The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star
The Bonfire of the Manatees
The Girl Who Slept Too Little


  • At the beginning, the football game that Homer was watching was the Denver Broncos vs. the Seattle Seahawks. Both teams met in Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014, but instead of Denver beating Seattle, Seattle beat Denver 43-8.
  • Carl has a tattoo of Foghorn Leghorn on his right thigh, with Carl even asking if he can cover it up with a bandage and claim that his character had previously suffered a stab injury to avoid a potential copyright infringement lawsuit for the film.
  • This episode was rated TV-14 on American TV (most likely for the torture scene).
  • The film Lemony Lick-it's A Series of Horny Events is an obvious parody of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
  • Louie, Fat Tony and Legs -- after Homer foolishly asked them if they weren't the Gay Mafia -- smash both of Homer's hands with two hammers in rage. The Italian Mafia has strict rules against homosexuality, with the guilty member often being put to death.
  • The title of this episode comes from the 1987 novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, a book written by Tom Wolfe.
  • The film Carl mentions "Fahrenheit 9 on 1" is a reference to the novel Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore.
  • Homer does the "Outhouse gag" which Abe did in the episode, "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)".
  • This is the first episode where we actually see a human vomiting, in other episodes it's hidden.
  • At Santa's Village, Bart asks Santa, "Whatcha reading Santa?" Santa replies, Tom Clancy's Op-Center. In "Sweets and Sour Marge," it's revealed that this is Moe's favorite book.
  • This episode was aired 4 years after the 9/11 attack.


  • In the scenes at Moe's Tavern, Homer' beer cup changes height between shots.
  • When Moe gives Homer the tickets, he gives him three. But when Homer gives Marge the tickets, he gives her four.
  • When Bart asks Marge why the doctors put a blanket over Santa's head, Maggie disappears.
  • Homer left the door open. But in the close-up of him and Bart after Marge leaves, the door is closed.
  • Caleb throws his shirt at the sand. But when Marge saw him as he saves the manatee, the shirt is not on the sand.
  • The cable of the telephone in the cab changes length between shots.
  • One of the manatees vomits on the sea. But in the next scene, the vomit is gone.
  • At the end, some water that is dropping on the floor disappears immediately.
  • Manatees aren't called dugongs. Dugongs are a different species that are related to manatees, but live in the ocean.
    • Technically, the animals featured should've been dugongs instead of manatees.

Season 16 Season 17 References/Trivia Season 18
The Bonfire of the ManateesThe Girl Who Slept Too LittleMilhouse of Sand and FogTreehouse of Horror XVIMarge's Son PoisoningSee Homer RunThe Last of the Red Hat MamasThe Italian BobSimpsons Christmas StoriesHomer's Paternity CootWe're on the Road to D'oh-whereMy Fair LaddyThe Seemingly Never-Ending StoryBart Has Two MommiesHomer Simpson, This is Your WifeMillion-Dollar AbieKiss Kiss Bang BangaloreThe Wettest Stories Ever ToldGirls Just Want to Have SumsRegarding MargieThe Monkey SuitMarge and Homer Turn a Couple Play
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