The Day the Earth Stood Cool
To Cur, with Love
Homer Goes to Prep School


  • The original title may refer to a British movie To Sir, With Love, it may also refer to To Surveil With Love.
  • When Homer introduces the Black plague to the game, the Wilhelm scream can be heard.
  • During the flashback to Homer's time with Bongo, Harry Nilsson's song Me and My Arrow from the animated film The Point! can be heard.
  • Bongo's name is taken from the company that published comics related to The Simpsons as well as Matt Groening's other show Futurama.
  • "Villageville" is similar in concept to The Simpsons: Tapped Out, which was released the same year this episode first aired.
  • The last time Professor Frink invented an audio-powered device which went out of control occurred in Last Tap Dance in Springfield.
  • The last time Springfield Elementary Students had to forcefully move the school bus like slaves occurred in On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister.
  • Herman's written a book called A Farewell To Arm (a reference to A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway). Nelson's written one called i, Bully (a reference to i, Robot by Isaac Asimov). And Willie's written a novel called Postcards From The Hedge (which references Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher).
  • This is the 10th episode to not have the Couch Gag, Billboard Gag, and the Chalkboard Gag. It is also the second episode in a row to not have the gags.
  • This is the last episode to air in 2012.


  • Despite Homer's MyPad being destroyed in A Tree Grows in Springfield, it appears again in this episode although he might've bought a new one. It can also be possible that this episode takes place during aforementioned episode.
  • In the flashback of this episode, Homer meets Mr. Burns for the first time. However, Homer doesn't meet him until he first applies to work at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant in a flashback in "I Married Marge".
  • In the flashback of this episode, Herman loses his arm while trying to hitch a ride to piano school, when the Springfield Animal Control Truck speeds by. However, it was implied in both Homer's Odyssey and Bart the General that he lost his arm while hanging it out of the school bus window. Even though he originally referenced this as a warning to Bart, he apparently wrote a memoir about it.
  • In the flashback the children that are seen are kids that are regularly seen at Springfield Elementary School. These children were obviously not born when Homer was a kid. It is possible that the children in the flashback are the kid's parents in the present.

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