Homer starts a new security company and gets in trouble with Fat Tony.
- 555: Springshield's phone number starts with 636-555.
- As Long as There is One Man: Parodied with a speech from Homer that ends with him admitting that the mafia only has to kill him and two other people at which point they'll have control of the town.
- Bait-and-Switch Gunshot: Just as Fat Tony and his gang are about to shoot Homer, they are wounded by an unseen shooter. When Chief Wiggum appears to take back his job, everyone assumes it was him, but he confesses that they took away his gun when he was fired. Camera then tilts up to the upstairs window, where Maggie is holding a rifle.
- Brick Joke: The butterfly that screams when it burns up in the opening was the screamapillar from the previous episode.
- Continuity Cavalcade: Along with the long list below, the time Maggie shot Mr. Burns is brought up.
- I'm Standing Right Here: Homer mockingly comments that Chief Wiggum "couldn't catch cooties at Milhouse's birthday party." The camera then pans out to show Milhouse sitting on the couch with the Simpsons.
- Kill the Poor/Would Hurt a Child: To conserve power for all of Springfield in the middle of a major heatwave, Mr. Burns had power cut to the orphanage, pretty much killing all the children in it from heat stroke and dehydration.
- The Last Straw: With the power plant running at full capacity, all it took to cause a blackout was for Homer to plug in a dancing Santa.
- Long List: Homer lists all the jobs he's had on the show up to that point in enough time for Marge to change for bed.Homer: You know, I've had a lot of jobs. Boxer, mascot, astronaut, imitation Krusty, baby proofer, trucker, hippie, plow driver, food critic, conceptual artist, grease salesman, carnie, mayor, grifter, bodyguard for the mayor, country-western manager, garbage commissioner, mountain climber, farmer, inventor, Smithers, Poochie, celebrity assistant, power plant worker, fortune cookie writer, beer baron, Kwik-E-Mart clerk, homophobe and missionary. But protecting Springfield, that gives me the best feeling of all.
- Never My Fault: Cletus is one of the looters from the riot. When Chief Wiggum says the riot is the looters' fault, Cletus accuses Wiggum of trying to blame the victims.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The only time Homer takes his work seriously, isn't corrupted or incompetent is the time he is about to get killed for it.
- Oddly Small Organization: SpringShield only consists of Homer, Lenny, and Carl, but they're very effective at stopping Springfield's crime wave.Homer: You can kill me, but someone will take my place. And if you kill him, someone will take his place. And... that's pretty much the end of it. The town will be yours.
- Shout-Out: Among Springfield Elementary School students, we have Jughead Jones, Fat Albert and Fonzie.
- Fat Tony's drive to the Simpsons house parodies the opening sequence of The Sopranos.
- Tempting Fate: Homer says he won't feel guilty about the blackout until he associates it to a human face. Lisa then reveals that she was robbed during the riot.
- Tim Taylor Technology: How does Springfield Elementary deal with the heat wave? Willie gives the HVAC system more power!
- Turn in Your Badge: When Chief Wiggum lost his job, he had to turn in his badge and his gun, and only avoiding turning in his car because he hid it.