Sideshow Bob steals a 10-megaton nuclear weapon and threatens to detonate it at an air show unless Springfield gives in to his demand to shut down all television broadcasts.

!! Tropes:
* AnalProbing: Although unrelated to the plot, whilst searching an Air Force base for Bob, an airman opens the door to Hangar 18 before quickly closing it again after seeing an [[TheGreys alien]] with a glowstick. The airman proclaims, "Watch out! He's got his probe!"
* AnswerCut:
--> '''Wiggum''': Shut your word-hole! We gotta get this place clean for the air show!\\
'''Sideshow Bob''': Air show? Buzz-cut Alabamians spewing colored smoke from their whizz jets to the strains of "Rock You Like a Hurricane"? What kind of country-fried rube is still impressed by that?\\
''(cut to the Simpsons; Homer, Bart, and Lisa are ecstatic about it)''
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Grandpa Simpson's history of the Wright brothers' plane.
-->'''Bart:''' What a piece of junk.\\
'''Grandpa:''' Junk?! That's the Wright Brothers' plane! At Kitty Hawk in 1902, Charles Lindbergh flew that on a thimble-full of corn oil. Single-handedly won us the Civil War, it did!\\
'''Bart:''' How do you know so much about history?\\
'''Grandpa:''' I pieced it together, mostly from sugar packets.
* BigRedButton
* BrickJoke:
** Bob scoffs at the idea of the Springfield Air Show, disbelieving that people still enjoy "buzz-cut Alabamians spewing colored smoke from their whizz-jets to the strains of 'Rock You Like a Hurricane.'" Guess which song is played at the air show later in the episode.
** Also, earlier in the episode, Bob hears a CoolOldLady on television saying she's "gonna haul ass to Lollapalooza", causing Bob to despair that "TV's bottomless chum bucket has claimed Vanessa Redgrave." At the end of the episode, Grandpa drives up on a motorcycle saying that he's "gonna haul ass to Lollapalooza", prompting a HereWeGoAgain from the rest of the family.
* TheCameo: Seems [[Series/FamilyMatters Steve Urkel]] and [[Series/DoctorWho The Fourth Doctor]] are esteemed representations of television.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Both the Duff blimp and the Wright Brother's plan wind up factoring into Sideshow Bob's plan ''and'' backup plan, respectively.
** The Harrier Jet winds up being a subversion since, after Bob (with Bart as a hostage) tries escaping in it, he instantly crashes.
* CoolOldLady: Alluded to in the crappy sitcom that Bob's cellmate is watching:
--> '''Woman''': Grandma, this is my friend, Craig. ''(laugh track)''\\
'''Grandma''': "Friend"? You mean you two aren't knockin' boots? ''(laugh track)'' Ever do the "back seat mambo", Craigy? ''(laugh track)'' Now, I'm gonna haul ass to Lollapalooza! ''(revs her motorcycle)''
* DangerDeadpan: Two fighter jets are scrambled to intercept Sideshow Bob's escape in the Wright brothers' plane. It does not go well, as the pilot comments Yeagerly: "Bogey's air speed not sufficient for intercept. Suggest we get out and walk."
* FallOfTheHouseOfCards: Sideshow Bob builds a miniature model of Westminster Abbey, which collapses from the sound of people laughing at the Krusty the Klown Show.
* {{Fanservice}}: "We have searched every square inch of this base, and found nothing but porno, porno, PORNO!"
* FateWorseThanDeath: In the war room, Quimby makes the decision to shut down television in order to save the lives of the citizens. Krusty is vehemently opposed:
--> '''Krusty''': Let's not go nuts! Would it ''really'' be worth living in a world without television? I think the survivors would envy the dead!
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Notice how, when Bob issues his ultimatum over the Tyranno-Vision, his voice sounds ''higher pitched'' than normal? That's because he's hiding in a '''blimp'''.
* GoingCommando: Bart is "going commando" when he and Lisa get trapped in the airforce base.
-->'''Bart:''' Ahhh! Free and easy, Lis'! There's nothing like an unfurnished basement for pure comfort.
* HeliumVoice: "Blasted helium! Shoo, shoo!"
* HereWeGoAgain: Subverted and parodied. After Bart and Lisa thwart Bob, Grandpa rides up on a motorcycle and says that he's going to "haul ass to Lollapalooza!" (a CallBack to earlier in the episode, where a parody of Roseanne used the exact same dialog). The rest of the Simpsons exclaim "Here we go again!", with Marge lagging a little behind and obviously less than enthusiastic.
* HiddenInPlainSight: Sideshow Bob manages to pull this off ''twice:''
** He manages to slip away from the other inmates by hiding behind a statue that was behind the prison bus.
** After taking the nuclear bomb, he proceeds to hole up in the Duff blimp.
* ImAHumanitarian: One of the prisoners eats people's faces.
* TheLastTitle: The name of the episode.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Taken from ''The Star-Spangled Banner'', the national anthem of the United States of America
* LogoJoke: The 20th Century Fox logo appears ''before'' the Executive Producers credit, a CallBack to earlier in the episode when Bob's cellmate was watching a crappy sitcom and the 20th Century Fox logo is heard.
* LowSpeedChase: Bob trying to make an escape in the Wright Brothers' plane, while police cars drove slowly behind him trying to catch him with nets.
-->''Air Force Pilot'': Bogie's air speed not sufficient for intercept. Suggest we get out and walk.
* MayorPain: Subverted. Mayor Quimby was the one who was willing to sacrifice television to prevent Springfield from being nuked.
* NoNonsenseNemesis: When Bob's demands aren't met and is preparing to detonate the bomb.
-->'''Bart:''' Bob, no!\\
'''Lisa:''' Don't you see? That would be taking the easy way out!\\
'''Bob:''' I agree. ''([[CommercialBreakCliffhanger He pushes the detonator.]])''
* OlderIsBetter: Subverted, Bob never took into consideration that maybe the military would have deactivated an obsolete drop-type atomic bomb from the 50s.
* RealityEnsues: Although you can chalk it up to SanitySlippage, you really have to question Bob's decision to use the ''Wright Brother's plane'' to try and kamikaze Krusty since it winds up ''bouncing'' off of the shack Krusty was broadcasting from.
** Similarly, once Krusty sees the incoming plane, he jumps to the ground in defense... only to realize that it's moving ''very slowly''.
--->'''Krusty''': ''(gets up, lights a cigarette)'' ... ''(annoyed)'' What is the freakin' hold up?!
** Bob realises to late that the 1950's bomb he stole from the military had long since been disarmed.
* SelfDeprecation: Bob laments, "My crusade against television has come to an end so formulaic it could have spewed from the power-book of the laziest Hollywood hack!"
* ShoutOut:
** The underground bunker and table ([[ShownTheirWork topped with green felt]]) is reminiscent of The War Room ''Film/DrStrangelove''. Krusty's suggestion that the [[SurvivorsGuilt survivors will envy the dead]] is one of the president's questions about the mineshaft survival solution.
** At the beginning of the third act of the episode, we see scenes of everyday life across Springfield, and one by one, with a "zooming" sound effect, they all freeze-frame in anticipation of the (supposedly) imminent nuclear blast; such was the ending of ''Fail-Safe''.
*** One of the scenes, showing Maggie picking flowers in a field with the camera zooming into her eye, is a homage of the infamous and controversial Daisy ad used by Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1964 United States presidential election.
** The alien is being kept in hangar 18, referring to the film ''Hangar 18''.
* UnusualEuphemism: Colonel Leslie "Hap" Hapablap is full of these:
--> What in the [[Literature/TheWorldAccordingToGarp World According to Garp]]?!\\
If you don't open that door, I'll tear you up like a Kleenex at a snot party!\\
Sweet Enola Gay, son! I'm gonna come in there and corpse you up! Corpse you up, and mail you to mama!\\
We'll find that headcase faster than ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} finds lasagna. ''(nobody laughs)'' Oh. Sorry, my wife thought that was gangbusters.\\
You know what really frosts my Kelvinator?
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Bob claimed that he was doing a good deed by ridding Springfield of TV, but all it really did was make him the top dog in the manger. Also, when Bob sees Springfield give into his demands, he exclaims "Blast! I should have made more demands!"
* WheresTheKaboom: Bob attempts to detonate a nuclear bomb, only for it to go off with a disappointing fizzle and fall apart, revealing a family of mice and a 'best before' date of 1959.
** PointlessDoomsdayDevice:
-->'''Bob:''' Damn it, Bob! There were plenty of brand-new bombs, but you had to go for that retro 50s charm!
* WhoWritesThisCrap: Sideshow Bob said the way his evil plans ended could have been written by Hollywood's laziest writer.
* YankTheDogsChain: Marge has a headache at the air show; she thinks she'll feel better once the show starts. Cue microphone feedback.