Brother from the Same Planet/References
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"Brother from the Same Planet"
"Trab pu kcip. TRAB PU KCIP!"
- The episode's title is a play on John Sayles' movie The Brother from Another Planet. The Simpsons has also spoofed this title with the episode title "Brother from Another Series" and "Step Brother from the Same Planet".
- When Bart tells himself "Eye of the Tiger, Bart" he is making a reference to what Rocky says to himself in Rocky III.
- Nelson was chosen to go to Pelé's Soccer and Acting Camp.
- The R-rated movie Bart's friends are so excited about seeing is Barton Fink, a 1991 drama about a struggling screenwriter in the 1940s, which presumably is far from what they would hope to see.
- A later episode, "Bart the Fink", would take its title from that film, which, like The Simpsons, is produced by 20th Century Fox.
- Homer watches Wheel of Fortune, a real game show.
- The woman that Bart mistakes for Homer in an ironic touch sings "I Am Woman" by Helen Reddy.
- The television announcer starts to say what would happen tonight on Wings, before going on to say "aah, who cares."
- While Bart is stuck in the storm waiting for Homer, a nun is lifted up by the wind, a reference to the TV series The Flying Nun.
- Milhouse writes "Trab pu kcip" on the wall, which is "Pick up Bart" backwards, a reference to Danny Torrance writing "redrum" (which is "murder" backwards) in The Shining.
- The sports announcer announces that Bart Starr leaves the Green Bay Packers.
- At one point, Bart watches Tuesday Night Live, which is a parody of NBC's Saturday Night Live. At a commercial break, Bart comments that he misses Joe Piscopo, who was a cast member on the show from 1980 to 1984.
- Krusty appears on a sketch called The Big Ear Family, which could be a reference to either the Coneheads or The Widettes; the Coneheads being a family of aliens with large cone-shaped heads, and the Widettes being a family of people with abnormally-large rear ends.
- The organization Bigger Brothers Agency is a parody of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
- Marge tells Lisa about her crush on Bobby Sherman when she was a girl.
- Before the baseball game the fanfare "Charge" by Tommy Walker plays.
- When Lisa goes to Dr. Hibbert's office and gets eardrops, Hibbert offers her a M*A*S*H coloring book in case she gets bored while waiting for them to sink in.
- Bart and Tom watch an episode of The Ren & Stimpy Show. The song that plays over the cartoon is "The Barber of Seville Overture" from The Barber of Seville.
- When Homer tells Bart "You've been out gallivanting with that floozy of a bigger brother of yours, haven't you? Haven't you!" he is making a reference to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? when Richard Burton accuses his wife of adultery.
- Skinner makes a reference to the movie Psycho when he says "Oh... there's mother now." This is the first time Skinner has been portrayed as a Norman Bates-like character.
- When Homer sees a homeless man sleeping in a dumpster, he compares him to Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street.
- Bart shoving a grapefruit into Homer's face is a reference of the James Cagney movie, The Public Enemy.
- The name of The Itchy & Scratchy Show episode "Kitty-Kitty Bang-Bang" is a reference to the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
- At one point, Homer calls Pepi "Pepsi".
- At one point, Bart tells Homer that he would fake the excitement he would have when Homer pushed him on the swing and demonstrates it, to Homer's horror. This is a reference to the infamous fake orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally.
- The fight between Homer and Tom mirrors a fight at the end of The Quiet Man, a John Wayne movie.
- A section of the fight between Homer and Tom parodies the introduction to Street Fighter II.
- Kent Brockman reports that one of the people in the fight between Homer and Tom is a "giant lizard", a reference to Godzilla.
- The chalkboard gag "The Principal's toupee is not a frisbee" is the only mention of Principal Skinner's hair being fake in the entire series. Therefore, it is safe to assume it is not true.
- The pickup truck that Milhouse, Lewis and Richard are in appears to be driven by Jimbo.
- The logo for Bigger Brothers Agency is a silhouette of Tom and Pepi walking into the sunset at the end of the episode (possibly a deliberate foreshadowing).
- When Homer shows Pepi his house's garage door, "a wonder of modern technology," the garage door is navy blue, while it is normally a light tan.