his friends basically told him to be intolerant and jingoistic for no reason at all (other than the fact that what they believe about Muslims is a reflection of what most people believe about Muslims in Real Life, especially in a post-9/11 world). Homer's actions also merit this.
- Work Off The Debt: Lisa working to pay for her "MyBill"