Lisa takes up ballet and becomes addicted to the secondhand smoke from the other dancers; Homer and Bart meet a family of raccoons that have eaten Homer's beef jerky stash.
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: After the dancers desperately look for stuff that could be used as cigarette replacements, Lisa makes a speech against a horrible addiction: ballet.
- Ballet Episode
- Call-Back: In the previous season's "Jazzy and the Pussycats", Homer at one point mentions trying to become a Mexican wrestler. At the end of the episode, when Marge says she's learned that she shouldn't make her children carry out her dream career, Bart asks Homer if that means he can stop training to be a Mexican wrestler (To which Homer says no and makes him practice right there and then).
- Circle of Shame: Comic Book Guy in line waiting in line for the Angelina Button book release.
- Handy Feet: One of the ballet dancers shows Lisa her ability to light and smoke a cigarette using only her toes.
- Monument of Humiliation and Defeat: Apparently, after Homer lost his war with the earthworms, they had him construct one of these.Bart: Dad, you never win a fight with animals. Remember when you lost that war with the worms?Homer: That was not a defeat, that was a phased withdrawal.Bart: Oh, yeah? They made you build this statue! (points at statue of Homer bowing before a worm, titled "Worms are better than me")
- Must Have Nicotine: The ballet dancers when they lose their cigarettes.
- Overprotective Dad: Homer's reaction to Lisa almost smoking is to shoot the cigarette several times.
- Retroactive Wish: While having sex with his lover, Mayor Quimby prays for a cigarette. Right after that, the cigarettes Homer and Lisa stole from the dancers and threw away land on him. He then thanks the Lord and offers one to the lover, who refuses because she's pregnant. Mayor Quimby then asks the Lord for another favor.
- Rule of Three: Marge has three stethoscopes at home. One is from her childhood dream of becoming a doctor; one is from she dreamed of being a safe cracker; and the third is from when she dreamed about being a stethoscope salesperson.
- Smoking Is Cool: The ballet dancers think this, as smoking helps them focus in their lessons.
- Smoking Is Not Cool: Lisa at first thinks this, until she has a dream where it's revealed her feminist heroes used to smoke too, so she begins inhaling the secondhand smoke from her classmates. In the end, Lisa begins using nicotine patches for kids.
- Stage Mom: Marge encourages Lisa to take ballet in order to fulfill her dream of being a ballet dancer.
- Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner: The couch gag.