Bart gets in trouble for setting off the steam pipes in the school. The punishment: time in a behavioral modification camp in Oregon. Unfortunately, Bart has been put on the "No Fly" list after unbuckling his seat belt before the plane to Atlanta could land, so Homer must sacrifice his Vegas trip (funded by Moe, who won a settlement from a company that makes the faulty rope he recently used in a suicide attempt) to take Bart to the camp. Meanwhile, Marge and Lisa clean house and hold a garage sale — and Marge inadvertently becomes a drug dealer when everyone begins buying the family's expired medication.
This episode provides examples of...
- Bathroom Break-Out: While eating in a diner, Bart makes Homer think he's doing this to escape him, so he tries to follow him, only to get stuck in the window. Then Bart tells the chef that Homer's trying to do a dine and dash.
- Continuity Snarl: Homer is planning to go with his tavern buddies to a trip to Las Vegas (and later does with Bart towards the end of the episode while off-screen) despite how he was banned from ever coming back there.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Because of Bart unbuckling his seatbelt before his plane in Atlanta came to a complete stop, the pilot flew the plane back to Minneapolis before anyone could get off.
- Don't Explain the Joke: Combined with Lampshade The Obscure Reference.Chief Wiggum: Save it, Ma Peddle.
Lou: Ma Peddle?
Chief Wiggum: It's a reference to Ma Kettle, a movie character from the 1940s.
Lou: Chief, if you have to explain it, it's not very good.
- Downer Ending and No Ending: Marge is arrested for selling drugs and is being held in prison with $10,000 bail, while Homer took Bart to Vegas and is now in Nevada State Prison after getting into a fight with a pit boss while Bart ends up missing. Lisa and Maggie are the only ones left to fend for themselves and the episode ends with Lisa vowing to look for work in the morning. Fortunately, everything is back to normal by the beginning of the next episode.
- Frivolous Lawsuit: Moe sues a company that made a rope that broke when he was trying to hang himself.
- Ghost in the Machine: We go inside Homer's head to see that the harsh and militaristic Serious Homer has locked up drunk, crazy Fun Homer and is threatening to murder him just like he murdered Intellectual Homer (which is one of many, many reasons why Homer is an idiot).
- Gory Discretion Shot: While driving back to get Bart from the camp, we hear a loud thud followed by Homer screaming "Stupid horse! The sign says deer crossing!" and then the windshield of his car with streaks of blood on it.
- Jerkass/Troll: Bart throughout much of the episode.
- Mood-Swinger: Boy, does Bart have fun with this.
- Mythology Gag: Homer mentions Oregon as being the birthplace of Matt Groening, and later accidentally destroys his birth home.
- Oh, Crap!:
- When Marge tells someone on the other end of her door that she's out of drugs to sell, she has this reaction when she sees that Chief Wiggum is on the other side.
- Also see Skyward Scream below.
- Overly Long Gag: Ned singing all the colors in the theme to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. To make it more excruciating, as he reaches the last color, he starts at the beginning again!
- Persona Non Grata: Bart's on the airport's 'No Fly' list because he unbuckled his seatbelt.
- Remember the New Guy?: Apparently, Skinner now has a secretary named Myra and she seems on okay-ish terms with Bart, despite having never appeared before this episode.
- Shout-Out: The band plays (and ultimately hums) the Futurama theme music.
- Skyward Scream: Homer does a skyward "D'oh!" when he realizes he has to sacrifice his trip to Las Vegas to drive Bart to a boys camp. His friends hear it from the other side of town and get the hint that Homer's not coming with them.
- Take That!: One of Homer's complaints about Oregon is being the birthplace of Matt Groening. Later on, while distracted, he mows down a shack with the sign "Birthplace of Matt Groening".