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Bart vs. Thanksgiving/References

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Season 2 Episode References
019 "Dead Putting Society"
"Bart vs. Thanksgiving"
"Bart the Daredevil" 021

Cultural references[edit]

  • 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.
Season 2 References
Bart Gets an "F" Simpson and Delilah Treehouse of Horror Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish Dancin' Homer Dead Putting Society Bart vs. Thanksgiving Bart the Daredevil Itchy & Scratchy & Marge Bart Gets Hit by a Car One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish The Way We Was Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment Principal Charming Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Bart's Dog Gets an "F" Old Money Brush with Greatness Lisa's Substitute The War of the Simpsons Three Men and a Comic Book Blood Feud