Mr. Burns needs a family to deal with his anger issues, and when he discovers virtual technology, he decides to hire Homer's family to act as his virtual family for ten years. Meanwhile, Homer is left alone at home, where be befriends a neighbor who shares certain traits of his.
- Freudian Excuse: A flashback reveals that Maggie refuses to talk because her siblings and her parents were too busy shouting at each other to notice when she finally learned to.
- Just Friends: Homer and his new neighbor. When their spaghetti scene ends with Homer sucking it for himself instead of how it ended in Lady and the Tramp crushes doubts on that matter.
- Misplaced Retribution: When Homer fails to convince Marge that he and Julia were only friends, Marge, in a blind rage, knocks down Homer's TV tray, which a can of Duff beer and a plate of eggs were resting on.Homer: Why are you mad at those eggs? They didn't do anything!
- Not Helping Your Case: Mr. Burns doesn't want people thinking he's insane because the Kaiser would be furious.