During the dinner scene in the first act, at varying points the food on the Simpsons' plates switches back and forth from meat and mashed potatoes to some type of pie.
Listen Carefully: Moe continually says 'immigants' through out the whole episode and does not say it correctly once!
In 2006 this episode was ranked #3 in Matt Groening's list of top 10 episodes of all time.
The original title for this episode was going to be "The Anti-Immigrant Song," which is a reference to Led Zeppelin's song "The Immigrant Song."
In the scene where Homer, Moe, and Barney are making signs, Homer makes one that says Homer Say "Get Out". Later, in the scene where Apu is going to take the citizenship test, Mrs. Glick is holding this sign.
In the scene where all the people come to Quimby's office to complain about the increase in taxes, one of the people is modeled after Simpsons director Brad Bird.
In the scene where the people from Moe's protest in front of the Kwik-E-Mart, Barney is carrying a sign which says "The Only Good Foreigner Is Rod Stewart," one of the barflies is carrying a sign which says "Buy American," and Moe is carrying a sign which says "Get Eurass Back To Eurasia."
In the paycheck Homer gets in the mail it reads: Springfield Power Company
Employee: Homer J Simpson
40 HRS Pay
Fed W/H 58.25
State W/H 10.45
Municipal Tax 9.37
Bear Patrol Tax 5.00
Net Pay: 382.15
Crowd: Down with taxes! Down with taxes!
Mayor Quimby: Are these morons getting dumber or just louder?
Aide: Dumber, sir. They won't give up the bear patrol, but they won't pay the tax for it either.
Homer: Well, there's not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol is sure doing its job.
Lisa: That's specious reasoning, Dad.
Homer: Thank you, sweetie.
Lisa: Dad, what if I were to tell you that this rock keeps away tigers.
Homer: Uh-huh, and how does it work?
Lisa: It doesn't work. It's just a stupid rock.
Homer: I see.
Lisa: But you don't see any tigers around, do you?
Homer: Lisa, I'd like to buy your rock.
Grampa's Father: That's America, son. Someday we'll go there… maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but some day…
Grampa Narrates: Later that day we set sail for America…
Apu: Hello, steady customer. How's it hanging?
Homer: Low and lazy, Apu.
Homer: If I could just say a few words… I'd be a better public speaker!
Homer: If I'm going to be trapped inside the house, I got to go out and buy some beer.
Homer: (Looking at the bear attack a mailbox on TV) Looks like bad news for the... "impson" family.
Homer: When will people learn? Democracy doesn't work!
Apu: Please don't knock the country I love!
Apu: (Trying to blend in) Let's take a relaxed attitude toward work, and watch the baseball match. The Ny Mets are my favorite squadron!
Bodyguard: Sir, there's an angry mob here to see you.
Mayor Quimby: Does it have an appointment?
Principal Skinner: I phoned ahead!
Apu: Oh, no! I've forgotten everything Mr. Simpson has taught me!
Lisa: Perfect. Let's go!
Homer's Mob: We're here! We're queer! We don't want anymore bears!
Apu: Yes, I am a citizen! Now which way to the welfare office?
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: Marge, Maggie, Lisa and Bart's head are mounted on the wall and Homer is a rug on the floor. A big game hunter walks into the living room, sits down on the couch, puts his gun down, and light his pipe.
Much Ado About Nothing
The title of this episode is based off of the Shakespeare Play Much Ado About Nothing.
Moe: These are smarter than the average bear... they swiped my pic-a-nic basket!
Moe's quote is from the animated series Yogi Bear created by Hanna-Barbera Studios.
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