Jules and Verne decide to use the time machine to fix their father's fear of fishing in time for the "Father/Son Bass-Off", but create a new problem when they turn Doc's younger self into a stuntman.
This episode includes examples of the following tropes:
- 15 Minutes of Fame: Thanks to the time trip, the young Emmett Brown briefly becomes a daredevil famous for impressive stunts. Much to Emmett's relief, this brief interlude ends when Uncle Oliver realizes his nephew's showbiz promoter has no scruples about putting him in danger.
- Affectionate Nickname: Doc's eccentric uncle Oliver calls him "liebchen."
- Catch Phrase: D.W. Tannen uses the words "You're fired!" quite a lot — even if the person doesn't work for him.
- Fishing Episode: Played With. The boys and Doc only go fishing at the end of the episode, but the entire episode happens as a preliminary to it, and Doc's younger self does appear on a fishing trip.
- Malaproper: Director D.W. Tannen keeps up the family tradition of mangling phrases, saying Emmett's last stunt has to look like "the real McDonald" rather than "the real McCoy."
- Offscreen Crash: While the boys and Marty are plotting a scheme to get Emmett out of trouble, Marty accidentally lets go of the branch he's hanging onto, and a few seconds later, the local Tannen yells "You're fired!"
- Rod And Reel Repurposed: An accidental example. Emmett casts his fishing line and it catches on a low-flying plane. It acts as a rope and starts his career as "Daredevil Brown" when someone sees it.
- Series Continuity Error: The story begins with Doc's phobia of fish and fishing destroying his sons' hopes of attending a fishing contest. However, a large marlin appears on Doc's wall during the movies.
- Tightrope Walking: While they're planning a way to stop Emmett from being forced into one final, very dangerous, stunt, Jules asks Marty if he can walk a straight line, which Marty confirms. Jules' plan involves Marty creating a distraction with a tightrope act while he and Verne get Emmett out of the way.