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A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love/References

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Season 13 Episode References
272 "Homer the Moe"
"A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love"
"The Blunder Years" 274

Cultural references[edit]

  • The title of the episode is an obvious reference to the line "I'm just a hunka hunka burning love" from the song "Burning Love" by Elvis Presley.
  • While walking through Chinatown the Simpsons pass by a store called Toys "L" Us.
  • Lisa mentions that she loves Chinatown but wishes that they'd "Stop picking on Tibet Town." This is an obvious reference to the political tensions between the two countries.
  • Mr. Burns saying "O frabjous day" and "Calooh! Callay!" is a reference to the poem Jabberwocky from Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. He had also said "Callooh! Callay!" in Season 2's "Principal Charming". The phrase is also used by Moe in "Eeny Teeny Maya, Moe".
  • On the news, Mr. Burns mentions that he drives a Bugatti Sexarossa, a reference to the Ferrari Testarossa.
  • At Stu's Disco, Mr. Burns dances in exactly the same way as "5" does in the Peanuts TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  • This episode aired after the death of George Harrison and is dedicated to his memory.
  • Snake claims he got the cabin hideout from a man named Gustafson, a reference to the film Fargo.
  • The song played during Mr Burns and Gloria's date montage is "If I Don't Have You" by NRBQ, from their album Wild Weekend.
  • One of the arcade games in the bowling alley is titled "Nuke Canada."
    • Another one of the arcades is titled Pong.
  • Rich Uncle Pennybags steals Burns' date, to which Burns replies: "Between him and Scrooge McDuck all the best ankle is taken." Mr. Monopoly also drives away in a railroad engine similar to the ones that appear on the Monopoly railway cards.
  • Mr. Burns and Gloria eat spaghetti like the dogs in Lady and the Tramp during their date montage.
  • When Mr. Burns takes Gloria to his bedroom, he says he'll make her forget all about Rudolph Valentino. However, Rudolph had died in 1926.
  • One of the fortune cookie writers resembles Woody Allen.
  • When Marge expresses concern over Gloria falling for Homer on Mr. Burns' date, Homer puts on a pair of dirty, tattered underpants stating: "These would stop Joan Collins herself!"
  • Gloria mentions to Mr. Burns that she's "Never dated anyone who knew Calvin Coolidge."



  • This episode was dedicated to the memory of George Harrison, who died on November 29, 2001. A dedication before the end credits shows Harrison with Homer as he appeared in the episode "Homer's Barbershop Quartet".


  • When Homer is opening his fortune cookie, the candle doesn't have its wick like in the previous scenes.
  • When the restaurant manager hires Homer, the gong and stick are gone from his hands.
  • When the camera zooms out after Mr. Burns reads the paper, the broken cookie disappears from the table.
  • Before Mr. Burns enters the strip club, Smithers' glasses have bold lines for five seconds.
  • At the bowling alley, a paper is seen with the name "Jacque" on it. Presumably it is supposed to say "Jacques".
  • Gloria's eyebrows disappears when she lies on Mr. Burns' shoulder.
  • At a few points during the fire scene, the badge on Mr. Burns' blue sweater is missing.
  • When Homer lifts the syringe, the liquid on it disappears.
  • When Snake was walking in the parking lot, he passes the same cars three times.


Season 13 References
Treehouse of Horror XII The Parent Rap Homer the Moe A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love The Blunder Years She of Little Faith Brawl in the Family Sweets and Sour Marge Jaws Wired Shut Half-Decent Proposal The Bart Wants What It Wants The Lastest Gun in the West The Old Man and the Key Tales from the Public Domain Blame It on Lisa Weekend at Burnsie's Gump Roast I Am Furious (Yellow) The Sweetest Apu Little Girl in the Big Ten The Frying Game Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge