Marge pesters Bart by following him everywhere after Bart denies being involved in a bulldozer crash. Meanwhile, Flanders adopts a pet dog that Homer loves more than Santa's Little Helper.
- Cassandra Truth: Subverted. For most of the episode, Bart plausibly denies he had anything to do with the bulldozer, while Marge is portrayed as a paranoid jerk. Then it turns out that Bart did play with the bulldozer.
- Double Standard: When Marge follows Bart to school:Bart: Mom, Dad does plenty of stuff you don't like. Why don't you follow him?
Marge: Following an adult is creepy, following your kid is parenting.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Bart gives up on a plan because he wanted to recover his mother's love.
- I Have No Son!: Similar to in "Bart the Mother", Marge ends up giving up on Bart when he denies the bulldozer too many times. She even declares her parenting to him "stops now".
- I Resemble That Remark!: Homer scoffs at Ned telling him that the dog likes him only because his sweat tastes like cheeseburgers, and then he takes out a cheeseburger and uses the bun to wipe his head.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Flanders considers giving his dog to Homer because the dog loves Homer more.
- Mood Whiplash: After Marge decides to give up on Bart again, she briefly stops to wipe mud off Bart's face before leaving. And then a leper come out to leave the island on a boat, only for his arms to come off upon attempting to use the oars.
- Not Helping Your Case: When Bart hides his latest plan under a blanket from Marge (who decided to ignore him from now on):Marge: Bart, I'm not butting in anymore, so you don't have to hide things under your blankie.
Bart: It isn't a blankie anymore! Hasn't been for three months!
- Off-Model: Marge is missing eyes in one frame. You can't unsee it!
- Opening Shout-Out: At one point, Marge is so committed to keeping an eye on Bart, she chases him through a nighttime version of the scene in the intro where he rides past pedestrians. We also get to see what happens when Bart is gone:Moe: (sighs) Well, the kid passed through again. We can all go inside.
(Everyone enters Moe's Tavern.)
- Pet the Dog: Homer gives Ned the dog back after seeing how much parting with it is hurting him.
- Properly Paranoid: As it turns out, Marge was right to suspect Bart was up to mischief.