"The Jazz Hole" may be a reference to New York City jazz club "Birdland" which is in a basement, named for saxophonist Charlie Parker. It may also be a play on words; the archaic spelling for "jazz" is "jass" ("The Jass Hole").
The background noise of the arcade is the music from the Tetris arcade machine.
The controllers being used on Bart's video game system resemble Atari 2600 joysticks, but the graphics on the TV would suggest a newer model console. Also the game being played, Slugfest, is quite similar to the Nintendo game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
This is the first episode in the series to have a subplot.
There is Glum toothpaste in the bathroom, another word for sad. Also, a possible parody of Gleem toothpaste.
Lisa's school band is practicing the song “My Country, 'Tis of Thee”; however, it should be noted that it is also “God Save the Queen”, which is the British National Anthem.
Lisa finds Bleeding Gums Murphy on the same bridge Homer was going to jump off in order to commit suicide. She is later seen crying at the bridge after Murphy's death in "'Round Springfield".
Prank Call number 2: Bart calls Moe's Tavern and asks for Jacques, last name Strap. Moe's response: "When I find you I am going to gut you like a fish and drink your blood."
Despite first appearing in Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, Snowball II appears in this episode and this episode aired two episodes before that episode originally. It's possible that this episode takes place after Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire. The same thing happened in The Telltale Head.
This episode is the first time Lisa cries.
It's more likely Marge unplugged the video game, but on the screen, it looks like a TV turning off.
This is the first episode to have Lisa's name somewhere in the title.
There is an internet Creepypasta that says that this episode code (7G06) was originally from another episode which is called "Dead Bart". There is no substance to the story, as Creepypastas are only internet urban legends designed to unnerve, disturb, elicit a negative emotional response from, and scare the reader. The supposed image of Bart dead is actually Homer's face melting from Brother from the Same Planet.