"Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish"
- When Homer is eating his toast at 14:49 minutes, his mouth is beardless, but when it zooms out, he does have a beard.
- Homer arrives at work at 3pm (fashionably late?), but when he falls asleep and then wakes up, he realizes it is 9:30PM, to which he phones Marge and claims "those 12-hour days are killing me!"
- Burns drinks from 5:05pm until 8:30pm, but passes Homer at 9:30, meaning he stumbled drunkenly around the plant for a solid hour. Neither Homer nor Mr. Burns notice (or respectively choose to ignore) each other's shortcomings, in this case, Homer's sleeping on the job and Burns' drinking on the job, as Burns accuses Homer of working late, which Homer does not say anything else and accepts the compliment "You and I are a dying breed." The chance meeting has Burns believe Homer is a hard-working employee (however, he had been drinking) who can be trusted, hence the unraveling of the episode.
- 98% of Springfield voters see Mr. Burns as despicable or worse.
- This is the first episode to be rated TV-14.
- Mr. Burns' argument that the fish is a product of natural selection is validated by himself spitting the fish out. Tasty fish are more likely to be eaten by predators than bitter tasting fish. However, by claiming during the campaign that the fish would have "a taste that can't be beat", he caused his political downfall.
- At the retirement home, after Burns' election commercial, the Duff Beer commercial from "Homer's Odyssey" can be heard.
- Bart's scrapbook contains a clipping headlined "Vandal Decapitates Town Statue... Who is El Barto?", referencing his own exploits in "The Telltale Head".
- Burns refers to 'slings and arrows', a reference to Hamlet.
- Mr. Burns sings "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?".
- References to Citizen Kane:
- Bart asking Homer "Is your boss Governor yet?" references the little boy from the film asking "Is Pop Governor yet"?
- Burns gives a speech standing in front of a gigantic poster of himself, a la Orson Welles in the movie giving a speech in front of a larger-than-life poster of his face.
- Burns yelling "You cannot do this to me! I am Charles Montgomery Burns!" is reference to the infamous line in the film "You can't do this to me! I am Charles Foster Kane"!
For an unknown reason this episode is rated TV-14 in syndication.