Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions
Show Title: The Fox News helicopter flying overhead with the slogan "Merry Christmas from Fox News...But no other holidays". Billboard Gag: Luxury Cars Missing One Window: No Cops. (with Snake pictured in a suit holding a crowbar after smashing a car window) Blackboard Gag: Candy canes are not elf bones. Couch Gag: A Merry Christmas Advent calendar is pictured with several dates in December flipped open to reveal amusing Christmas-themed pictures featuring several Springfield characters in various same-themed antics. The Christmas Eve (December 24th) picture shows Santa Claus seated on the couch with the Simpson family.
Goodfellas The final scene where Homer comes out of the house in his robe and picks up the newspaper (while also doing a voice-over concluding his experience in helping to take down the mob), is a reference to the mob film Goodfellas which ends with the same scene with Ray Liotta.
Donnie Brasco The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1997 Al Pacino/Johnny Depp film Donnie Brasco Both the movie and this episode share the same plot, in which the protagonist infiltrates the mob and befriends one of the key members. In the end, when it was time for the police to bust all the mobsters, the mole feels remorse for bringing down his mobster friend.