The Bonfire of the Manatees
The Girl Who Slept Too Little
Milhouse of Sand and Fog


  • Homer acknowledging his mental acumen and memory may be affected by his numerous head injuries.
  • This is one of the rare episodes to feature the rumpus room.
  • This episode was dedicated to James "Jamie" O'Brien, who died in the year of the airing of this episode.



Cultural References

  • The title is reminiscent of the 1956 movie The Man Who Knew Too Much starring James Stewart and Doris Day, and more recently, the 1997 movie The Man Who Knew Too Little starring Bill Murray. This is the third time this title has been parodied. The first two being "The Boy Who Knew Too Much" and "The Dad Who Knew Too Little".
  • The book The Land of the Wild Beasts is a parody of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, right down to the artwork.
  • The stamp museum sign "The Fathers (and mothers) of Invention" is a reference to Frank Zappa's first band, The Mothers of Invention.
  • The Simpsons visit a stamp museum featuring stamp posters of Frederick Ives, Katherine Blodgett, Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray, with audio statements about their inventions.
  • The advertising campaign Bart and Lisa watch in the theatre mentioned above is for a restaurant called "The Hillside Wrangler", a parody of Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono who were called the Hillside Stranglers. Part of the Eisenhower Expressway is also called the Hillside Strangler.
  • When Lisa finds Dr. Nick in the cemetery, he puts four severed arms around his body and says, "I'm not Dr. Nick, I am Dr. Octopus!", a reference to Dr. Octopus, the super-villain of the Spider-Man series. Also, he speaks some lines referencing the series, mentioning Spidey (Spider-Man) and Mary Jane Watson. The comment about the upside down kiss references the 2002 Spiderman movie. 
  • Maggie is watching the Count on Sesame Street.
  • During the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon, Scratchy attends the musical Cats and finds the show so boring that he shoots himself in the head.
  • Lisa says she learned from Scooby-Doo that the only thing to fear are crooked real estate developers. This is a reference to the show's frequent plotline of the ghosts not being real, but staged by unscrupulous individuals for financial gain; for example, lowering property values in order to buy up real estate at a bargain price and later turn a profit by developing and reselling it.
  • The song at the beginning is "Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire.
  • Binky from Matt Groening's "Life in Hell" is seen in the itchy and scratchy cartoon.
  • The song that plays on Chief Wiggum's walkman is a riff inspired by Glen Campbell Southern Nights. This was confirmed by Raymond Persi in a Youtube comment, who directed the episode. [1]


  • How did Marge and Homer get into the cemetery when it was locked before?


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