Homer becomes a fat pride advocate. Meanwhile, Lisa writes a new anthem for Springfield after learning that the old one was plagiarized.
- And a Diet Coke: When Homer first meets the wide pride advocates, they have a table with several fattening foods and cans of Diet Coke.
- Continuity Nod: Springfield's new anthem mentions key events from past episodes.
- During the montage of Homer's yo-yo dieting, Homer's has the same appearance he had in "King-Size Homer".
- Did Not Think This Through: Former Mayor Hans Moleman thought nobody would know he bought Springfield's old anthem from a guy who was selling copies of it to several cities because he never expect anyone in town would travel anywhere. It took three decades until it happened but he should have thought about that.
- Halfway Plot Switch: During the new anthem's debut, Homer's weight causes trouble and starts the "fat pride" plot. The anthem plot is forgotten afterwards and the only reminder comes at the end when Hans Moleman says "Whoa" and the horse reacts by stopping and gently puts him down. He's sad for not thinking about doing it earlier.
- Noodle Incident: When Hans Moleman is tied to a horse, blindfolded and banished, Homer comments he's glad it's not him on the horse this time.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Moe says he went to Tuscaloosa, which has a restaurant called "Moe's Original BBQ." He then opens his jacket to reveal a bib that says "This Is A Real Place."
- Plagiarism in Fiction: Springfield's old anthem.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Springfield's new anthem brings up the fact that Chief Wiggum takes bribes.
- Spinning Paper: Homer has Marge spin the paper so he doesnt have to read the humiliating headline.
- There Are No Coincidences: When Moe shows the Tuscaloosa variation of Springfield's old anthem, Sideshow Mel suggests it might be a coincidence but Moe tells him there are no coincidences and proves his point by showing scenes of several other towns using that anthem.