They just keep upping the ante on these Couch Gags, don't they?
I'm generally not crazy of using recycled plots (sounds too much like Bart raising bird eggs that turn out to be lizards), but Bart's antics with the pigeon were hilarious. Unfortunately, it intersected with the recycling of every "Dump Santa's Little Helper" plot, which I couldn't care for too much. I do, however, love watching Bart do the strangling this time around.
Milhouse: I thought your race car was a Transformer. Nothing's one thing anymore!
I enjoyed his style and never felt he thought he was more important than the story. I also got the feeling he got a kick out of interviewing artists. He had a great interview with Miles Davis many years ago.