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Patty and Selma give up smoking. Meanwhile, Maggie befriends some animals.

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  • Art Shift: "Maggie's Extraordinary Animal Adventure" has more detailed backgrounds than the main story, and a bit of bloom too,
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Dr. Hibbert is upset that Selma is smoking in a hospital and directs her to a corridor where the doctors congregate for this purpose.
  • Balloon Belly: Marge imagines Patty and Selma being overweight, which soon devolves to them and Homer competing over who is fatter.
    Homer: No one out-fats Homer Simpson!
  • Brain Bleach: Homer literally pours bleach on his eyes after seeing Patty naked in the shower. He then pours some onto Bart's eyes as a precaution, and is later seen pouring into his ear in an attempt to bleach out the memory.
  • The Bus Came Back: Spider-Pig returns to help Maggie on her rescue mission.
  • Call-Back: The rivalry between Mr. Burns and Grandpa Simpson is briefly revived.
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  • Calling the Old Man Out: When Patty and Selma learn that their father died of lung cancer, they ask how their mother could let them smoke in spite of this.
  • Daydream Surprise: Homer and Patty appear to kiss, but then it turns out Homer is imagining the scenario.
  • Didn't Think This Through: When Patty and Selma swear off smoking, they dump all their cigarettes into a bowl and burning them. They end up setting their mother's house on fire.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: During one segment of "Maggie's Extraordinary Animal Adventure", Maggie outlines a rescue plan via an on-screen subtitle that's so long that, due to not being on screen for long, it ends with the sentence, "If you've read all this, congratulations, you're a genius!"
  • Hands Go Down: Cletus asks his kids which ones can drive and all of them raise their hands. He later asks how many are sober and all but one lower their hands.
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  • Motive Decay: Burns doesn't really care about Marge's mother anymore he just wanted to be a dick to Abe.
  • Off-Model: Hoppy, Duffman's scarlet macaw, would sometimes be shown with three toes pointing forward and one pointing back. In other scenes, he has two toes pointing forward and two pointing back (correct for a parrot).
  • Opening Shout-Out: Marge tells Homer she's going to let Patty sleep on their couch, but Homer replies, "That's where we do our Couch Gags!" He then shows her that the monster truck family from the latest iteration of the gag are still at the couch.
  • Overly Long Gag: After swearing off smoking, Patty and Selma put the cigarettes they were smoking into a bowl...followed by all the other cigarettes they had, including packs.
  • Parental Neglect: Patty and Selma's mother allowed them to smoke because it made them look cool.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Once again, Mr. Burns and Grandpa Simpson compete for Grandma Bouvier. This time, Mr. Burns has no interest in her, he just doesn't want Abe to have her.
  • Status Quo Is God: Patty and Selma swear off smoking for good... at least until they end up taking it up again to cover the bad smell of their apartment.
  • Take a Third Option: When Cletus asks Brandine whether she'd like to name the possum before or after they eat it, she responds, "During."
  • Wall Crawl: Bart asks Lisa if he could climb walls with his grandmother's denture cream in his hands, then immediately attempts to do it and falls. Lisa tells him, "Next time, you should wait for my answer."
  • Wham Episode: In a sense. After decades of never holding any real significance to the show, we finally learn Marge's father is dead from lung cancer.
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