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The Trouble with Trillions/References

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Season 9 Episode References
197 "Simpson Tide"
"The Trouble with Trillions"
"Girly Edition" 199

Cultural references[edit]

  • The episode title is a pun on the Star Trek original series episode "The Trouble With Tribbles".
  • The scene where Homer is pressed into FBI service was taken directly from the 1991 movie JFK.
    • Similarly, Agent Johnson, one of the FBI Agents who placed Homer on the job, was apparently named after one of the FBI Agents from Die Hard.
  • When questioned by Kent Brockman in regards to why he procrastinated in regards to the Tax deadline, Otto remarks that he thought that the tax-line was actually the line for a Metallica concert.
  • Mr. Burns claims that he owns the suit that Charlie Chaplin was buried in, a reference to the fact that Charlie Chaplin's body was stolen from a cemetery in Switzerland.
  • When Fidel Castro remarks that Americans aren't all that bad as they named a street after him, he reacts in shock and horror when he learns just who dwells on that street—a reference to Castro Street in San Francisco, a street that is an iconic gay community (although its true namesake was José Castro, who was a governor of the Alta California territory while it was still part of Mexico).
  • One of the signs in Cuba was based on a Che Guevara poster, altered to say "Duff O Muerto!"
  • Charlie's statement "My militia has a secret plan to beat up all sorts of government officials. That'll teach them to drag their feet on high-definition TV" satirizes those who believe random acts of violence against uninvolved parties will force the government to exercise authority it doesn't have.
  • The song Smithers sings in his apartment is Everything's Coming up Roses from the musical Gypsy



Krusty's purple bow tie
  • The "to do" pile next to Homer didn't appear until he mentioned it.
  • After Kent Brockman interviews Krusty waiting in line at the Post Office, Krusty's bowtie changes color from purple to its correct shade of blue.
  • At the Cuban airport, the clerk which Burns, Smithers, and Homer go to has yellow skin in the faraway shot, dark yellow skin in the close-up from the back, and brown skin in the close-up from the front.
Season 9 References
The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson The Principal and the Pauper Lisa's Sax Treehouse of Horror VIII The Cartridge Family Bart Star The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons Lisa the Skeptic Realty Bites Miracle on Evergreen Terrace All Singing, All Dancing Bart Carny The Joy of Sect Das Bus The Last Temptation of Krust Dumbbell Indemnity Lisa the Simpson This Little Wiggy Simpson Tide The Trouble with Trillions Girly Edition Trash of the Titans King of the Hill Lost Our Lisa Natural Born Kissers