The Scorpion's Tale/References
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- The title is a pun to the open cluster in the constellation Scorpius, named "The Scorpion's Tail".
- The Coyote chasing the Road Runner is a parody of the Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner cartoons.
- MCMXLIX is Roman Numerals for 1949, the year that Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner first appeared in theaters in "Fast and Furry-ous".
- Otto thinks the Springfield Desert State Park was a planet from Star Trek.
- Guns & Blammo is a parody of Guns & Ammo, an American magazine dedicated to firearms and firearm-related activities.
- When Delbert Fornby thinks his property was invaded, he compares it to the Grand Central Station in New York City.
- Delbert won a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant for his metal sculptures. The NEA agency offers support and funding for projects exhibiting artistic excellence in the US.
- One of the climbers states that he has climbed rangers on seven continents. This is a reference to the Seven Summits, which are the highest mountains of each of the seven traditional continents.
- A xylophone version of Gassenhauer by Carl Orff is heard when Lisa is seeing mirages in the desert.
- When Milhouse finds the skeleton of a hippie, he starts repeating "Never get off the bus". This is a parody of "Never get outa the boat" scene from the war film Apocalypse Now.
- Mrs. Batterworth syrup is a parody of Mrs. Butterworth's.
- Homer and Grampa sing along to the "Arabian riff".
- The Hotenhoffer Pharmaceuticals company logo "HP" is a parody of the Hewlett-Packard logo.
- The Hotenhoffer Pharmaceuticals' "Suitcase Suzies" were graduates of Arizona State University.
- A crane in the Hotenhoffer Pharmaceuticals mistakenly airlifts the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity from the teen sex comedy Revenge of the Nerds and drops it into the research area.
- Homer thinks Walter Hotenhoffer is Willy Wonka, the factory owner from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but Bart thinks Walter is actually Augustus Gloop, the obese and greedy German boy from that same film.
- A couple of times, Walter makes allusion to the chocolate river scene from the 1971 film adaptation where Augustus Gloop tries to drink from the river, falls, and is sucked by a tube in which he gets stuck.
- Seymour Skinner uses Tums for his acid reflux.
- The music heard during the happy outdoor scenes is from the "Symphony No. 1" (first movement) by Gustav Mahler.
- The singsong style of the Theme Song (played over the closing credits) was previously heard in the closing credits of "Treehouse of Horror VI".
- Many senior citizen characters appear at the end including the Los Souvenir Jacquitos, Dorothy, Prudence and many others.
- Otto appears among the crowd of people who had taken the drug.
- On the bus, Cookie Kwan has blue hair whilst Lindsey Naegle has grey hair.