Homer is publicly humiliated after footage of him running from a bear is put on the news.
This is one of only two episodes to be animated by Toonzone Entertainment (the other being season 16's "She Used to Be My Girl").
- Androcles' Lion: Homer removes a radio tracking device from the bear's ear, making the bear friendlier with him.
- Animal Nemesis: The bear becomes Homer's for most of the episode. Moby-Dick is also brought up by Lisa (in the sense that the book's message is that declaring enmity to an animal is stupid), but Homer then makes clear that he never understood the book.
- Bear Hug: When Homer gets a hug from the bear, it ends up scratching his back.Homer: I don't know why bear hugs enjoy such a great reputation.
- Bears Are Bad News:
Homer: Are you a Care Bear?Care Bear: (Tapping a crowbar in his hand) I'm an intensive Care Bear.Homer: Why does a bear need a crowbar?Care Bear: Eh, I don't like to get my hands dirty.
- The bear that attacks Homer at the dump, but it eventually gets subverted. They become quite a duo of friends.
- Played straight, though, with all the other bears in Homer's hallucinations... including the Care Bear.
- Be Yourself: According to Homer, this is the Central Theme behind Moby-Dick.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Averted. Homer leaves a big open space by his butt on the armor and says that he won't wear pants so he won't soil the armor.
- Comically Missing the Point: Homer believes that the message of Moby-Dick is to Be Yourself (and says so to Lisa). Lisa told him one second earlier that the actual message is that being obsessed with revenge is a sure-fire path to self-destruction.
- Chekhov's Gun: Homer's home-made armor comes in handy when the bear's only route to the park where he'll be safe is surrounded with trigger-happy hunters.
- Dramatic Gun Cock: Parodied. The search party looking for Homer and the bear cock their guns repeatedly to punctuate every line they say. They even lampshade the moment when it stops being badass and starts to sound ridiculous... and keep on going.
- Egomaniac Hunter: Grant Conner, big time. His trophy room is a hard-core showcase of inhumanity to animals, he randomly eats a condor he shoots down for a quick snack before helping hunt down the bear, he absolutely hates the existence of sanctuary parks, and he gets a similar look on his face to what Homer does when he wants food when he imagines eating some condor eggs.
- Exotic Entree: Grant Conner takes a short break before helping find the bear for a quick snack. Which involves shooting down a passing condor, catching the dead body between two slices of bread, and eating the whole thing with a blissful look on his face.
- Face Death with Dignity: While briefly believing the bear would kill him, Homer decided there was no need to worry about the harms of smoking so he decided to try it until the bear took away his pipe. Subverted afterward where he cries to the point the bear can't even bother attacking him.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Homer, while trying to get the bear to safety, pulls out a knife and thinks that theyre looking for a MALE bear.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: The bear only attacked Homer while he wore the tracking device which repeatedly and painfully electrocuted him. When it was removed the bear became passive to Homer. The humans on the other hand recorded Homer's fearful encounter, publically ridiculed him and repeatedly demonised the bear despite the humans doing more harm and refusing to save Homer from the bear.
- Hypocrite: Several cases in this episode.
- During the episode, Homer is being labeled a coward and everyone makes fun of him because he was afraid... after being attacked by a grizzly bear. What kind of person wouldn't be scared after being attacked by a 500 lb animal with huge claws and teeth? The hypocritical part comes from the fact that the whole town overreacted to the one harmless bear that strolled into town in "Much Apu About Nothing".
- Finally, after Homer strangles Bart for mocking him, Lisa admonishes Homer for not confronting his real fear. Later, when Homer decides it's time to confront his fear and chase the bear, Lisa admonishes Homer again, even though Homer is doing exactly what she told him before (other characters who had mocked Homer, like Bart, Carl, Lenny, at least join to give Homer moral support).
- Inelegant Blubbering: Homer's cries disgusted the bear. Part of why the video wasn't Homer's proudest moment.
- Informed Flaw: Homer is deemed a coward for being afraid of a mere little old ferocious grizzly bear trying to maul him.
- Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: The first bear attack (and Homer's embarrassing reaction) was recorded by some guy and aired both on the news and on the Internet. The whole town starts mocking him as a result.
- Jewish Mother: Referenced.Grant Conner: Now listen! The bull grizzly is 7 feet tall, weighs more than a Mazda Miata, and can tear through a tree like a Jewish mother through self-esteem.
- MacGyvering: Homer builds his own bear-proof armor suit from random crap that was lying on his garage.
- Noodle Incident: The hunter that recorded Homer being attacked by a bear mentioned he tends to confuse guns and camera, his most unfortunate moment of that is apparently at a wedding.
- Parting Words Regret: Played with. While looking for Homer, Marge was hoping her last words to him wouldn't be "Clip your toenails, they look like frittos".
- Shout-Out: The scene where several hunters shoot a pinecone is similar to Looney Tunes scenes where Daffy Duck is suddenly surreounded and shot by several hunters.
- Skewed Priorities: Lennt and Carl remove a locating device's batteries so they can listen to music.
- Tempting Fate: After removing the tracking device, Homer says he'll make sure it'll never harm any living creatures again. He throws it at a lake, electrocuting the fish and a diver.