Lisa the Skeptic
Realty Bites
Miracle on Evergreen Terrace


  • This is the last speaking role of Lionel Hutz, one year before Phil Hartman's death in 1998.
  • This episode marks the first appearances of Gil Gunderson and of Cookie Kwan. Gil would, ironically, sometimes take over Hutz's role of defending the Simpsons in court in subsequent episodes, such as "The Frying Game".
  • Originally, the piano wire was supposed to cut Kirk's sandwich, until George Meyer suggested that the gag would be funnier if Kirk's arm was sliced off instead. This scene is often edited out in syndication, making the final scene where Kirk is in the unemployment line with his arm in a sling confusing, as viewers never saw him get injured.
  • Among the people at the unemployment office are Larry Burns, Lurleen Lumpkin (who still looks messed up like she did in "Marge vs. the Monorail" due to her downward career spiral), Kirk Van Houten (with his arm in a sling from the piano wire scene), George Bush from "Two Bad Neighbors," and the George Meyer-esque writer who got fired for objecting to adding Poochie to the Itchy and Scratchy cartoons on "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show".
  • The murder house is modeled after the Bates home in Alfred Hitchcock's movie Psycho.
  • Johnny D's prison uniform number is "5F06," which is the production code for this episode. In addition, the number on Snake's prison uniform is "7F20;" this is the production code for the episode "The War of the Simpsons" which was the episode Snake first appeared in.
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  • Snake Jailbirds car that Homer buys at the police auction is a 68 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible (Apu has a 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am T-top).
  • The music during the Bandit: Snake-Homer fight was previously used in Separate Vocations during Bart's police chase and later used briefly in the motorbike chase in Treehouse of Horror XIV's segment Reaper Madness.
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    George H. W. Bush is seen at the unemployment office, supposedly picking up a unemployment check. In fact, as a former president, Bush would've been eligible to collect a pension under the Former Presidents Act.
  • Ned Flanders screams like a little girl about the purple curtains in the murder house. The fact that he screams like this is established in Bart of Darkness when Bart thinks Ned killed Maude.

Cultural References

  • The title is a reference to "Reality Bites."
  • Homer sings Suzanne Vega's song "Luka."
  • The Magna Carta Song is a parody of "Camptown Races."
  • When Snake is setting up the wire, both the wire's brand, which can be seen on the box by the tree, which reads "ACME PIANO WIRE", and his general behavior may be a reference to the famous Looney Tunes character Wile E. Coyote and his continuous attempt to catch The Road Runner.
  • Rod saying "Red room, red room" is a reference to "Red rum" ("murder" backwards) from "The Shining". A similar thing happened in "Brother from the Same Planet" with Milhouse saying "Trab pu kcip", "Pick up Bart" backwards.

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