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* BrickJoke: The badger from the first act reappears at the very end, leading an army of other badgers to attack Springfield.

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The badger from the first act reappears at the very end, leading an army of other badgers to attack Springfield.Springfield.
** Homer finally uses chloroform the right way when Marge protests against him blaming her for his crazy idea.


* MakeRoomForTheNewPlot: Parodied and subverted. The badger in Santa's Little Helper's dog house is immediately forgotten about once the issue of the areas codes comes into play. Homer even shoos it away when it tried to get his attention in the next scene, and it can later be seen scaling the wall between Ye Olde and New Springfield, then again at the end, leaving more badgers to attack the town.



* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Badger?]]: Parodied and subverted. The badger in Santa's Little Helper's dog house is immediately forgotten about once the issue of the areas codes comes into play. Homer even shoos it away when it tried to get his attention in the next scene, and it can later be seen scaling the wall between Ye Olde and New Springfield, then again at the end, leaving more badgers to attack the town.
** The syndication version of the episode removes the ending with the badgers, essentially removing the subversion.


* ArtImitatesArt: Homer standing up to speak at the town meeting is framed to resemble the Creator/NormanRockwell painting "Freedom Of Speech."



** Homer standing up to speak at the town meeting is framed to resemble the Creator/NormanRockwell painting "Freedom Of Speech."


* ContinuityNod The angel skeleton from "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E8LisaTheSkeptic Lisa the Skeptic]]" is part of the wall dividing New and Olde Springfield.

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* ContinuityNod ContinuityNod: The angel skeleton from "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E8LisaTheSkeptic Lisa the Skeptic]]" is part of the wall dividing New and Olde Springfield.

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* ActorAllusion: The members of Music/TheWho are particularly pissed at Homer and Bart trying to trash their hotel room, alluding to their notorious history of the act themselves which famously got them banned from Holliday Inn for life.

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* TemptingFate: After the Olde Springfielders decide to retaliate for Homer stealing their WHO concert by using a catapult to fire flaming missiles into New Springfield, their first shot misses and hits the Tyre Yard Fire, prompting Homer to laugh and taunt that they can't hit anything. The next shot is a direct hit that sets him on fire (fortunately for Homer, Roger Daltrey quickly puts him out with a water bottle)


* MayorOfAGhostTown: Lisa deems Homer the TropeNamer on the third act, when everybody else on his side of Springfield has left.

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* MayorOfAGhostTown: Lisa Bart deems Homer the TropeNamer on the third act, when everybody else on his side of Springfield has left.


* BaitAndSwitch: Homer goes to get "liquid persuasion" for The Who to come to New Springfield, which is implied to be alcohol, but turns out to be chloroform. Then while sneaking into the hotel to find The Who, their security guard grabs Homer and Bart and leads along a hallways before throwing them through a pair of double-doors yelling "Here's your Who!!" While it looks like he's bouncing them out of the hotel, he's actually bringing them to their hotel room (in a humorously aggressive way).

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* BaitAndSwitch: Homer goes to get "liquid persuasion" for The Who to come to New Springfield, which is implied to be alcohol, but turns out to be chloroform. Then while sneaking into the hotel to find The Who, their security guard grabs Homer and Bart and leads along a hallways before throwing them through a pair of double-doors yelling "Here's your Who!!" While it looks like he's bouncing them out of the hotel, he's actually bringing them to their hotel room (in a humorously aggressive way). And Homer then tries to bribe the Who into playing on his side of Springfield... with the chloroform.


* DisproportionateRetribution: Homer doesn't like the new area code, so he attempts to blow up city hall. [[CrossesTheLineTwice During a town meeting]]. He also is the one that orders the wall to be built. The rest of the Springfield citizens don't get away clean, either, treating their literal neighbors like invaders from a foreign country if they have a different area code.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Homer doesn't like the new area code, so he attempts to blow up city hall. [[CrossesTheLineTwice During a town meeting]].meeting. With a suicide vest]]. He also is the one that orders the wall to be built. The rest of the Springfield citizens don't get away clean, either, treating their literal neighbors like invaders from a foreign country if they have a different area code.


* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: The Who's bodyguard that confronts Homer and Bart when they try to sneak in angrily replies that if he wants to see The Who when Bart asks to meet them, grabs them and goes "well, he's your Who!" after shoving them through a door (in a way that makes it look like he had kicked them out)... then Daltrey and the others get angry because the guard dumped the Simpsons on their green room and it's made clear that he's done that repeatedly. The guard's response is sarcastically reply that "sure, 'who' is getting angry at me?" and walk out of the room doing the typical "that guy is cuckoo" finger-near-ear motion (so he's essentially calling the whole band crazy).

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* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: The Who's bodyguard that confronts Homer and Bart when they try to sneak in angrily replies that if he wants to see The Who when Bart asks to meet them, grabs them and goes "well, he's your Who!" after shoving them through a door (in a way that makes it look like he had kicked them out)... then Daltrey and the others get angry because the guard dumped the Simpsons on their green room and it's made clear that he's done that repeatedly. The guard's response is sarcastically reply that "sure, 'who' is getting angry at me?" I got fired by The Who" and walk out of the room doing the typical "that guy is cuckoo" finger-near-ear motion (so he's essentially calling the whole band crazy).


* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Marge laments how the people in Olde Springfield are their neighbors and that they see each other every day. Homer's solution? Build a wall to block them from their sight. Later, Homer brings a bottle of chloroform with him when he tries to sneak into The Who's hotel room... and offers it to the security guard in exchange for him letting them in.

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Marge laments how the people in Olde Springfield are their neighbors and that they see each other every day. Homer's solution? Build a wall to block them from their sight. Later, Homer brings a bottle of chloroform with him when he tries to sneak into The Who's hotel room... and offers it to the security guard in exchange for him letting them in.in.
** Homer keeps insisting that the area code change was just dumped onto the citizenry all of a sudden even after Carl and Lenny mention that the city did everything to warn them in advance for the last few months, including dropping leaflets from a balloon and a training camp.

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* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: The Who's bodyguard that confronts Homer and Bart when they try to sneak in angrily replies that if he wants to see The Who when Bart asks to meet them, grabs them and goes "well, he's your Who!" after shoving them through a door (in a way that makes it look like he had kicked them out)... then Daltrey and the others get angry because the guard dumped the Simpsons on their green room and it's made clear that he's done that repeatedly. The guard's response is sarcastically reply that "sure, 'who' is getting angry at me?" and walk out of the room doing the typical "that guy is cuckoo" finger-near-ear motion (so he's essentially calling the whole band crazy).

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** Or more simply, if Homer bothered to memorize an extra three phone digits.

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: When Springfield gets a new area code, half of the town is forced to switch to the new one. In real life, when a new area code is introduced in a city or particular location (i.e. a certain area of a state), customers retain their original number, but are now required to dial the area code as well when making a phone call.


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** For that matter, the area code problem could have also been avoided from the get go if Springfield had simply made dialing the area code a requirement when making a phone call.

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* BadOlBadger: Homer is attacked by a badger who has taken over Santa's Little Helper's doghouse. At the end of the episode, a horde of badgers descend on an unsuspecting Springfield.

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