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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
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
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Just before Homer says 'he's not breathing', Red can be seen blinking even though he is supposed to have died!
During the past episodes, people have been explaining to Homer what people are saying to him, but now in this episode, it is Bart who Homer is explaining to Bart who Red is.
Trucker codes spotted in this episode:
10-33 Actual bear in air.
10-34 Can't unchain wallet.
10-35 Hot enough for ya?
10-36 Ghost truck on highway.
10-37 Ask me about my grandchildren.
10-38 Outsider blabbing about auto-drive system.
10-39 I love you, gay buddy.
10-40 Taxes due.
The doorbell Marge buys plays "Close To You" by The Carpenters.
When Marge and Lisa go to Señor Ding-Dongs Lisa shows Marge a yellow doorbell, but in the next shot it is dark blue.
When Homer turns on the truck's radio, we hear "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls. In the closed captioning, it says "Dancing Queen" by ABBA.
Homer: Well son, I guess it's time to go home.
Bart: Any thoughts on how we're going to get there?
Homer: No, but I'm sure the good Lord will provide.
(nearby an engineer argues with a man in a military uniform)
Engineer: Are you crazy? I'm not driving a trainload of napalm to Springfield. (throws his cap on the ground and walks off)
Homer: Thank you.
Homer: Look, son. It's one of Nature's most beautiful sights… the convoy.
(one of the Trucks hits Homer's trailer)
Bart: He hit us!
Homer: Oh, I should have known. They're hazing us, to initiate us into the truckers' fraternity. (the truck is hit again) Thank you sir, may I have another?
Bart: Dad, they're trying to kill us.
Homer: Oh, why do all my trips end like this?
Trucker: All right, pal, here's the deal. You stumbled on a secret that only truck drivers are supposed to know… (Homer giggles) … Hey, pay attention and stop looking at that squirrel.
Trucker 2: We get forty bucks an hour to drive these rigs. You think anybody'd hire us if they knew we weren't driving the trucks?
Homer: Wow, you guys are even lazier than me. Well, don't worry, I'll keep your secret.
Homer: Uh, yeah. I need something that will keep me awake, alert, and reckless all night long.
Clerk: Well, Congress is racing back to Washington to outlaw these. (shows him a bottle of pills)
(Swallows the pills straight away)
Clerk: Hey, you can't take that many pep pills at once.
Homer: No problem, I'll balance it out with a bottle of sleeping pills.
Gwen: Little more hi-test, darling?
Homer: Sure thing … (reads her nametag) Gwen.
Gwen: I'll be right back with your pie, hon.
Homer: Ah, there's a nice friendly gal.
Homer: Wouldn't it be great to live right here at the truck stop, watching all the people come and go? You could have a different best friend every day.
Bart: I suppose.
Homer: Great! I'll write your mother and tell her the marriage is off. Then, when the paperwork is done, I'll make Gwen my wife.
Gwen: Will that be all, sweetie?
Homer: For now.
Bart: Oh, let me go with you, Dad.
Homer: Don't you have school?
Bart: Don't you have work?
Homer: Ah, touché!
Trucker: Thirty-eight years and never missed a shipment. But I guess this is one delivery old Red won't be making.
Homer: Oh, yes he will. And on time, too.
Marge: Oh, no, Homer, no.
Homer: I've got to, honey. I owe it to old Red as both his friend and his killer.
Hibbert: (checks for Red's pulse) This man is dead. Looks to me like beef poisoning. (crowd gasps) Probably from some other restaurant. (crowd is relieved and they continue on eating)
Homer: What's happening to me? There's still food, but I don't want to eat it. I've become everything I've ever hated!
Marge: Is it safe to eat that much food, Dr. Hibbert?
Hibbert: You know, I wouldn't have thought so before I bought twelve percent of this restaurant, but now I feel a balanced diet can include the occasional eating contest.
Lisa: Lousy meat-eating scum!
(Marge, Homer and Bart look at her, shocked)
Lisa: Not you!
Homer: (Upon seeing Red) He's not breathing! Don't people usually breathe?!
Marge: Someone's coming! I think they're Jehovah's Witnesses.
Jehovah's Witness #1: You know, maybe we're bothering people.
Jehovah's Witness #2: Yeah, you're right! Let's get real jobs!
Lisa: Oh, look, it's Milhouse selling seeds, and he's coming this way! Oh no, the birds got him!
Marge: You didn't need to throw the food on the floor!
Homer: Didn't I?
Marge: Your father traded all our tools for M&M's again.
Homer: I thought this was supposed to be a steak house, not a little girly, underpantsy, pink doily, tea party place!
Waiter: Well, there is one steak that's available only by special request. We call it, uh, Sir Loin-A-Lot. It's, uh, the size of a boogie board.
Homer: Ooh, I'll have that one. And to drink … meatballs.
Waiter: Very good, sir.
Bart: I think I heard somewhere that cows like being killed.
Matt Groening's new primetime cartoon Futurama premiered immediately after this episode, and became the first show to air at 8:30 after The Simpsons to get more viewers than The Simpsons. This feat was done again the next week, and then Futurama moved to Tuesday, and since then no show airing after The Simpsons at 8:30 has gotten more viewers.
Blackboard Joke: It does not suck to be you.
Couch Gag: The family comes in, but now Homer and Marge are children while Bart and Lisa are adults. Maggie is now a doll that Marge has.
For Whom the Bell Tolls
When Chief Wiggum tries to shoot the doorbell, he says "The bell tolls for thee." This is play on the line, "Therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee" from a 17th century John Donne poem.
One of the gas stations that Homer stops at is called "The Gassy Knoll." This is an allusion to the Grassy Knoll, which is one of the supposed locations that JFK's assassin used.
The steak that Homer eats is called "Sir Loin-a-lot." This is an allusion to one of the Knights of the Round Table, Sir Lancelot.
Navitron Auto Drive: I'm afraid I can't let you do this, Red.
The auto-drive's warning is an eerie imitation of HAL, the computer in the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The title of this episode is a spoof of the title of the 1986 film Maximum Overdrive.
The ending tanker chase is a loose reference to the 1989 James Bond film Licence to Kill, where Bond has to defeat the villain, Sanchez, and his four Kenworth tankers, full of liquidized drugs. The part where Homer flips the truck over the fleet is an outrageous stunt, like Bond doing a wheelie and driving the tanker he stole on two wheels, thanks to a roadside ramp.
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