This episode is revealed that Homer wanted to be a policeman because he was too dumb, which is ironic since A: Chief Wiggum is an idiot like himself and B: ten seasons later Homer became a police officer and did a better job than Chief Wiggum. It is also revealed he wanted to join the army but was too heavy, when in G.I. (Annoyed Grunt), he tries to join the army, but it is his stupidity that is keeping him from succeeding. Interestingly, in Two Dozen and One Greyhounds, it was revealed that Homer was in the Army prior to marrying Marge.
This is one of two episodes in Season 3 to have Lisa acting indifferent to a Bart's service, first in When Flanders Failed, in which he gets beaten up by bullies in exchange of her sax. In that episode, his boastfulness about understanding karate caught up with him, and Lisa remarks he ironically got what he deserved. In this episode, Bart undeservedly assumes guilt for one of Lisa's misdeeds, yet she does not so much as thank him for taking the rap.
The school has a closet full of confiscated items. Legally, the school would be obligated to return the items at the end of the day, as permanent confiscation is theft.
Snake's car got stuck between two walls, but some scenes later, Bart and Chief Wiggum are walking beside the car, where one of the walls should be.
In some scenes, the school is purple, but in others, its color changes to yellow.
Lisa's flippant remark of "Whaddaya got?" to Principal Skinner imitates Marlon Brando in the film The Wild One.
Bart's fantasy of being a drifter and remarking that he was banished from a town by a sheriff is similar to the film First Blood, which revolves around the fact that the film's protagonist, John Rambo, was banished from the town of Hope, Washington on account of the fact he was scruffy, long-haired, and sheriff Will Teasle did not want his kind in the location.
The scene where Snake nearly runs down Bart is loosely based on the 1983 film Christine.