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Season 7 Episode References
135 "King-Size Homer"
"Mother Simpson"
"Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming" 137

Cultural references[edit]

  • Three songs from the 1960s appear in this episode: "Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream, "Blowin' in the Wind" by Bob Dylan and "All Along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix.
  • Mona mentions that she worked a number of jobs while on the run, including "marketing Jerry Rubin’s line of diet shakes, proofreading Bobby Seale’s cookbook, and running credit checks at Tom Hayden’s Porsche dealership." Rubin, Seale and Hayden were three liberal radicals from the 1960s and Rubin did indeed have a line of diet shakes, and Bobby Seale did write some cookbooks. However, Tom Hayden never owned a Porsche dealership.
  • The radicals use a Spiro Agnew alarm clock, which is based on a real item.
  • When Mr. Burns drives a tank towards the Simpson house, he is wearing oversized headgear. This is a reference to a public relations stunt by Michael Dukakis during his presidential campaign in 1988, which backfired on him as Dukakis looked awkward wearing a helmet that looked too big for his head and was derided by critics and comedians as "Dukakis in the tank".
  • When Mr. Burns plays a tape of "Ride of the Valkyries", it has been recorded over by Smithers with "Waterloo" by ABBA, a reference to Smithers' suspected homosexuality (ABBA have a large gay following) and to the helicopter beach attack scene in Apocalypse Now, in which "Ride of the Valkyries" is famously played.
  • Maggie is shown dancing in her diaper and covered in slogans and it is a parody of the filler scenes of Laugh-In in which Goldie Hawn and other female castmembers like Ruth Buzzi and Jo Anne Worley danced in bikinis with slogans and drawings painted on their bodies.
  • The two FBI agents are Joe Friday and Bill Gannon from Dragnet. Bill Gannon is voiced by Harry Morgan, the man who played Gannon in the original series.
  • While lying on the couch, Mona is reading Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman.
  • After Marge shouts at Petty and Selma she says Alpha 5's line from the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers a series of Power Rangers.



  • The episode is dedicated to Jackie Banks, a scene planner and animation checker on the show who died in 1995.
  • This marks the second time Mr. Burns was associated with the 1988 "Dukakis in a tank" gag. The first time was during his gubernatorial campaign in "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish".
  • The old hippie who interrupts Homer and Mona's goodbye by yelling "This electric man has only got 20 more minutes of power!" was seen in the 1960s flashback as the one who was commanding the sabotage on Mr. Burns' biological warfare laboratory.
  • When Mona accidentally bangs her head on the hood of the van and yells "D'oh!", the voice sample was not performed by Glenn Close but it was a clip from a temp track done by Pamela Hayden. The reason for the change was due to the fact Glenn Close could not yell "D'oh!" in a proper manner.
  • Goof: Homer unveils the letters of "Walt Whitman" twice.
  • Goof: The autogyro was invented long after Prussia lost its popularity.
Season 7 References
Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two) Radioactive Man Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily Bart Sells His Soul Lisa the Vegetarian Treehouse of Horror VI King-Size Homer Mother Simpson Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular Marge Be Not Proud Team Homer Two Bad Neighbors Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield Bart the Fink Lisa the Iconoclast Homer the Smithers The Day the Violence Died A Fish Called Selma Bart on the Road 22 Short Films About Springfield Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish" Much Apu About Nothing Homerpalooza Summer of 4 Ft. 2