Bart and Homer enter a Robot Rumble competition. Meanwhile, Snowball II dies after being hit by a car and Lisa replaces him many times before getting a cat that looks exactly like him.
While riding bikes with Milhouse, Bart realizes his bike is horrible. He smashes it with Dr. Hibbert's hummer car in order to get a new one. When he and Homer go buy a new one, they realize it needs to be built first. Homer builds it, but when Bart starts riding it, it comes apart. Feeling miserable, Bart tells Homer he can't build anything. Homer tries to prove him wrong by building a robot, but it too falls apart. He remembers something Grandpa said: "If you can't build a robot, be a robot." He then dresses up like robot and Bart enters him, not knowing it's Homer, in the Robot Rumble contest. Homer gets hurt badly during each match, but he takes the pain for his son's love. When it comes to the final match, Chief Knock-A-Homer has to face a giant robot built by Professor Frink; the robot gets smashed and Homer comes out. Frink's robot doesn't smash him because it is programmed not to harm humans. Homer is disqualified for being a human impersonating a robot, however Bart still appreciates what his father did for him.
Meanwhile, Snowball II gets hit by Dr. Hibbert's car and is killed. After Marge reads the book When Bad Things Happen To Cute Children, she and Lisa go to adopt a new cat. Unfortunately, Snowball III (pictured above) drowns trying to catch fish in the Simpsons's fish tank and Coltrane, aka Snowball IV, commits suicide by falling out the window after listening to the music of the original John Coltrane. When Lisa and Marge try to get another cat (yet again), the owner of the cat sanctuary refuses to give Lisa anymore cats. While sitting outside, the Crazy Cat Lady throws a cat at Lisa that looks exactly like Snowball II. Lisa sends it away, thinking it'll die if it stays with her. When the cat walks away, a car, owned by Gil is about to hit it, but the car misses and drives into a tree and explodes. Noticing that the cat didn't die, Lisa takes it in. In order to save money on food dishes and to forget any of this ever happened, she names it Snowball II, even though it's technically Snowball V. When Principal Skinner sees this, Lisa reminds him of his other name "Tamzarian," so Skinner accepts this and moves along.
Behind the Laughter
The episode marks a milestone in the history of the series, as Snowball II is killed off, the closest thing to an actual Simpson family member actually being killed off (besides the passing of Mona Simpson in Season 19's "Mona Leaves-a").