Homer's Paternity Coot
We're on the Road to D'oh-where
My Fair Laddy


  • When Homer refers to Oregon as "the birthplace of Matt Groening," he mispronounces the show creator's last name as "Gro-ning"; Matt's last name is, according to "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular", pronounced "Gray-ning."
  • This episode disproves the common fan theory that Springfield is in Oregon because Homer must drive to Oregon from Springfield's location.
  • Birch Barlow (the show's parody of Rush Limbaugh) can be seen at Marge's "garage sale" buying Homer's expired pain pills, a parody of Limbaugh's drug addiction.
  • Myra, Seymour Skinner's secretary, makes her first appearance in this episode. Her voice sounds similar to the late Doris Grau who voiced Lunch Lady Doris. But in "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)", Waylon Smithers pretended to be Seymour Skinner's secretary, because Charles Montgomery Burns was disguised as Jimbo Jones. Principal Skinner also stated that he's got no secretary. He could have hired her since that episode.
  • Serious Homer is dressed in Homer's conductor uniform from "Marge vs. the Monorail".
  • Further, the rings circling Fun Homer are a parody of the energy cage rings that encircled General Zod and his two minions during their sentencing at the beginning of Superman II.
  • On the Simpsons' website; it stated that this episode aired on the same date but originally in 2005. This has since been corrected.
  • Skinner's car is seen as a pre-owned Toyota Camry, which Skinner quotes that 1995 was a good year for Camry models even though his car spent three months in a lake which he says while admiring it in the school parking lot. It is never seen again after this episode; according to the episode guide it says that the steam leak destroyed it with the school.
  • When Bart is on the plane in the flashback of the time he flew unescorted, the captain sounds a lot like Comic Book Guy.
  • In the German dub, this was the last episode in which Elisabeth Volkmann provided the voice of Marge Simpson. After Volkmann's sudden death in 2006, Anke Engelke took over. The German version of We're on the Road to D'ohwhere is dedicated to Volkmann.
  • The last time Homer imagined Bart as a woman was in "Skinner's Sense of Snow".
  • The casino credits version of The Simpsons theme, which was first heard in "$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)", is heard again at the end of this episode.


  • Lisa wouldn't be able to get a job to support herself and Maggie because of her age and child labor laws. Most Springfielders are either really stupid or really greedy. And who's to say that Lisa can't lie about her age in order to find work? Besides, Bart got jobs in episodes such as "Lisa the Tree Hugger" and "Bart the Murderer", as well as Nelson later owning a bike shop in which he employed people later on in "Loan-a Lisa".
  • Also, Lisa would never have been left alone with Maggie as possibly the Flanders clan wouldve looked after Lisa with both parents missing or possibly Patty and Selma.
  • In one scene, Wendell was sitting in his classroom. Two scenes later, he was practicing with the school band in another classroom.
  • Janey can be seen in Miss Krabappel's class, even though she is actually in Miss Hoover's class.
    • Much like Wendell, she can also be seen practicing with the school band in another classroom two scenes later. This is ok because the band is at a different time and is made up of kids from multiple classes and grades as seen in the opening credits Lisa is there as well as Milhouse, Sherri and Terri, as well as kids that are younger looking and/or not even part of the recurring known foreground cast.
  • Science classes dissect dead frogs, not live ones.
  • After the school was evacuated, Milhouse was seen in front of the school with other students. However, he was still in steam tunnels with Bart at that time, so he couldn't be outside.
  • Bart is too young to go to a casino so why would Homer take him there?
  • Lisa already knew that it was Bart and not the dog who cut off her dolls' heads as revealed in "Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade" or "Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore" as in the latter episode Bart returned Lisa the head.
  • Homer shouldn't be able to go to Las Vegas, as he was banned from there in "Viva Ned Flanders".

Cultural References

  • The episode's title is a take on the 1985 Talking Heads song “Road to Nowhere”. It may also refer to the famous series of Bob Hope/Bing Crosby Road to... movies, which have been spoofed multiple times by Family Guy. This is at least the third time the Talking Heads have been referenced by the Simpsons, not including "Dude, Where's My Ranch?".
  • The song the band class plays is "Louie, Louie", which was also played in "Kill the Alligator and Run".
  • The song Flanders sings is the chorus from the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.
  • Intellectual Homer, who has been killed by Serious Homer, has written on the floor in his own blood "Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny". This is the famous statement of Ernst Haeckel's recapitulation theory about the similarity of the embryonic development of organisms to its evolutionary history. Ironically, it has been debunked as a scientific principle. Presumably, Intellectual Homer wrote this before it was debunked, a testament to how long he had been dead.

Broadcasting Information


  • 1st Airdate: Sunday, January 29, 2006
  • 2nd Airdate: Sunday, May 7, 2006
  • 3rd Airdate: Sunday, August 6, 2006


  • 1st Airdate: Sunday, February 26, 2006
  • 2nd Airdate: Friday, March 3, 2006 (Encore Screening)
  • 3rd Airdate: Sunday, April 23, 2006
  • 4th Airdate: Tuesday, June 27, 2006
  • 5th Airdate: Tuesday, August 8, 2006
  • 6th Airdate: Sunday, August 27, 2006


  • 1st Airdate: Tuesday, June 20, 2006

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