The Simpsons are going on a cruise vacation — one that Bart doesn't want to end, as he fears his life on land is boring, so he fakes a viral pandemic on land.
- An Aesop: "Stop complaining about not having fun, and instead, actually have fun."
- Deal with the Devil: When Bart suddenly found himself with enough money for the cruise vacation, he initially thought the Devil agreed to the deal.
- Irony: Homer was briefly reading a magazine titled "Magazine Hater".
- Shout-Out: The ending of an elderly Bart looking back on his life is based on the ending to Titanic.