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
Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others
It's revealed that the Simpsons are from Northern Kentucky.
Walk of Fame stars near the Simpsons include: Milton Berle (with a symbol of a TV), Joan Jett (a typewritter), Nelson Mandela (a race car), and The Cheerios Honey Bee.
Tee Simpsons records that go mega-platinum are Simpsons Boogie, Lovely to Love Your Lovin, and Simpsons Christmas Boogie.
The various Bart sayings printed on T-shirts read: "Good Grief Man", "You Bet Your Sweet Bippy, Man", and "Life Begins at Conception, Man".
Headline reviews in the Hollywood trades, Daily Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter read: "Yellow Fever" and "Bumptious Brood Boffo" respectively.
Words seen during the "Behind the Laughter" title sequences are: Success, Fame, Beer, Candy, Money, Drugs, Women, Donuts,Sex, Millhouse,Lawsuits, Redemption, Hormones, and Graphics.
Magazine covers the Simpsons are featured on include: TV Guide, Rolling Stone, Coin Laundry News, and Short Hair Ideas.
When Marge calls Lisa a little snitch, the closed captions says a little beep.
The lawyer looked different in this episode. In this one he was tanned and had black hair as opposed to him having a blue hair and a yellow face.
Marge called Lisa a "bitch" the first time around also it was bleeped out.
In syndication they changed "bitch" to "snitch."
Ozzy Osbourne has his old permed hairdo from the 1980s rather than the current hairstyle he got circa 1992, and he has a cockney accent
Homer says winning a trip to Delaware would be the last season; there have been many more seasons since that episode was aired. The trip to Delaware was featured in the season 12's "Simpsons' Tall Tales."
When they are showing Bart filling up their gas tank with soapy water, they are living at 742 Evergreen terrace, however in "Lisa's First Word" they lived in their apartment when Bart was an only child.
Bart judges a Miss Hawaiian Tropic beauty contest at the Sheraton Haleakalualea. On the way home, he gets into a scuffle with the flight attendants on a Hawaiian Airlines jet. He's led off the plane in handcuffs, covering his face in shame.
when the simpsons were editing an upcoming episode, they use the same lines that are said at the very begining of The Simpsons Tall Tales
Bart: The funniest stuff came right out of real life. (Flashes back to shooting a scene with Homer)
Homer: Son, let's go out for frosty chocolate milkshakes.
Bart: Cowabunga, dude!
Director: And... cut!
Bart: Dad, I've never said "cowabunga" in my life. Your script sucks!
Homer: Why you little... (begins to angrily strangle him)
Director: Hey, that's funny! (The two stop, then Homer and Bart continue with a fake strangling as they make mock grunting and gagging noises.)
Narrator: The Simpsons' TV show started out on a wing and a prayer. But now the wing was on fire, and the prayer had been answered by Satan.
Homer: It was the best Thanksgiving ever. I mean, emotionally, it was terrible, but the turkey was so moist!
Narrator: Marge put together a night club act..
Marge: (singing) I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy!
Backup Singers: She didn't do it! She didn't do it!
Marge: So the next time you see a sheriff, shoot him (audience gasps) A smile! Goodnight!
Backup Singers: She didn't do it! She didn't do it!
Ozzy Osbourne: Right and the award for best hardcore thrash metal goes to "Simpsons Christmas Boogie"?!
Marge: Okay, the material was a little corny, but Homer and I had real chemistry onscreen.
Homer: Every day I thought about firing Marge…you know, just to shake things up.
Simpsons: We're gonna groove tonight, we'll make you feel alright – Simpsons Christmas Boogie!
We're dancing to the beat, we'll make you move your feet – Simpsons Christmas Boogie!
Simpsons Christmas Boogie!
Simpsons Christmas Boogie!
Simpsons: We're gonna grove tonight, we'll make you feel alright – Simpsons Boogie!
Lisa: To prolong the run of the series, I was secretly given anti-growth hormones.
(Camera switches to Homer)
Homer: That's impossible! How would I have gotten all four necessary drops into her cereal?
Narrator: But reckless spending and interracial homoeroticism were just volume one of the encyclopedia self-destructica.
Willie Nelson: I would do anything for Kegmeister Julius.
Lenny: Even Bart was throwin' dough around. He paid me and Carl $1000 to kiss each other.
Carl: Hey, did we ever get that money?
Bart: The script originally called for me to jump the gorge, but I'd been up all night payin' people to kiss, so Dad volunteered to do the stunt.
Narrator: Would Willie's fence-mending eggs bear fruit? Or would his olive branch be torn apart by woodpeckers of mistrust? That night, fate wore a cummerbund ... of suspense.
Bart: Oh, shut up! Always trying to look so mature. I'm glad you make the least money.
Lisa: Oh that is it!
(She chokes Bart)
Marge: I learned something; when people reach for their diaphragms, they don't want to see my picture.
Comic Book Guy: One time, Lisa bought a first edition of Susan B. Anthony Man. Her check bounced higher than rubber girl.
Lisa: Shut up or I'll sue.
Marge: Oh, save it for your next book, you little snitch.
Gloria Allred: That's assault! That is assault.
Willie Nelson: (Referring to the hair braider) Time saver, my ass!
Apu: Yes, I finked on Homer, but, you know, he deserved it. Never have I seen such abuse of the take-a-penny/leave-a-penny tray.
Homer: Then came the rocks -- jagged rocks, hitting me with their jags.
Homer: Why did I take so much punishment? Let's just say that fame was like a drug. But what was even more like a drug was the drugs.
Narrator: Next week on Behind the Laughter.
Huckleberry Hound: I was so gay, but I couldn't tell anyone.
Narrator: The dream was over. Coming up, was the dream really over? Yes it was. Or was it?
Narrator: For America's favorite family, everything was coming up roses. But in those roses were ready to sting bees.
Lisa: Dad, I want to go to bed! Aren't there child labor laws?
Homer: Who told you about those laws? Was it Marge?
Marge: Oh, you've been riding me all day. Why don't you poop in your hat?
Moe: Oh, Homer was spending money like a teenage Arab. He bought me a Rolex and cashmere jeans. I felt kinda guilty 'cause I was always trying to score with his wife. So, when do we start filming? (looks at camera) Oh.
Narrator: Before a riot could break out, Jimmy Carter came to the rescue with his comedy break-dancing.
Jimmy Carter: Got a brotha' named Billy... and my teeth look silly! Break it down now!
Marge: They told us what to wear, how to dress, what clothes to put on . . .
Marge: Fortunately, I had a network connection. The man who cut my hair was also the president of FOX.
Homer: (About choking Bart) And that horrible act of child abuse became one of our most beloved running gags.
Homer: I want to set the record straight. I thought the cop was a prostitute.
Marge: We were using $50 bills as toilet paper and toilet paper as dog toilet paper.
Marge: Either (Bleep) or get off the pot!
Marge: Nobody told us how difficult it was to raise kids. They almost drove me to fortified wine.
Homer: Then we figured out we could just park them in front of the TV. That's how I was raised and I turned out TV.
Lisa: I had no business hosting the Oscars. After the show, Meryl Streep spit on me.
Blackboard Joke: I will not obey the voices in my head.
Couch Gag: The couch is now a vibrating bed and jiggles the family out of frame.
In 2000, this episode won an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or Less), as well as the 2000 Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music in an Animated Television Production.
It is revealed by the Narrator at the end of the episode that the Simpson family lives in .... [ Editor's note: Lots of discussion on this lively topic is documented at the Simpson's Archive. ]
Buzz Aldrin, Tom Kite and Butch Patrick were credited as "Special Guest Appearances". Not only it's the first time someone has received that credit, but also the first time actors have been credited, even though their characters had no lines, nor made any sounds.
Jim Forbes, who provides the voice of the narrator for this episode, is the actual narrator of VH-1's Behind the Music as themselves in the episode, NRBQ also appears live (i.e., unanimated) over the end credits of this episode.
There is a montage of Homer's past injuries over the end credits.
Narrator: The Simpsons' star continued to rise, like a plastic bag caught in an updraft.
The shot of the plastic bag caught in an updraft is similar to the video Ricky Fitts shoots in the 1999 film American Beauty.
Homer: I'm king of the world!
This was one of Leonardo DiCaprio's lines from the movie Titanic.
The scene with the young female "Simpsons" fans in the Hysteria Ward is accompanied by the Beatles' song "Twist and Shout."
When making his first short the narrator refers to Homer as a "penniless Peckinpah." This is a reference to the late maverick film-maker Sam Peckinpah.
The episode title is a spoof of the VH1 series, Behind the Music.
Krusty: "Krustophenia went nowhere"
Krusty's "Krustophenia" album, is a direct reference to the classic Who album "Quadrophenia." Even the cover is the same.
The Simpsons' attempt to record albums to tie into their TV series is a direct spoof of other domestic sitcoms that had done the same thing – most notably The Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch. Most of the songs recorded by the Barry Williams-led Brady's were covers of late 60s and early 70s pop songs that became popular by other artists.
Richie Rich replacing Bart in the role, and Bart later returning to the role, spoofs Roseanne, where actresses Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke alternated the role of Becky (Conner) Healy during the latter years of the classic ABC sitcom.
Willie Nelson (Springfield New Awareness: Thank you, Taco, for that loving tribute to Falco.
Synth-pop performer Taco is best known (only known?) for his 1981 cover of Irving Berlin's "Puttin' On The Ritz."
Austrian-born Falco topped the charts in the mid-'80s with "Rock Me Amadeus" (butchered by the songwriter(s) of Troy McClure's "Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off!" (3F15, "A Fish Called Selma")).
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