Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions
Lisa: But why did you help me?
Bart: Because I actually like you and felt sorry for you.
Show Title and Billboard Gags: None.
Chalkboard Gag: I will not concede the election till Karl Rove gives me permission.
Couch Gag: This sequence parodies the hilarious funny 1968 cartoon series The Wacky Races. Here it's called The Sofa Speedsters, featuring the Simpsons driving in their couch, Brown Lightning, Chief Wiggum and family in the Piggily Wiggum, Bumblebee Man in the Bumble Buggy, Mr. Burns and Smithers in the Greed Hornet (resembling Dick Dastardly's Mean Machine), Dr. Hibbert in Dr. Groom, Groundskeeper Willie in Glasgow-a-Go-Go, Cletus Spuckler and family in Hick Dastardly, and Professor Frink in the Franken-Continental. The racers crash into a huge pile just short of the finish line in the street, which enables Grampa Simpson, the last entry to slowly emerge as the victor in his racing recliner, laughing all the way boasting "Beat ya!" Afterward, Homer yells "D'oh!" in frustration.
Gone Baby Gone
The title of this episode is a take on the 1998 novel Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane. The novel centers of the search for a kidnapped four year-old girl. The novel was adapted into a film in 2007. The movie was directed by Ben Affleck and starred Affleck's younger brother Casey.
Homer: Wait, the frog in the trenchcoat is Kermit, too?!
When Lenny and Homer discuss about Kermit the Frog appearing on Sesame Street, mentioning Kermit in a trenchcoat is a reference to the classic "Sesame Street News" special report segments appearing frequently on the show from the 1970s to the 1990s, where Kermit donned a reporters' trenchcoat and hat when reporting on the news.
Moe's laptop/notebook showing a web site address. Flaminghotpoker.net is owned by FOX, but it is not connectable.
The couch gag is an obvious reference to the introduction of the animated series Wacky Races, which was created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It ran on CBS from September 14, 1968, to January 4, 1969.