Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song
The Boy Who Knew Too Much
Lady Bouvier's Lover


  • Matt Groening is the court-appointed artist.
  • When Bart is running away from Principal Skinner, one of the scenes is of Bart running down a hill, which was reused and mirror-flipped from the Season 4 premiere "Kamp Krusty".
  • Also, when Bart is running away from Principal Skinner, one of the scenes is of Bart running across a field to a wall, which was reused from Season 3 episode "Dog Of Death".
  • This is the first episode to feature Bart's "Li'l Bastard" prank kit. Here he uses the "Li'l Bastard Clock-Tampering Kit".
  • There is "El Barto" graffiti outside the courthouse.
  • The sign outside Quimby's house says, "Thursday Is Ladies' Night."
  • Bart catches a fish while lying near the river.
  • The Rat Trap Delivery truck that the waiter falls into has the date "Since 1989" written on the side, which is a reference to the year The Simpsons first premiered.
  • Bart apparently is capable of reading minds, due to Skinner mentally threatening Bart from the jury box.
  • Bart misspells Abraham Lincoln's surname as "L-I-N-C-O-N," missing the silent 'L'.
  • Freddy Quimby drives a Fox-body, presumably a late 1980s/early 1990s Ford Mustang convertible.
  • This is the second time Bart cleared someone of a crime he didn’t do. The first being Krusty in Krusty Gets Busted when Sideshow Bob framed him.


  • The title is a reference to the Alfred Hitchcock film The Man Who Knew Too Much.
  • More similarities between Rainier Wolfcastle and the man on which he is based, Arnold Schwarzenegger, are revealed in this episode, including:
    • Both have wives named Maria.
      • On a related note, this also is a reference to the Kennedys, as Maria Shriver, Schwarzenegger's former wife, is related to the Kennedys, and Maria, Rainier's wife, is implied to be related to the Quimbys.
    • Both drive a Humvee.
    • Bart also tells Wolfcastle his last movie "sucked," while Chief Wiggum says, "Magic ticket, my ass, McBain!" These are references to the critically panned Schwarzenegger film Last Action Hero .
  • The scene featuring Principal Skinner chasing Bart (both the music and animation) is based on the Gunslinger's chase of Peter Martin from the film Westworld.
  • The plot of the episode is based on the movie 12 Angry Men.
  • The chalkboard gag is a reference to a song from 1976 film Bugsy Malone.
  • Bart's fantasy, is based on Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. His fantasy also features Abraham Lincoln.
  • Skinner picking up the cigar butt in the hotel room with an umbrella references the opening credits of The Odd Couple.
  • In the court, Homer sings the jingle for Meow Mix cat food in his head.
  • Homer watches the "director's cut" of Free Willy, which features Willy the whale crushing Jesse to death.
  • Freddy Quimby's lawyer uses the Blue-Haired Lawyer's voice, but has a completely different character design.  In the DVD commentary, the participants call him "Burns's Lawyer" without adressing the design change at all.
  • Mr. Lacoste, the clumsy waiter, voiced by Hank Azaria, is an homage to Peter Sellers's Pink Panther film series character, Jacques Clouseau, the Inspector of the Paris, France Police Department.
  • Bart hides from Skinner under a green blanket in a convertible, a reference to Back to the Future Part II.
  • The character McGarnagle appears to be a spoof of the Clint Eastwood character 'Harry Callahan' from the 'Dirty Harry' film franchise.  
  • The police chief in McGarnagle speaks like and resembles Dennis Franz's character Andy Sipowicz from NYPD Blue. Franz would later play himself (portraying Homer in a movie) in the episode Homer Badman.


  • There are pencils and Bart's nameplate on his desk, but when he stands up, they aren't there.
  • Bart's lip sync is off when he says, "The system works. Just ask Klaus von Bulow."

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