Bart and Homer are forced to work as carnies after Bart crashes the Mercedes convertible said to belong to Adolf Hitler, and befriend a father-son carny duo named Spud and Cooder, but when Homer brings Spud and Cooder to their home, it's the Simpsons that end up getting kicked out of it.
- Bait and Switch: Homer bets Cooder that he can get a hula hoop onto the chimney—wagering the house. Everyone stands in front of the house, Homer readies his shot, and the family immediately runs inside and locks the door.
- Brain Bleach: Lisa's reaction to Spud's ability to unhinge all the joints in his body.
- Comically Missing the Point: Homer not realizing Chief Wiggum was asking for a bribe no matter how obviously he was asking (I'm looking for a Mr. Bribe), and later not realizing he wouldn't help Homer when the Cooders locked themselves inside the Simpson House.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: The Rich Texan makes Bart a carny in order to pay back the damage. Homer thinks that's awesome and wants to be a carny, too.
- Dirty Cop: Chief Wiggum demands a bribe to keep a rigged carny game open, and later refuses to help the Simpsons reclaim their home out of spite because Homer was too stupid to bribe Wiggum when he was working at the carnival.
- Genre Blindness: Let's just say Homer isn't very good at spotting suckers.
- Graceful Loser: After Homer tricks them:Cooder: Well, there's no shame in bein' bested by the best.
Spud: But he didn't seem like the—
Cooder: We was beaten by the best, boy.
- Ironic Echo: After taking over the house, Spud and Cooder laugh at the Simpsons through the mail slot (as pictured above). The family returns the favor after they trick them.
- Kill It with Fire: Homer, Bart, and Lisa are in favor of setting fire to the house to get Spud and Cooder out, even if it means killing Spud and Cooder. Marge refuses.
- Overly Long Gag: "That's it. Fire!"
- Special Guest: Jim Varney as Cooder.
- Tempting Fate: During the glass-bottom boat ride, the tour guide shows them the sister ship that sunk. When Marge wonders how that could've happened, we see Homer and Bart standing on the glass and goading the sharks to try to get them.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Homer deeply believes in the Carny Code.