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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
Music featured in this episode
"Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms (Homer's dancing Santa Claus plays this song)
"Summer in the City" by Lovin' Spoonful (Heard as the town is looting)
"Radar Love" by Golden Earring (Homer listens and sings along to it on the radio)
"Woke Up This Morning" by Alabama 3 (Heard during The Sopranos theme parody)
The settings on Groundskeeper Willie's air conditioner are: Glasgow Winter, Well-Digger's Bum, and Witch's Teat.
Homer's SpringShield slogan is "Have no fear! SpringShield's present!"
Fat Tony: Did you have a nice flight, Johnny Tightlips?
Johnny Tightlips: I ain't sayin' nothin'.
Fat Tony: I understand. So how is your mother?
Johnny Tightlips: Whoa, hey, who says I have a mother?
(The mobsters are getting shot at)
Fat Tony: Johnny Tightlips, can you see the shooter?
Johnny Tightlips: I see a lot of things.
Fat Tony: You know, you could be a little more helpful.
Marge: I made you your favorite dinner. All three courses dessert.
Homer: Even dessert?
Marge: Dessert is three kinds of dessert.
Kid: Hey Officer Homer how'd you get so big and strong.
Homer: Green vegetables and homework.
Kid: Aw shucks!
Bart: Look at those looters, breaking things, setting fires. They're living my dream and you won't let me join them. Please can I throw one little…
Bart: What if I just burn down a…
Bart: Can I at least…
Homer: No! I've caused enough trouble already by plugging in that Santa Claus. No more irresponsible behavior.
Bart: Can I have a beer.
Homer: Alright, but not the imported.
Homer: You've got to set limits, Marge!
Arnie Pie: This city has exploded in a fireball of rage.
Kent: I think what the viewers want to know, Arnie, is: Is my house okay?
Arnie Pie: You mean is your giant castle okay, Kent?
Kent: Don't hassle me because I bought at the right time.
Arnie Pie: When's my right time, Kent? When's my right time?
(Upon crashing into Costington's)
Lenny: I don't hear an alarm. Let's take stuff.
Carl: Eh, whoa! Isn't that stealing?
Lenny: No! It's just looting.
Carl: Sweet! Let's go nuts!
Mayor Quimby: Gentlemen, our city's sucking down the juice like my wife at an open bar.
Mr. Burns: We've siphoned extra power off from the orphanage. Who are they going to complain to? Their parents?
Dr. Hibbert: It happens every heat wave. Okay people, out of my freezer!
Abe: But we're hot and elderly.
Dr. Hibbert: I'm sorry; these are for the recently deceased. (to Hans Moleman) Hmm, don't you go too far.
Homer: Lisa, if we start conserving, the environmentalists win!
Homer: What about you, Dr. Hibbert?
Dr. Hibbert: Oh, uh, well, I-I'd love to help you, Homer, but I have too darn much to live for. I just discovered Thai food.
Comic Book Guy: I'd help you, but have yet to kiss a human girl.
Captain McCallister: And I've got a TiVo full of unwatched Dharrr-ma and Gregs.
Barney: Sorry, Homer. I'm a coward now, just like all recovering alcoholics.
Homer: Yeah, but this town doesn't deserve me. I'm gonna give this badge to the next person I see!
Chief Wiggum: (walks up & takes badge) Hey, this is funny, 'cause this is how I got the job the first time.
Homer: I finally found a job where I wasn't lazy, stupid or corrupt ... and I'm gonna get killed for it!
Fat Tony: Any last words?
Homer: Yeah. You can kill me, but someone will take my place. And if you kill him, then someone will take his place. And if you kill him... well, that's pretty much the end of it. The town will be yours.
Homer (about Maggie): She's just like Clark Kent. When there's something exciting going on, she's nowhere to be seen.
Bart: Cool, a lie detector! Lisa is a dork, Lisa is a dork!
Lisa: Stop that!
Homer: Well, according to this, he's telling the truth.
Homer: Finally, a way to combine my love of helping people with my love of hurting people!
Homer: You know, I've had a lot of jobs... boxer, mascot, astronaut, imitation Krusty, baby-proofer, trucker, hippie, plow-driver, food critic, conceptual artist, grease salesman, carny, mayor, grifter, bodyguard for the mayor, country western manager, garbage commissioner, mountain climber, farmer, inventor, Smithers, Poochie, celebrity assistant, power plant worker, fortune cookie writer, beer baron, Kwik-E-Mart clerk, homophobe, and missionary.
Groundskeeper Willie: We're wasting more energy than Ricky Martin's girlfriend.
This is the second appearance of Johnny Tightlips (one of Fat Tony's henchmen.) He also appeared in episode 251 (12-3) "Insane Clown Poppy."
Originally aired at 8pm ET on a Wednesday.
In some parts of the country this episode was interupted by coverage of breaking news on the Chandra Levy missing person case.
When the power goes out through Springfeild someone yells through the city, "I'm going to miss FOX celebrity boxing!" The night when this episode appeared, celebrity boxing was right after it.
This episode was originally supposed to air in season 14 but FOX decided to air a "bonus episode" so that's why "The Frying Game" became the season finale.
The screaming butterfly from the heat wave sequence is the adult screamapillar which made its debut in the previous episode.
This episode was dedicated to the memory of Stephen Jay Gould. Stephen appeared as himself in the season 9 episode "Lisa the Skeptic."
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: Blue Man group is performing in front of the couch as the family enters.
The music and Homer's interrogation of the proprietor of "The Wooly Bully" are reminiscent of Dragnet, a crime drama that aired from 1967 to 1970.
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
The title of this episode is a parody of the title of the 1965 James Brown song "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag".
Superintendent Chalmers' billboard that reads "Now More Than Ever" is a reference to a campaign poster with the same phrase used by Richard Nixon in the 1972 Presidential election.
When Fat Tony and the mob drive through Springfield to track down Homer, the montage parodies the opening credits to the TV show The Sopranos complete with its theme song, "Woke Up This Morning" by A3, playing in the background.
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