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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
Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others
Trivia: The Rich Texan has a phobia of beards and mustaches.
Lenny's license plate reads "DUI GUY".
Music From This Episode
"Shout!" by The Isley Brothers (Homer and the kids sing it during the Animal House parody.)
"On The Dark Side" by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band (Heard as Homer drives into Guidopolis.)
"Cochise" by Audioslave (Heard while Homer hitches a ride with Louie in his tow truck.)
"Rock-a-bye Baby" (Heard when Marge cuddles a sack of potatoes in place of Maggie.)
"Under the Boardwalk" by The Drifters (The imprisoned tow truck drivers sing it to Homer, while trapped in Louie's basement.)
During Homer's search for milk, the following sign is spotted:
Capital City Playhouse"
Louie turns his car radio onto station 87.9 FM. 87.9 is the furthest signal to the left on FM radio and is used primarily for low-wattage, public access stations.
Homer: When you married a man who would years later, without warning, become a tow-truck driver, you knew what the deal would eventually be.
Carl: It sure is nice not having Homer around to tell us where we can and can't park.
Lenny: Yeah. Without the crushing rule of law, society will do a better job of regulating itself.
Bed Time Krusty Doll: Don't let the bed bugs bite! Krusty's anti-bed bug spray sold separately; may contain poison.
Lisa: There must be a website that can help you deal with a clingy baby.
Marge: Oh, I don't want to bother the internet with my problem.
Bart: Aw, come on, Mom. We'll help you surf.
(Marge sits down at the computer, grabs the mouse and starts clicking away.)
Bart: Click that one, Mom.
Lisa: No, go up.
Bart Keep going--up, up, up!
Lisa: The blue ones are ads.
Bart: That's the toolbar.
Lisa: No you've opened Word; close it!
Bart: Close it. Do-don't save it!
Lisa: Stop clicking.
Bart: Don't go there!
Lisa: Why are you buying a freezer?!
Bart: Don't click the cart or you've bought it!
Lisa: Aw, you clicked the cart!
Marge: (Upset) If you're so smart, you do it!
(Bart pushes one button and finds a baby website; Marge groans.)
(Louie explains the perks of being a tow truck driver to Homer.)
Homer: When you call in sick, who do you call?
Louie: I don't call in sick, I work when I want to.
Homer: Sometimes you want to work?
Louie: Hey, I get to drive around, eat when I want to, eyeball the highway honeys--(Honks his horn at a woman on the street.)
Woman: I'm your aunt, stupid!
Louie: … and lasso the street cattle.
Homer: Street cattle?
Louie: The cars I tow, I got all kinds of names for them: She-atas, Hebrew canoes, spam cans, Swedish speedballs, and of course, stretch lame-os.
Homer: Some of those were pretty funny.
(Homer decides to become a tow truck driver.)
Louie: Now just remember two rules. One, stick to Springfield. If I catch you on my turf, I'll rip off your head, vomit down your neck, pull out your heart, show it to your head, then shove 'em both down your neck hole, to which I previously alluded.
(Homer tries to jot everything down.)
Homer: (Mumbling) "… which I previously alluded…" Are there two "L's" in "alluded"?
(Homer celebrates his new job, while at Moe's.)
Homer: I've got tow dough I'm lookin' to blow, Moe.
(Homer spreads some money on the bar.)
Homer: I'm buying a round of the fanciest drink you got.
Moe: Four "Lobster-politans" comin' up.
Ned Flanders: Top of the mornin', Tow-mer.
Homer: It's Homer, idiot.
Ned Flanders: (Chuckles) So it is. I'm just here to pay the fine for the Sunday School bus. You towed it with the kids still in it.
Homer: (Chuckles) I guess I'm more powerful than God now.
Ned Flanders: You know what they say: "With great power comes great responsibility."
Homer: Who said that?! I'll kill them with my power!
(Bart uses an exact-o knife to extract the word "whore" from the Bible and he pins it up on his bulletin board along with a few others.)
Bart: We can say these swears anytime we want because they're in the Bible!
Milhouse: I don't think "Leviticus" is a swear.
Bart: Shut the hell up, you damn ass whore!
Marge: Bart, I'm starting to worry about your father.
Bart: Well, I know he seems to get dumber every year, but lately he's plateaued.
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: The family room is built out of Legos. Using stop motion filming, the family is then assembled out of Legos, one by one. Homer's full head of hair is replaced by a Lego block which more justifies his baldness. Homer responds with, "D'oh!"
Transformers/Shrek the Third
Homer, imprisoned in Louie's basement, tells the tow truck drivers the plot of two 2007 summer movies: First Transformers, and then Shrek The Third.
Discount Auto Parts
The car shop "Stolen Auto Parts" is an allusion to the chain of car shops in the southeastern part of the US called "Discount Auto Parts."
The shop seen in Guidopolis called Stolen Auto Parts has a picture of the 3 guys who bare a striking resemblance to the three guys featured on the logo for Pepboys.
One of Maggie's dolls is named "Justin Timberwolf". This is a play on pop singer Justin Timberlake's name.
Coke/Mentos Viral Video
When Homer asks Apu what happened to all the milk, Apu responds that he sold it all to teen-agers, because there is a rumor that milk, Mentos and lotto scrapings will make jet-pack fuel. This is an reference to the viral video of two lab-students dropping Mentos into Coke which causes an "explosive" reaction.
While conversing with Homer, Ned Flanders says: "You know what they say: 'With great power comes great responsibility.'" Flanders' quote is straight from the comic book series and 2002 film, Spider-Man.
National Lampoon's Animal House
At the begining of this episode, Homer, Bart, Lisa, Ralph, and Milhouse are partying in togas singing "Shout." This is a reference to the 1978 comedy National Lampoon's Animal House.
The title of this episode is a parody of the title of the 1969 film, Midnight Cowboy.
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