Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices
Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others
Sign seen at the Family Fun Center: "As seen on When Disaster Strikes 4."
Arcade games spotted at the Family Fun Center: "Pack Rat Returns" and "Shark Bait."
Troy McClure and Billy appear in the Regional Geographic film, Birds: Our Fine Feathered Colleagues. Troy also mentions 2 other educational films that he appeared in, Earwigs-Eeeew! and Man vs. Nature: The Road to Victory.
The door for the Springfield Birdwatching Society meeting room in the Springfield Municipal Building reads, "Pecking Order Strictly Enforced."
(Principal Skinner explains the dangers of the Bolivian tree lizard.)
Principal Skinner: It's already wiped out the dodo, the cuckoo and the nene. And it has nasty plans for the booby, the titmouse, the woodcock and the titpecker.
(The lizards have just revealed themselves from the eggs.)
Bart: Man, those are some funky-looking birds!
Homer: Awww, hee-hee-hee-hee! Oh... You look like a little tiny dinosaur! (as he says this he pushes one of the lizard's heads up and down with his finger until the lizard bites him) YEOWW!!! That is one vicious baby bird!
Librarian: You've checked this bible out every weekend for the last 9 years wouldn't it just be cheaper to buy one?
Reverend Lovejoy: Perhaps… on a librarian's salary.
(In the treehouse)
Bart: Hey fellas, good news! I found an extra seventy-five watt light bulb lying around!
(In the house, Homer carries a box to the basement, whistling. He switches the light on, but it does not come on and he falls down the stairs.)
Homer: D'oh! (Continues Whistling)
Lisa: One, they don't have beaks, two, they don't have feathers, and three, they're lizards!
Bart: You're a lizard!
Homer: Enough bickering! I know how to settle this.
Marge: No kickboxing!
Homer: Aw... (takes the pie) if anybody wants me, I'll be eating alone in the basement.
(He walks out, switches the basement light on, but it does not come on and he falls down the basement stairs yet again.)
Homer: Alright, young lady! I want you to march yourself down to the Kwik-E-Mart and get me some chips and a beer... and get a little something for yourself to.
(While waiting for the eggs to hatch)
Homer: What's taking so long? Bart was born in like 5 minutes.
Marge: Actually it took 53 hours.
Homer: Really, wow the time just flew by didn't it?
Homer: Oh, I hate folding sheets!
Marge: That's your underwear.
Homer: Well, whatever it is, it's a two-man job. Where's Bart?
Skinner: Well, I was wrong; the lizards are a godsend.
Lisa: But isn't that a bit short-sighted? What happens when we're overrun by lizards?
Skinner: No problem. We simply release wave after wave of Chinese needle snakes. They'll wipe out the lizards.
Lisa: But aren't the snakes even worse?
Skinner: Yes, but we're prepared for that. We've lined up a fabulous type of gorilla that thrives on snake meat.
Lisa: But then we're stuck with gorillas!
Skinner: No, that's the beautiful part. When wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death.
Homer: Enough bickering. I know how to settle this.
Marge: No kick-boxing!
Homer: Oh, man, this is the most exciting thing I've seen since Halley's Comet collided with the Moon.
Lisa: That never happened, Dad.
Homer: Sure it didn't.
(Bart is pacing in his treehouse)
Marge: I wonder what he's doing up there.
Homer: Drug lab?
Marge: Drug lab?!
Homer: Or, I dunno, reading comic books. What am I, Kreskin?
Bart: Wow, can I try that sometime?
Nelson: Yeah, never hurts to have a second set of prints on a gun.
Lisa: Shouldn't you put on a batting helmet?
Homer: Nah, they mess up my hair.
Homer: Man, it feels good to get out of that car. Ooh, go-karts!
Troy McClure: Hi, I'm Troy McClure. You may remember me from such nature films as 'Earwigs, Eww' and 'Man vs. Nature - The Road to Victory'.
Marge: Young man, you're coming home with me this minute.
Nelson: All right, finally, a real home!
Marge: Not you. Bart!
Nelson: Oh. See you later, Killer!
Marge: "Killer"? Why did he call you "Killer"?
Bart: Mom, you were right. Nelson is bad news. Can we go home?
Marge: What are you hiding there?
Marge: What are those cats doing behind you?
Bart: Uh...cats like me?
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: Two firemen hold up the couch and adjust it back and forth to catch Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie as they fall from the sky. Then a screaming Homer misses the couch and falls through the floor.
The episode marks Phil Hartman's last appearance. Phil acted as the host of the World's Deadliest Executions show on which Snake was executed in the next episode, "Tree House of Horror IX." Because he was recently murdered, however, the producers felt that his scene would be considered tasteless and they therefore called upon Ed McMahon to take his place, re-recording the lines with Ed's voice and re-animating the scene with Ed in Troy McClure's place.
Nelson teases Bart a calls him an "Octo-wussy." This is a pun on the title of the 1983 James Bond film, Octopussy.
The Andy Griffith Show
The episode's title and basic plot, Bart killing a mother bird with his BB gun, are taken from the classic The Andy Griffith Show episode "Opie the Birdman" (Wherein Opie adopts three baby birds after he kills their mother with a slingshot).
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