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Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices
According to the Devil, Bart is going to die 100 years after the incidents on this episode, so he will die at the age of 110.
Newspaper headlines according to Mr. Burns imagination: Burns fires ungrateful employee Another smart move by Burns Hooray for Burns!
The sponge card for Lionel Hutz reads:
Attorney at law
as seen on TV
Clogging our courts since 1976"
The Judge's name in this episode is Multon instead of Snyder
Dr. Nick also has diplomas saying:
Female Body Inspector
Club Med High School
Mayo Clinic Correspondence School
The diploma in Dr. Nick's office reads "I went to medical school for four years and all I got was this lousy diploma."
The sign on the wall in Dr. Nick's office reads: "Yes, we use anesthetic!"
The Devil was way off in his calculation in revealing the next time the Yankees would win the American League pennant. Rather than "a century from now," it was only 5 years, they won again in 1996.
When Bart is on the escalator to Heaven, he sees Great Grampa Simpson strangling a young boy (presumably Abe) in same the way Homer often strangles him.
Dr. Nick's office is two doors down from Hutz's. They are separated by a Gum for Less Store.
Bart skates by Mart's Deli and Sushi Yes before getting hit.
When Bart's soul floats from Hell, back up to his body in the hospital, he passes through a hospital room in which it appears that Jacques (from "Life on the Fast Lane") is going to receive some sort of an exam, requiring the doctor to snap on some gloves.
Bart's legs were nearly completely covered in casts except for one toe on his right foot.
Mr. Burns's suit changes from baby blue when fussing at the lawyers to dark navy blue at the dinner.
In the Springfield Municipal Court, the judge is caucasian, but in later episodes, he becomes African American.
When Bart rises from hell and you see random floors from the hospital, you see Ned Flanders taking his sons to get shots. Learned later in the series where Homer gets a computer, we learn the Flanders family is against flu shots.
When Marge is being yelled at by Burns lawyer, at one point if you look behind the lawyer you see him sitting down with Burns even though he is yelling at Marge.
(Homer and Marge make up at Moe's bar)
Moe: Okay, everybody, for the next 15 minutes, one-third off on every pitcher! (Crowd cheers) Hey, one per customer. Domestic beer only. Hey, no sharing!
Homer's Brain: A million dollars. My wife cost me a million dollars.
Marge: Homer would you like some more macaroni and cheese?
Homer's Brain: Yeah, a million dollars worth, you treacherous snake woman.
Homer: No, thank you.
Marge: Some string beans?
Homer's Brain: No, I don't want any string beans either, you two-timing, backstabbing--Uh-oh. Better answer.
Homer: No, thank you.
Marge: Some celery with cream cheese on it?
Homer's Brain: Just mouth polite nothings.
Homer: No, thank you.
(Smithers checks on Bart after Mr. Burns hits him.)
Smithers: Uh-oh. I, uh—I think the boy's hurt.
Mr. Burns: Oh, for crying out loud! Just give him a nickel and let's get going.
Burns: I'm going to write a figure on this piece of paper. It's not quite as large as the last one, but I think you'll find it fair.
(draws a giant zero)
Hutz: I think we should take it.
Bailiff: Do you promise to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Marge: Mmm… Yes, I do.
Hutz: She sounded like she was taking that awful seriously.
Bart: (in court and in tears) Luckily, I was not killed that day. Though sometimes I wish I had been.
Burns: Oh, it was a beautiful day. The sun was shining. I was driving to the orphanage to pass out toys…
Judge: Mr. Burns, I must warn you that if you continue to disrupt the court in this way, I will have to cite you for contempt.
Burns: You wouldn't dare!
Judge: Well, no, um, I guess I wouldn't.
Hutz: Doctor, are you sure there isn't a little soft tissue trauma in the facial area?
Dr. Nick: Oh yeah, tons of it! (wrapping Bart's head in bandages) Just say when!
Marge: Is he well enough for me to start mothering him unbearably, doctor?
Hibbert: Mmmm, better let him rest up a while first.
Lionel Hutz: Lionel Hutz, attorney-at-law. What's that, a broken neck? Great!
The Devil: Remember: Lie, cheat, steal, and listen to heavy metal music!
Bart: Yes, sir!
Bart: Um, say, is there anything I can do to avoid coming back here?
The Devil: Oh, sure, yeah. But, eh, you wouldn't like it.
Bart: Oh, okay! See you later, then.
Voice from Heaven: Please hold onto the handrail. Do not spit over the side.
Homer: One million dollars is a-okay.
Marge: I'm sorry, but my mother said, if you can't say anything nice about someone, you shouldn't say anything at all.
Homer: Will that hold up in court?
Lionel Hutz: No, I've tried it before.
Lawyer: Your Honor, my client has instructed me to remind the court how rich and important he is, and that he is not like other men.
Mr. Burns: I should be able to run over as many kids as I want!
Marge: Homer, I'd like you to forgive me for doing the right thing, we've squabbled over money before. I mean, I know this is different than the time I washed your pants with the 20 in the pocket.
Marge: Hmm, well, to be honest, he seemed a lot more concerned about wrapping Bart in bandages than in making him feel better. And he mispronounced words that even I know, like abdomen... and his office was dirty. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure if he was even a doctor!
Lenny: Hey, Simpson, I heard Mr. Burns crushed your boy!
Homer: Yeah, if I wasn't so spineless, I'd march right into his office right now, and...
Smithers: Simpson! Mr. Burns wants you to march into his office right now
Bart: I did go away, mom, I was miles and miles and miles away. Dying in agony in the pits of hell. And you were there! And you, and you, and you... and you I've never seen before!
Homer: (to Lionel Hutz) Yeah who are you anyway? I saw you chasing Bart's ambulance.
Devil: According to this, you're not due to arrive here the next time the Yankees win the pennant; that's nearly a century from now. (Chuckles) Boy, is my face red.
Lionel Hutz: Hutz is the name, Mr. Simpson. Lionel Hutz, attorney at law. Here's my card. It turns into a sponge when you put it in water.
Homer: Ooh, classy.
Lisa: Excuse me, Mr. Hutz. Are you a shyster?
Lionel Hutz: How does a nice little girl like you know a big word like that?
Bart: Hey, cool, I'm dead.
Dr. Nick: Bad news. Your son is a very sick boy. Just look at the X-rays. See that dark spot there? Whiplash.
Homer: Whiplash? Oh no!
Dr. Nick: And this smudge here that looks like my fingerprint? No, that's trauma.
Bart: Am I going to die?
Homer: (Sobbing) Yes! You're going to die!
This is the first time Phil Hartman guest stars in an episode.
This is the second and final time the title of the episode is shown on screen.
During Burns's flashback you can hear a sample of the song "Spanish Flea." In order to get the rights to the song, the staff had to go through Jay Kogen, who contacted his godfather who wrote the song to get permission.
Writer Matt Kirkland put in the gag of seeing jokes between floors as Bart makes his way back to his bed. On the Season Two DVD commentary track, the staff discuss how they were "boxed into a corner" into doing those kind of gags for the rest of the show's lifespan.
This episode is sometimes billed with the title on the screen "Bart Gets Hit By A Car."
Blackboard Joke: I will not sell school property.
Couch Gag: Homer pushes everyone else off of the couch.
First Appearance: Lionel Hutz, Dr. Nick Riviera, and Blue Haired Lawyer.
The Rolling Stones
The Devil says to Bart "Please allow me to introduce myself". This is a reference to The Rolling Stones 1968 song "Sympathy for the Devil"
Life in Hell
Jeff and Ackbar, characters from Matt Groening's comic strip Life in Hell, can be spotted sitting in the courtroom.
The Fortune Cookie
The entire plot of the third act was made to be a parody of the 1966 movie The Fortune Cookie.
Burns: Take me! I'm old!!!
This line is taken from an episode of The Twilight Zone, where actor Jack Klugman cries out the same line.
Judge: Now Bart, you know the difference between telling the truth and telling a lie, don't you
A quick reference to the question asked by the judge in the film Miracle On 34th Street.
Garden Of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch
The look of Hell is a parody of Hieronymus Bosch's famous painting "Garden Of Earthly Delights."
Mr. Burns: Just give him a nickel and let's get going.
This is a quick reference to the classic Charles Dickens novel A Tale Of Two Cities (1859). In the novel, the Marquis St. Evermonde runs over a boy in the street and just tosses the father a coin.
The name of Lionel Hutz's secretary is a reference to Barbara Hale's character "Della Street". The secretary for D.A. Perry Mason.
The Cosby Show
For the 2nd season, the show was moved from Sunday night to Thursday night in order to go head-to-head with The Cosby Show. As a gag, the character of Dr. Hibbert was created as a parody of Bill Cosby's Cliff Huckstable. Even the family and his home were designed to look like it.
Bart: And you were there, and you, and you...
When Bart regains consciousness in the hospital, he points to everyone who was in his visit to the afterlife a la Dorothy at the end of The Wizard Of Oz (1939).
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