Homer turns into a rampaging blob after eating green goo; Bart brings to life Golem, a creature from Jewish folklore; a fake radio-broadcast convinces Springfield residents that there is an alien invasion.
Homer falls prey to Army recruiters and lands in basic training; after infuriating his hard-nosed colonel (guest voice Kiefer Sutherland), Homer is put in charge of the war games.
When Homer loses his job at the plant, he takes over the ice cream truck business; Marge battles her depression by making sculptures from popsicle sticks.
Marge forces Bart to attend Nelson's birthday party after he persuades his friends not to go, and they become best friends.
Homer gets into a brawl at a holiday ice-skating show; Gil accidentally gives away a gift meant for his boss's daughter.