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After failing a magazine test on being a good father, Homer decides to help Bart out with his Soapbox Derby race car -- and soon is left out when Martin gives Bart his race car (after crashing into a wall and getting sent to the hospital) so he can win against Nelson Muntz. Meanwhile, Patty and Selma get their hair styled.

!!This episode has the following tropes:
* BlatantLies: When trying to buy a product on TV over the phone, Homer at first says his credit card expired in 1989 but then says it expires in ''2012''.
* DoomItYourself: [[{{Understatement}} Homer is not the greatest of the handymen.]]
* EpicFail: Bart and Homer's Soapbox Derby race car doesn't reach the finish line.
** Martin's parachute only opens ''after'' his car crashed.
* GracefulLoser: Nelson once Bart beats him in the finals of the Soapbox Derby races.
* KickTheDog; This moment:
-->'''Homer''': I don't know jack about my boy! I'm a bad father! ''[begins crying]''
-->'''Selma''': You're also fat!
-->'''Homer''': I'm also fat! ''[resumes crying]''
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Dave and Dave, Jr. at the National Fatherhood Institute. Also, when Bart ridicules Nelson for losing the race, Homer gladly joins in.
* ManOnFire: The Honor Roller's crash leaves Martin on fire. Firefighters focus on the crash site, while Martin runs around screaming.
* MultipleGunshotDeath [=/=] BlackDudeDiesFirst: Scoey, [=McBain=]'s partner.[[note]]Who oddly enough shares the same name as his bandleader on his talk show, ''Up Late with [=McBain=].''[[/note]]
* OhCrap: Dave's reaction when Homer calls the National Fatherhood Institute and says he got a zero on their test.
* {{Retirony}}: Parodied in the [=McBain=] clip.
* TheReveal: Bart's hero, three-time Soapbox derby racing champion Ronnie Beck, turns out to be a kid that's ''younger'' than him and Bart was well aware of it.
* ReversePsychology: Homer's brain uses it to convince him to use it to convince Bart to let him help with the Soapbox Derby race car.
* SeriousBusiness: The championship race between Bart and Nelson is broadcast on local television, complete with one of the IAmVeryBritish announcers who called the championship match between Bart and Todd Flanders on KBBL Radio in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E6DeadPuttingSociety Dead Putting Society]]".
* SkywardScream: Arguably the show's most famous example:
-->"MENDOZA!"
** "Martin. I'll curse that boy til the day I die!"
* SoProudOfYou: Homer responds to Bart's mockery of Nelson with "That's my boy!"
* StylisticSuck: Little Lightning.
* TakeThat: Creator/BillCosby is treated kindly by the episode, though one piece of a dialogue was written as a knock on his criticism of the show.
-->'''Homer:''' God bless you, Bill Cosby! You've ''saved'' the Simpsons!
* ThreateningShark: While Homer's at the National Fatherhood Institute, a shark somehow gets into a tank and attacks a father and son in the middle of an underwater activity.
-->'''Dave:''' [[OhNoNotAgain Oh, dear God, not again!]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Homer was originally gonna say "I'm not the bad father, you're the bad father. Leave me alone."
* WhatTheHellHero: Marge calls Homer a bad father when he refuses to go to the big race.