- The episode title is a pun on the 1992 movie The Crying Game.
- The "Reversal of Freedom Act of 1994" cited by the EPA Scientist may be a pun on the Freedom of Information Act.
- The "Reversal of Freedom Act of 1994" is actually a reference to the 'Endangered Species Act' which forces landowners to take care of any endangered animals that that take up residence in their land.
- Homer and Marge's insistence that the Man with the Braces murdered Myrna Bellamy is a reference to Richard Kimble's saying that the one-armed man is the real killer in the 1993 movie The Fugitive, which was based on the 1960s TV series.
- References from the 1999 movie The Green Mile:
- When Homer is on his way to the electric chair, the music in the background is from the movie's soundtrack.
- The prisoner who asks Homer to "Give me your hands, boss" and then threatens to kill him is a parody of John Coffey (played by the late Michael Clarke Duncan).
- Chief Wiggum sheds a tear after Homer is strapped into the electric chair, as does prison guard Dean Stanton at John Coffey's execution.
- The music is played again (briefly) just before the closing credits roll.
- The TV show Frame Up may be a reference to, and parody of, hidden camera prank reality shows, like Candid Camera and Punk'd.
- Homer is convicted of buggery. While meant to sound like a crime against insects, it is actually a British term for male homosexual intercourse, which, in Britain, was considered a crime.
- Homer reads to the screampillar and ends with "Once upon a time there were three little bears. The End."
- At the end of the episode, Bart claims he ate so much shrimp, but in "Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em," Skinner finds out that Bart has a shrimp allergy.
- The Simpson family would find themselves at odds with the EPA once again in The Simpsons Movie, but on a much bigger scale.
- Myrna Bellamy is seen wearing her necklace a few scenes after she is shown without the necklace.
- In this episode, Homer thinks about becoming a prison snitch. He actually becomes one in The Seven-Beer Snitch.
- This episode was originally going to be Season 13's finale, but FOX wanted "Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge" to be a 'bonus episode' of Season 13.
- When Homer first lifts up Mrs. Bellamy, the scissors aren't seen in her back.
- When the family is seen at church, Apu and Sanjay are both present. They are both Hindu and shouldn't be there.
- The people seen at Homer's execution are:
- Ned Flanders
- Mrs. Skinner
- Principal Skinner
- Patty and Selma
- the Man With Braces
- the Screaming Caterpillar
- Former President George H. W. Bush
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