Wild Barts Can't Be Broken/References
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"Wild Barts Can't Be Broken"
- The title of the episode is a reference to the drama film Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken.
- Cyndi Lauper sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" to the tune of her song "Girls Just Want to Have Fun".
- In the Springfield Elementary School locker room, Homer, Lenny, Carl and Barney sing "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You" by Queen.
- Milhouse is seen watching the children's TV show Teletubbies (right) before switching to the movie commercial.
- The Bloodening (the movie being shown at the drive-in) is based on the horror film Village of the Damned.
- The review Marge reads of Talk to the Hand, "The writing snaps, crackles and pops", was how Variety reviewed the sitcom Just Shoot Me!.
- When Lisa is going through TV channels, Franklin D. Roosevelt's Infamy Speech can be heard.
- The scene where the kids take the different electronics through the fence parodies scenes from Our Gang, including Milhouse dressed as Alfalfa.
- The scene where people are running out of the movie theater is a clear reference to a scene from The Blob.
- The song near the end of the episode parodies the song "Kids" from Bye Bye Birdie.
- Grampa's line, "We're gonna gonna teach you rugrats a lesson", may be a reference to the long-running Nickelodeon animated series Rugrats, but it's also possible that Grampa is using the word in its slang sense, as a pejorative term for children.
- The last scene with the elderly playing in the street is a reference to the Twilight Zone episode Kick the Can.
- The order the kids are sitting in at the drive-in changes.
- When the kids plan their revenge at the billboard, Lewis' and Sherri or Terri's voices can be heard, even though they were not present.
- In two shots at Moe's, Lenny's shirt is lime-green.
- When the Gracie Films logo is shown in the closing sequence, when the woman says "Shh!", Increase shouts, "Don't tell me to shush, you stupid lady!"