Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass
Pranksta Rap
There's Something About Marrying


  • TV Guide initially reported that Dave Chapelle would guest star in this episode.
  • Early reports said that Bart had recorded a song with 50 Cent, but no such song appears in the episode.
  • "Burns, Baby Burns" also featured a phony kidnapping.
  • Bart says, "Homer you completely sold me out," and looks at a picture of Homer falling down a cliff, a reference to the episode "Bart the Daredevil".
  • This is the second episode where a television remote ends up in Santa's Little Helper's mouth. The first was "Bart's Dog Gets an F".

Cultural References

  • The rapper Alcatraaz is a parody of Southern Rapper Ludacris due to his extatic character, faint resemblance to Luda, and gangsta like tendencies (such as when he said he was going to go "murder his enemies")
  • The clock necklace seen in the footage of the rap concert is a part of Flava Flav's iconic stage costume. However, he does not set it to the actual time, and instead sets it to 3, 6, 9 or 12 o'clock to represent something (for example, 12 o'clock is "straight up").
  • The jokes about Kirk getting trailer time with Springfield's craziest chicks is a reference to the many jailed serial killers (such as Susan Smith) who have placed ads looking for a partner and gotten thousands of responses.
  • 50 Cent asking about if giving advice to Bart counted as community service (it doesn't) is a reference to his criminal record before finding success in hip-hop.
  • Chief Wiggum calls Bart "Bratty Hearst" after Bart asks Wiggum not to arrest Kirk Van Houten. This name is a reference to Patty Hearst, the newspaper heiress who was kidnapped in 1974 and who eventually bonded with her captors, famously helping them in the armed robbery of a bank.
  • Barney Fife from the Andy Griffith Show talking directly to Chief Wiggum from black-and-white TV was parody of 1998 film Pleasantville which starred Don Knotts who also performed the role of Barney Fife.


  • As Chief Wiggum says "Questions?" and pulls off his napkin the shaving cream on his face instantly disappears.
  • Chief Wiggum tells Barney Fife that his "fat" has grown over his badge. He demonstrates this by lifting the fat so the viewers can see the police badge. However, in the next scene viewers can easily see the badge without Wiggum lifting up his fat.
  • Lisa says "the truth can't be swept under the rug" but in Lisa the Iconoclast she preserves the lie of Jebediah Springfield due to it making everyone happier. Judge Snyder also preserves the lie of Principal Skinner’s identity in The Principal and the Pauper as it also made everyone happy (coincidently both lies involved both Jedediah Springfield and Principal Skinner having different names to begin with).
  • Homer is watching the Seminoles (most likely Florida State) but then the TV says that it is Sunday. College football is never played on Sunday which is reserved for pro football.

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Treehouse of Horror XVAll's Fair in Oven WarSleeping with the EnemyShe Used to Be My GirlFat Man and Little BoyMidnight RxMommie BeerestHomer and Ned's Hail Mary PassPranksta RapThere's Something About MarryingOn a Clear Day I Can't See My SisterGoo Goo Gai PanMobile HomerThe Seven-Beer SnitchFuture-DramaDon't Fear the RooferThe Heartbroke KidA Star is TornThank God It's DoomsdayHome Away from HomerThe Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star
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