After Homer buys a trampoline for the backyard (and nearly every kid in town ends up injured from it), Marge realizes that she's a bossy nag who doesn't know how to have any fun, so she listens to a supposed self-help guru named Brad Goodman, who begins using Bart as a role model on how people should act.
Tropes of this episode:
- A God I Am: Bart feels like this...until Lisa points out that he's sitting on an ice cream sandwich and later, when he becomes sick of everyone acting like him.
- Aesop Amnesia: As a result of the town's free thinking going haywire, Marge returns to killjoy demeanour by the end of the episode:Marge: I knew if only I had nagged more.
- As Himself: James Brown
- Big Damn Heroes: Homer tries to do this by helping Bart escape inside a parade float. The disguise is quickly blown, though they make it anyway, as the townspeople got bored and decided to go to the old mill to get cider.
- The Bore: Marge is called out on this—the most fun thing she can recall doing in the past month is simply making sloppy joes for dinner (which Homer scoffs isn't fun), and clips from such episodes as "Homer the Heretic," "Dog of Death," and "Colonel Homer" illustrate that all Marge really does is ruin everyone's fun by nagging at them.
- Captain Obvious:Homer: Marge, I'm feeling a lot of shame right now.
Marge: I'm hearing that you feel a lot of shame.
Homer: And I feel that you hear my shame.
- The Chosen One: Bart Simpson
- Control Freak: Homer accuses Marge of being this, complete with a nagging montage.
- Cowboy Cop: McGarnagle.Da Chief: You busted up that crack house pretty bad, McGarnagle. Did you really have to break so much furniture?McGarnagle: You tell me, Chief. You had a pretty good view from behind your desk.Chief: You're off the case McGarnagle!McGarnagle: You're off your case chief!Chief: What does that mean exactly?
- Exposition:Homer: Well, here we are at the Brad Goodman lecture.
Lisa: We know, dad.
Homer: I just thought I'd remind everybody. After all, we did agree to attend this self-help seminar.
Bart: What an odd thing to say.
- Fan Disservice: Patty and Selma ride horseback naked, but the townspeople are all disgusted by it (except the Sea Captain).
- Flat "What.": Lisa. See You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!
- Fully Automatic Clip Show: When Marge asks Bart and Lisa whether they agree with Homer's assessment about her, the show cuts to clips from previous episodes where Marge's killjoy tendencies are shown.
- The Hedonist: What the people of Springfield become in lines with Bart's saying of "I do what I feel like".
- Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: Bart soon believes this.Skinner: *after hitting Bart with a slingshot* Eat my shorts, young man.
- I Warned You: Lisa was the only one not impressed by Goodman's theories. When things start to go wrong for Bart, she looks very smug.
- Low-Speed Chase: Homer and Bart escaping in the parade float. It devolves to the point the angry mob just gets bored and leaves.Skinner: Damn! They're very slowly getting away!
- Never My Fault: The townsfolk blame Bart and chase him around town when the "Do What You Feel Like" policy ends up causing chaos, even though Brad Goodman was the one who encouraged them to act like Bart in the first place (with Reverend Lovejoy himself pointing it out).
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Brad Goodman's a parody of motivational guru John Bradshaw.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Pretty much a lot of people in Springfield, thanks to Bart.
- Oh Crap!: Bart let's out a flat "Eep" before getting chased by everyone.
- Shout-Out: Homer dropping the trampoline from a canyon is a homage to Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Lisa has this reaction.
- With Friends Like These...: Apu is the one who spearheads the town into turning on Bart when things go berserk.
- You Might Remember Me from...: In-Universe. Troy McClure's other self-help videos include Smoke Yourself Thin and Get Confidence, Stupid!