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The Old Blue Mayor She Ain't What She Used to Be/References

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Season 29 Episode References
623 "Grampy Can Ya Hear Me"
"The Old Blue Mayor She Ain't What She Used to Be"
"Singin' in the Lane" 625

Cultural references

  • The episode title is a reference to the old folk song "The Old Gray Mare" lyric, "The old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be."
  • The Springfield Skypark-Line is a reference New York's High Line. Kent Brockman also references it directly.
  • The guy that ends up in the Springfield cactus patch does the Wilhelm Scream.
  • Lisa mentioned that Wonder Woman showed that if you're a goddess with superpowers, there's no limit to what you can do.
  • Homer mentions the women Ghostbusters from the 2016 Ghostbusters movie.
  • Luigi asks why people think he only wants to serve spaghetti to dogs who want to make out, a reference to Lady and the Tramp. When Marge asks him what he wants to do, he says he wants to carve a little wooden boy and make him come to life, a reference to Pinocchio.
  • When Lindsey Naegle says, "Just tell them [the voters] what they want to hear until you get to 51%. Then, you can govern like a right-wing nut job" she is referring to Donald Trump.
  • Watching Marge's focus group ratings turn from abysmal to positive, Lindsey Naegle likens herself to Kellyanne Conway, who had been Trump's campaign manager.
    • Referring to Kellyanne Conway, one of the focus group remarks it's inspiring that "now a woman can be Joseph Goebbels", who had been Hitler's Minister of Propaganda.
  • Marge sings a parody of "Oh! Susanna" by Stephen Foster when her mayoral campaign is going.
  • Cletus belongs to the demographic "Yokel Objectivists"
    • He calls Marge "The new John Galt".
    • He holds up a copy of The Fountainhead., with its 3-D lettering.
    • He has a recognizable Ayn Rand scarecrow, whose visage is shown freaking out a crow.
  • The train sheds and their turntable resemble Tidmouth Sheds from Thomas & Friends.



  • Kent Brockman changes the name of the park from Sky-Line park to Skypark-Line.
  • John Galt wasn't in The Fountainhead. He was in Atlas Shrugged
Season 29 References
The Serfsons Springfield Splendor Whistler's Father Treehouse of Horror XXVIII Grampy Can Ya Hear Me The Old Blue Mayor She Ain't What She Used to Be Singin' in the Lane Mr. Lisa's Opus Gone Boy Haw-Haw Land Frink Gets Testy Homer Is Where the Art Isn't 3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage Fears of a Clown No Good Read Goes Unpunished King Leer Lisa Gets the Blues Forgive and Regret Left Behind Throw Grampa from the Dane Flanders' Ladder