Homer experiences a mid-life crisis when he realizes that he hasn't accomplished anything meaningful. To curve his remorse, Homer decides to pattern himself after Thomas Edison and become the next great inventor.
Bart accidentally kills a mother bird, and tries his best to raise the mother's eggs on his own. But when the hatchlings turn out to be a pair of destructive lizards that harvest nests for their own survival, the town's bird population is placed at great risk.
Homer gets wigged out when his new toupee is possessed by its previous owner -- Snake; Bart and Lisa are magically transported into the television and become the target of psychotic Itchy and Scratchy; Marge and Homer do some trash talking on "Jerry Springer".
In discovering the joy of video gaming, Lisa neglects to study for her upcoming test, which she later relents to cheating upon in order to pass. But when the resulting grade raises the school's state average and qualifies it for financial aid, her cheating forces her to cover up all wrong-doing. Meanwhile, Homer raises a baby lobster, Pinchy.
When Homer rescues Mark Hamill and Mayor Quimby from a rowdy mob of sci-fi fanatics, he is appointed the mayor's new bodyguard. But after convincing Quimby that he needs to stop Fat Tony's mob from selling rat's milk to the town's schools, the mayor's life is placed in jeopardy.
Discouraged by sixty years of living on the safe side, Ned Flanders asks Homer to reveal the secret of his intoxicating lust for life. But Homer's plans to spice up Ned's life go haywire when the pair lands in wedlock with two casino cocktail waitresses.
After a night of vandalism, Chief Wiggum falsely accuses Springfield's young residents and imposes a curfew on the "punk" kids, unleashing a hidden source of creativity and some of Springfield's secrets.
Super Bowl fever takes control of Homer's psyche after a travel agent offers him and a bus-load of friends free passage to the game. But when the tickets turn out to be counterfeit, Homer must find a way into the stadium. Guest starring Troy Aikman, John Madden, Dan Marino, Pat Summerall, Dolly Parton and Rupert Murdoch.
When the new television show, "Police Cops", premiers with a savvy character holding Homer's full name, the real-life Homer enjoys mock-stardom. But when the show is retooled to give the character a Gomer Pyle-like facade, Homer changes his name to Max Power to escape the laughing and taunts of fellow townspeople.
As Apu showers his wife Manjula with glowing, outrageous Valentine's Day gifts, the other husbands of Springfield are made to look bad in his shadow. But as his gifts grow increasingly grand, the men attempt to foil his efforts. Elton John guest stars.
Homer offers Marge a new Canyonero after discovering that he bought the female's model. But once in the driver's seat, Marge becomes increasingly intoxicated by the vehicle's dynamism, leading to a case of aggravated road rage.
Homer takes on a truck driver in a beef-eating contest. But when the trucker pays the high price of trying to top Homer's bottomless stomach, Homer vows to deliver his cargo, leading to a cross-country truckin' adventure. Meanwhile, Marge and Lisa make the best of a troublesome new doorbell.
Reverend Lovejoy is showing his stuff with the latest in a series of disinteresting sermons. Bored so terribly are the Simpsons that each gradually doses off, dreaming that they're Adam and Eve, Moses and David facing Goliath.