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Homer loses out on winning tickets to an upcoming Springfield Atoms football game. What's worse, his goody-two-shoes neighbor, Ned Flanders, won the last pair. After a failed attempt at bashing Flanders' skull in and take the tickets, Homer decides to spend the day with his neighbor at the game -- and Homer realizes that Flanders is not such a bad guy after all...but all the time Homer spends with Ned puts a strain on the Simpsons and the Flanders.

!!The tropes in this episode include:

* AntiquatedLinguistics: ''Mmm, sacrilicious''.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
--> '''Homer''': "You know Stan Taylor?"
--> '''Stan''': "Know me? Ned Flanders saved me. I used to party all night and sleep with lingerie models until Ned and his bible group showed me that I could have more."
--> '''Homer''': "Professional athletes, always wantin' more."
* DisneyAcidSequence: Shelbyville poisoned the Springfield water supply, causing Marge to see the walls melting and a turkey fly away after drinking a glass of water.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Bart offers Rod and Tod a Pixie Stix, despite the fact that they're not allowed to eat sugar. When they do try it they get hooked on the stuff and start fighting and insulting each other over it.
* DudeWhereIsMyRespect: Homer gets a lot of attention, news coverage and respect for doing good deeds that Flanders already does for years on a daily basis. This starts to irk Flanders until he finally snaps.
* EpicRiff: Homer's opinion about the riff in ''Two Tickets To Paradise'' by Eddie Money is that it's an ''[[{{In-universe}} excellent riff]]''.
* FoodFight: Homer and the Flanders have one.
* {{God}}: Homer mistakes God for a waffle sticking up the ceiling.
* HauntedHouse: The Simpsons must spend a night there to obtain an UnexpectedInheritance.
* HumiliationConga: Flanders, when taking a alcohol test, trips over, when a church tour bus passes by. When he enters the church everyone whispers and badmouths him. Reverend Lovejoy even titled his sermon ''What Ned did''.
* HypocriticalHumor: Homer accuses Marge of ''hating Flanders for years and wanting to bash his brains in with a club'', to which Marge correctly points out it was him.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Flanders usual pureness is tested enormously by Homer's obnoxious gratitude.
* InsultBackfire:
--> '''Homer''': "Why am I such a loser? Why?"
--> '''Bart''': "Well, your father was a loser, and his father, and his father... it's genetic, man. [realizes] D'oh!"
* KentBrockmanNews:
--> '''Kent Brockman:''' Tonight, on "Eye on Springfield": just miles from your doorstep, hundreds of men are given weapons and trained to kill. The government calls it the "army", but a more alarmist name would be "The Killbot Factory."
* LastSecondWordSwap: ''Stan, Stan, he's our boy. If he can't do it, no one... will!''
* MediumAwareness:
--> '''Lisa''': "Don't worry, Bart. It seems like every week something odd happens to the Simpsons. My advice is to ride it out, make the occasional smart-alec quip, and by next week we'll be back to where we started from, ready for another wacky adventure."
--> '''Bart''': "Ay, caramba!"
--> '''Lisa''': "That's the spirit."
* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: Flanders drives Homer to a sports game. When Homer notices Lenny and Carl he pushes Flanders' face down from sight because he is afraid of being seen with him. Carl notices Homer's car is driving without a chauffeur and assumes his driving "one of those electrical cars." As the car crashes Lenny sarcastically remarks: "One of those AMERICAN electrical cars."
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Homer's love for Flanders. Lisa lampshades this and asks, "What's next, A's on Bart's report card?"
* TheParody: Flanders' children watch a religious children's cartoon TV show.
* {{Protectorate}}: Flanders blocked out all TV channels on his satellite dish, except two, to protect his children.
* UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan: Homer brought his ''Rappin' Ronnie Reagan tape''.
* ShoutOut:
** Homer listens to Bobby Mcferrin's ''I'm Worried, Need Money'' on the radio, a stab at his one-hit wonder ''Don't Worry, Be Happy''
** Flanders has a painting of Creator/LeonardoDaVinci's ''Last Supper'' hanging on the wall. This is also a reference to the religious mother in ''Film/{{Carrie}}'', who has the same painting hanging on her wall.
** Homer fails to win the tickets to the game, hits the radio and suddenly ''Two Tickets To Paradise'' by Eddie Money starts playing on another channel.
** The homeless shelter is named ''Helter Shelter'', after the Music/TheBeatles song ''Helter Skelter''.
** Moe reads ''Literature/MyFriendFlicka'' and ''Literature/LittleWomen'' to the sick children.
** Homer orders nachos and sings ''Nacho Man'', in a pun on ''Macho Man'' by Music/TheVillagePeople.
** ''Film/TheTenCommandments'': Chief Wiggum says to Flanders ''Where's your Messiah now'', much like Edward G. Robinson did in this film. An extra joke is that Wiggum is based on Robinson's accent.
** ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'': Homer appears through Flanders' hedge, much like the Terminator robot, who is so liquid that he can go through walls. Then when he chases Flanders car with two golf clubs his attack mimics the scene where the T-1000 chases John, Sarah and the T-800 and clings on to their car.
** ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'': Flanders' dream shows him climbing up a staircase into a tower.
** Homer awakes from his dream and thinks he hates Ted Koppel. Then he concludes that he actually likes this ABC journalist and goes back to sleep.
** ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'': Homer flies the boat over the parking lot, much like James Bond did in this film.
** ''Film/{{Psycho}}'': The haunted house is Norman Bates' house.
** Ned positions himself in a bell tower and starts shooting people like Charles Whitman's shooting spree.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Bart sells Homer tickets to the game, but, of course, it's just a trick.
** The ticket saleswoman sells a man 30,000 tickets, and allows him to pay $10 instead of $950,000 because he promised to ''pay the rest back later''.
* StupidStatementDanceMix: ''Rappin' Ronnie Reagan'' tape.
* TemptingFate: Homer taunts the Shelbyville team for losing. Someone throws a beer can at him, but he ducks and scoffs. Someone else nails him with a whole keg, however. Later Homer says there's nothing to be afraid of in a HauntedHouse, only to have the entire family scream at something in unison soon afterwards.
* UnexpectedInheritance and ScareDare: Homer's relative Uncle Boris dies and leaves him his money in his will. OnOneCondition that the family spents a night in a HauntedHouse.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We don't find out what frightened The Simpsons in the HauntedHouse.
* WouldHurtAChild:
--> '''Burns''': [to players] Men, there's a [[LittlestCancerPatient little crippled boy sitting in a hospital who wants you to win this game]]. I know because I crippled him myself to inspire you.
--> '''Milhouse''': [to his parents] I hope they win, [[CrossesTheLineTwice or Mr. Burns said he's coming back]].
* YourTelevisionHatesYou: Homer fails to win the tickets to the game, hits the radio and suddenly ''Two Tickets To Paradise'' by Eddie Money starts playing on another channel.