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  • Homer's car is green

    Homer's car is green in this episode, rather than the usual pink.
  • There is a hedge around the Flanders' yard in this episode, instead of a fence.
  • Marge's pearls are white

    The Simpsons' carpet is pink in this episode.
  • Marge's necklace is white when Homer throws their wedding photo in the trash and she enters the room, but turns back to its normal red color when she picks it up.
  • The person at the front of the ticket queue (presumably a scalper), bought 30,000 tickets but there would be a limit to how many tickets one person could purchase.
  • Incorrect layering with Ned's torso

    Maude says that Rod and Todd aren't allowed to eat sugar however if you don't eat enough sugar you will get Hypoglycemia, which can cause death.
  • When Moe grabs Ned Flanders at the bar, Ned's torso is drawn over the beer mugs that are supposed to be in front of him. Also, his torso goes through the man behind him.
  • One of the squares on Homer's shirt is orange when it should be green

    When Homer is complaining about volunteering at the soup kitchen, one of the green squares on his shirt turns orange for a frame.
  • When Homer imagines getting himself a wig modeled after Marge's trademark hairstyle after Bart pranked him, Homer in his imagination chuckles and says he doesn't need Marge anymore now that he can mimic her perfectly. In "Secrets of a Successful Marriage", however, it's revealed that Homer literally depends on Marge to survive and is incapable of taking care of himself.
  • Ned gets disturbed by Homer breathing through his nose during prayer and Ned shouts "BREATHE THROUGH YOUR DAMN MOUTH!!!" at him, but in the Season 8 episode "Hurricane Neddy", Ned mentions to the Lord that he doesn't swear.

Cultural References

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day: When Homer chases the Flanders as they try to escape in their car, he holds the golf clubs the same way as the T-1000 had shaped its arms. This then leads to Homer using the clubs to grab a hold of the car in the same manner as the T-1000. The scene where Homer walks through the hedges is also similar to the scene where the T-1000 walks through a barred door.
  • Vertigo: The scene where Flanders is walking up the square staircase is a reference to the bell tower from the Hitchcock film Vertigo.
  • 1966 University of Texas Shooting: When Flanders, during a dream sequence, begins to shoot citizens at random from the vantage point of a clock tower, he is mirroring the 1966 actions of real life mass shooter Charles Whitman.
    • The Deadly Tower: It was also based on the events of the film The Deadly Tower, which was itself based on the event listed above.
    • The postman that returns fire is based on the spate of workplace violence incidents happening at the US Postal Service at the time.[1]
  • The Ten Commandments: Chief Wiggum's line "Where's your messiah now?" is the same line said by Edward G. Robinson in the film.


  • When Homer changes the radio station, "I've Got Two Tickets to Paradise" by Eddie Money plays, so naturally, Homer sings along and copies the guitar riff.
  • While driving in his car, Homer is listening to Bobby McFerrin latest song entitled "I'm Worried (Need Money)" a spoof of McFerrin's late 1980s one-hit wonder, "Don't Worry (Be Happy)."
  • The scene were Homer enters the bush to leave Ned's garage became a popular internet meme, often retouched to show Homer wearing the colors of one team, then reemerging wearing the colors of another. It was even parodied in Family Guy's "Coma Guy" episode; where during one of Peter's hallucinations, it showed him and Homer going in and out of the bush while saying "meme" and "not a meme". Dan Castellaneta reprises his role in the scene.
  • This is one of the few times where Ned expresses anger with Homer.
  • This was the first episode to deal with the "reset button" theory.
  • During the scene in which Homer scorns Flanders as usual, there's a caption at the bottom saying "Thursday 8:00 PM", it references the original start time and date for Simpsons episodes before FOX moved it to Sundays.
  • The soup kitchen that Flanders takes Homer to is called Helter Shelter. The name is a reference to the non-fiction book Helter Skelter that documented the Manson Family murders of the '70s. The same name is also used as a title to an episode in the 14th season.
  • The portrait the Flanders have in their living room is Leonardo di Vinci's The Last Supper.
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