Episode - 3F20\\
First Aired - 5/5/1996

Anti-illegal immigrant fever sweeps town after taxes get raised over bear extermination, and Apu faces deportation unless Homer and co. can help him pass his citizenship exam.
* BaitAndSwitch: After Apu reveals that he, too, is an illegal immigrant, Homer (one of the major proponents of the anti-immigration bill) has an empathetic expression and admits, "I got so swept up in the scapegoating and fun of Proposition 24 I never stopped to think it might affect someone I cared about. You know what, Apu?.... I'm really, really gonna miss you." And proceeds to staple an "I want you OUT" poster next to him.
** Later, during the party held to celebrate Apu's recently-gained American citizenship, Homer makes a speech that convinces the attendees to vote against Proposition 24. It still passes with a landslide.
* BearsAreBadNews: Parodied. The appearance of a bear invokes a city-wide panic across Springfield that sets the plot into motion, but the actual bear did no harm by itself and never once showed aggression.
* BittersweetEnding: Apu gets his American citizenship, but the anti-immigration proposition is still passed and Groundskeeper Willie is deported.
* BodyWipe: Use this near the beginning where Homer tries to get beer from the fridge. "Let's all calm down. Everyone's going to be just fine. As long as I have enough beers."
* ChekhovsGunman: Manjula first appeared as a little girl in Apu's flashback, in which Apu tells her that he is sorry that their arranged marriage will not happen, before he travels to the U.S. She comes back in "The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons" where Apu finds that he can't escape his arranged marriage with her.
* DemocracyIsBad: Stated by Homer after a proposition is passed that requires all illegal immigrants to be deported.
* DescriptionCut: In the end, Marge is happy that things worked out for everyone. The next scene shows Groundskeeper Willie being deported.
* EntitledBastard: The Springfielders want round-the-clock anti-bear security across the city, but don't want to actually pay for it.
* FalseCause[=/=]InsaneTrollLogic: an isolated bear attack leads the mayor to fund a massive Bear Patrol scheme. Homer claims that the lack of bears proves the Bear Patrol works, at which point Lisa points out that you might as well say that a rock keeps tigers away, since she's holding the rock, and she can't see any tigers. Homer's response? "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint Lisa, I want to buy your rock]]."
** The town quickly accepts that immigrants are the reason why their taxes are so high, even though the reason for the increase in taxes was because of the bear patrol they wanted so much.
* FantasticRacism: Everyone in Springfield has this toward bears.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the flashback of Apu leaving India, he says goodbye to a girl named Manjula, and apologizes that their arranged marriage won't come to pass. [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E7TheTwoMrsNahasapeemapetilons A couple seasons later...]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Apu attended the [[FunWithAcronyms Springfield Heights Institute of Technology]].
* GuiltByAssociationGag: A rather dark one. The people of Springfield originally said they were just going to get rid of ''illegal'' immigrants. Instead, [[AggressiveCategorism they tried to get rid of immigrants period]].
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: Panic over bears (actually ''a'' bear) leads to backlashing against immigrants.
* HeroicBSOD: Apu, after he shamelessly rejects his heritage, buys a fake passport and fears deportation.
* HiddenDepths: Apu is revealed to have a master's degree in computer science as well as an extensive knowledge of U.S. history.
* HonorBeforeReason: Apu tries to save himself from deportation by buying a fake passport and "acting American", but drops the charade when he feels like he's betrayed his heritage.
* HypocriticalHumor: Homer went to bed after telling Apu sleeping was for the weak.
** Moe is vehemently opposed to illegal immigrants, but is later seen taking the citizenship test in disguise.
** Not to mention Moe criticizing immigrants for not learning to speak English properly while mispronouncing the word immigrant, and Barney's following string of drunken gibberish.
* {{Jerkass}}: When Uter the foreign exchange student is picked on by other kids for being a foreigner, Principal Skinner sides with ''them''.
* JerkassHasAPoint: When the angry mob descends on Quimby a second time due to the raised taxes necessary to pay for the Bear Patrol ''that they demanded'' (and which they refuse to give up). It's hard not to sympathize with him when he says "Are these morons getting dumber, or just louder?"
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Homer was initially caught up in fever of Proposition 24, and wasn't very sympathetic when Apu told him he might be deported, but resolves to help him after his breakdown.
* JuryDuty: After getting his citizenship, Apu receives a letter summoning him for jury duty and he happily takes it as a sign he's now an American. Then he casually tosses the letter at a wastebasket. It contradicts [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E20TheBoyWhoKnewTooMuch another episode where Apu was a juror]].
* KickTheDog: The horrible treatment that immigrants suffer at the hands of Springfieldites. Special mention goes to the elementary school students (and ''Skinner'') picking on Uter, a foreign exchange student who came to America ''legally''. Even [[NiceGuy NED]] [[TookALevelInJerkass FLANDERS]] joins in!
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Let's just say its a good thing Homer was born in America and never has to take a citizenship test.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: "Much Apu About Nothing" is named after Creator/WilliamShakespeare's play ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing''.
* MajoredInWesternHypocrisy: Apu originally emigrated to the US to attend college.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: One of the Bear Patrol's weapons? A ''stealth bomber''.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Apu mispronounces the NY (New York) Mets as "the Nye Mets".
* PaperThinDisguise: Moe's disguise for the citizenship test? A false mustache which drops off when he's not looking.
* PetTheDog: Groundskeeper Willie leaps to Uter's defense when the rest of the school starts picking on him for being an immigrant.
-->'''Willie''': "Ya want to pick on immigrants? Then pick on Willie!"
* RousingSpeech: Homer gives one against Proposition 24.
-->'''Homer:''' Most of us here were born in America. We take this country for granted. But not immigrants like Apu. While the rest of us are drinking ourselves stupid, they're driving the cabs that get us home safely. They're writing the operas that entertain us every day. They're training our tigers and kicking our extra points. [[MixedMetaphor These people are the glue that holds together the gears of our society]]. If we pass Proposition 24, we'll be losing some of the truest Americans of all. When you go to the polls tomorrow, please vote no on Proposition 24.
* ShoutOut: The belief that picnic baskets have been stolen by a [[WesternAnimation/YogiBear smarter than average bear]].
* SmallRoleBigImpact: The bear is quickly disposed of but what happens afterwards is based on people's reactions for its mere presence.
* ThinkOfTheChildren: Helen Lovejoy does this both times when the mob approaches the mayor.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: It is the townspeople's angry response to the "Bear Crisis", and they march on town hall:
--->'''Mayor's Aide''': Sir, an unruly mob is here to see you.\\
'''Mayor Quimby''': Does it have an appointment?\\
'''Mayor's Aide''': ''(checks his clipboard)'' Yes.\\
'''Principal Skinner''': ''(pops his head in)'' I phoned ahead!
** Later, they march ''again'' against high taxes, which were the result of having to fund the "Bear Patrol" that ''they were campaigning to get during the first march.'' Which they apparently thought would be a free service. Quimby is not entirely without the audience's sympathy when he remarks:
--->'''Mayor Quimby''': Are these morons getting dumber, or just louder?\\
'''Mayor's Aide''': Dumber, sir. They won't give up the bear patrol, but they won't pay the tax for it either.
* UncleSamWantsYou: An anti-immigrant sign reading "I want you...'''OUT'''".
* UnrevealAngle: Homer tries to locate Springfield on the map, he points near Chicago. Lisa corrects him, but the view of her pointing at the correct location is obscured by Bart's head.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The bear, epically. It doesn't do anything to harm people, it comes across and just walks around and sits down curiously. Yet, people go into a mass panic. The incident is what spearheads the Bear Patrol and later on starts Proposition 24 when the citizens refuse to pay taxes for it.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Pretty much invoked when Homer tries to locate Springfield on a map, and points near Chicago (note that the state capital of Illinois is named Springfield). Lisa says that that's nowhere near Springfield, and indicates the right location, [[TheUnreveal which we're prevented from seeing when Bart blocks the view]].
-->'''Apu:''' Oh, this is so confusing. I don't even know where I'm getting kicked out of anymore.
* WindmillCrusader: The people of Springfield form an angry mob and demand the town government do something to protect them from "constant bear attacks". All because a total of ''one'' bear wandered into town, destroyed ''one'' mailbox, and was swiftly and painlessly taken down by Animal Control. Naturally, the mayor forms a "Bear Patrol" and passes the cost onto the taxpayers.
* XDaysSince: The sign outside the federal building reads "131 years without a Civil War."