Treehouse of Horror IX
When You Dish Upon a Star
D'oh-in' in the Wind

Cultural references

  • This episode's title is a reference to Walt Disney's original song: "When You Wish upon a Star".
  • Homer's rant about deceased celebrities "appearing in commercials dancing with vacuum cleaners" is a reference to a 1997 TV advertisement that depicted the late Fred Astaire dancing with a Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner.
  • Apu's sandcastle is a very detailed replica of India's famous Taj Mahal.
  • Homer's dream is a spoof of Hanna-Barbera's Yogi Bear (with Homie Bear actually acting like a bear and mauling Ranger Ned). When he falls asleep again, he starts thinking he is Magilla Gorilla.
  • Homer angrily addresses Ron Howard as "Potsie" (a Happy Days character; Ron Howard was on Happy Days, but he didn't play Potsie) and "Horshack" (a character from Welcome Back, Kotter).
  • The ripples in the pink lemonade when the crowd of people come is a reference to a scene with the tyrannosaurus in Jurassic Park.
  • The drawing of Homer's time machine features what looks like the flux capacitor from the Back to the Future trilogy.
  • The movie script Homer wrote, The Terminizor: An Erotic Thriller, is an obvious reference to Terminator.
  • When Homer lands on top of Alec Baldwin, he mistakes the celebrity for his brother William (or Billy).
  • When Springfield shows up to see Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, Comic Book Guy mentions the caterpillar drive from The Hunt for Red October, and says that he has come up with a list of technical errors he thinks Baldwin would enjoy to discuss.
  • In one scene, Homer prank calls Gloria Stuart which he describes as the "old lady from Titanic'' to tell her she stinks.
  • Homer ranted about never seeing Ray Bolger (understood as the actor famous for his role The Scarecrow in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz). Bolger passed away in 1987, which is why no one has seen him in a while.


  • This is the first episode where Lionel Hutz appeared after Phil Hartman's death. Hartman's characters, including Troy McClure, would have a non-speaking role in future episodes.
  • When Judge Snyder sentences Homer to the 500 miles away from celebrity verdict, it would mean that Homer Simpson and his family would have to live outside of the United States, because there is no plausible way that he can commit to the 500 miles punishment without being away from the country.
  • One gag near the end of the episode had a sign with the 20th Century Fox logo on it with the line "A Division of (the) Walt Disney Company" under it. On December 14, 2017, Disney would end up purchasing 20th Century Fox's parent company 21st Century Fox, which was completed on March 20, 2019, and will not affect The Simpsons in any way.

Bart (sitting next to Lisa) without a head


  • As Homer is parasailing towards the beach, the white stripe on his life jacket disappears for a frame.
  • At one point in the courtroom, Bart is missing his head.

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