New Kids on the Blecch
Hungry, Hungry Homer
Bye Bye Nerdie

Cultural references

  • Blockoland is a parody of Legoland.
  • Also, in the first car ride home, Bart refers to his Blocko shirt as a "Lego shirt, and Marge corrects him.
  • The ghost of César Chávez visits Homer during his hunger strike, but takes the appearance of Cesar Romero, because Homer doesn't know what Chavez looks like.
  • The scene where Bart sees Homer lying on top of the doghouse is a direct reference to Charlie Brown and Snoopy (both from Peanuts). Bart even utters Charlie Brown's signature line "Good Grief".
  • The title is a self-reference to the game, Hungry Hungry Hippos. Coincidentally, one of the hippos in the game is named Homer.
  • When Kent Brockman says that Mr. Duff is insisting that Homer is a liar, they show footage of Homer with his pants on fire. This is a nod to the classic chant, Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire.
  • When Marge gets streaks in her hair, it resembles the Bride of Frankenstein's hair; tall white with two black streaks.
  • The name of the barbershop Hairy Shearers is a reference to, and pun on, voice actor Harry Shearer, who voices Mr. Burns, Mr Smithers, Dr Hibbert Reverend Lovejoy, Ned Flanders, and other characters.
  • Homer's attempt to alert the press of the move by showing them a room of evidence, only to find nothing incriminating is found, is a likely reference to the film Moonraker, where James Bond discovers that Hugo Drax is operating a secret lab and making a deadly nerve gas. When Bond takes the Mi6 chief and Sir Frederick Gray to investigate the lab, Bond finds it has been replaced with Drax's study.


  • Homer's "Dancing Away My Hunger Pangs" song was actually ad-libbed by Dan Castellaneta.
  • Duffman mentions that Homer was once sent to a looney bin ('Stark Raving Dad').
  • The real-life minor league baseball team Albuquerque Isotopes take their name from this episode.


  • "Veggie" is misspelled as "vegie".
  • While he and Milhouse are walking over to Homer, the brim of Kirk Van Houten's hat switches from red to white for a frame.
  • Duffman's first name (Sid) was mentioned here, even though "Pygmoelian" established that Duffman's real name was Larry. In "Jaws Wired Shut", it's revealed that Duffman has been played by multiple actors (as each actor who has played Duffman has died, hence the line, "Duffman can never die; only the actors who play him) and "Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play" reveals that, much like mall Santas, there are multiple Duffmen working, but it's kept a secret so as not to disillusion children.

Alternate Versions

  • On American TV, the original ending in which the Mayor of Albuquerque decides not to buy the Springfield Isotopes and instead buys the Dallas Cowboys was edited in reruns, making the episode end with Homer celebrating the end of his hunger strike. Overseas airings, the season 12 DVD set and broadcasts on FXX have the original ending uncut and uncensored.

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