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Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, 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
Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others
Senator Arnold tells Lisa that there are quite a few women senators. Lisa tells him that they are two. This was true at the time this episode was first aired, there were two women in the senate: Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas.
Outside The White House, people are marching while holding picket signs that read: "No opinion," "Things are fine," and "No complaints here."
The Springfield regional finals for the "Patriots of Tomorrow" essay contest are held at the Veterans of Popular Wars hall.
Home Security Trust's motto is, "We're Not a Savings and Loan."
The date on the enormous award check at the essay contest is, October 18th, 1991.
The zip code on Homer's mail is 192005.
Articles in Reading Digest include: "Motoring Ms.-Haps," "Can we trust Bermuda?" and "They Call Me Dr. Soybeans."
Blinky, the three eyed fish, is in the corner of the map of Springfield.
Lisa scored 39 out of 40 for her essay originally, however, after the judge talks with Homer, she gives her an extra 5 points, making her score 44/40.
When Homer is looking through his mail, you can see that it is addressed to Springfield, TA with a zip code of 192005, yet when it pans over various states, it says NT.
Singer: The deficit rag, oh yes the deficit rag! Those budget gaps can be a 12-digit drag! I'm telling you, that's the deficit, they really made a mess of it, that's the deficit ra-a-ag!
Singer: The trading gap shuffle, we're in a heap of trouble, doing the trading gap shuffle!
Bart: He already sang this song!
Marge: No, that was about the budget gap. This is the trading gap.
Losing Contestant's Father: "We the purple"? What the hell was that?
Moe: Aw, isn't that nice. Now there is a politician who cares.
Barney: If I ever vote, it'll be for him!
Congressman: I'd like to give you a logging permit, I would. But this isn't like burying toxic waste - people are going to notice those trees are gone.
US Mint Tour Guide: Folks, we print more than 18 million bills a day. Oh, and in case you were wondering, no, we don't give out free samples.
Homer: Lousy cheap country.
Steward: Yes, sir, can I get you something?
Homer: Playing cards, note pad, aspirin, sewing kit, pilot's wing pin, propeller-shaped swizzle stick, sleeping mask, and anything else I've got coming to me.
Homer: Oh, Marge, cartoons don't have any deep meaning. They're just stupid drawings that give you a cheap laugh.
Burns: Who is that bookworm, Smithers?
Smithers: Homer Simpson, sir.
Burns: Simpson, eh? How very strange. His job description clearly specifies an illiterate!
Homer: I had a feeling it was too good to be true. Every time you get a million dollars, something queers the deal.
Lisa: I don't think real checks have exclamation points.
Homer: Give her the check! (the crowd laughs) Oh, I was serious.
Homer: (the phone rings) What the..... D'oh, stupid welcoming mint! (picks up phone) Yallow!
Bart: Good morning, this is your wake up call!
Homer: Wake up call? It's 2am!
Bart: Sorry fatso!
Bart: I call first bedsies!
Lisa: Bart, there's no such thing as first bedsies. You just made that up.
Bart: Well, okay. Which one do you want?
Lisa: I ... want ... that one.
Bart: Really? You want that one? Well, it's all yours, whatever you say.
Lisa: Why, what's wrong with it?
Bart: Nothing! Have a good night's sleep, Lisa.
Lisa: No, really, what?!
Lisa: What did you do to it?
Lady: Are you a professional writer?
Homer: mm, mm... (in a 'no' kinda way)
Lady: Are you interested in politics and government?
Homer: mmmm...(in a 'i dunno' kinda way)
Lady: Are you interested in anything?
Homer: mmmm.. (same as above)
Lady: Could you touch your nose for me?
(Homer twists and bends but doesn't touch his nose)
Homer: Then I heard the sound that all Arctic explorers dread, the pitiless bark of the sea lion! (gasp) He'll be killed!
Marge: Homer, he obviously got out alive if he wrote the article...
Homer: Don't be so.....(turns the page). Oh you're right.
Homer: They take hundreds of magazines, filter out the crap, and leave you with something that fits right in your front pocket! (Homer struggles to fit it in his pocket)
(The Simpson family tours The White House.)
Bart: (Reading plaque) On this spot, Richard Nixon bowled back-to-back 300 games.
Homer: Yeah, right.
(Homer talks with a Reading Digest representative.)
Homer: Ooh, I love your magazine. My favorite section is, "How To Increase Your Word Power." That thing is really, really...really...good.
Marge: Look, Homer, it's the IRS.
IRS Agent: Oh boo, yourself!
Homer: Who would have guessed reading and writing would pay off?!
Faith Crowley: These are special VIP badges. They'll get you into places other tourists never see.
Homer: Miss, what does the "I" stand for?
Faith Crowley: Important.
Homer: Ooh. How about the "V"?
Faith Crowley: Very.
Homer: Oh. And Miss, just one more question.
Faith Crowley: Person.
Homer: Ah... What does the "I" stand for again?
This was the first Simpsons episode to be broadcast in Dolby Surround Sound Stereo.
Blackboard Joke: Spitwads are not free speech.
Couch Gag: Everyone sits on the couch, Santa's Little Helper can be heard whimpering; Homer reaches underneath his bottom and pulls the dog out from under him.
We learn that Springfield is in the SE corner of a land-locked state that looks like Utah - but Springfield also has a coastline. When panning over the map of the United States, you actually see what state Springfield is in. The initials "NT" appear above the city name, which is why if you asked most of the crew where Springfield is, according to the Season 3 DVD commentary, they will tell you it is in North Takhoma. In the end, this is all boiled down to nonsense due to one six digit number: 192005. The ZIP code on all of Homer's mail.
The singer of "The Deficit Rag" is a reference to political satirist Mark Russell. The song is a parody of Russell's "The Vatican Rag".
A banner reads "Brevity is... wit". This is a reference to the line "Brevity is the soul of wit" said by Polonius in William Shakespeare's Hamlet (Act 2, Scene 2).
When Lisa sees a bald eagle in the forest, it's holding an olive branch in its right talon. A moment later, it spreads its wings and an arrow appears in his left talon. This refers to the United States Presidential Seal, which symbolizes a desire for peace, but the capacity for war.
Winnifred Beecher Howe
Her name is an amalgamation of Winnifred Huck (one of the first women to serve in the US Congress), Harriet Beecher Stowe (abolitionist and author of Uncle Tom's Cabin) and Julia Ward Howe (suffragette and writer of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"). Her placement on "the highly-unpopular 75-cent piece" refers to Susan B. Anthony, who appeared on an unpopular quarter-sized $1 coin originally minted from 1979-1981.
The political cartoon parody scene is based off of the comics by turn of the century satirist, Thomas Nast.
When the fake representative from the logging company taps his nose as the signal, this action is taken directly out of the film The Sting.
Homer reads Reading Digest, which is essentially identical to the real-life Reader's Digest. Both magazines include a feature on "How To Increase Your Word Power."
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The title, and much of this episode's plot, owes itself to the classic 1939 Jimmy Stewart film, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
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