The Girl on the Bus/References
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- The episode name is a reference to the novel The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and the movie of the same name based on the book.
- Marvel's Thanos shows up on the couch gag with his Infinity Gauntlet and proceeds to vaporize the Simpson family except for Maggie.
- The three belts are reference to:
- One of Bart's lunch boxes is one of Eeyore from Winnie-the-Pooh.
- U.S. Ninja Ultimate Beast Blaster is a parody of:
- The song Lisa sang on the bus, "Lisa's Lonely Song", is a parody of the song "Belle" from the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast.
- Books at Sam's house:
- Authors of the Russian novels in Sam's house:
- Sam mentions the Great Pacific garbage patch and listening to The Dolphin by Stan Getz.
- Sam's parents play and sing "It Had to Be You", originally by Isham Jones.
- Homer mentions Charlie Rose.
- A break card says to stay tuned for Bob's Burgers in French.
- Marge and Lisa reenact the scene where Sideshow Bob appear in front of Bart and Bart shouts "Ah, Sideshow Bob", with Marge appearing out of the shadows saying "Hello, Lisa" and Lisa shouting "Ah, Sideshow Mom".
- Sam's father drives a Toyota Prius.
- When Ned tries to act like Homer, he says the words "Annoyed Grunt" instead of "D'oh!", which is what an annoyed grunt is.
- Terry Gross reprises her role as a radio host. ("The Debarted")
- Temple Beth Springfield has a marquee that says "In loving memory of Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky. ("Clown in the Dumps")
- Homer textes Lisa the animated gif meme of himself hiding in the bushes. ("Homer Loves Flanders")
- Bart did the same prank he did on Homer to Milhouse. ("Homer Defined")