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
Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Music from this episode
"Duel of the Fates" composed by John Williams (Used during Bart and Principal Skinner's stick fight.)
The vending machine in the couch gag contains 3 rows of characters. First row: Homer-C5, Marge-G9, Maggie-A2, Lisa-B3, Bart-C4. Second row: Moe-D5, Lenny-B7, Carl-J7, Patty-F6, Apu-A3. Third row: Mr. Burns-J10, Smithers-B5, Nelson-C1, Mrs. Krabappel-F7, Krusty the Clown-B9.
Stores seen in the Springfield Mall: 1987 Calendars!!!, Yesterday's Puppies (Pet Store), Dukakis Campaign H.Q., Captain Blip's Zapateria (Arcade), and Rock Bottom Remainders (Bookstore).
Books spotted in the Rock Bottom Remainders bookstore at the Springfield Mall: Wisconsin From Above, Veterans' Day Parades, Smiles of Ireland, The Kansas City Royals: Forever Champions, Drink Your Own Blood and Save, and The Time-Life Carpenter's Library.
Video arcade games seen inside Captain Blip's Zapateria at the Springfield Mall: Click Clack, Unipede, Remington Steele: The Game, Rocky III vs. Clara Peller, Devil's Advocate, Triangle Wars, Polybius, Space-Tac-Toe, and Monkey Kong.
In this episode, it is revealed that Principal Skinner is allergic to peanuts, Bart is allergic to shrimp, and Milhouse is allergic to his own tears.
On an interesting note, in season 16 in the episode titled "Mommy Beerest", Bart can be seen piling shrimp onto his plate at the beginning of the show.
Marge: Homer, your butt just gave me an idea.
Homer: Yep, it'll do that.
(At the video arcade in the Springfield Mall, Bart plays a parody of Asteroids called "Triangle Wars.")
Bart: What's going on here? Am I destroying these triangles or trying to assemble them? What's does this button do?
(Bart presses the "Hyperspace" button.)
Bart: (Moans) Now my ship is pooping more triangles.
(The video game emits an electronic chime.)
Bart: Oh, no. I won a free game.
(The Simpson family arrives at the Springfield Mall.)
Lisa: This place is lookin' a little run down.
Bart: Yeah, hasn't been the same since they murdered the Mayor's dad here.
(Principal Skinner finally stands up to Bart's peanut threats.)
Principal Skinner: Simpson, you've been waving your nuts in my face for too long. Eat shrimp and die!
(Principal Skinner holds up a stick with a shrimp attached to it.)
Bart: No! I'm allergic!
(Bart holds up his stick with a peanut attached to it.)
Principal Skinner: Stick-on-stick. Just like the knights of old.
Bart: No one teaches me history!
(At the Springfield Mall, Homer finishes eating his tube of gummy worms.)
Marge: Well, if you're through, let's check out that discount book warehouse.
Homer: (Whining) We already own a book!
(A depressed Homer watches as his scaled down model of "The Zoominator" roller coaster crumbles and burns.)
Lisa: Dad, here's a thought. If you just gave Mom credit, maybe she could help you.
Homer: Sweetie, you don't understand. If I can do this myself, then all those lies I told will be true. Don't you want Daddy's lies to be true?
Lisa: I'd like a daddy who lived in the real world!
Homer: To Daddy, the real world gets fainter and fainter every day.
(Marge hides as Kent Brockman inspects the gazebo she built.)
Kent Brockman: Mm-mmm! Simpson, you're a master craftsman.
Homer: Listen, what would you say if I told you a woman did most of the work?
Kent Brockman: I'd have this gazebo torn down and built into a coffin...for your manhood.
Kent Brockman: Why did my hypothetical scenario scare you so?
Homer: Uh, like all manly men, I have a vivid imagination.
Kent Brockman: Well said! Let's take off our shirts and wrestle.
Marge: Bart, here's a letter from your school.
Bart: A fire? I didn't start a fire in the teachers' lounge! I mean, what fire? I mean, a letter from school? Please elaborate.
Marge: Someone at your school has a life-threating peanut allergy.
Bart: Cool! Who is it?
Marge: Ah, the letter doesn't say. But from now on, no peanut products are allowed on school property.
(Marge examines Bart's lunch box.)
Marge: Hmm, let's see what you've got. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, trail mix, starring peanuts. Good grief, more peanuts!
(Marge holds up a copy of "Good Grief, More Peanuts" by Charles M. Schultz.)
(Using peanuts as a threat, Bart forces Skinner to do things against his will at Comic Book Guy's shop.)
Principal Skinner: (Clears throat) Excuse me. I'm supposed to stand in your store window and breast-feed Bilbo Baggins.
Comic Book Guy: Your cowering suggests that Bart has found your kryptonite.
Principal Skinner: Kryptonite? What's that? The "ite" suffix suggests a mineral.
Comic Book Guy: I do not know whether to laugh or cry at your ignorance. I shall laugh. Ha, ha! Kryptonite is Superman's greatest weakness.
Principal Skinner: Wait, maybe Bart has a kryptonite!
Comic Book Guy: Perhaps. But for now you may suckle your Baggins.
(Comic Book Guy hands a Bilbo Baggins doll to Principal Skinner.)
(Marge shows up at Krusty the Clown's doorstep to build him a hot tub.)
Krusty the Clown: A lady carpenter? I don't know. What if you get pregnant and I'm left with half a hot tub? And don't tell me you're infertile. I ain't fallin' for that again.
(Marge goes on a carpentry binge, and builds all sorts of things.)
Lisa: Wow, Mom, you made all this?
Bart: It's like you're the Jesus of carpentry!
Marge: Aww, what sweet blasphemy.
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: The couch is replaced by a vending machine filled with figurines of the family along the top row and the rest of the rows filled with various Springfield residents. Ralph Wiggum enters the living room and selects C5 on the machine, which dispenses him a figurine of Homer. He bites the head of Homer and exits.
The game Space-Tac-Toe is an allusion to the game Tic-Tac-Toe.
One of the games is called Unipede which is like the game Centipede
One of the the games is called Click Clack which is like the game Dig-Dug.
The game Bart plays in the arcade, Triangle Wars, resembles the old Atari version of Asteroids, where you destroy rocks, and alien spaceships.
Star Wars: Episode I and Episode III
Skinner and Bart's fight with the sticks borrows from these films, especially with the actual music from the movies.
Inside the bookstore at the Springfield Mall, a book titled "I, Scoundrel" can be seen. This is a spoof of I, Robot, which is a collection of science fiction short stories, authored by Issac Asimov.
Rock Bottom Remainders
The bookstore in the Springfield Mall is named, "Rock Bottom Remainders." There is also a musical band of the same name. The band is made up of famous published writers such as, Stephen King, Dave Barry and The Simpsons creator, Matt Groening.
The plot for this episode follows the set-up of the popular 1980's television show, Remington Steele: A talented woman hires a man to be the figurehead for her company, because she can't get anyone to trust a female in her profession.
Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em
The title of this episode, "Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em," is a parody of MC Hammer's second album, Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, released in 1990. Ironicly, when MC Hammer won an American Music Award for this album in 1991, Bart was there to give him the statue.
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