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
Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
The bags on Moe's feet supplanting shoes are white with colorful polka dots, indicating they are Wonder Bread bags. On Moe's right foot, half of the word "Wonder" can be seen, while "Bread" is seen on his left.
In the television commercial, Funzo says, "Ha ha!" in a similar manner to Nelson.
As Moe tries to kill himself he wears a sign that says "No funeral".
When Fat Tony first appears, he comes out from behind a tree that is far too skinny to hide him.
When the family is at the hospital, we see Maggie with a red bow on, but when we see her again her bow is blue.
When Bart and Lisa are watching the Spanish court show, the lady refers to her bad car as a "limon". Her intention is to call the car a lemon, but she actually called the car a lime.
The French chef who tries to kill Homer in "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?" is making omelettes at the Springfield Elementary concerned parents meeting.
(Bart and Lisa crawl on the floor to sneak past the desk of the security guard, Gary Coleman, who is the on the phone while eating take-out)
Gary Coleman: But the menu said 'galaxy of prawns' - three prawns are hardly a galaxy...what do you mean 'your hands are tied'?! Let me talk to Mr. Kwan.
Bart: (To Lisa) I want to see how this turns out.
Lisa: The phone's not even plugged in...
Ralph: Hello, I'm Dr. Stupid! I'm going to take out your liver bones. Oops, you're dead!
Mr. Burns: I never liked that Dr. Stupid.
(Lisa writes "I will not do math in class" on the blackboard as a punishment)
Bart: Lisa in trouble? The ironing is delicious.
Lisa: The word is irony!
Lisa: Don't you think there's something weird going on here? We spent all day selecting fabric swatches, and then our guest speaker was Phil from Marketing.
Bart: All's I know is I'm getting straight A's, and that ain't not bad.
Bart: You know what our homework assignment is? Find a toy and bring it to class.
Marge: Boy, that sounds like fun!
Bart: Yeah, but I'm still not gonna do it.
Marge: What about Mr. Burns? Maybe he could help.
Homer: Forget it! He releases the hounds on every charity that comes to the door. Feed The Children, Save The Whales, even Release The Hounds.
Lisa: Instead of giving us an education, they used us to design a toy! Aren't you outraged?
Bart: Not really, but if you're gonna throw a spaz, I'll come with.
Skinner: No, no! We're not building anything.
Fat Tony: How can you say that? When construction has already begun?
Skinner: How did those trucks get here so fast?
Fat Tony: To avoid certain legal complications, the truck are always moving.
Krusty: Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Chanukah, a crazy Kwanzaa, a tip-tot Tet, and a solemn, dignified Ramadan.
Homer: Uh, is this going to be like one of those horror movies where we open the door and everything's normal and we think you're crazy but then there really is a killer robot and the next morning you find me impaled on the weather vane? Is that what this is, Lisa?
Skinner: As for the school, we are exploring various options to raise the 200 thousand dollars we need.
Flanders: I've got a motor-home I never use, maybe we should raffle it off?
Homer: (with face full of food) Maybe you should shut up.
Marge: What will become of our kids?
Homer: Where are the refreshments?
Skinner: Now you keep asking me that, and I keep telling you, over there!
Bart: Alright! Silly string. (Sprays it on Lisa) Ha, ha! You're Milhouse.
Milhouse: Who wets their bed now? Milhouse!
Kent Brockman: Residents are advised to stay inside unless you wear sunscreen or are very, very hairy. Experts recommend a class 9 or Robin Williams level of hair coverage.
Homer: Let me see...that's 3 Christmases I saved…8 I ruined…2 were kind of a draw.
(The Funzo Commercial. A little girl comes down on Christmas morning...)
Funzo: I SEE you... (the girl gasps and picks up a Funzo) Give me a hug!
Lisa: (watching the commercial; gasps) That's the doll that attacked me!
Announcer: This Christmas, everybody wants Funzo.
Lisa: "Funzo?" I said that name in class.
(In the commercial, the girl hugs her Funzo)
Little Girl: Funzo's soft and cuddly...
Little Boy: With lots of firepower! (his Funzo opens its mouth and a rocket zooms out and hits the girl in the eye; the girl screams in pain) Yes!
Funzo: (Nelson-style) Haw-haw!
(The camera zooms in on an image of Funzo three times.)
Announcer: Funzo! Funzo! Funzo! If you don't have Funzo, you're nothing!
(A boy plays with a puppy that licks his face, then the boy throws the dog offscreen just to cuddle a Funzo!)
Lines by Funzo:
I see you! Give me a hug!
I have a flower for 'ou!
I'm very mad at 'ou!
Ralph: Fun toys are fun!
Teacher: Well said, Ralph, but we're trying to come up with a name for a toy.
Janie: Mrs. Fun?
Teacher: Not bad.
Teacher: Listen, Ralph, there are no right or wrong answers, but if you don't pipe down I'm giving you an F!
Ralph: The before teacher yelled at me too!
Lindsay Nagel: I'm sorry Gary, but you're fired.
Gary Coleman: What you talkin' bout, Miss Nagel?
Lindsay Nagel: That's so cute, you're rehired.(she leaves)
Gary Coleman: Sucker, I knew exactly what she was talking about.
Krusty: And now a word from my God...our sponsor.
(Homer catches Bart and Milhouse in drag)
Homer: What's going on here? And I want the non-gay explanation!
Milhouse: We're drunk. Really drunk.
Gary Coleman: Whatchu talkin' about, Moe? Whatchu talkin' about everybody!
Principal Skinner: The good news is, we no longer fear vicious mob reprisals, but due to lack of funds, Springfield Elementary is closed forever.
Principal Skinner: You may be cheering now, but someday, you'll--
Principal Skinner: I'm just going to stop caring.
Fat Tony: I don't get mad; I get stabby.
According to this episode, the Hibberts and Wiggums are neighbors.
Clarence Clemons, the narrator, is a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. His nickname is "The Big Man." He plays the saxophone.
The sign on the broom closet at school says, "Danger: Broom Closet."
Blackboard Joke: I will not sell my kidney on E-Bay.
Couch Gag: Bart, Maggie, Marge and Lisa go down a pole and fit on the couch, but Homer gets stuck.
Gary Coleman says many times "What'chu talkin' 'bout...?"; his famous character catchphrase from Diff'rent Strokes.
Funzo appears to be a spoof of Furby, an interactive toy which was a hot seller during the 1998 Holiday Season
Moe: What, you don't like my bags?
The scene were Moe is wearing a rope for a belt and bags for shoes is borrowed from Charlie Chaplin, specifically the scene where the lone prospector (Chaplin) in the 1925 film "The Gold Rush" is wearing only one shoe—having previously eaten the other one—and ties a rope that happens to be a leash attached to a dog around his waist as a belt.
The title is a reference to O. Henry's short story
The last scene with Gary Coleman and Mr. Burns joining the Simpsons for Christmas dinner is a parody of the book and films of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Moe seeing what the world would be like if he'd never been born is a reference to 1946 film It's A Wonderful Life.
The burned Funzo that steps from the fire with its metal skeleton exposed is reminiscent of the 1984 film The Terminator.
Bart and Milhouse singing: Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves
When Bart and Milhouse jump on the bed crossdressed, they sing "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves," which is song from the Eurythmics 1985 album, "Be Yourself Tonight." The duet on that album was between Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin. Bart and Milhouse's version is featured on the 1998 Simpsons recording "The Yellow Album".
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