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After suffering a workplace accident, Homer is left in a cast and contemplates suing Mr. Burns. Meanwhile, Marge feels as if their love life is losing traction, and looks to a surprise source of romance— Mr. Smithers.

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  • 0% Approval Rating: Mr. Burns has no chance of winning any lawsuits in Springfield because the residents hate him for eating the town's panda.
  • 555: Homer sees an ad of a lawyer whose phone number is 555-555-5555. Homer fails to memorize it.
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  • Ambulance Chaser: Homer's lawyer doesn't care if his clients' accidents are really accidents or not.
  • Artistic License – Law: Smithers thinks that eating a cake with a waiver written on it counts as signing a waiver for as long as it's done in front of a notary.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At first, Homer seems upset that Marge mentions another man during sex but then he's happy it excites her during sex.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Lisa has a Imagine Spot where she has this power in the school bus.
  • Big Eater: Homer says he can't be bought with a cake because he's already eaten several pies.
  • Credits Gag: Instead of on the TV as per usual, the "Created by" and "Developed by" credits appear on parking space signs while Homer searches for an open spot.
    Homer: D'oh! Mandatory credit!...D'oh! "Developed by"? What does that even mean?
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  • Frivolous Lawsuit: To comfort his lawyer after he gives up on suing Mr. Burns, Homer offers to pretend to fall downstairs. The lawyer accepts the offer.
  • It's All About Me: Homer's lawyer. When Homer expresses second thoughts about suing Mr. Burns, the lawyer points out what Homer suffered and asks is he (the lawyer) doesn't deserve anything out of it.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After Homer and Mr. Burns settle out of court, Homer pretends to accidentally fall downstairs and ends up being ran over. Then his father accidentally spills hot soup on him and a caption states it happens to him every night he's bedridden.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Mr. Burns is revealed to Smithers and the viewers as the owner of Chernobyl's power plant. He doesn't want the fact to be spoken of again.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: When Bart writes on Homer's cast, it's in a place Homer and the audience can't see and Bart says it starts with "f" and ends with "ck". It's then shown to the viewers Bart wrote "Father good luck".
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  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Mr. Burns threatens to reassign Smithers to the Chernobyl plant if Smithers fails to convince Homer to sign the waiver.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Homer doesn't remember he can sue Mr. Burns over his accident until Smithers shows up to ask him to sign a waiver.
  • Technologically Blind Elders: Grandpa thinks microwave-heated soup must be heated for two hours.
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