Bart on the Road
22 Short Films About Springfield
Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"



  • Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould: The episode's title is a play on that of the 1993 film.
  • Like Quentin Tarantino's film, Pulp Fiction, the episode's plot is episodic and interconnected. Additionally there are several more lengthy parodies. The ensemble of the Chief Wiggum, Snake and Herman plot is based on the "Gold Watch" segment of the film. Wiggum, Lou and Eddie's conversation about McDonald's parallels the famous "Royale With Cheese" discussion between Vince Vega and Jules Winnfield. Later, Snake runs down Wiggum like Butch Coolidge does to Marsellus Wallace. He then crashes into a wall, running down a fire hydrant and mailbox just like in the film. The two then fight and roll into Herman's shop, he ties them up, ball gags them and waits for Zed to arrive before being knocked out by a medieval weapon yielded by Milhouse. This again mirrors the film, with Herman in the role of Maynard.
  • 1999: Apu's line "I'm going to party like it was on sale for $19.99!" references Prince's song.
  • 'Slacker': This episode's parody of Richard Linklater's episodic independent drama comedy film. Smithers and Burns even referenced the title.
  • Freak-A-Zoid: Apu sings the song by Midnight Star.
  • E.R.: Dr. Nick's scenes parody the popular medical series.
  • Bazooka Joe: When people are giving suggestions to Lisa, Lionel Hutz suggests that Lisa keep the gum in as evidence, as Bazooka Joe has deep pockets.
  • Van Heflin: Jasper says he would like Van Heflin's nose.
  • Maggie's giggle was also used as a sound effect for a commercial for Huggies Diapers.


  • Smithers suffers severe allergic reactions to the bee sting in this episode, yet in "Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk" he was stung by several bees but suffered no problems at all. Bee sting allergies are often triggered on the second instance of being stung, Smithers could have developed his life-threatening allergy after the previous episode.
  • Despite having returned to the house on a date with Agnes Skinner in "Bart the Fink", in this episode Chalmers apparently required directions to Skinner's house as if he had never been there before. This episode may take place prior to Bart the Fink. It is also possible that Chalmers just doesn't care enough about Skinner to remember where he lives.
  • Chief Wiggum loses his hat in the fight with Snake, but in the next chapter of his story he is wearing it again.

    The knight helmet with gray holes that are meant to be black

  • Snake and Chief Wiggum open the door of Herman's store inwards, but in the scene inside the store, it is open outwards.
  • The knight helmet that Milhouse wears has holes which are colored black but which turn gray for a frame.
  • After Nelson laughs at Lisa's bad hair, she walks away to where the tall man was driving, but she is then seen near the sewer where Nelson was hiding, which was on the opposite direction.
  • Mrs. Glick trips, falls and gets stuck into a trash can during the Nelson segment, but is later seen among the crowd that is laughing at Nelson.
  • When Chalmers says "Despite the fact they are obviously grilled", the bite mark on his burger disappears.
    • In addition, when Chalmers picks up a burger, 3 out of 4 of them disappear.

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