Marge vs. the Monorail/References
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"Marge vs. the Monorail"
- The episode's opening scene is a parody of the opening of The Flintstones, complete with the same music, to which Homer sings his own lyrics.
- The song that plays as Mr. Burns and Smithers show up to get rid of the nuclear waste is based on the theme song "Axel F" from Beverly Hills Cop.
- The main premise of a con man getting a town excited about something he sells but hardly knows anything about is borrowed from the musical Meredith Willson's The Music Man.
- A "reverse reference" occurred in 2002 when Seattle residents opposed to a proposed monorail project held a protest event called "Coming Out With Marge Simpson." The event organizers planned to show the episode as part of the protest, but were ordered not to by Fox due to copyright laws.
- Homer sings a verse from "The Riddle Song" in bed.
- Homer's conductor uniform is similar to the uniforms worn by Imperial officers such as Grand Moff Tarkin, Admiral Ozzel and Admiral Piett in the Star Wars saga.
- The Springfield town charter looks exactly like the United States Declaration of Independence, but with the signature of Jebediah Springfield front and center in large script, just like the signature of John Hancock on the original.
- Prominently displayed on the wall in the club car is a picture of the Hindenburg going down in flames.
- People at the town meeting include:
- People in the crowd at the Monorail ceremony include:
- Throughout the episode, Homer's job is "Conductor"; however, on a train, the Conductor collects the tickets and doesn't actually drive the train. Homer's job would be the Driver/Engineer.
- In the crowd behind Kent Brockman, Karl has the same colors as Brockman and Bleeding Gums Murphy is yellow.
- When the audience at the town hall meeting laugh at Lyle Lanley's mule joke, Martha Prince is incorrectly colored.
- She is also incorrectly colored on the Monorail.
- When the audience cheers for Grampa Simpson's idea, J. Loren Pryor is seated next to Sam. However, when the Monorail chant starts, Pryor is next to Dr. Zitsofsky.
- Doctor Hibbert was among the passengers on the monorail on the first ride, but he is seen with a pair of conjoined twins in his office soon after.
- After the monorail car is accidentally dropped on the house, a man in the background has legs that aren't colored in.
- After the monorail song ends, when Homer says "Mono--", Maude's sleeves change from pink to the same color as her waistcoat. Also before looking at Homer, Lou and Eddie's arms are miscolored blue instead of brown and yellow respectively.
- In the comic story The Great Train Wreck, Milhouse asks Bart if he's jealous because his father is a train engineer. Bart reminds Milhouse that his father drove the Monorail and that it nearly killed the whole town. He even points to wreckage of the train and tracks, referring to the events of this episode.
- Lurleen returns ("Colonel Homer").