He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs/References
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"He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs"
- The episode title is a pun on "We love to fly, and it shows", an advertising slogan used by Delta Air Lines in the 1980s.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off: While in Chicago, Mr. Burns and Homer walk into a salon called "Ferris Bueller's Day of Beauty", a pun on the movie title. When they exit the salon, they are dressed as Ferris and his friend Cameron, respectively.
- On the plane, Lionel Richie serenades Homer with the song "Say You, Say Me", with the lyrics changed to "Hey You, Beer Me". Then, at Homer's request, Richie sings the song with every word as "beer".
- Mr. Burns and Homer catch a show at the real-life Second City Theater. Both Dan Castellaneta and guest star Stephen Colbert were members of Second City early in their careers.
- "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs" was the first episode to air after the release of The Simpsons Movie. As such, it has a unique opening sequence:
- In the chalkboard gag, Bart writes "I will not wait 20 years to make another movie", a reference to 2007 (the year of the movie's release) marking the 20th anniversary of the Simpsons franchise (when the Ullman Shorts are included).
- Bart skateboards through a broken and damaged Springfield, currently under repair.
- Shards of the destroyed dome and characters from the movie are visible as Bart skateboards through the streets.
- When Homer pulls into the driveway, the "Pig Crap" silo is strapped to the roof of his car.
- The Simpson house is being rebuilt, and is only partially done.
- Plopper the pig appears in the couch gag, and Homer calls him "My summer love", a reference to The Simpsons Movie having been released in summer.
- When Homer tells Marge he once drove a car over a cliff, he's referencing the episode "Dumbbell Indemnity" when he tried to get rid of Moe's car.