Smart and Smarter
The Ziff Who Came to Dinner
Co-Dependent's Day

Cultural references

  • The episode title is a pun on the film The Man Who Came to Dinner.
  • The educational film Powers of Ten is parodied in the couch gag.
  • The song sung by the rappers in Phineas Q. Butterfat's parodies the 1979 song Rapper's Delight.
  • Artie Ziff's company going bust and cheating its shareholders is reminiscent of Enron and its downfall.
  • The scene where Lisa holds the camera to her face and starts tearfully apologizing before running out of the attic is a parody of a scene in the The Blair Witch Project.
  • The book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is referenced when Lisa tells Artie that Homer believes the chocolate factory is real and searches for it.
  • The pamphlet "What Would Jesus View" (a reference to the saying "what would Jesus do?") is made by Michael Medved, a conservative radio host and movie critic.
  • The patron's "Hello, handsome" greeting to Ziff is similar to the popular children's cartoon series Animaniacs; it similar to one of the show's main characters named after the Warner sibling's famous line, "Hello Nurse!"
  • References in the film The Re-Deadening:
    • The idea of a doll with button eyes is a parody of the book Coraline.
    • The movie is most likely a parody of Dolly Dearest, which is a horror movie about a possessed doll.
    • Village of the Damned, Child's Play, and The Others are also parodied in the plot.
    • The music of The Re-Deadening parodies the music played in "Rosemary's Baby."

Now Playing at Googolplex Theatres

In addition to The Re-Deadening, the movies being shown or advertised at the Googoplex Theatres are as follows:

  • "The Wild Dingleberries Movie," which is a parody of "The Wild Thornberrys Movie."
  • "3 Fast 3 Furious," which is a parody of "2 Fast 2 Furious."
  • "The Fashion of the Christ," which is a parody of "The Passion of the Christ."
  • "A Kiss Before Boring," which is a parody of "A Kiss Before Dying."
  • "Ghost Frat," which is a parody of "Ghost Rat."
  • "From Justin to Kelly 4," which is a fictional sequel to the 2000s flop film "From Justin to Kelly."
  • "Eating Nemo," which is a parody of "Finding Nemo."
  • "Teenage Sex Wager," which is a parody of the 1990s raunchy teen film, "American Pie."
  • "My Big Fat Greek Salad," which is a parody of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
  • "Freddy vs. Jason vs. The Board of Education," which parodies "Freddy vs. Jason" and the Supreme Court case Brown vs. the Board of Education.
  • "Return to Ape Valley," which parodies "Return to the Planet of the Apes."
  • "A Matrix Christmas" and "You're in the Matrix, Charlie Brown," which parodies "The Matrix" and "Peanuts".
  • "The Unwatchable Hulk," which parodies "The Incredible Hulk."
  • "The Pianist Goes Hawaiian", which parodies "The Pianist" and "Gidget Goes Hawaiian".



  • Artie said his company got taken away, and that would mean that he didn't own the company anymore. The SWAT Team should have known that.(Whether he owned the company still or not he would still be liable for crimes committed by him or the company while he did)
  • While Homer had won 98% of Ziffcorp shares, it was not yet official and therefore legally had no connection to the company.
  • Artie actually had a straight flush (2 through 6 of diamonds), which should have beaten Homer's four of a kind.

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