The Trouble with Trillions/References
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"The Trouble with Trillions"
- 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
- 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.