Homer is hypnotized into acting like a ten-year-old, which is fun for Bart, but becomes a pain for Marge when the hypnotist gets arrested and Homer doesn't want to mentally grow up.note
- Brick Joke: When Lenny and Carl see the regressed Homer, they note that its a good thing the other guy came out of retirement.
- Cerebus Retcon: Homer's total ineptitude at work haven't nuked the town by now, because all this time someone else has been doing all the actual work for him.
- Epic Fail: For the last seven years, Don has been fixing Homer's mistakes at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and Homer never noticed his presence until his retirement. Without his help, Homer can't even adjust his tie.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Marge and the kids figure out how serious the hypnosis is when Homer drinks beer and doesn't like it.
- Reality Ensues: Power plants don't have a single safety inspector per sector. The whole reason Homer hasn't nuked the town is that an 'actually competent' Safety inspector for 7G has been doing both their workloads for years.
- Homer is lazy and thoughtless by nature. Now that he actually has to do the job he's paid for he quickly becomes high strung and overstressed.
- Remember the New Guy?: Don is a safety inspector who has worked at the same sector as Homer for the last seven years but the viewers and Homer didn't know about him before this episode. Homer's co-workers treat Don like someone who's always been around.