Homer becomes a hairdresser while Lisa tries to save Milhouse from a manipulative fifth grade girl.
- Blessed with Suck: Homer's hairstyling skills are magnificent but he grows to hate it when the woman of Springfield won't let him quit and won't stop talking his ear off with their problems. Even when he tries to purposely ruin a clients air (Helen Lovejoys), he physically can't.
- Bowdlerize: In-universe. Milhouse is such a wimp, that his mother censors out the prelude for Finding Nemo where Coral and most of her unborn children are eaten (offscreen) by a barracuda. When he gets a chance to watch the prelude for the first time, he reacts as if Coral was raped, and it takes the fire brigade to pull him out from underneath the sofa.
- Despair Event Horizon: Milhouse highlights how sick he is of having his heartstrings pulled by Lisa but her not liking him back and yet ruining his attempt at leaving her behind with the following question:You don't want me to be with you. You don't want me to be with someone else. How miserable do I have to be before you're happy?