As Bart begins to excel in video game competitions, Homer discovers a passion for coaching him; Lisa attempts to bring Homer back to reality, but the plan causes chaos. This is the final episode of the series produced by 20th Century Fox Television as an independant company, as Disney's purchase took effect two days after it aired.
- Bait-and-Switch: Homer wakes up from a dream or so it seems. The people he met in the dream are next to him and one of them says he's still dreaming.
- Canada, Eh?: When the Canadian team is eliminated from the Conflict of Enemies 2 tournament, the team is confused when the announcer says that their team is "Out". He quickly corrects by saying they're "Oot".
- Clueless Aesop: Homer's flaw in this episode is that he wants to live vicariously through Bart in his potential success at gaming. Yet despite the emphasis on Homer's flawed plan to live through Bart's success, Homer does not actually behave that badly. He effectively trains Bart and his friends and gets them ready for the tournament (unlike, say, A Star is Torn, where Homer behaves like a horrible stage mother making Lisa uncomfortable with his behaviour). Bart even admits that Homer's coaching worked, and other than Homer kicking Milhouse off the team and telling Nelson "Pringles are for champions!", Homer hasn't really gone too far here as a coach. It's mostly what we learn from his (dream sequence/song that tells us this is leading somewhere bad, i.e. to Bart eventually resenting him and their relationship becoming strained.
- While Bart does suffer negative consequences its not because of Homer living through his son, but his sabotage of the Evergreen Terrors imminent victory due to the belief that it would yield a quicker reward.
- Homer is proven right by crushing his sons newfound success and enthusiasm not only does he become Karma Houdini with everyone blaming Bart for what happened but hes bumped up to first class.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: When Bart is taking too long in the shower, Homer mentions that there's only one reason for a boy to do that - "Skunk sprayed him good." Then he opens the door and finds Bart "playing with himself"... as in playing the video game in the shower.
- Downer Ending: After Homer ruined the competition, all of Barts teammates blamed him and pelted him with in-flight snacks for the 19-hour flight home with none of his family caring or noticing.
- Drench Celebration: Parodied with the Canadian team. When they think they're going to win, they start pouring maple syrup on the coach. It doesn't even get to fall on the coach before they're informed that they've been eliminated.
- ISO-Standard Urban Groceries: Lampshaded when Marge brings in a grocery bag with a baguette sticking out called "Le Baguette Cafe."
- Karma Houdini: Even though Homer was the one who ruin the match all of the other kids seemingly blamed Bart.
- Noodle Incident: Krusty says it'll be good to have kids back at the Krusty Burger after what his monkey did. No more details are mentioned.
- The Scapegoat: Bart becomes this twice in the episode. The first time is in the beginning of the episode where a lot of the familys problems note are blamed on him.
- The second is after Homer ruins the competition Bart is the one hated by the rest of the team.
- Shout-Out: The MOBA game that Bart plays is called "Conflict of Enemies".
- Sins of Our Fathers: After Homer destroys the Evergreen Terrors' chances of winning the tournament, Bart's teammates take their frustrations on him.
- Stopped Caring: At the end Bart just sits there and takes it as the rest of his team takes their frustration out on him.
- Trust-Building Blunder: Homer is sure he won't be needed at work while he's coaching Bart. Cut to the plant, where they are having a trust-building seminar. As they perform a trust fall, Homer's trust buddy, Lenny, falls down the stairs.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Lisa, who teaches Homer about letting go of material possessions, which leads to him turning the power off at the tournament.