Friends and Family
The Town
Treehouse of Horror XXVII

Cultural References

  • Patriot Games, the former name of this episode, is the name of a Tom Clancy novel. It is also the name of a Family Guy episode.
  • The team Boston Americans are a direct parody of the New England Patriots.
  • The Americans QB is a parody of Tom Brady, the coach is a parody of Bill Belichick, Domp Bonkowski is a parody of Rob Gronkowski, the mascot is a parody of Pat Patriot, and the scandals are parodies of headsets and Spygate respectively.
  • Boston Americans is the former name of the Boston Red Sox baseball team.
  • The song "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphys is mentioned twice in this episode:
    • It is sung by the a cappella group at the school's detention and during the episode's credits.
    • Bart says "It's time for me to ship out of Boston!"
  • The song The Man in Me by Bob Dylan plays when the Simpsons are enjoying candlepin bowling.
  • The movie The Departed is mentioned a few times in this episode.
  • Bart (wearing a blue cap) is intimidated by Apu and Sideshow Mel (wearing red clothes). This is a reference to the rivalry between the gangs Crips (identified by their blue clothing) and the Bloods (identified by their red clothing).
  • When Homer says that The Springfield Atoms were relocated from Portland, it could be a knock at the Indianapolis Colts, which used to be located in Baltimore. Plus, Homer refers that the atoms moved to Springfield from Portland in the middle of the night, like how the Colts moved to Indianapolis from Baltimore after hours.
  • After the 2017 Super Bowl, a rerun of this episode aired, with a small Easter egg where the score was changed to 34-28, due to the actual Super Bowl score being 34-28. The episode was also aired due to the Patriots winning, and the team originating from Boston.

Regional references to the Massachusetts area:


  • The tunnel scene was slightly edited:
    • Homer's line went from "Delicious, delicious rage." to "I've never loved hating anything so much!"
    • Smog was added to the background.
  • This episode aired on the Pacific Coast at 9:12pm PT due to overtime of the second 2016 Presidential Debate, and other leadout programs airing first.
  • Conan O'Brien is in the parade crowd along with Cheers characters Carla, Norm and Cliff.
  • This is the first Season 28 episode to not have the Couch Gag, Billboard Gag, and the Chalkboard Gag.
  • This is the first Season 28 episode to use the very short opening sequence from "The Ned-liest Catch" and several episodes of Seasons 23 and 24.


  • When the family was stuck in traffic inside the tunnel, there was a blue truck behind Homer's green Station wagon, but after the townie throws a cup inside their car, there is a car behind them.
  • The Boston Americans' mascot had no helmet, meaning that he wouldn't be allowed to participate in the play even if he is one of the players.
  • Homer apparently first learns of candlepin bowling in this episode, despite previously making reference to it in "My Mother the Carjacker".

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