The title of the episode refers to an earlier Simpsons episode: "Bart Gets an "F"". This title would be later reused for other episodes such as "Bart Gets a "Z""
The first-person sequences with echoic whispers is a reference to the Friday the 13th series.
When Marge and Lisa touch their fingers together, it is a reference to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and the theme to the movie plays in the background as well.
When Santa's Little Helper is chewing on the remote changing the channels, Kent Brockman is shown talking about a woman hunt is out with a picture of Lucille Botzcowski, showing that she is still on the run after "Some Enchanted Evening".
Another clip during Santa's Little Helper's channel-surfing shows Troy McClure hosting "I Can't Believe They Invented It!" but without Phil Hartman's voice.