Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, 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
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Sideshow Bob Terwilliger
Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
"Wes Doobner's World Famous Family Style Rib Huts" is an anagram for "Sideshow Bob's World Famous Family Style Return".
Sign seen at the Springfield Funeral Home: "Same Low Price, Even For Fatties!"
Bart is featured in on the front page of the Springfield Shopper after "killing" Sideshow Bob. The headline reads: "Boy Shames Region."
Goof: During Sideshow Bob's trial, when the camera quickly pans over to Bart, Bob's father, Dr. Terwilliger, can be seen in the gallery, even though he is actually supposed to be on the witness stand.
While shopping for batteries, Homer considers "Ever-Ready" batteries ($6) and "Sometimes Ready" batteries ($3) before settling on "Dead Already" batteries (50 cents).
While Homer shops for batteries at Circuit Circus, a "Max Power" brand of batteries can be seen. A possible reference to Homer's adopted name from the season 10 episode, "Homer to the Max".
The members of the jury in Sideshow Bob's Trial are: Cletus Del Roy, Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon, Kirk Van Houten, Luigi Risotto, Miss Hoover, Gil Gunderson, Moe Szyslak, Lindsey Naegle, Kearney Zzyzwicz, Bernice Hibbert, Hans Moleman, and Carl Carlson.
In one commercial that Marge watches former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf is endorsing a floor mop.
While skipping over the television advertisements with the Simpsons' new TiVo, we can see Santa's Little Helper's Duff Beer commercial from "Old Yeller Belly", the Turbo Diary commercial from "The Dad Who Knew Too Little", the Funzo commercial from "Grift of the Magi", Homer's commercial for SpringShield from "Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge", the Mr. Sparkle commercial from the episode "In Marge We Trust", and Sideshow Bob's commercial for Wes Doobner's World Famous Family Style Rib Huts" from later in the episode.
Sideshow Bob: Let's not tarry. As Shakespeare said, "If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere best it were done quickly." Power on!(turns on the laptop and laughs maniacally) This time I've made no mistakes.
Lisa: Actually, you made one. What Shakespeare really said was, "'Twere well it were done quickly."
Sideshow Bob: Yes, I'm sure you've studied the immortal bard extensively under your "Miss Hoover." (leaves and shuts the door)
Lisa: Macbeth, act one, scene seven. Look it up.
Sideshow Bob: (re-enters) I shall! (takes the laptop) Come on, Wikipedia. Load, you unwieldy behemoth! laptop explodes Oh, dear. Sideshow Bob, "Hoist on his own petard."
Lisa: It's "hoist with his own petard."
Sideshow Bob: Oh, get a life.
Sideshow Bob: Before you die, perhaps you'd like to know how I engineered my ultimate revenge.
Homer: I'd like to know if Wes Doobner is aware of what you're doing in his restaurant!
Sideshow Bob: I'm Wes Doobner!
Homer: Mr. Doobner, I have a complaint: I work hard and when I go out with my family I expect a certain level of basic--
Sideshow Bob: Shut up!
Kent Brockman: America has a tradition of turning outlaws into legends after their deaths: Billie the Kid. Bonnie and Clyde. Jesus Christ.
(Krusty plays the piano and sings in mourning at Sideshow Bob's funeral.)
Krusty: Farewell, Sideshow Bob
Your shoes are empty and the stage is dark.
Bart stole your nitroglycerin
And then your heart, it barked.
And it seems to me your loyal fans
Oughta buy this DVD
(Holds up a Best of Sideshow Bob DVD.)
Of all your best-loved sketches
On The Krusty Show.
It's full of extra features
And deleted scenes.
Like when you fell and split your pants
And we saw your "Frank and Beans."
(At Cirucit Circus.)
Homer: (to Bart) Now ignore all the fancy shmancy thingamajigs, boy. We're just gonna get a camera battery and go home.
Salesman #1: Interested in a car stereo?
Homer: No, thanks. Just here for a battery.
Salesman #2: Big special on camcorders!
Homer: All I want is a battery.
Saleswoman: Care to make love, sir?
Homer: Battery, battery, battery!
(At Sideshow Bob's trial.)
Sideshow Bob: Your Honor, I choose to represent myself. And let me say... I did try to kill the Simpsons. I truly did.
(The entire courtroom gasps in shock.)
Prosecutor: (to Homer and Marge) Okay, if he doesn't say "but" right now, we are home free.
Sideshow Bob: But--
(The family watches a commercial for a new restaurant.)
Wes Doobner: Howdy, folks! Are tired of family arguments over where to go for dinner?
Homer: Sometimes I think about gettin' on a bus and never comin' back.
Wes Doobner: Why not try Wes Doobner's World Famous Family Style Rib Huts? The rib joint with somethin' for everyone!
Homer: Good luck with my finicky appetite!
Wes Doobner: We've got ribs--
Wes Doobner: Plain noodles.
Wes Doobner: With butter.
Wes Doobner: Texas tofu!
Lisa: Yummy, yumma!
Wes Doobner: And the easiest place mat puzzle in the state.
Bart: Let me at it!
(Lisa explains how she figured out Sideshow Bob's scheme on the way to save Bart at the funeral home.)
Lisa: Bob planned this from the beginning.
Lisa: He wanted to be captured at the restaurant.
Lisa: He would never get a Shakespeare quote wrong.
Lisa: His mother was a Shakespearian actress.
Homer: Oh, yeeh!
Lisa: His father was a doctor.
Homer: A doctor, huh?
Lisa: So when Bob collaspsed in the courtroom...
Homer I remember.
Lisa: ...his father could take that opportunity to inject Bob with a powerful drug that simulated death.
Lisa: It was a diabolical scheme and every member of his family played a part!
Homer: Are you done? 'Cause I've been circling the funeral home for 10 minutes.
Lisa: (Begrudgingly) Yes.
John Mahoney has now played father to Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce in two separate series: Fraiser and The Simpsons.
Itchy & Scratchy: "Spherical on 34th Street" While Scratchy enjoys a Thanksgiving day parade, Itchy sneaks up behind him and stuffs the hose from a hydrogen tank into Scratchy's mouth. Scratchy rapidly inflates and floats up into the sky, much like a parade float. Itchy then grabs a bow and arrow from an Indian/Pilgrim themed float, lights the arrow on fire and shoots down Scratchy who crashes in a ball of flames. A reporter mouse comments, "Oh, the hilarity," a la the Hindenburg disaster.
This episode marks the first appearance of Sideshow Bob's parents: Dr. Terwilliger and Dame Judith Underdunk.
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: A magician stands alone in an empty Simpson family living room. With a flick of his red cape, the couch suddenly appears and with another flick, the family appears on the couch.
Clippy: "Looks like you're trying to blow up the computer. Mind if I hug my kids?"
Clippy is an iconic paper-clip-shaped assistant from Microsoft Office software who would pop up on screen to ask if you need help in a similar type of question. When Sideshow Bob turns on his laptop, Clippy and his family are the first thing to appear.
The Oprah Winfrey Show
Marge watches an episode of Opal, a parody of the TV Mega-star, Oprah. They even reference the suspiciously long-running courtship of her supposed boyfriend Steadman named "Straightman"; a wink towards questions regarding the couple's sexuality.
Candle in the Wind
The song played by Krusty the Clown at Sideshow Bob's funeral is a parody of Elton John playing his modified version of the song "Candle in the Wind" at Princess Diana's funeral.
Miracle on 34th Street
The title of the Itchy and Scratchy episode, "Spherical on 34th Street", is a parody of the classic 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street.
Moe chases a van in which the passengers are watching watching Grover from the children's TV show Sesame Street, he even mentions Big Bird, another character from the show.
The electronic store "Circuit Circus" is a parody of the Circuit City chain.
Itchy: Oh, the hilarity!
Itchy's comment, as he watches a hydrogen inflated Scratchy crash and burn, refers to Herbert Morrison's exclamation during his radio broadcast when the Hindenburg crashed on May 3, 1937; "Oh, the humanity!" Morrison's broadcast remains one of the most famous in history.
The title of this episode is a play on the the title of the Elton John song, "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" from his two-part album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
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