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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
Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others
At the end of the episode, Bender from Futurama can be seen, along with Mulder and Scully from the X-Files (and The Springfield Files) and also Rupert Murdoch. These people are associated with the Fox Network in some form or another.
Music From This Episode
"No Feelings" by The Sex Pistols (Played during the PBS show featuring the British men.)
At the department store, Marge is scooping greeeting cards onto a scale from a barrel labeled "Greeting Cards $5.00/lb."
When Homer gets to the island and tries to give the islanders Bibles, they state they cannot read. Later, when the casino is revealed, one of the natives slowly reads "The Lucky Savage".
In this episode, the PBS logo has an overbite. This is not the actual PBS logo, it was redesigned to look more like the characters on the Simpsons.
When Homer looks at his wrist and says "The banks are closed by now," he's not wearing a watch.
"Do Shut Up", the show Homer watches on PBS, is probably based on "Men Behaving Badly".
Homer: Gather round, I am going to teach you about religion.
Natives: Oh God, oh God, oh God.
Homer: Please, please. I am just God's messenger and, lo! What a wonderful message it is. Like this one, from the book of P-salms.
Homer: But what should I do?
Craig: Well, we taught them some English and ridiculed most of their beliefs. You can take it from there.
White: Folks, we've just reached our goal of ten thousand, seven hundred dollars, and it's all thanks to one generous caller ... who didn't leave his name.
White: But thanks to Insta-Trace, we've learned it's Homer Simpson of 742 Evergreen Terrace. [a picture of Homer appears on the screen]
Homer: [screams] Oh, why did I register with Insta-Trace?
You can't leave Homer home alone for a second ...
Lisa: Mom, Dad's on PBS!
Marge: Hmm? They don't show police chases, do they?
Homer: (fumbling for the right words) Um, it's an honor to give $10,000. Especially now, when the rich mosaic of cable programming has made public television so very, very unnecessary.
the crowd claps
Marge: (knowingly) From now on, one of us always stays home.
Homer: What?! But I don't even believe in Jeebus!
Homer: Bart, what do I do?
(Bart runs out the window)
Homer: That's right, boy! Go get help.
(Homer sees Bart swing on his swing)
Ak: Homer, why are you building a chapel?
Homer: Because you are all terrible sinners.
Ak: Since when?
Homer: Since I got here. Now either grab a stone or go to Hell.
(Natives panic and rush to build the chapel.)
(Homer is running away from the PBS people and he gets in the church.)
Homer: Sanctuary! Sanctuary!
Rev. Lovejoy: Oh, why did I ever teach him that word?
Homer: Now, if The Flintstones has taught us anything, it's that pelicans can be used to mix cement. Come on, now make a funny retort. 'It's a living.'
(The pelican falls over, dead.)
Betty White: And if you watch one minute without contributing, you're a thief! A common thief!
PBS Man: Okay, Betty White, calm down.
Betty White: I'm sorry. It's just that these thieves make me so damn mad. You know who you are - THIEVES!
(The ground begins to shake)
Homer: What was that?
Native: We call that (makes crazy native-sounding guttural throat noises) Sorry, I had a bone stuck in my throat. We call that "Earthquake."
Homer: OH SAVE ME JEBUS!!!!!!
Homer: Craig and Amy…Craig and Amy…why don't you MARRY Craig and Amy?
Native Man: How many times must we go to church to avoid hell?
Native Man 2: Every Sunday morning for the rest of our lives.
Native Man: No, really, how long?
Mr. Rogers: It's a beautiful day… TO KICK YOUR ASS!
Homer: I can see the house is falling apart without me, so here's the new order. Bart, you're the man of the house. Lisa, I'm promoting you to boy. Maggie's now the brainy girl. The toaster can fill in for Maggie. And Marge, you're a consultant.
Oscar the Grouch: Give us the money!
Elmo: Elmo knows where you live.
Homer: Great, now my testicle's got ants on it.
Homer: We in Springfield are simple folk. We like our cars fast and our banks closed.
Homer: God is powerful, but insecure. Like Barbra Streisand before James Brolin.
Homer: I'm not NOT licking toads.
When Homer is asked by one of the natives about which religion is the correct one, Homer says, "Well, not the Unitarians. If that's the one true faith I'll eat my hat!" Creator Matt Groening is an Agnostic Unitarian Universalist.
This is the first time Yeardley Smith has voiced a different character (Lisa Jr.) besides Lisa.
Blackboard Joke: A belch is not an oral report.
Couch Gag: The family rush in and sit on the couch. The scenery is the Evergreen Terrace Subway Station. A subway train comes and then stops. The family gets on, and the train leaves.
Yo-Yo Ma launching his cello bow towards Homer using one of the cello's strings as an "archery bow" is very similar to a stunt Curly Howard did in the 1936 Three Stooges short Disorder in the Court, when he wound up launching the bow from his bass fiddle in a similar fashion.
Homer: ...made possible by a grant from the Chubb Group!
This is a parody of the funding credits required to be shown for 40 seconds on the beginning and end of most PBS shows. Also, the Chubb Group is a play-on of The Chudwig Group.
The PBS Pledge Enforcement Van – which arrives with shocking quickness to the Simpsons to collect Homer's $10,000 check – makes several references to Publisher's Clearing House, including:
• The minivan is a similar model.
• A large entourage of TV crew members (armed with TV and 35-mm cameras, balloons, etc.), reporters and other taggers-along.
• Surprising people at home on "live TV" (as they do with Homer when they come for the check).
Burns: ... and worst of all, you took the Hamburglar's birthday off!
Burns (chastizing Bart for Homer's poor performance and lame excuses for being absent) is referring to McDonald's residential hamburger thief. The Hamburglar is one of several characters who populate children's advertising for the fast-food chain, as well as other kid-oriented aspects of the restaurant (e.g., McDonaldland cookies, playground equipment, child-sized drinks, etc.).
Various references to The Flintstones:
• Animals pressed into service on the island of Microatia.
• Homer's quote, "If the Flintstones have taught us anything ..."
• Homer wearing a tortoise shell as a hard hat while using a pelican as a cement mixer.
The episode's title is a play on Mission: Impossible, the futuristic crime drama series from 1966-1973 and again in 1988-1989.
The PBS personalities who join the two brothers from "Yo Yo Ma" in pursuing Homer after it's revealed he doesn't have the $10,000 to end another of those pesky pledge drives: Fred Rogers (from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood); Big Bird, Elmo and Oscar the Grouch (from Sesame Street); the Teletubbies (from their self-titled program); and cellist Yo Yo Ma. Of course, the chase would be no fun without Betty White and the PBS pledge enforcement crew joining the chase.
Marge (when talking into radio to Homer): Helloooooooo, is there anybody in there?
This is a reference to Pink Floyd's song "Comfortably Numb" from their album The Wall. Quite amusing if you've heard the song.
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