The Food Wife
The Book Job
The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants

Cultural references

  • The title is a reference the 2008 British film The Bank Job.
  • Milhouse was seen holding a Barney the Dinosaur doll.
  • When Homer and Lisa are chasing T.R. Francis, three dinosaurs are seen smoking in a side room - this is an exact replica of a Far Side cartoon, "The Real Reason Dinosaurs went extinct".
  • When Homer Says "This Babar needs a Zephyr" to Bart, he is referencing the book/television series Babar the Elephant.
  • Shaun White: Snow Vampire is a reference to the Shaun White Snowboarding games.
  • The Bourne Continuation is a reference to the Jason Bourne book series.
  • Lisa views a video of a cat on the website MyTube, a parody of YouTube.
  • Homer says that Patty is also fluent in Dothraki and Parseltongue.
  • Bart says that Patty knows enough languages to choke a Hippogriff, a reference to the Harry Potter series.
  • "Allied Books" is a parody of Alloy Entertainment, publishers of young adult book franchises such as The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl, both turned into TV series.
  • Prince of Persia: Beverly Hills is a reference to Prince of Persia and Beverly Hills.
  • The Babysitters Club is a parody of The Baby-sitters Club book series.
  • Apparently, the trolls in The Troll Twins of Underbridge Academy replace many words with "trolly," a reference to The Smurfs.
  • The book Percy Sledge and the Olympians is a parody of Percy Jackson & the Olympians.
  • The book Booze Cruise of the Dawn Treader is a parody of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
  • The in-show title cards, music and recruiting methods for Homer's book writing group are an allusion to the 2001 film Ocean's Eleven starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Andy Garcia. Further references to the film include:
    • The head of TweenLit is modeled off Garcia's character in the Ocean's franchise, Terry Benedict.
    • Bart wears a suit similar to Brad Pitt's character, Rusty.
    • TweenLit's headquarters resembles the Bank Casino from Ocean's Thirteen.
  • The TweenLit CEO mentions R. L. Stine and the children's horror series Goosebumps when Lisa tells him her phony back story.
  • The dog who wrote a bestseller is possibly a reference to the Family Guy episode Brian Writes a Bestseller.
  • Sitting with Dinosaurs is a reference to the TV Show and Arena Tour "Walking With Dinosaurs."


  • This is the second episode in a row not to have an opening sequence.
  • The Male Golem from "Treehouse of Horror XVII" is seen in an intended mock up for Twilight.
  • The Steve Hely novel How I Became A Famous Novelist, which also revolves around writing a commercially successful pastiche novel solely for personal gain, is being offered at the Springfield Book Fair.
  • This episode technically breaks the fourth wall, as one of the titles says "The Commercials" moments before the commercial break.
  • This is the second time someone thinks Moe is a troll. The first was in Marge Gamer. also, in both situations, he technically proves to be a troll (living under a bridge/bleeding green).


  • T. R. Francis was depicted in "The Haw-Hawed Couple" as an old lady. In this episode, she is middle-aged.
  • The people at Sitting with Dinosaurs move places several times.
  • During the scenes with The Crew in the TweenLit Inc. headquarters, the times on their watches change frequently.
  • When the TweenLit Inc. publisher is talking about the audio book, the shade of white on his coat changes.
  • Lisa had no backpack in the dinosaur show, but in the gift shop and talking to T.R. Francis, she has one, and when she's sitting in front of her camarin, her backpack is gone again.
  • The Allosaurus head looks more like a Tyrannosaurus'.

Season 22 Season 23 References/Trivia Season 24
The Falcon and the D'ohmanBart Stops to Smell the RooseveltsTreehouse of Horror XXIIReplaceable YouThe Food WifeThe Book JobThe Man in the Blue Flannel PantsThe Ten-Per-Cent SolutionHolidays of Future PassedPolitically Inept, with Homer SimpsonThe D'oh-cial NetworkMoe Goes from Rags to RichesThe Daughter Also RisesAt Long Last LeaveExit Through the Kwik-E-MartHow I Wet Your MotherThem, RobotBeware My Cheating BartA Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do AgainThe Spy Who Learned MeNed 'N Edna's BlendLisa Goes Gaga
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