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Episode - 8F04\\
First Aired - 10/17/1991

Homer saves the town from nuclear annihilation, but feels bad for it as he knew the whole thing was a fluke. Meanwhile, Milhouse van Houten (Bart's blue-haired friend) is forbidden to see Bart.

!!This episode contains examples of:
* AccidentalHero: The episode ultimately claims that this trope is the basic definition of Homer.
* AchievementsInIgnorance: In the realm of “possible but exceedingly unlikely”, Homer manages to prevent a catastrophic meltdown two separate times by pressing a single button on his console at random.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Smithers makes one of these when death in the coming meltdown seems inevitable. The object of his affecton does not take it well.
-->'''Smithers''': [[IgnoredEnamouredUnderling Sir, there may never be another time to say I love you!]]
-->'''Burns''': ''([[DeathGlare glowers]])'' [[SarcasmMode Oh hot dog! Thank you for making my last moments on Earth socially awkward!]]
* AsHimself: Chick Hearn; Basketball player Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Mr. Burns originally said "Well, there's nothing left for me to do but kiss my sorry butt goodbye" after Smithers told him about the impending meltdown while Bart in a later scene says, "'Bad influence', my ass!" after Milhouse tells him why he wasn't invited to his birthday party. In network reruns (including the "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon, but ''not'' syndication), the lines were changed so that way Mr. Burns says "...sorry ass goodbye," while Bart says, "'Bad influence,' my butt!" The altered version is on the DVD.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Homer resorts to the "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe" method to save Springfield from a nuclear meltdown.
* DirtyCoward: Mr. Burns stole Smithers' radiation suit and claimed to not know where it was.
-->'''Smithers''': Sir, where's my radiation suit?
-->'''Burns''': ''[covering the label]'' [[BlatantLies How the hell should I know?!]]
* DramaticDrop: When Burns decides Homer will be the next Employee of the Month, a shocked Smithers drops his wine bottle.
* EmergencyBroadcast: A news bulletin shows Kent Brockman interviewing Mr. Burns, who – despite the imminent danger, the wail of emergency sirens and increasing urgency of the situation – nonchalantly tries to assure the public that experts are trying to quickly resolve the problem and that the public is safe.
* ForcedMeme: The episode attempted to make "Pull a Homer"[[note]]A blend of AccidentalHero and AchievementsInIgnorance[[/note]] an American slang term. It never worked.
* GilliganCut: Mr. Burns reassures Kent Brockman and his audience that his workers are calmly fixing a malfunction that's leading to a meltdown. Cut to his workers screaming, running, praying and destroying vending machines, and an army of rats fleeing the plant.
* HeroicBSOD: Homer knows he just got lucky, so as more and more congratulate him for what he's done, he gets increasingly depressed and worried someone will find out the truth.
* {{Hypocrite}}: The owner of the Shelbyville Plant denounces Homer for picking a button at random, despite the fact that none of ''his'' employees had the slightest clue what to do during the meltdown either.
* ImagineTheAudienceNaked: Homer, on Barney's advice, tries this during his speech at the Shelbyville plant. It backfires when he imagines himself in his underwear, too.
* JerkassRealization: Homer is prideful after saving the plant, however after Magic Johnson indirectly labels his dumb luck as making him a fraud, he becomes guilt ridden by the endless praise he receives from his family and friends.
* KentBrockmanNews: After buying Burns's cover story about the meltdown, Kent vows "to be more trusting and less vigilant in the future."
* NeverMyFault: During the flashback of the training Homer didn't pay attention to, we see that he was focused on solving a rubix cube. Back at present time, Homer was angrily pointing at the still unsolved cube and blaming it.
* NotHelpingYourCase:
** Milhouse reveals why he didn't invite Bart to this birthday party: his mom says he's a bad influence. Bart retorts with:
--->'''Bart''': Bad influence, my ass! How many times have I told you: never listen to your mother!
** When Marge informs Bart that she spoke to Luann Van Houten about letting Bart and Milhouse be friends again, Bart hugs her and Marge reminds him, "Now be good." Bart replies, "I will" and grabs a pellet gun.
* OffModel: This was [[Creator/SunwooEntertainment Anivision's]] first aired episode[[note]]their first in production order was the season's Treehouse of Horror episode[[/note]] so there were some noticeable design oddities. For the most pronounced one, [[https://frinkiac.com/gif/S03E05/820209/827499.gif?b64lines= check out Marge when she reads Homer's plaque.]]
* OhCrap:
-->'''Homer:''' I'm sure whoever's problem this is, I'm sure they'll know how to handle it.
-->''(sees that the meter on his dashboard is extremely high)''
-->'''Homer:''' AAAAAAHH!!! IT'S ''MY'' PROBLEM!!! WE'RE DOOMED!!!
* ParkingProblems: After Homer is given Smithers' parking space, Smithers is resigned to park ''really'' far away.
* PersonAsVerb: "Pull a Homer," defined as "to succeed despite idiocy." In the commentary, it's noted that everyone behind the show was hoping this would catch on for real, and were quite disappointed when it didn't.
* ProfessionalButtKisser: An almost literal example.
-->'''Plant P.A''': 30 seconds to core meltdown.
-->'''Burns''': [[FaceDeathWithDignity Oh, Smithers, I guess there's nothing left but to kiss my sorry ass good-bye]].
-->'''Smithers''': May I, sir?
-->'''Burns''': [[{{Squick}} Urgh!]]
* RunningGag: The title of this episode comes from a running bit where Homer imagines his picture as being next to the dictionary definition for various words: "stupid", "lucky", "hero", and "fraud". It ends with the phrase "to pull a Homer" ending up in the dictionary for real.
* ShoutOut:
** A license plate in the parking lot reads [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Mile_Island_accident Three Mile Island]].
** The timer for the meltdown stops at [[{{Film/Goldfinger}} 007]].
* SpecialGuest: Creator/JonLovitz as Aristotle Amadopoulos.
* UnrevealAngle: When Homer flashes back to his training, the technician points to the button on his console that will stop a meltdown, but it's just off-screen so the audience doesn't see it. This also applies when Homer pushes it to stop the meltdown.
** In addition, Homer pushes the button in an attempt to avert the first meltdown just as the act ends and the show goes to commercial break. We find out that everything was just fine after the break.