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** When trying to stop Marge and Ruth from driving into the chasm, Homer apologizes to the former for a few past incidents involving attempting to make gravy in the bathtub and using her wedding dress to wax the car.

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** Not entirely, as the kids have managed to foil The Babysitter Bandit in Season 1. While it was not as hilarious and he is acting irresponsibly, Homer is giving the kids credit that they aren't as helpless as, for example, the Flanders kids.


* RandomSmokingScene: Near the end of the episode Marge is seen smoking a cigarette in a [[SmokingIsCool Badass Smoker]] pose. This is really awkward because she normally doesn't smoke and for most of the episode her friend Ruth Powers was acting out the Badass Smoker part.

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* RandomSmokingScene: Near the end of the episode episode, Marge is seen smoking a cigarette in a [[SmokingIsCool Badass Smoker]] pose. This is really awkward because she normally doesn't smoke and and, for most of the episode episode, her friend Ruth Powers was acting out the Badass Smoker part.



** Homer for kissing the solid waste that saves him and Wiggum from crashing into the chasm.

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** Homer Homer, for kissing the solid waste that saves him and Wiggum from crashing into the chasm.



* VengefulVendingMachine: Homer puts his arm inside a vending machine to get a free "invisible cola" (actually a Crystal Buzz Cola). When he reaches into it Carl warns him, telling him that someone lost an arm doing that once. (We see the inside of the machine where there's a skeleton arm from the last guy who tried to get a free soda, still holding onto a can of Fresca.) Homer eventually grabs the soda, but his arm gets stuck and Lenny and Carl run off screaming. Then, Homer gets his other arm stuck inside a candy vending machine. (In a scene [[EditedForSyndication cut from syndication]], he imagines himself at Maggie's wedding with his arms still stuck to the vending machines.) Just as the rescue workers are about cut off Homer's arms, it turns out this could've been avoided if he ''[[EpicFail let go]]'' of the can in the first place. The firemen write a note up for Marge to prove that the incident wasn't some wild excuse to avoid going to the ballet (with said note mentioning that while they were wasting their time with Homer, a lumber mill burned down).

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* VengefulVendingMachine: Homer puts his arm inside a vending machine to get a free "invisible cola" (actually a Crystal Buzz Cola). When he reaches into it it, Carl warns him, telling him that someone lost an arm doing that once. (We see the inside of the machine where there's a skeleton arm from the last guy who tried to get a free soda, still holding onto a can of Fresca.) Homer eventually grabs the soda, but his arm gets stuck and Lenny and Carl run off off, screaming. Then, Homer gets his other arm stuck inside a candy vending machine. (In a scene [[EditedForSyndication cut from syndication]], he imagines himself at Maggie's wedding with his arms still stuck to the vending machines.) Just as the rescue workers are about to cut off Homer's arms, it turns out this could've been avoided if he ''[[EpicFail let go]]'' of the can in the first place. The firemen write a note up for Marge to prove that the incident wasn't some wild excuse to avoid going to the ballet (with said note mentioning that while they were wasting their time with Homer, a lumber mill burned down).


* HostilityOnTheSet: [[InUniverse One of many details]] that showcase KBBL has no love for Kent Brockman's prima donna attitude is the fact the "experiencing technical difficulties" card has a drawing of an insane Kent with a straightjacket.

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* HostilityOnTheSet: [[InUniverse In-Universe]]. One of many details]] details that showcase KBBL has no love for Kent Brockman's prima donna attitude is the fact the "experiencing technical difficulties" card has a drawing of an insane Kent with a straightjacket.


** While out on the town, Ruth has Marge shoot a bunch of cans, much to the distress of their owner ("Mah precious antique cans!"), and at the end of the episode Marge is taken to court for damages, and causing said owner's mental anguish.

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** While out on the town, Ruth has Marge shoot a bunch of cans, much to the distress of their owner ("Mah precious antique cans!"), and at the end of the episode episode, Marge is taken to court for damages, and causing said owner's mental anguish.

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* VengefulVendingMachine: Homer puts his arm inside a vending machine to get a free "invisible cola" (actually a Crystal Buzz Cola). When he reaches into it Carl warns him, telling him that someone lost an arm doing that once. (We see the inside of the machine where there's a skeleton arm from the last guy who tried to get a free soda, still holding onto a can of Fresca.) Homer eventually grabs the soda, but his arm gets stuck and Lenny and Carl run off screaming. Then, Homer gets his other arm stuck inside a candy vending machine. (In a scene [[EditedForSyndication cut from syndication]], he imagines himself at Maggie's wedding with his arms still stuck to the vending machines.) Just as the rescue workers are about cut off Homer's arms, it turns out this could've been avoided if he ''[[EpicFail let go]]'' of the can in the first place. The firemen write a note up for Marge to prove that the incident wasn't some wild excuse to avoid going to the ballet (with said note mentioning that while they were wasting their time with Homer, a lumber mill burned down).


* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Despite what Marge says, "Shotkickers" [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100702232714/simpsons/images/f/fa/Shotkickers.png might not be its actual name.]]
** Chief Wiggum's line about buying an inflatable woman that wasn't a woman.

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* OhCrap: Homer when he realises the description of the suspect Wiggum just radioed in fits Marge perfectly.

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-->'''Police radio''': State your location.
-->'''Wiggum''': Oh geez, I'm on a road, appears to be asphalt. Trees, shrubs, I'm directly under the earth's sun...''now''.


* AskAStupidQuestion: Homer's response to Marge asking that he likes ballet.
-->'''Homer:''' Marjorie, ''please''! I enjoy ''all'' the meats of our cultural stew.



* {{Jerkass}}: Kearney, who drives by the diner pretending to be a police officer, sending all the outlaws there running. And according to the owner, he's done this several times before and will continue to do so.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Kearney, who drives rides by the diner pretending to be wearing a police officer, siren on his helmet, sending all the outlaws there running. And according to the owner, he's done this several times before and will continue to do so.



* SkewedPriorities: A member of the emergency unit dealing with Homer decides it would be better to cut off his arms than tear up the vending machines. He is mere seconds from hacking off Homer's limbs with a buzz saw (with no anaesthetic) before a more competent member realises they're only stuck because [[StubbornMule he's still trying to take out the lodged food.]]

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* SkewedPriorities: A member of the emergency unit dealing with Homer decides it would be better to cut off his arms than tear up the vending machines. He is mere seconds from hacking off Homer's limbs with a buzz saw (with no anaesthetic) before a more competent member realises they're only stuck because [[StubbornMule he's still trying to take out the lodged food.]]food]].



* SustainedMisunderstanding: Chief Wiggum was only trying to tell Ruth one of her tail-lights was smaller than the other. [[ProperlyParanoid Granted, she was afraid he might find out she's driving a stolen car.]]

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* SustainedMisunderstanding: Chief Wiggum was only trying to tell Ruth one of her tail-lights was smaller than the other. [[ProperlyParanoid Granted, Granted though, she was afraid he might find out she's driving a stolen car.]]

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** Homer's idea of what the ballet is (See ImagineSpot below) is also shared by Lenny.


* TakeThat:
** While many would consider the near empty telethon to be a jab at public television and PBS, it's actually a moment of ThisLoserIsYou for overly popular culture and mainstream sensation obsessed members of the audience who don't take the time to pick up some culture and taste.

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* TakeThat:
TakeThat: In-universe, apparently Channel Six has already made a "Technical Difficulties" card of Kent Brockman in a straitjacket to use at the right time.
** TakeThatAudience: While many would consider the near empty telethon to be a jab at public television and PBS, it's actually a moment of ThisLoserIsYou for overly popular culture and mainstream sensation obsessed members of the audience who don't take the time to pick up some culture and taste.



** In-universe, apparently Channel Six has already made a "Technical Difficulties" card of Kent Brockman in a straitjacket to use at the right time.


* AffectionateParody: Of [[Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion Garrison Keillor]] during the telethon. Matt Groening is admittedly a fan of his work.



** To [[Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion Garrison Keillor]] during the telethon.

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** To [[Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion Garrison Keillor]] during While many would consider the telethon.near empty telethon to be a jab at public television and PBS, it's actually a moment of ThisLoserIsYou for overly popular culture and mainstream sensation obsessed members of the audience who don't take the time to pick up some culture and taste.

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* EpicFail: The WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue showcases the utter failure of Lionel Hutz as a lawyer by saying that Ruth's ex-husband ([[LaserGuidedKarma who employed him as a defense]]) was forced to pay everything he owed Ruth.

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** How and what got Ruth Powers to divorce her husband. We do get why, but backstory on what their relationship was like and the full history of it leaves a lot to the imagination.

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