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Cultural References

  • Krusty's film adaptation of the fictional novel The Sands of Space is based on several sci-fi film flops from the 1970s and 1980s. The most obvious parallel is to the attempts to adapt the Frank Herbert novel Dune. Krusty's film has several similarities to the failed attempt by Alejandro Jodorowsky from the mid-1970s, as well as the 1984 film Dune directed by David Lynch. Zardoz and Krull were also cited as inspirations for the plot.
  • The episode also obliquely references Jerry Lewis' failed vanity project The Day the Clown Cried (1972) .
  • The director is a reference to Roger Corman, who not only worked on low-budget films but was initially offered the job of directing Dune before Jodorowsky.
  • One of the movie posters at the studio is for Pope and a Half, a reference to the 1993 film Cop and a Half.
  • The El Bozo Loco theater is a parody of the El Pollo Loco restaurant chain.
  • The episode is dedicated in memory of Trista H. Navarro.


  • The title of this episode is a reference the Robert Evans memoir and its documentary adaptation "The Kid Stays in the Picture".
  • The podcast episode numbers are numbered after Season 30 episodes of The Simpsons (YABF05, YABF06, etc.)
  • Homer plays the role of a Krusty stunt double in the production of The Sands of Space (Homer played Krusty in "Homie the Clown" after going to clown school).
  • This episode was rated TV-14 while it was rated TV-PG on Disney+.


  • In one scene, Herman has both of his arm, but later while handling TNT, he has only one.

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