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Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo/References

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Season 10 Episode References
225 "They Saved Lisa's Brain"
"Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo"
"Beyond Blunderdome" 227

Cultural references[edit]

  • The episode title is a pun on the 1944 film Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, which was based on the true story of the Doolittle Raid.
  • Whilst in the hotel, Bart watches an anime cartoon called Battling Seizure Robots, which features a robot with its eyes flashing so quickly that it triggers seizures in Bart, and subsequently the rest of the family (except initially Homer). This is based on a Pokémon episode, "Computer Soldier Porygon", in which a scene with rapid lighting flashes sent nearly 700 children into seizures. The shot of the robot with its flashing eyes is reused throughout the entire closing credit sequence.
  • In the restaurant, when Homer says "I once knew a man from Nantucket" it is a reference to the famous ribald limerick that begins with the same line.
  • While Japanese game shows are not nearly as sadistic as portrayed in this episode, they have been known for having contestants participate in off-the-wall events, such as men testing their strength by squeezing oranges with their bare hands and seeing how much juice they can squeeze into a cup.
  • When Barney is caught impersonating Homer, he tries to cover by quickly saying some of Homer's catchphrases. In the process, he says, "That boy ain't right," a common saying of Hank Hill on King of the Hill.
  • Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra and Gamera appear at the end.


  • An item named "Skittlebrau" can been seen in the 33¢ store. The item was made up by Homer in "Bart Star", however Apu claimed there was no such thing.
  • When Marge says to Homer on the plane that he liked Rashomon, Homer claims he doesn't remember it that way.
  • The soundbyte of Homer's shock at investing in Fox's News Corp (*Screams* UNDO!! UNDO!! Ohh...) is replayed over the 20th Century Fox Television logo in place of the usual fanfare.
  • Text on the picture behind the toilet in the hotel is モスラ?.


  • When Database is at The Java Server, he is using a gray computer but in the next scene he is using a orange computer, then he is using a gray computer again.
  • Marge drops one of her shoes into the volcano but in the next scene when the entire family plummets down, her shoe is back on.
  • Bart's mouth does not move right to his saying of "These prices suck. 10,000 Yen for coleslaw?"
  • When we see the international flights, one of the cities is Honolulu. Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii, a USA state - it should be a domestic flight, not an international flight.
  • Either Rodan or Mothra has Gabara's roar.
Season 10 References
Lard of the Dance The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace Bart the Mother Treehouse of Horror IX When You Dish Upon a Star D'oh-in' in the Wind Lisa Gets an "A" Homer Simpson in: "Kidney Trouble" Mayored to the Mob Viva Ned Flanders Wild Barts Can't Be Broken Sunday, Cruddy Sunday Homer to the Max I'm with Cupid Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers" Make Room for Lisa Maximum Homerdrive Simpsons Bible Stories Mom and Pop Art The Old Man and the "C" Student Monty Can't Buy Me Love They Saved Lisa's Brain Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo