Music from this episode
"Toy Soldiers" by Martika (The song played while the soldiers undergo basic training.)
"Alexander Nevsky" by Sergei Prokofiev (The classical choral music that plays during the Army recruitment video.)
The Squeaky-voiced Teeen's surname is revealed to be Freiderson.
In this episode the Springfield Mall is fine but in "Please Homer Don't Hammer 'Em" it was deserted.
In one scene you can clearly see footprints in the grass yet when the tank rolls through there are no marks whatsoever.
When Marge Simpson is talking to her kids (Lisa and Bart), she shows a big sign of a phone tree. It shows these readable numbers with 555 prefix (couldn't read the bottom ones even on digital format):
Marge Simpson: 0123
Ned Flanders: 0172
Helen Lovejoy: 0134
Marge Simpson calls Helen but she didn't dial 0134 unless it was another Helen.
Some of the stores at Springfield Mall include:
House Of No Refunds
TATTERS - Clothes For Orphans
The Sole Provider
Marge: Don't worry. I have a secret weapon. One more deadly then any gun.
Bart: Lisa's face?
Marge: A phone tree.
Marge: Homer our son joined the army!
Homer: Yeah big deal. By the time Bart is eighteen we're gonna control the world… We're China right?
Recruiter: We just want to talk to you about something near and dear to us.
Dolph: What? Being Gay.
Recruiter: Close. The ARMY.
Recruiter: Yo! I don't know which one I dig more Hip Hop, Crunk or serving my country.
Jimbo: Are you guys hitting on us?
Moe: Heh, heh. This is the first time I ever watered down my liquor!
Lenny: Moe, why are your eyes darting back and forth like that?
Homer: How would you like to be stacked naked in a pile and while a hillbilly girl points and laughs at you?
Cletus: That was our last Christmas card!
Private: Sir, you can't just invade an American city without authorization.
Colonel: Yes, I can. Congress slipped it into the National Broccoli Day proclamation.
Homer: Hey baby. Ya' like obstacle courses?
(Homer peers out of a manhole cover at oncoming tanks)
Homer: Bring it on chumps!
(Tank runs over the manhole he's peeping out of)
Homer: Oooh! Fingers, fingers fingers!
Sergeant: Gentleman, I'm going to be frank; never before has the ARMY accepted recruits with such low test scores.
Homer: That's an odd way to start handing out medals!
Narration on Recruiter's Film: The Army, it's everything you like.
Principal Skinner: I'd do anything for my beloved Army.
Recruiter: How about re-enlisting?
Principal Skinner: How about you bite me?
Milhouse: Bart, can we go to Banana Republic? There's a mannequin there I have a crush on.
Bart: Milhouse, that is the most pathetic thing I've ever . . . (sees mannequin) Oh my God, she's beautiful!
The trailer for "The Simpsons Movie" debuted with the airing of this episode. The movie will be released on 27 Jul 2007.
Blackboard Joke: We are not all naked under our clothes.
Couch Gag: After the family sits the on the couch as usual the TV slides out of the way and the couch starts moving forward. As it moves forward the family is subjected to the phases of a car wash.
Moe uses "watching a snappy David Mamet play" as one of his excuses for his darting eyes. Mamet is a playwright/film-director, known for his fast-talking characters and surprise twists in such plays as Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed the Plow.
Army recruitment video:
The recruitment video starts with a shot of a knight pulling out a sword out of a rock pillar in the middle of a lava pit. This is an obvious parody of the ads put out by the US Marines that show a knight fighting a dragon in a volcano.
The "great military leader" that Homer imagines is a parody of Cap'n Crunch. Cap'n Crunch is the mascot of the cereal of the same name.
"How would you like to be stacked in a pile while a hillbilly girl points and laughs at you?"
A reference to Pfc. Lynndie England, who, while serving at the Abu Ghraib prison, posed in two infamous pictures: one where she was pointing at the genitalia of various prisoners, and one where she was standing behind a dog pile of prisoners giving the "thumbs up" sign.
Friday The 13th:
In the recruitment video, the last person you see getting shot by the helicopter is Jason Voorhees, the famous killer in the 10 "Friday The 13th" movies.
The drill instructor nicknames one of the soldiers "Maverick," an obvious reference to the 1986 movie Top Gun and Tom Cruise's character Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell. This is also somewhat of an inside joke, because Kiefer Sutherland does the Colonel's voice and he and Tom Cruise were both in the movie A Few Good Men.
Full Metal Jacket
The sergeant forcing Homer to eat donuts while the company does push ups, is a reference to a scene in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket where Private Pyle is caught with a donut and the men in his barracks have to do push ups while he eats it, causing them all to turn on him.
Homer (to the drill instructor): Are you going to ask us our major malfunctions?
In a well-known scene from the Vietnam War movie Full Metal Jacket, Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) asks Private Pyle (Vincent D'Onofrio), "WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR MALFUNCTION, NUMBNUTS? DIDN'T YOUR MOMMY AND DADDY GIVE YOU ENOUGH LOVE WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP!?"
The title of the episode is a reference to the popular soldier toy figure "G.I. Joe."
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