Monty Can't Buy Me Love
They Saved Lisa's Brain
Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo


  • Stephen Hawking says to Homer, "Your theory of a donut-shaped universe is intriguing... I may have to steal it." This line references scientific theories that the universe is toroidal, a donut-shape.
  • During the commercial for the Maui competition, the character beginning to limbo greatly resembles Futurama's Barbados Slim, who happens to be an Olympic Limboer.
  • When Stephen Hawking died on March 14, 2018 a still from this episode in which Lisa is on Hawking's lap appears in the "In Loving Memory" segment.

Cultural References

  • The title of this episode is a reference to the sci-fi movie "They Saved Hitler's Brain".
  • Homer mistakes Stephen Hawking for Larry Flynt, the founder of "Hustler Magazine", who has been confined to a wheelchair since an assassination attempt.
  • Bart Simpson's act in the stupidity contest of eating anything the audience throws at him, is a possible reference to the Tim Burton film Beetlejuice. In that film Beetlejuice says during a commercial that he'll eat and swallow anything the potential client wants.
  • The quote, "Shut up-a your mouth!", almost sounded like Boris Badenov's catchphrase, "Sharrup you mouth!" from The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends.
  • The joke on Comic Book Guy's shirt is a reference to the books of Dick and Jane written in programming language, it says "See Spot. See Spot Run. Run, Spot, Run", a popular catchphrase in that book series.
  • The law proposed by Comic Book Guy about human reproduction is a reference to the mating in the ficctional specie of Vulcans,from the Star Trek series.


  • In the dog track scene, Mayor Quimby can be seen in the stands, although he earlier fled Springfield thinking MENSA had heard of his corruption.
  • When Lisa is writing the letter, his typewriter is facing the wall aside to the shelf, but when Homer leaves the room, it's facing the wall opposite to the shelf.

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