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* PaperThinDisguise: Played with. Homer's doppelgänger does look almost virtually identical to him...except when he opens his mouth and when he's seen shaving and the stubble of his scalp is clearly visible. The only reason Marge buys into it is because he made her an offer to take her out followed by "efficient German sex" and [[LazyBum she doesn't feel like cooking]].


* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Homer's reporting as Mr. X ends up winning an award, but because Mr. X is anonymous the money will be given to charity. Homer exposes himself as Mr. X the moment Mayor Quimby mentions this, and thus is unable to get any more real news afterwards because people are wary to talk to him. He thus decides to make fake news... and one of the false facts he writes gets him kidnapped by a NebulousEvilOrganization.

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* DidNotThinkThisThrough: DidntThinkThisThrough: Homer's reporting as Mr. X ends up winning an award, but because Mr. X is anonymous the money will be given to charity. Homer exposes himself as Mr. X the moment Mayor Quimby mentions this, and thus is unable to get any more real news afterwards because people are wary to talk to him. He thus decides to make fake news... and one of the false facts he writes gets him kidnapped by a NebulousEvilOrganization.


* TookALevelInDumbass: This episode really exemplifies how Homer as gone through this in the modern era. Homer is really TooDumbToLive in this episode. While he was never that intelligent, in this episode hes driving a computer behind his car and then decides that just making up news for the sake of maintaining his fifteen minutes of fame (which are then demonstrated to be endangering other people's lives ''without'' taking into account the abrupt turn into full-blown insanity that is the homage to ''Series/{{The Prisoner|1967}}'') is a good idea.

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* TookALevelInDumbass: This episode really exemplifies how While Homer as gone through this in the modern era. Homer is really TooDumbToLive in this episode. While he was never that intelligent, in this episode episode, hes driving a computer behind his car and then decides deciding later that just making up news for the sake of maintaining his fifteen minutes of fame (which are then demonstrated to be endangering other people's lives ''without'' taking into account the abrupt turn into full-blown insanity that is the homage to ''Series/{{The Prisoner|1967}}'') is a good idea.

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* BoundAndGagged: The real Apu, in favor of a cutout standee of him at the phony Kwik-E-Mart used to kidnap Homer.


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* FullBodyDisguise: Taken to ridiculous proportions with a truck trailer being disguised as the Kwik-E-Mart to kidnap Homer, complete with a cutout standee of Apu at the register. It fools Homer until he accidentally knocks down said standee and accidentally deflates a "refrigerator."


* AccidentalTruth: Homer's flu vaccination "rumor"[[note]]that flu shots contain mind control serum[[/note]] which he made up turns out to be true.



* CassandraTruth: [[InvertedTrope Homer's flu vaccination "rumor"]][[note]]that flu shots contain mind control serum[[/note]], which he [[AssPull made up]], turns out to be true.


* {{Expy}}: Some of the residents of the island are modeled after characters from ''Series/ThePrisoner'']].

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* {{Expy}}: Some of the residents of the island are modeled after characters from ''Series/ThePrisoner'']].''Series/ThePrisoner''.

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* {{Expy}}: Some of the residents of the island are modeled after characters from ''Series/ThePrisoner'']].


* CallBack: Homer somehow [[https://frinkiac.com/img/S12E06/1210126.jpg drove a boat up to his driveway]], just like [[https://frinkiac.com/img/S11E14/999360.jpg what Ned Flanders did]] back in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E14AloneAgainNaturaDiddily Alone Again, Natura-Diddly]]".

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** The computer salesman notes that what he's selling is "the same computer astronauts use to do their taxes".
-->'''Homer:''' [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E15DeepSpaceHomer I was an astronaut once.]]
-->'''Salesman:''' [[SarcasmMode Of course you were.]]
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Homer somehow [[https://frinkiac.com/img/S12E06/1210126.jpg drove a boat up to his driveway]], just like [[https://frinkiac.com/img/S11E14/999360.jpg what Ned Flanders did]] back in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E14AloneAgainNaturaDiddily Alone Again, Natura-Diddly]]".


* NebulousEvilOrganization: The conspiracy that mans "The Island". It has the aforementioned super-secret facility, enough connections within the medicine industry and the government to influence when vaccines are supposed to be provided to the people (which is explicitly mentioned is one step of an already absurdly complicated plan to TakeOverTheWorld) and technology including the Rover and robot animals that they use to gas and dart anybody they want to kidnap and perfect replicas of buildings that they use to trap people for the same reason.

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* NebulousEvilOrganization: NebulousEvilOrganisation: The conspiracy that mans "The Island". It has the aforementioned super-secret facility, enough connections within the medicine industry and the government to influence when vaccines are supposed to be provided to the people (which is explicitly mentioned is one step of an already absurdly complicated plan to TakeOverTheWorld) and technology including the Rover and robot animals that they use to gas and dart anybody they want to kidnap and perfect replicas of buildings that they use to trap people for the same reason.


* ImmoralJournalist: Homer eventually starts to write fake news for his "Mr. X" webpage to try to keep his FifteenMinutesOfFame (he blew his cover as a whistleblower in order to get the money one of his "real" news got, because [[KickTheDog it would have gone to charity otherwise]]). While the episode quickly becomes a homage to ''Series/ThePrisoner1966'', we do manage to see that said fake news harmed someone when we get a glimpse of the Flanders children convalescing in bed because Ned didn't give them shots. Todd is apparently undergoing a NearDeathExperience, as his one line is a plaintive "mom?".

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* ImmoralJournalist: Homer eventually starts to write fake news for his "Mr. X" webpage to try to keep his FifteenMinutesOfFame (he blew his cover as a whistleblower in order to get the money one of his "real" news got, because [[KickTheDog it would have gone to charity otherwise]]). While the episode quickly becomes a homage to ''Series/ThePrisoner1966'', ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'', we do manage to see that said fake news harmed someone when we get a glimpse of the Flanders children convalescing in bed because Ned didn't give them shots. Todd is apparently undergoing a NearDeathExperience, as his one line is a plaintive "mom?".

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* ImmoralJournalist: Homer eventually starts to write fake news for his "Mr. X" webpage to try to keep his FifteenMinutesOfFame (he blew his cover as a whistleblower in order to get the money one of his "real" news got, because [[KickTheDog it would have gone to charity otherwise]]). While the episode quickly becomes a homage to ''Series/ThePrisoner1966'', we do manage to see that said fake news harmed someone when we get a glimpse of the Flanders children convalescing in bed because Ned didn't give them shots. Todd is apparently undergoing a NearDeathExperience, as his one line is a plaintive "mom?".


Homer gets into the Internet by becoming an online gossip columnist-cum-conspiracy theorist, whose stories land him on a bizarre island for people who know too much (and is modeled after the one from the TV show ''Series/ThePrisoner'').

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Homer gets into the Internet by becoming an online gossip columnist-cum-conspiracy theorist, whose stories land him on a bizarre island for people who know too much (and is modeled after the one from the TV show ''Series/ThePrisoner'').''Series/{{The Prisoner|1967}}'').



* AwesomeButImpractical: "The Island", as expected of a full-blown homage to ''Series/ThePrisoner'', has Rover. Unlike its appearance in "''The Joy of Sect''" where its menace had been played straight (although accidentally capturing [[TheyKilledKennyAgain poor Hans Moleman]] instead of Marge), in this episode Homer is able to destroy it by popping it with a plastic fork and the overseers of "The Island" actually question themselves what the hell were they thinking when they made it.

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* AwesomeButImpractical: "The Island", as expected of a full-blown homage to ''Series/ThePrisoner'', ''Series/{{The Prisoner|1967}}'', has Rover. Unlike its appearance in "''The Joy of Sect''" where its menace had been played straight (although accidentally capturing [[TheyKilledKennyAgain poor Hans Moleman]] instead of Marge), in this episode Homer is able to destroy it by popping it with a plastic fork and the overseers of "The Island" actually question themselves what the hell were they thinking when they made it.



* FakeCrossover: Patrick [=McGoohan=] guest stars, reprising his role as [[Series/ThePrisoner Number 6]]. Apparently the reason why he was imprisoned was due to inventing a bottomless peanut bag.

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* FakeCrossover: Patrick [=McGoohan=] guest stars, reprising his role as [[Series/ThePrisoner [[Series/ThePrisoner1967 Number 6]]. Apparently the reason why he was imprisoned was due to inventing a bottomless peanut bag.



* HalfwayPlotSwitch: From Homer becoming an undercover reporter (and later creating fake news to try to keep his fifteen minutes of fame, which is instantly showcased to have pretty harmful consequences) to a homage to ''Series/ThePrisoner'' that, while still being a consequence of the aforementioned fake news, comes completely out of left field.

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* HalfwayPlotSwitch: From Homer becoming an undercover reporter (and later creating fake news to try to keep his fifteen minutes of fame, which is instantly showcased to have pretty harmful consequences) to a homage to ''Series/ThePrisoner'' ''Series/{{The Prisoner|1967}}'' that, while still being a consequence of the aforementioned fake news, comes completely out of left field.



* TookALevelInDumbass: This episode really exemplifies how Homer as gone through this in the modern era. Homer is really TooDumbToLive in this episode. While he was never that intelligent, in this episode hes driving a computer behind his car and then decides that just making up news for the sake of maintaining his fifteen minutes of fame (which are then demonstrated to be endangering other people's lives ''without'' taking into account the abrupt turn into full-blown insanity that is the homage to ''Series/ThePrisoner'') is a good idea.

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* TookALevelInDumbass: This episode really exemplifies how Homer as gone through this in the modern era. Homer is really TooDumbToLive in this episode. While he was never that intelligent, in this episode hes driving a computer behind his car and then decides that just making up news for the sake of maintaining his fifteen minutes of fame (which are then demonstrated to be endangering other people's lives ''without'' taking into account the abrupt turn into full-blown insanity that is the homage to ''Series/ThePrisoner'') ''Series/{{The Prisoner|1967}}'') is a good idea.

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* TheBadGuyWins: All of the Simpsons are trapped on The Island, not that they mind, apart from the drugging.

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* GroinAttack: Homer defeats his doppelganger with one of these.
-->'''Homer''': If I know me, he won't like being kicked in the crotch! ''[Homer does just that]''

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* ItsAllAboutMe[=/=]KickTheDog: When Marge brings up her concern on how Homer chose to take the prize that could've been used to help starving children, Homer proudly states that they're with God. This sadly implies Homer would sacrifice the lives of millions of children for his own selfish desires.

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