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
Rory, Homeless Guys
Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others
The books Poe Poetry, Ginsberg and On the Road are visible on Lisa's bookshelf.
As Homer individually greets Patty and Selma, he gets their names mixed up. He incorrectly says "Hi Patty" when kissing Selma and "Hi Selma" when kissing Patty.
When Homer and Bart are watching the Macy's parade, Homer says "If the parade "turned every flash-in-pan cartoon character into a balloon, it will be a farce", immediately a Bart float passes by. The same year this episode premiered, the Bart float made its debut in the real parade.
A guard at Mr. Burns' mansion can be spotted reading Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo.
Everyone drinks wine with dinner except Homer, who sips from a can of Duff.
A Springfield Retirement Castle sign reads: "Thank you for not discussing the outside world."
Goof: When Kent Brockman got back in the van after his report, he had a different look to him.
Patty's sundress turns blue when she says that Marge's turkey is dry.
Homer is watching the Dallas Cowboys, yet the announcer says they are in the Silverdome, home of the Detroit Lions. By tradition (since the 1940's), the Lions always play Thanksgiving at home. In the 1960's the Cowboys were also granted that honor. So they couldn't possibly be playing each other.
Homer: Hello, operator! Give me the number for 911!
Homer: Alright Bart, that's it! Go to your room! Now!
Bart: Okay, I'll take some white meat and some stuffing to go and send in the pumpkin pie in about twenty minutes.
Homer: I said now!
Bart: Mom, do I have too?
Marge: Yes, you do! I hope your happy, Bart! You've ruined Thanksgiving!
Bart: Alright! Twelve bucks and free grub to boot! Viva skid row!
Bart: I don't know why I did it, I don't know why I enjoyed it, and I don't know why I'll do it again!
Marge: Now we can blame him for everything!
Homer: It's your fault I'm bald.
Abe: It's your fault I'm old.
Maggie: It's your fault I can't talk!
Uncle Sam: It's your fault America has lost its way!
Everyone: It's all your fault! It's all your fault! It's all your fault!
Kent Brockman: Oh we have lots of names for these people. Bums, deadbeats, losers, scums of the earth, we'd like to sweep these people into the gutter, or if already in the gutter, to some other out of the way place. Oh we have our reasons. They're depressing, their ragged clothes, they're crazy, they smell bad. So every year on one conscience salving day, we toss these people a bone. A turkey bone. And that's supposed to make it all better.
Patty: When is that boy going to apologize?
Selma: He sure is stubborn.
Grampa: Homer was never stubborn. He always folded instantly over everything. It was as if he had no will of his own. Isn't that true, Homer?
Homer: Yes, dad!
Lady: Hey, you gotta be eighteen to sell your blood, lets see some ID.
Bart: Here you go, doll face!
Lady: Okay, Homer, just relax.
Homer: And lord, we're especially thankful for nuclear power, the cleanest safest energy source there is. Except for solar, which is just a pipe dream. Anyway, we'd like to thank you for the occasional moments of peace and love our family's experienced. Well, not today, you saw what happened! Oh lord, be honest! Are we the most pathetic family in the universe or what?
Selma: Worst prayer yet.
Marge: Mom, you made it! How are you?
Jacqueline: I have laryngitis. It hurts to talk, so I'll just say one thing: You never do anything right.
Grampa: What's your hurry?
Homer: This place is depressing.
Grampa: Hey!I live here!
Homer: I'm sure it's a blast once you get used to it.
Bart: Who the hell is that?
Bart: Who? Wait a minute, who's that?
Homer: Underdog, don't you know anything?
Bart: It wouldn't hurt them to use some cartoons made in the last fifty years.
Homer: Bart, this is the tradition. If you build a balloon for every flash in the pad cartoon character, you'll turn the parade into a farce.
(Bart balloon shows up on the television)
Homer: This is Thanksgiving, so glue friendly or else I'll take away the glue and then nobody will have any glue to glue with!
Lisa: Dad, this isn't about glue, it's about territoriality. He only wants the glue because I'm using it.
Bart: Oh yeah, prove it (she hands him the glue) Hey man, I don't want your stupid glue.
Homer: See Maggie, those silver-and-blue guys are the Dallas Cowboys. They're Daddy's favorite team. And he wants them to lose by less than five and a half points. Understand?
Jacqueline: At the risk of losing my voice, let me just say one more thing... (Everyone listens carefully) ...I'm sorry I came.
Grampa: Let's go! If I'm not back at the home by nine they declare me legally dead and collect my insurance!
This is the first time that Mr. Burns released the hounds after Bart was intruding.
Dallas Cowboys players Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarkey are actually the names of two producers of The Simpsons.
This episode aired Thanksgiving night in 1990.
Blackboard Joke: I will not do that thing with my tongue.
Couch Gag: The family runs in and startles Grampa, who is sleeping on the couch.
Croesus and Mammon
When Bart goes to the Burns mansion, we see that it is at the corner of Croesus and Mammon. Croesus was an ancient king of Lydia and became a symbol of great wealth to the ancient Greeks; now it is used as a term for a very rich, usually arrogant person. Mammon was an Aramaic term meaning riches, as in The New Testament: Matthew 6:24… "you cannot serve God and Mammon". Now it is used as a term for great material wealth, especially of a evil or debasing influence.
Lisa: I saw the best meals of my generation destroyed by the madness of my brother.
This line is a parody of the phrase, "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness..." The line is taken from the epic poem, "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg. Lisa calls her poem "Howl of the Unappreciated."
Uncle Sam: It's your fault America has lost its way!
Less than a year into its run, many conservative social activists (as well as President George H. W. Bush) had blamed The Simpsons, and particularly the character of Bart, for contributing to the decaying morals among American youth. Uncle Sam's taunt references this.
Hooray for Everything
Performing at the halftime show is Hooray for Everything, a group of "clean-cut youngsters" who sing about "the dancingest hemisphere, the Western Hemisphere."
Hooray for Everything is a parody of Up With People and also bears a resemblance to America Sings! .
The song they sing is a cover of the Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes song Get Dancin'.
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