Episode - 9F12\\
First Aired - 2/4/1993

Angry over Homer neglecting to pick him up from soccer practice, Bart poses as a homeless child in dire need of a father figure for the Bigger Brothers Organization and begins spending time with a cool man named Tom. Meanwhile, Lisa tries to break her addiction to a 1-900 line where pretty boy celebrity, Corey, talks to girls.

!!This episode contains examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: Homer calls Pepe "Pepsi" at one point.
* TheAce: To dig the knife in deeper for Homer, Tom is fitter, suaver and multi talented.
* AluminiumChristmasTrees: The Corey Hotline that Lisa runs up the phone bill by repeatedly calling was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk2CKwJ3hGo a real 1-900 number]].
* AmusingInjuries: Homer suffers a lot of these near the end of the episode during his fight with Tom.
* ArousedByTheirVoice: "Corey" for Lisa. She runs up a huge bill on a hotline which is just his voice rambling endlessly.
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad:
-->'''Marge:''' He called you a bad father.\\
'''Homer:''' Marge, when kids these days say "bad," they mean "good". And "to shake your booty" means "to wiggle one's butt". ''(about to stand up)'' Permit me to demonstrate.
* BecomingTheMask: Homer initially only joins the Bigger Brothers program to get back at Bart, though after seeing Pepe get rejected, he is moved to tears and adopts him, and spends their time together forming a sincere bond.
* BigWhy: Homer yells this as he dreams Bart having turned into a skeleton. He then yells "Why?.... How?....When?....Which?..."
* BlameGame: "I know you're mad at me, boy. I'm kinda mad too. I mean, we can sit here talking about who forgot to pick up who until the cows come home. Let's just say, that we're ''both'' wrong, and that'll be the end of it."
* BodyHorror: Bart's ImagineSpot of Homer's face [[ImMelting melting]] as the background turns into Hell.
-->'''Homer:''' ''Now how about a hug.''
* BriefAccentImitation: Homer takes on an upper-class English accent while confronting Bart when he comes back from a day out with Tom for [[RuleOfFunny no particular reason]].
* BrutalHonesty: Krusty, during ''Tuesday Night Live'':
--> '''Krusty''': We got a great show for you!... Well actually, the last half hour is a real garbage dump. Ugh.... we'll be right back.\\
'''Bart''': I miss Joe Piscopo.
* CallBack: Bart and Tom watch an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'', while later Homer and Pepe mirror this by watching an episode of ''The Itchy and Scratchy Show'' together.
* CombatPragmatist: Homer lists down all the ways he fought dirty against Tom for Bart at the end of the episode.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Homer forgets to pick up Bart after practice, even when he hears the word "Bart" repeatedly around him. At the end of the episode, Tom and Pepe need Bart to point out to them that Tom could be Pepe's bigger brother.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** Homer confronting Bart about using the Big Brother program is treated the same as someone discovering their spouse is being unfaithful.
** When Homer catches Bart coming home after his time with Tom, he is at first aggressive but then tries to get Bart to remember the fun times they had, like when he pushed Bart on the swing. Bart coldly replies, "I was faking it." Homer, aghast, shouts, "Liar!" Bart teases him: "Oh yeah, dad? Remember this? Higher, dad! Higher!" Homer is deeply hurt and runs out shouting, "STOP IT!" Obviously, this whole bit is a euphemism for faking orgasms during sex.
* EyeScream: In the ''Ren & Stimpy'' cartoon, Ren's eyeballs suddenly explode after eating Stimpy's collection of furballs and stomach acid.
* FoodSlap: Homer tells Pepe about a [[UnreliableNarrator memory]] he had involving how cruel Bart was to him:
-->'''Homer:''' Son, I just want you to know I love you very much.
-->'''Bart:''' ''*As he shoves a grapefruit in his face*'' [[BigShutUp Shut up!]]
-->''*Back to present day*''
-->'''Homer:''' Mmm, grapefruit. ''*Licks chops*''
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Homer and Bart are having an argument. Homer asks Bart if he remembers how he used to have fun pushing him on the swing, which Bart denies, and says he was "faking it". Homer calls him a liar, and Bart then enthusiastically starts to say "Higher, Dad, Higher! Whee!" to prove his point.
* IHaveNoSon: Inverted. Bart calls the Bigger Brother program and says he doesn't have a father, then poses as an orphaned street rat whose father abandoned him.
-->'''Bart:''' My name is Bart Simpson, ''and I don't have a father''.
* ImagineSpot: ''[[NightmareFace "Now how]] [[ImMelting 'bout a hug?"]]''
** Also Homer has one in which he finally goes to pick up Bart from soccer practice, only to find a spiky-headed skeleton.
* ImMelting: Homer's face melts during Bart's ImagineSpot.
* InsultBackfire:
--> '''Homer:''' For your information, I happen to be his father.
--> '''Tom:''' ''(disgusted)'' His father? The drunken gambler?
--> '''Homer:''' ''(cheerfully)'' That's right. And who might you be?
* MadeOfIron: Homer and Tom brawl through almost the entire of Springfield (including rolling down ''and back up'' Springfield Gorge) without so much as losing breath. It takes Homer's spine fainting on a fire hydrant to finally end the fight.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Homer falls backwards onto a fire hydrant and has his body bent. He casually states "This is even more painful than it looks."
* MoodWhiplash: The first act has Homer dozing off while taking a bath and dreaming about being very late to pick up Bart from soccer practice (which, in fact, he is). The dream shows him driving in a wild panic up to the field, only to find a skeleton in soccer clothes with Bart's famous "hair-spikes" at the top of its skull; apparently Homer kept Bart waiting so long that Bart starved to death. Homer gathers up the corpse, [[BigNo screams]], and sobs - which prompts him to wake up, leap out of the bathtub, and frantically run out to his car dripping wet and completely naked [[HoYay (causing Ned Flanders to remark: "Homie, I see your doodle!")]]. Then, in the next scene, the "serious-to-silly" shift reverses itself with a very upset Bart getting in the car as Homer tries to hand him a hot-fudge sundae (which he bought to apologize), only for Homer to [[CoveredInGunge spill the sundae right on top of Bart's head]]. Homer then does his best to make up with his son as Bart just sits there glowering straight ahead, the ice cream and hot fudge dripping down his face and neck, getting angrier and angrier. The scene ends with Homer urging: "How about a hug?" Bart finally glares over at his father...and imagines him as ''[[NightmareFace an emaciated, eyeless zombie]]''. Pretty jarring, but certainly keeping up the BlackComedy overtones of the series's earlier seasons.
** And after ''that'', we cut to Bart at home watching an episode of ''Tuesday Night Live'' hosted by Krusty the Clown.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After driving Homer from the room by claiming he faked enjoying the fun times he had, Bart lowers his head sadly. He's also deeply apologetic after Homer's fight with Tom ends badly.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: When Homer finally remembers to pick up Bart, he leaps out of the bathtub to get to the car without bothering to put on clothes first. Fortunately, he shows up fully dressed.
-->'''Lisa:''' Dad, hide your shame!\\
'''Ned:''' ''(off-screen)'' Hey, Homie, I can see your doodle!\\
'''Homer:''' ''(off-screen)'' Shut up, Flanders.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Original promos for this episode suggested this was a going to be a serious, dramatic episode, with Bart saying "Tom's a better father than you ever were!", followed by a shot of Homer crying. In the actual episode, Homer was crying after confessing that he fell for a record and tape club scam that promises the first couple albums for a penny before jacking up the prices.
* NightmareFace: [[ImMelting "NOW HOW ABOUT A HUG BART?!"]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The writers based the Corey character on Corey Feldman and Creator/CoreyHaim, known as The Two Coreys.
* NoodleIncident: Skinner gets one when "talking" with his mother who is apparently watching him from their house (which for some reason resembles [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates' house]]):
-->No, mother. I have a right to be here; I'm on school business...but mother, that sailor suit doesn't fit anymore!"
* {{Padding}}: In-universe: ''The Big Ear Family''.
--> '''Krusty''': Hi honey, I'm home! Uh-oh, I got wax in my ears! Better clean 'em! ''(pulls out a giant Q-tip)'' Huh? Huh? ''(no laughter from audience)'' Ugh, this goes on for twelve more minutes.
* ParodyAssistance: The layout artists from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' worked on the R&S parody scene
* PrecociousCrush: Lisa is obsessed with Corey magazine and its hotline, all full of boys who were at least in their teens. When Marge finds out about Lisa's phone calls to the hotline, she reveals to Lisa that she was in the same situation in her childhood when she had a crush on Music/BobbySherman:
-->'''Marge Simpson''': Oh, honey, I know how you feel. When I was a girl, I had a crush on Bobby Sherman…
-->[Lisa bursts out laughing]
-->'''Marge Simpson''': [annoyed] The point is, I want you to stop making these calls!
* {{Revenge}}: Homer's expressed reason to join the bigger brother program. The program's list of reasons also includes options like "spite" and "malice".
* SelfServingMemory: Homer's "memory" of Bart smashing a grapefruit into his face out of pure malice. Possibly also Bart's tale of how Homer gambled away the family's life savings.
* ShoutOut
** While Bart waits for Homer, the wind begins to pick up and [[Series/TheFlyingNun a nun is sent flying]] as a result.
** Milhouse writes [[Film/TheShining "Trab Pu Kcip"]] on a mirror when Bart tries to psychically project a message to Homer.
** Bart watches Krusty hosting the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' knock-off ''Tuesday Night Live'' and is so disappointed in the episode that he misses Joe Piscopo (who was a cast member on ''SNL'' from 1980[[note]]during Jean Doumanian's short-lived and disastrous stint as executive producer[[/note]] to 1984).
** Principal Skinner stares out his office window to a crumbling house where he claims his mother is watching him even now, a nod to Norman Bates' place from ''Film/{{Psycho}}''
** Homer compares a Dumpster-dwelling hobo to [[Series/SesameStreet Oscar the Grouch]].
** [[Film/ThePublicEnemy In Homer's dream, Bart shoves a grapefruit in his face]].
** Bart and Tom watch ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' on TV. They actually got the show's artists to do the layouts for the scene.
** The scene where Homer confronts Bart after returning from having fun with Tom is taken from ''Theatre/WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf''.
** Homer and Tom's fight is taken from ''Film/TheQuietMan'', complete with similar music.
** Homer's face melting off during Bart's nightmarish vision could have been based on Toht's death in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
** The episode's title is a shout out to the Creator/JohnSayles independent film ''Film/TheBrotherFromAnotherPlanet''.
* SpecialGuest: Creator/PhilHartman as Football Commentator, Nelson's Dad, Tom, and the ''Tuesday Night Live'' Announcer
* StockFootage: After Bart asks, "Dad, where are you?" while sitting in a rain, the episode cuts to a clip from the episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E21ThreeMenAndAComicBook Three Men and a Comic Book]]", with new dialogue dubbed over and the storm outside the window reanimated. Since the scene in question is the one where Homer looks out the window to check on Bart and his friends, we can chalk this episode up as another rare appearance of the Simpsons' notorius rumpus room.
* StuffBlowingUp: Early on, a nun gets blown away on the wind, and randomly explodes in the distance.
* SurpriseCreepy: Bart's ImagineSpot where Homer partially melts and the landscape turns hellish is ''very'' grotesque and horrific, comes out of nowhere, and is really out-of-place in a normal ''Simpsons'' episode (and would arguably be too much for even a "Treehouse of Horror" episode).
* TakeThat: Bart watches Krusty guest-hosting an episode of ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive Tuesday Night Live]]'', which is so bad that Bart remembers the days when Joe Piscopo was on the show. At the time, most critics were claiming that ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' was going into another period of SeasonalRot due to bad host choices and thin sketches with one-note characters [[note]](though complaints about ''SNL'''s quality have been hovering around the show since the first time people thought ''SNL'' was going downhill -- which would be when Creator/ChevyChase left the cast in 1976)[[/note]]. The writers on the DVD commentary claimed that this was more of a backhanded AffectionateParody, as most of ''The Simpsons'' writers on the show at the time got their start on ''SNL'' and left because they pretty much [[MoneyDearBoy used their time on the show for extra money and a stepping stone for bigger and better projects]].
** "Tonight on ''{{Series/Wings}}''... Ah, who cares?"
* TaxonomicTermConfusion: Homer does this twice. He teaches Pepe the wrong names for constellations and claims that Tom's correct explanation that dolphins are mammals is actually untrue.
* WaitingSkeleton: Homer forgets to pick up Bart from soccer practice and leaves him waiting for several hours. While taking a bath, Homer has a dream in which he goes to pick up Bart, only to discover he's too late and Bart has decayed into a skeleton while waiting. This dream finally causes Homer to remember he forgot about Bart.