How I Spent My Strummer Vacation
Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade
Large Marge


  • In Bart's daydream, Pikachu from Pokémon and Bender from Futurama can be seen.
  • When Bart and Lisa tumble into the creek, you can tell its pretty deep from the underwater shot of them choking each other. But when they resurface they're able to stand and the water's only waist deep.
  • On the field trip memorial wall when Willie has to enter Bart and Lisa's names, you'll notice two particular names. El Jefe (Hefe) and Fat Mike - horns/guitar/backup vocals and bass/lead vocals/founding member (respectively) of the punk band NOFX.
  • Bart's fanny says "Lisa's Brother" and Lisa's says "Bart's Sister."
  • After Lisa is given her paper, you can clearly see that there is a B+ on top of the stack of the papers the teacher is holding. But a moment later, she gives Bart an A!
  • Principal Skinner breaks the fourth wall in this episode, saying "If this episode has taught us anything...".
  • The song that "MC Safety and the Caution Crew" sing has a similar rhythm (possibly sampled) as Sugarhill Gang's "Rappers Delight".
  • This episode marks Marcia Wallace's 100th appearance.
  • The family shops for a satellite dish at a store called The Boob Tubery.
  • Bart says that when he gets through with Lisa's flag, "it's gonna be a Bart-mangled banner." "Bart-Mangled Banner" will eventually be the title of episode 334.
  • The DVS narrator is different in this episode only.
  • A common misconception about this future episode is that Bart fails the third grade. Something impossible for fourth grade students like Bart.
  • At one point, Marge says, "Get back, honky cat!" This is a reference to the Elton John song "Honky Cat".



The red-orange Capital City Goofball

  • For some reason, the Capital City Goofball is red-orange in this episode, when in others, he is yellow.
  • Bart and Lisa's fanny packs disappear as soon as they get on the bus.

Bender and Pikachu with the wrong colors

  • When Otto says "Pukers in Back", his mouth doesn't move.
  • Bender's eyes are white instead of neon yellow. This could be justified since this is in Bart's imagination. He may simply misremember Bender's appearance.
  • Pikachu's ears are miscolored. As with Bender, Bart may be misremembering Pikachu's appearance. It may also be an attempt to avoid copyright infringement.
  • Ashley's glasses are missing when the students are on the bus headed for Capitol City.
  • Also, Kyle's shirt is also a different color when they are on the bus.

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