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The title and the episode itself pays homage to the 2014 award-winning movie
by Boyhood Richard Linklater. After
Bart destroyed the street lamps, Chief Wiggum refers to the act as "A Lightmare on Elm Street", a reference to the horror movie A Nightmare on Elm Street. Milhouse references the song ' My Girlfriend Who Lives in Canada,' from the musical, Avenue Q.
However, Milhouse insists on calling the fake girlfriend Alberta and saying that she's from Alberta, so that it'll be easier to not be caught on the lie. This is a reference to the part of the song where Rod (the character who sings the song) says the that his supposed girlfriend, "Alberta", is from Vancouver but slips up at the end of the song by saying, "Soon I'll be off to Alberta."
couch gag was animated with Rotoshop, a rotoscoping software that Boyhood director Richard Linklater used in two of his previous films, Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly. At the cemetery, there are tombstones for
Maude Flanders, Bleeding Gums Murphy, Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky and The Great Raymondo. However, the The Great Raymondo has yet to die in the regular canon of the show. The title screen gag was reused from "
Holidays of Future Passed".
Marge mentions that Apple started making vehicles, which are not so great, as she says they should've stuck with computers. According to
Lou, the Springfield Retirement Castle is located on Maple street. This is the fifth time where a possible relationship between
Bart Simpson and Sherri or Terri Mackleberry was hinted. The others were " Homer's Odyssey", " Bart the Lover", " Bart Star" and " Hungry, Hungry Homer". This is the last episode to be aired in 2015.
Homer breaks the fourth wall at the end of the episode saying "Oh, is that what this was?"
The episode is somewhat out of continuity. A theme in the episode is that
Lisa always overshadows Bart in everything he does, but in reality, most of the time Lisa doesn't get listened to. This episode was rated TV-14 while it was TV-PG on Disney+.
Here is the timeline of Bart's life.
During the second time period, Homer's hair resembles how it looked when he was briefly drawn in Family Guy's art style during his brawl with Peter Griffin in " The Simpsons Guy".
This episode suggests that Lisa was the one who painted the boat painting above the couch, but in the episodes "
The Trouble with Trillions" and " The War of Art", it's said that Marge (and later Klaus) painted it, and " Diatribe of a Mad Housewife" states that it was bought as a scene from Moby Dick. When Bart is making caricatures, there is a red sign showing some of his drawings, but when he talks with "Nothing"
Stu, the sign is gone. The family is growing up in this episode (also the others) but remain the same voices.
This happened because the viewers wanted to see who the characters were.
Bart's voice is different at the end of the episode. This also happened in " Holidays of Future Passed". In the credits, the executive producers are Al Jean, James L. Brooks and Matt Groening, because the name Sam Simon is removed because of his death.
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