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* CouchGag: The Simpsons do an Egyptian dance before jumping on the couch in a "Ta-da" pose.

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* PrematurelyBald: Mr. Burns reveals that he was bald by the time he was a senior in college.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: This is the only episode in the show's history to be scored by Patrick Williams, who was one of several composers given a trial run after season 1's regular composer, Richard Gibbs, departed.

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** Subverted when you realize that Smithers' {{Jerkass}} hatred of Homer probably stems from Homer threatening his status as Burns' [[TheDragon Dragon]]. Since Homer isn't usually a threat to his position, Smithers doesn't have any grudge against him.

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* MagicFeather: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with.]] Homer's hair growth is kind of treated as one due to Homer being promoted and receiving all kinds of perks at work. However, this trope is rather sadly [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when Homer becomes bald again. The plant directors won't even listen to his speech and he is demoted back to his old position.

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* KickedUpstairs: An unintended case. Burns promotes Homer because he sincerely believes he has promise, something that seems to be met when his ideas raise productivity. It is implied through Smithers however that at least some of that is because Homer's incompetence isn't as obstructive in his new position.


* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: Karl convinces Homer that it's his own competence and personality, not his hair, that makes him a shining employee. However as it turns out, the plant's community are genuinely ''that'' shallow, quickly rejecting him for his baldness and leaving him demoted back to his old job (they don't even let him finish the exposing of ideas he had written and tried to expose while bald).

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* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: Karl convinces Homer that it's his own competence and personality, not his hair, that makes him a shining employee. However It's [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], though, as it turns out, out the plant's community are genuinely ''that'' shallow, quickly rejecting him for his baldness and leaving him demoted back to his old job (they don't even let him finish the exposing of ideas he had written and tried to expose while bald).bald).
** Played straight when, at the episode's end, Marge assures Homer that she sees him as beautiful not because of his hair (or lack thereof), but because of his personality.


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* UglyGuyHotWife: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Homer when, at the end, he bemoans that Marge will surely stop loving him because he's "ugly and bald." Marge promptly takes him into her arms and croons "You Are So Beautiful," assuring him that in her eyes, he's the handsomest man on Earth.


* WhatTheHellHero: After Bart destroys his one bottle of Dimoxinil, Homer decides not to kill him, but to tell him he's ruined his father, crippled his family, and that [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking baldness is hereditary]]. Bart seems pretty choked up about the final one.[[note]]Though it's actually inherited from the mother's side.[[/note]]

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* WhatTheHellHero: After Bart destroys his one bottle of Dimoxinil, Homer decides not to kill him, but to tell him he's ruined his father, crippled his family, and that [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking baldness is hereditary]]. Bart seems pretty choked up about the final one.[[note]]Though it's actually inherited from the mother's side.[[/note]]


* StraightGay: Karl (and his appearance is not only the first time a celebrity [Harvey Fierstein voices Karl] has done voicework on the show, but the first time an animated series depicts a character established to be a homosexual kissing another man, though ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'' would later go down in animation history as the first animated show to show an established gay male couple kissing). And unlike how Homer acted in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]", he doesn't even notice or care that his secretary Karl is gay, but he does find it odd that Karl kissed him.


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* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Homer's hairstyles change several times throughout the episode. He starts off with long hair, then to a 1970s style small afro, then to a more close cropped 1950s type haircut, and finally a 1980s ''Series/MiamiVice'' style angular cut with a small ponytail.


* HeroicSacrifice: When Homer is exposed for using the company's health plan to buy the Dimoxinil for his hair, Karl takes the fall to avoid Homer getting fired.

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* HeroicSacrifice: When Homer is exposed for using the company's health plan to buy the Dimoxinil for his hair, Karl takes the fall to avoid save Homer from getting fired.



* {{Irony}}: Marge dislikes the idea of Homer working with pretty women, and suggests him to hire Karl. He kisses Homer later, and judging from Homer's comments, he has some sort of a man-crush on Karl too.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: Karl convinces Homer that it's his own competence and personality, not his hair, that makes him a shining employee. However as it turns out, the plant's community are genuinely ''that'' shallow, quickly rejecting him for his baldness and leaving him demoted back to his old job (they don't even let finish the exposing of ideas he had written and tried to expose while bald).

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* {{Irony}}: Marge dislikes the idea of Homer working with pretty women, and suggests him to he hire Karl. He Karl kisses Homer later, and judging from Homer's comments, he has some sort of a man-crush on Karl too.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: Karl convinces Homer that it's his own competence and personality, not his hair, that makes him a shining employee. However as it turns out, the plant's community are genuinely ''that'' shallow, quickly rejecting him for his baldness and leaving him demoted back to his old job (they don't even let him finish the exposing of ideas he had written and tried to expose while bald).



* LoopholeAbuse: Every year, Mr. Burns must promote one of his employees. For as long as he gives the employee's job a different name, it doesn't matter if said employee's work ''and'' pay remain the same.

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* LoopholeAbuse: Every year, Mr. Burns must promote one of his employees. For But as long as he gives the employee's job a different name, it doesn't matter if said employee's work ''and'' pay remain the same.



** Also, when Homer's colleagues suggested him to fraud the company's insurance plan, they reasoned Burns would probably use the Money to buy a backscratcher made of ivory. In fact, that's what Burns moaned about when he learned about the fraud.

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** Also, when Homer's colleagues suggested him to fraud that he defraud the company's insurance plan, they reasoned that Burns would probably just use the Money money to buy a backscratcher made of ivory. In fact, that's what Burns moaned about when he learned about the fraud.


* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In this episode, Smithers is a {{Jerkass}} with a strong hatred of Homer; so much, that he goes as far as to ruin his life by getting Karl fired, and take sadist pleasures of Homer's misery, even to the point of a SuicideDare. His characterisation here is way different from his morally conflicted YesMan with a SingleTargetSexuality towards Burns in later episodes, and is more on par with Frank Grimes in Season 8.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In this episode, Smithers is a {{Jerkass}} with a strong hatred of Homer; so much, much that he goes as far as to ruin his life by getting Karl fired, and take sadist pleasures of sadistic pleasure in Homer's misery, even to the point of a SuicideDare. His characterisation here is way different from his morally conflicted YesMan with a SingleTargetSexuality towards Burns in later episodes, and is more on par with Frank Grimes in Season 8.


* AbsurdlyDedicatedWorker: Homer uses a hair grower to get his hair back and is promoted and gets an assistant, Karl, who then takes the blame for something Homer did, gets fired, and still writes Homer's speech for him even after having been fired. The assistant is absurdly faithful to Homer.

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* AbsurdlyDedicatedWorker: Homer uses a hair grower to get his hair back and back, is promoted and gets an assistant, Karl, who then takes the blame for something Homer did, gets fired, and still writes Homer's speech for him even after having been fired. The assistant is absurdly faithful to Homer.



* TheCassandra: When Mr. Burns commented on how the productivity increased and the number of accidents decreased ever since Homer's ideas started being implanted, Smithers pointed out the productivity only increased to the level it usually does during Homer's vacations and the number of accidents only decreased to the level he was either guilty or suspected of but Burns dismissed this as jealousy.

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* TheCassandra: When Mr. Burns commented on how the productivity increased and the number of accidents decreased ever since Homer's ideas started being implanted, Smithers pointed out the productivity only increased to the level it usually does during Homer's vacations and the number of accidents only decreased to the level he was either guilty or suspected of of, but Burns dismissed this as jealousy.

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