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The Day the Violence Died
A Fish Called Selma
Bart on the Road


  • Fat Tony is voiced by Phil Hartman as opposed to his usual voice actor Joe Mantegna.
  • Maggie wears a swimsuit in the swimming pool. This is one of the few scenes where Maggie doesn't wear her usual blue clothes.
  • It is shown that Troy's career has been overshadowed by incidents, the most controversial one being his fish fetish.
  • Some of the celebrities shown on the Pimento Grove wall are Kent Brockman, Krusty the Clown, Rainier Wolfcastle, Bette Midler, Elizabeth Taylor, Leonard Nimoy, Adam West, Barry White, Conan O'Brien, Birch Barlow, Sting, Tito Puente, Brad Goodman, David Crosby, Dennis Franz, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Ringo Starr, and Brooke Shields.
  • This is the only time Fat Tony is voiced by someone other than his usual voice actor, Joe Mantegna; in this case he's voiced by Phil Hartman, who voiced McClure.
  • Homer snagged the bride and groom figures from McClure and Selma's wedding cake and believes they were made of fondant, although his extreme difficulty swallowing them and his comment of them being "pointy" implies they were actually made of plastic and/or metal.
  • When Selma asks if Troy McClure was gay when learning he's only using her as a beard, he explains he wasn't and that if anything, had he been gay, he wouldn't have needed to marry her as cover. This was a reference to how stigmas against homosexuality had relaxed to the extent that hollywood celebrities could openly be gay without consequence at the time of the episode's airing.
  • During the audio commentary of the this episode It's mentioned Conan O'brien named Selma's Iguana Jub Jub ,Jub Jub first appeared In the season 4 episode Selma's choice.
  • The title of this episode is based on on the film A Fish Called Wanda.
  • The rumors about Troy McClure's fish fetish is a reference to an urban legend about Richard Gere and gerbils.[1]
  • Marge says that Troy is a "perfect gentleman" like Bing Crosby and President John F. Kennedy, both of whom had controversial personal lives.
  • The song "Dr. Zaius" in the Planet of the Apes musical Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off! is to the tune of "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco. The musical's name is a parody of the musical, "Stop the World – I Want to Get Off."
  • Though not explicitly stated in the film, the Planet of the Apes character being portrayed by Troy McClure is George Taylor. The character was played by Charlton Heston in the original 1968 film.
  • Troy drives a DeLorean DMC-12, as made famous in the Back to the Future films.
  • The opening features Troy McClure in a parody of The Muppets.
  • At the wedding, Homer sings "Rock and Roll Part 2" by Gary Glitter in his head.
  • Troy lives in the Chemosphere.
  • The news anchor, voiced by Hank Azaria, is based on Entertainment Tonight host John Tesh.
  • Troy describes Jub-Jub the iguana as "Everywhere You Want to Be" in reference to a Visa commercial.
  • The name MacArthur Parker, in reference to the song "MacArthur Park" by Richard Harris.
  • Selma's costumes are modelled on the clothes of Marilyn Monroe.
  • When learning of one possible acting gig being a Paramount-made buddy comedy involving Hugh Grant and Rob Lowe, McClure (ironically and hypocritically given his own ruined career) yells "Those sick freaks!?". This was a reference to several sex scandals that the two actors were involved in at the time of the episode. In particular:
    • Rob Lowe had been caught recording a sex tape with two minors.
    • Hugh Grant was caught performing fellatios with a prostitute, Divine Brown, on Sunset Boulevard.


  • Grandpa's beard overlapping the paper

    Selma's ear without a hole

    At the DMV, Abraham Simpson's beard is drawn over the paper he is holding for a few frames.
  • When Selma was smoking in the Restaurant's parking lot, she was sitting on the hood of a brown car. When the camera zooms in, she is on a blue car.
  • Right before Troy seduces Selma, Selma's ear hole disappears.

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