First Aired - 11/3/1996The Simpsons are moving away to a town called Cypress Creek after Homer is offered a position at a nuclear plant run by a benevolent man who's actually an evil genius bent on world domination. While Homer is blissfully unaware of his boss's actions and happily adjusting to his new job, Marge tries to compete with a house that cleans itself, Lisa becomes allergic to the wildlife, and Bart is put in a class for special ed. kids after his teacher discovers that Bart doesn't know how to read cursive or do long division.
- Advertised Extra/Never Trust a Trailer: The original promos for the episode heavily featured James Bont as a major character. He only appears in one scene and dies by the end of it.
- Affably Evil: Scorpio.
- Badass Beard of Evil: Scorpio, of course.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Scorpio takes over the East Coast.
- Benevolent Boss: Scorpio is the perfect boss to his employees, acting on their suggestions and providing them with their every need. It actually shows how well how Homer would do at his job if he was given some praise and encouragement once in a while.
- Better Living Through Evil: Okay, it's not like Mister Burns is a model of morality. Scorpio just treats his workers better.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Subverted. After James Bont escapes from his laser trap, Scorpio opts to just have his security detail shoot him several times.
- Canada, Eh?: One of the kids in the remedial class is from "Ca-na-dah and they think I'm slow, eh."
- Casual Danger Dialog: "I'm having a little trouble with the government."
- Curse Cut Short:Mr. Doyle: So, you never learned cursive?Bart: Um, well, I know hell, damn, bit-Mr. Doyle: Cursive handwriting. Script.
- Doomsday Device: Scorio has, of course, built one to threaten to the world.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Well, Bart isn't exactly evil, more like a fun-seeking mischief maker, but even he hates being in the remedial class because it has "arsonists and kids who wear mittens all year-round."
- Expy: James Bont is a very obvious knock-off of James Bond.
- Funny Background Event: Homer idly scratching his ass as Scorpio threatens the UN.
- Hypocritical HumorJames Bont: Scorpio, you're totally mad.
Scorpio: I wouldn't point fingers, you jerk.
- Insane Troll Logic: The school in Cypress Creek seems to run on this. One of your students falls off the monkey bars and passes out? Don't take her to the nurse's office and call her parents; put her in the remedial class! Though she does like it in there at least. Bart points out another one:Let me get this straight; we're behind the rest of the class and we're supposed to catch up to them by going slower than they are?
- Morality Pet: Homer would qualify as this for Scorpio, though this likely applies to everyone in his company, as his Villain Song describes."His twisted twin obsessions are his plot to rule the world and his employees' health!"
- Pet the DogScorpio: [After Homer has tackled James Bont to the ground thinking he was a slacker] Nice work Homer, am I proud of you!
Homer: [Proudly] Well.
- Privately Owned Society
- Prove I Am Not Bluffing: Scorpio demonstrates his power by making the 59th Street Bridge collapse.
- Punch Clock Villain: Homer, not that he ever catches on. "My team is way ahead of the Weather Machine and Germ Warfare divisions!"
- Similar Squad: There's a kid in Bart's original class at Cypress Creek who bears an uncanny resemblance to Milhouse. Bart gets switched to remedial class before they can really interact."Milhouse": Hey Bart, do you have a best friend yet?; 'cuz I've been looking for someone to boss me around.
- Take ThatScorpio: [While calibrating a giant laser] By the way, Homer, what's your least favorite country: Italy or France?
Homer: Hmmm... France.
Scorpio: Heh, nobody ever says Italy.
- Too Dumb to Live: One of the UN members."We can't take any chances."
"You always say that! I want to take that chance!"
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Homer treats the various SWAT teams and special agents invading Scorpio's "office" with mild curiosity.
- Vengeful Vending Machine: Homer struggles to get a vending machine to accept his bill.
- Villain Song: The end credits play a song devoted to Hank Scorpio and his twisted twin obsessions ("his plot to rule the world and his employees' health").
- You're Insane!
- We Care: Played with. Scorpio's attitude seems too good to be true, but he really is a generally nice guy who values his employees' input. He just also happens to be a supervillain who wants to Take Over the World.