Bart vs. Thanksgiving/References
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"Bart vs. Thanksgiving"
- Homer and Bart watch Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. They talk about the Helium balloons modeled after Bullwinkle and Underdog.
- 'The Simpsons is self-referenced when Homer tells Bart that if the parade "turned every flash-in-pan cartoon character into a balloon, it will be a farce", the TV shows a giant balloon of Bart. Not coincidentally, 1990 was the year the Bart Simpson balloon was added to the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
- While Homer is watching football, the announcer says the teams are playing in the Pontiac Silverdome, yet when it cuts to the television, the stadium is an open air stadium.
- Hooray for Everything, the band performing during the halftime show, is a parody of Up with People.
- Mr. Burns lives on the corner of Croesus and Mammon, two symbols of wealth.
- When Bart is discovered attempting to steal a pie from the window sill, one of the guards at Burns' mansion is reading Les Misérables, in which the main character is imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread after breaking a window.
- Kent Brockman references Emmett Kelly, the Charlie Chaplin character the Tramp and the Red Skelton character Freddy the Freeloader.
- The music Bart sings when he brings the turkey to the table is the 20th Century Fox theme.
- The poem Lisa is seen writing in her room is a direct parody of the first lines of Allen Ginsberg's most famous poem, Howl.
- Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes' "Get Dancin'" is heard on the radio.
- This is the fourth episode to have Bart's name somewhere in the title.
- Character debut: Jacqueline Bouvier.
- Lou has black skin instead of yellow, starting in this episode.
- When Patty and Selma arrive, Patty's dress is blue in one shot and is magenta again in the next.