Homer mentions his ten-year ban from the water park, which could be a reference to what happened to him on "Brush With Greatness" when he got stuck on the water slide and the ride had to be shut down and taken apart in order to rescue Homer.
The part where Bart steals the tank is a reference to the Shawn Nelson incident in San Diego, California on May 17, 1995, where Nelson broke into a US National Guard Armory and stole a tank, which led to a rampage where he destroyed cars, RVs, fire hydrants, traffic lights, and utility poles, as well as attempting to destroy a pedestrian bridge before getting stuck on a concrete divider on California Highway 163. The incident ended when an officer shot Nelson before Nelson could break the tank free from the concrete divider.
The Fire Safety Day slogan, "Learn, Baby, Learn", is a reference to 'Burn, Baby, Burn', the catchphrase of R&B disc jockey Nathaniel 'Magnificent' Montague, which became associated with the Watts riots of 1965. Montague himself subsequently changed the phrase to "Learn, Baby, Learn".
When trying to introduce the schoolchildren to the Fire Safety skit, Principal Skinner briefly mentioned that one of the helpful things that fire can do is, "raining fire on Charlie" which is referring to the frequent dropping napalm on the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
On their date, Marge and Homer see the movie "Showgirls" at the Aztec Theater.
The T-shirt in the army barracks, which reads "I went to the Persian Gulf and all I got was this lousy syndrome", is a reference to Gulf War Syndrome.
Bart's Ritalin song at the end is a parody of the theme song sung at the conclusion of the Popeye animated shorts.
Nelson's reaction when he thinks about violence or a girl while wearing the shock collar may be a reference to "A Clockwork Orange".
The turkish word for whats your matter is "Senin neyin var? Derdin ne?" or "Sana ne oldu?" but actually the pronounciation is wrong when its Neh-Yeen -Warh Dherdh een neh? They pronounce neh-yinn warht Therd-inn neh. (Also Neyin var? Derdin ne? is usable and its the used one in this episode.)
Mr. Burns makes a reference to the 1898 Spanish-American War by saying, 'Leave it to the Democrats to let the Spaniards in the pantry again.'
When the family gets in Bart's room to find him wrapped in tin foil and with a garbage can lid on his head, a door slam is heard after Bart says to close it. When the camera angle changes, though, the door is clearly open.
In the couch gag, the animators forget to outline the eyes of Marge and Homer.
For one scene at the site where the crowd gathers to see the fallen satellite, Bernice Hibbert can be seen with yellow skin briefly.
The car that Krusty and the other clowns are inside is decorated with orange stars and pink spots during most shots. However, in the shot when Krusty is shown from behind, the stars are purple and there do not appear to be any spots.
The Springfield Elementary School gym was never in a separate building prior to this episode. However a separate gym building could have been constructed since then.