Bart is sad as he writes "We'll really miss you Mrs. K" on the chalkboard, referring to the real-world passing of her voice actress, Marcia Wallace, just nine days before the premiere of this episode. At the end of the episode is a dedication to her, with Edna saying, "Ha!"
On the Australian broadcast of this episode on channel 10, and some American broadcasts, The ending was a tribute to Chip Davis and his "Appearances" on previous episodes.
Several people drawn in Mr. Burns's sketchpad are: Hemingway (A stick person fisher), Picasso (Stick person doing cubism, an art form Picasso was known for), Matador Juan Belmonte (a stick person bullfighter with the thought bubble Uh-oh) and Stalin (Unlike the others he's drawn the way he actually appears instead of as a stick figure). Mr. Burns comments "That man could really put pressure on you".
The last time the Springfield Police department S.W.A.T. officers showed complete inability to shoot their rifles correctly was in "The Homer of Seville".
When Marge is talking about her pregnancy in church, Kirk, behind her, has grey hair.
During the funeral, the characters sometimes switch seat spots.