Cultural References

  • The episode's title is a reference to Helen of Troy.
  • When Milhouse makes peace with his Shelbyville namesake, he says, "So this is what it feels like when doves cry," which is a reference to the song "When Doves Cry" by Prince.
  • Bart's plan to have the Shelbyvillians tow Ned's RV into the impound lot is reminiscent of the Trojan Horse strategy by which the Greeks defeated Troy in the Trojan War. In fact, when sneaking out of the RV, Homer stated, "I bet no one else in history has thought of something this clever!".


  • Lisa says that town pride has been going downhill ever since the lake caught fire. Pollution in the lake also causes problems for Springfield in The Simpsons Movie.
  • Ned's RV appears for the second time.
  • This may be a reference to the Troy Lemon law firm in Ohio.

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