After knocking out Snake when he goes to attack her in an alley, Marge gets a much-needed surge of adrenaline in her hum-drum life and decides to join the Springfield Police Force.

!!This episode contains examples of:
* ActionMom: Marge becomes a strong, competent police officer while still keeping up with her housework.
* BaitAndSwitch: When Marge goes to the police station early in the episode, Wiggum and the other cops are hauling what you think is a criminal into the station. Turns out they were just bringing in a pizza.
--> '''Wiggum''': You think you're ''pretty'' hot, huh? Well we got everything we need on you.
** Immediately after Wiggum tells Marge, "Welcome aboard", we see an establishing shot of the Simpson house and Homer shouting, "You WHAT?!" Cut to inside the house, where he's talking to Bart instead of Marge:
--> '''Bart''': I just borrowed your nail clipper. What's the big deal?\\
'''Homer''': Nothing. I'm just edgy since your mother told me she wants to be a cop.
** During basic training on an obstacle course, Marge struggles to get over a wall.
--> '''Wiggum''': Women always have trouble with the wall. They never seem to find the door. ''(a bunch of men are casually walking through a nearby door)''
** With a bit of TakeThat: Homer laments that when he thought Marge going to the police academy, it would be fun and exciting like that movie: ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''. Instead it had been painful and disturbing like ''Film/PoliceAcademy''.
* BlackComedy: Homer uses Marge's police tape on Ned's house. Predictably, Ned comes home and thinks something horrible has happened.
--> '''Homer''': ''(laughing)'' Fooled you, Flanders! Made you think your family was dead! Did you get it? ''(Ned uneasily chuckles)'' They're not, though. But you thought they were.\\
'''Ned''': Yeah.\\
'''Homer''': [[DontExplainTheJoke That's why it was so funny.]] But they're not.\\
'''Ned''': That's a good one.
* BuffySpeak: Moe thinks "garage" sounds too fancy; he just calls them "car holes". Homer later uses the term himself.
* CallBack: Early in the episode, Marge goes to the police station to apply for a job as an officer, [[OverlyLongGag causing all the male officers to laugh hysterically]]. At the end of the episode, when Marge quits being an officer, the same male officers laugh hysterically again.
* DirtyCop: The police at the end ignore the pants counterfeiting ring because they get to keep the pants. This causes Marge to quit.
* FirstDayFromHell: Despite being Marge's first day as a cop, she's assigned to Junkyville and Bumtown.
* FootPopping: When Homer kisses Marge, his foot lifts, an ironic action for someone who was concerned that with Marge becoming a cop, he wouldn't be the man of the house anymore.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Marge slaps handcuffs on Homer, he says, [[CasualKink "Marge, not HERE..."]]
* HeelRealization: Homer after Marge saves his life from Hermann.
* IndyHatRoll: Marge gets an impulse to do this under her garage door.
* {{Irony}}: Hermann is foiled by his own shoddy merchandise when he tries to zipline away from Marge using his counterfeit jeans, only for them to rip and send him falling to the ground.
* LiteralMinded: Homer, during the climax:
--> '''Homer''': A counterfeit-jeans ring operating out of my car hole! I'm gonna tell everyone! Wait here.\\
'''Hermann''': Not so fast.\\
''(Homer slows down)''\\
'''Homer''': All right...\\
'''Hermann''': Maybe you should just stop ''entirely''.
* OffModel: In two different scenes Chief Wiggum's hair is black, not unlike his earliest appearances on the show.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Defied. Homer thinking that he's above the law now that Marge is a cop tries parking in three handicapped places, buy beer for the three bullies (even though Kearney is said to be of the legal age to drink in America), and steals Marge's hat, and gets thrown in jail. He becomes angry with Marge afterwards, but later apologizes.
* SerialNumbersFiledOff: Invoked; Marge shows Lisa a hand puppet called "[=McGriff=] the Crime Dog":
--> '''Marge''': "Hello, Lisa, help me bite crime. Woof woof."
* ShootingGallery: Part of Marge's police training. She successfully shoots all the criminal targets, only to be reprimanded by Chief Wiggum:
--> '''Wiggum''': Tsk tsk tsk. You missed the baby, you missed the blind man...
** In the climax, Marge is in the backyard trying to save Homer from Hermann, and various targets pop up, much to her annoyance:
--> '''Milhouse''': Is Bart home?\\
''(Marge pulls her gun up; Abe appears)''\\
'''Abe''': Just takin' Maggie for a stroll!\\
''(Marge pulls her gun up; a witch appears from behind a fence, and Marge shoots it. Ned pops up from behind the fence)''\\
'''Ned''': Well I guess I am putting up the Halloween decorations a ''little'' early. Criticism accepted.
* ShoutOut: A musical cue is very similar to the theme to ''Series/HillStreetBlues''.
** Homer draws a line down the bedroom, a la ''Series/ILoveLucy'' [[labelnote:Note]]specifically, the episode "Men are Messy"[[/labelnote]]. He says "D'oh" when he realizes he only left himself a tiny area on his side.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Lisa:
--> '''Lisa''': Mom, I know your intentions are well and good, but aren't police a force that maintains the status quo for the wealthy elite? Don't you think we should attack the roots of social problems instead of jamming people into overcrowded prisons?