Homer fantasizes himself as a teenager by playing "Tighten Up" which annoys people standing around him. Tighten Up was a big hit for Archie Bell and the Dwells in 1968.
In "Matchgame 2034," one of the celebrity contestants is a head in a jar. Could this be an early generation of the popular heads in a jars in Matt Groening's later series Futurama?
A Bleeding Gums Murphy album can be seen in the recording studio (where Bart records his rap).
A box calendar hangs on the wall of the tour guide's office.
Lisa's dream house has a saxophone shaped fountain outside.
(Kent Brockman prepares his newscast, with a danish on his desk)
Kent Brockman: "Tragic news tonight: 120 dead in a tidal wave in Kuala Lala... pir... Kuala Lum... per..." (crosses it out) "France!"
Bart: (runs up to the desk and steals the danish) Yoink!
Kent Brockman: (surprised) Yoink?
(looks down to see the danish missing; gasps in horror)
Bart: I didn't do it!
Bart: (Whistling Simpsons' Theme)
Marge: Bart, I've asked you not to whistle that annoying tune.
Bart: (Saluting and speaking German) Ja wohl, mein mamadant!
Kent Brockman: I'm Kent Brockman, on the eleven o'clock news tonight...a certain kind of soft drink has been found to be lethal, we won't tell you which one until after sports and the weather with funny Sonny Storm.
(Lisa daydreams about living in a mansion in the future, with the walls covered with awards)
Adult Lisa: (at a typewriter) "And that's how I cured all disease, ended war, and reunited the entire cast of TV's 'Facts of Life', including long-time holdout, Tootie."
(on the floor nearby, adult Bart unhappily polishes Lisa's awards)
Adult Bart: (groans) Sounds like another Pulitzer for me to polish.
Adult Lisa: Hush, field-trip boy! (kicks him) Impaled on my Nobel Peace Prize. How ironic.
(back to reality)
Bart: (snapping his fingers in Lisa's face) Yo, Lis. Lis! Come back, Lis! Come back!
Lisa: (dreamy) Why? I'm so much happier here.
Lisa: (to Bart) And now you can go back to just being you, instead of a one-dimensional character with a silly catchphrase.
Homer: (slips as he leans on his elbow and breaks a lamp) D'oh!
Bart: Ay, caramba!
Maggie: (sucks her pacifier)
Ned Flanders: Hidely-ho!
Mr. Burns: Ex-cellent!
(Long pause, then everyone stares at Lisa)
Lisa: (annoyed) If anyone wants me, I'll be in my room.
Homer: What kind of catchphrase is that?
Lisa: If I ever become famous, I want it to be for something worthwhile, not because of some obnoxious fad.
Bart: Obnoxious fad?
Homer: Aw, don't worry, son. You know, they said the same thing about Urkel--that little snot boy! I'd like to smash that kid!
Krusty: Don't listen to him, kid. This is a dream factory, the birthplace of magic, an enchantment! Now, I need you to go clean out my toilet.
Lisa: I've got a weekend job helping the poor and I'm only eight.
Homer: That's not a job, it's a waste of time. What can poor people pay you? Nothing! What satisfaction you get from helping them? None! Who wants to help poor people anyway? Nobody!
Homer: Whaddaya mean, you lost him? He might have fallen into one of these machines! (Sees Bart's hat on a box) Oh, my God, that's his lucky red hat. He's a box! My boy's a box! Damn you, a box!
Homer: You'll have to speak up, I'm wearing a towel.
Edna Krabappel: And now, Principal Skinner will tell us where we'll be going on this year's field trip.
Principal Skinner: Thank you, Edna, everyone. (clears throat) Now class, I wonder who among you can tell me what this is? (shows a box)
Edna Krabappel: (annoyed) Oh, not the box factory again, Seymour!
(All the class groans, except for Martin)
Martin: (to Bart) This may well prove fascinating!
Bart: I know: I'll just do like Lisa and escape into fantasy!
Principal Skinner: Class, instead of going the box factory today, we'll be going to the... box factory!
(back to reality)
Bart: Damn TV, you've ruined my imagination, just like you've ruined my ability to... to, um... uh... oh, well. (takes out a portable TV, turns on Itchy and Scratchy, and laughs)
Bart: It's my job to be repetitive. My job. My job. Repetitiveness is my job! I am going to go out there tonight and give the best performance of my life.
Marge: The best performance of your life?
Bart: The best performance of my life.
Fireman: This is the third time this building has burned down because someone has been smoking in bed.
Patty & Selma: I didn't do it!
Sideshow Mel: Bleh! There's cheese in this sandwich! Surely you know I'm lactose intolerant!
Sideshow Mel: Sorry? Do you know how sick this is going to make me? Come stand next to the bathroom door, I want to yell at you some more.
Homer: Yes son, you can have an electric guitar just like your old man!
Bart: Dad, I'm asking if I can get a job.
Homer: Gig, son. When you're a musician, a job is called a gig.
(Kent Brockman sits at his news desk, annoyed)
Kent Brockman: Yeah, I know I'm on... but I don't care! I don't read the news until I get my danish. Go ahead, try to find a replacement!
(Bumblebee Man runs up to the desk and pushes Brockman aside)
Bumblebee Man: A powerful tidal wave in Kuala Lumpur has killed 120 people. (jumps up) Ay, Chihuahua! Whoa, whoa, whoa! (falls over backwards)
Factory Worker: Oh and here's my office. If you will direct your eyes to the floor, you'll see a yellow line. Follow it! It will lead you around my desk, and back out the door.
Bart: Have any of the workers had their hands cut off by the machinery?
Factory Worker: No.
Bart: And then the hand started crawling around and tried to strangle everybody?
Factory Worker: No, that has never happened.
Bart: Any popped eyeballs?
Factory Worker: I'm not sure what kind of factory you're thinking of.
(singing together on the way to the box factory)
Principal Skinner and Martin: Fifty-six boxes of bottles of beer on the wall, fifty-six boxes of bottles of beer, you take one down and pass it around, fifty-five boxes of bottles of beer on the wall!
Milhouse: (pointing out the window) What's that building over there?
Box Factory Tour Guide: That's just a TV studio where they film Krusty the Clown and other non-box-related programs. Since it has nothing to do with boxes, I'll just shut these blinds.
Bart: (after his 15th minute of fame is up) What happened?
Krusty: Oh, don't worry about that. You're just finished, that's all.
Krusty: Bart! I need to use you in a sketch.
Bart: You want me to be on the show?
Krusty: It's just one line. Mel's supposed to say it, but he's dead.
Krusty: Or sick. I don't know. I forget.
Guard at Krustylu Studios: Do you work here, little boy?
Guard: Well then! Go right in, sir!
Box Factory Tour Guide: This is the most popular room in the tour.
Milhouse: It's just like the other rooms.
Box Factory Tour Guide: Yes, but with one important difference. (Looks to his side) Oh, they took that out. Yes, it is just like the other rooms.
(Bart appears on Late Night with Conan O'Brien)
Bart: You know, Conan, I have a lot to say. I'm not just a one-line wonder. Did you know that a section of rainforest the size of Kansas is burned every single --
Conan: Just do the line.
Bart: (glum) I didn't do it.
(Audience laughs and cheers)
Conan: (laughs) Great material. We'll be right back.
(Music starts to play; Conan dances; Bart half-heartedly joins him)
Conan: Sit perfectly still: only I may dance!
Homer: Oliver North…he was just poured into that uniform.
The idea of having Conan O'Brien guest star started as a joke if one of the writer's had their own talk show, then they heard that NBC may be giving him Letterman's slot. In case Conan didn't get the job, they had another sequence to run with.
Blackboard Joke: My homework was not stolen by a one-armed man.
Couch Gag: The family meld into an amorphous blob of red, yellow, orange, green, white, and blue.
Conan O'Brien becomes the show's first (and only) writer to come back and lend his voice to the series.
Bart dreams he is on Match Game 2034 by being one of the celebrity panelists. This is a parody to the 1970's popular game show Match Game where contestants match their answers with the celebrity answers. Gene Rayburn hosted the show.
In Living Color
The "I Didn't Do It" dancers are an allusion to "The Fly Girls." "The Fly Girls" were a dancing troupe, which featured a then unknown Jennifer Lopez, who appeared on the FOX sketch comedy show In Living Color which ran on Fox from 1990 to 1994.
Lisa: (typing) And that's how I cured all disease, ended war, and reunited the entire cast of TV's Facts of Life, including longtime holdout, Tootie.
Lisa references the classic 1980s sitcom, The Facts of Life (which has since had a reunion movie, but did not include the entire cast as Nancy McKeon, who played Jo, did not return).
Krusty the Clown tosses Bart a towel just like "Mean" Joe Greene does to a little boy in the famous 1970's Coca-Cola commercial.
The blackboard joke, "My homework was not stolen by a one-armed man," is a reference to the TV show, and later movie (1993) starring Harrison Ford, The Fugitive. The story involves a man whose wife was killed by a one-armed man and then framed.
Homer compares Bart to Steve Urkel, a character from the 1989 - 1998 TV series Family Matters, who was well known for the line "Did I do that?" which is similar to Bart's "I didn't do it."
Krustylu Studios references the former Desilu Studios, which were owned and operated by Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. The studio was used to produce episodes of I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Star Trek and the 1960-1967 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show.