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
Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others
Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others
The headline that the reporter is working on says "Town to Well Boy: "No More Free Food'"
Krusty's "birthday pals," spent $8 each to have his/her name quickly scrolled (in very small font) across the screen.
Sign at Wall-E-Weasel's: We cram fun down your throat!
Names on Krusty's buddy list:
Reagan Gray, Paul Greenville, Jim Gregor, Harriet Hartman, Mike Himes, Julie Hirsh, Janet Hopkins, Cara Hunter, Gracie Jensen, Loretta Kangas, Marilyn Katz, Ken Keeler, John Lanzetta, Lorna LeFever, Marle Lichterman, Iris Lowe, kim Madriga, Cammie McGovern, Bill McLain, David Moulton, Mary myron, Nigel Nelson, J.P. Patches, Ted Phillips, Randy Plut, Brody Reed, Kevin Reilly,Pete St. George, Casey Sanders, Matthew Schneider, Patrick Semple, Emma Shannon, Bart Simpson, Larry Stone, Beth Summerlin, Kate Sulberg, Dale Thomas, John Travis, Eric Van Buerden, Patrick Verrone, Lee Wallace, Jay Weinstein, Chris White, Jay Wiviot, and Henry Yeamans.
When all the townsfolk dig the hole to rescue Bart, you can see they managed to dig around a Triceratops skeleton, buried pirate treasure and a UFO with an alien skeleton inside.
Present at the "We're Sending Our Love down the Well" recording session include: Troy McClure, Scott Christian, Stephanie the Weather Lady, Bleeding Gums Murphy, Mayor Quimby, Krusty, Princess Kashmir, Sting, Sideshow Mel, McBain, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Lance Murdock and the Capital City Goofball.
At the site of the well: a vendor sells ''I survived Timmy O'Toole Getting Trapped in a Well" T-Shirts, a man sells "Timmy's Baby Teeth--$6 per bag", a sign on the well reads "Admission $2.00", and there's a hot dog stand, a 'Games" stand, and a Ferris wheel.
Lisa reads the magazine "Non-Threatening Boys," which is the same magazine she read in the episode "Bart's Dog Gets an F".
The video games seen at Wall E. Weasel's include: Larry the Looter, Time Waster, Coffee Fiend, Touch of Death, and Comic Shop.
The song that replaces "We're Sending Our Love Down the Well" at number one is "I Do Believe We're Naked" by Funky C. Funky Do.
One of the names in Krusty's Birthday Buddies was J.P. Patches, a real life clown.
McBain wore his gun at the recording of ''We're Sending Our Love Down The Well.''
Homer: It's not our fault, we didn't want the boy, he was an accident!
Homer: Um, could you edit that last part out?
Kent: Mr. Simpson, we're live coast to coast!
Bart: Look, I'll level with you; there is no Timmy 'O Toole, it was just a prank I was playing on everybody.
Lou: Well you sure fooled us, kid.
Eddie: Hey I've got an idea for a prank. Let's go home and go to sleep. He-he-he.
Willy: Outta my way! Look out ya horse's ass!
Bart: Rod, Todd, this is God!
Rod: How did you get on the radio?
Bart: What do you mean "how did I get on the radio?" I created the universe, stupid kid.
Todd: Forgive my brother, we believe you!
Bart: Walk through the wall; I will remove it for you! (bumps) later…ha, ha, ha!
Homer: Mmmm...chocolate!...D'oh! Mmmm...chocolate!...D'oh! Marge! We need some more vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream!
Homer: Oh, there's only one can of beer left and it's Bart's!
Wal-E-Weasel: Hey there, I hear it's your birthday, how old are you?
Bart: Well, I'm...
Wal-E-Weasel: That's great! Would you like us to sing you a special song?
Bart: Hell no!
Wal-E-Weasel: You've got it, ready Señor Beaverotti?
Beaverotti: I'm-a-ready! And a one, and a two!
Song: You're the birthday, you're the birthday, you're the birthday boy or girl!
Bart: I'm here for my free birthday sundae!
Guy: Eat it and get out!
Homer: That little Timmy is a real hero.
Lisa: What makes him a hero dad?
Homer: Well he fell down the well and ... can't get out.
Lisa: How does that make him a hero?
Homer: Well, it's more than you did!
Marge: Sting, you look tired. Maybe you should take a rest.
Sting: Not while one of my fans need me.
Marge: Actually, I don't know if I've ever heard Bart play one of your albums.
Homer: Shhhh. Marge, he's a good digger!
Chief Wiggum: I'm afraid we've got a budget problem, Marge. Your boy picked a bad time to fall down a well. If he had done it at the beginning of the fiscal year, no problemo.
(Volunteers offer to help Marge and Homer with Bart's predicament in the well.)
Falcon Man: Grasping the child firmly in his talons, Socrates here will fly him to safety! Just watch.
(The falcon is released and flies away) I don't think he's coming back.
Sea Captain: With this hook, and this hunk of chocolate, I'll land your boy. And I'll clean him for free.
Professor Frink: Although we can't reach the boy, we can freeze him with liquid nitrogen, so that future generations can rescue him.
Lisa: Dad, can I have some money to buy Bart a birthday present?
Homer: Here you go.
Lisa: (Counts the money) Dad, this is $110!
Homer: Oh, sorry. (Gives her the whole wallet)
This episode was nominated for the 1992 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less).
Itchy & Scratchy: "Cat Splat Fever." Dedicated to Timmy O'Toole, the short features Scratchy, who finds a note in his bedroom that reads "Good-Bye Cruel World." Looking out the window, he sees Itchy jump down a well in the backyard. As Scratchy descends into the well to save Itchy, he sees Itchy sitting on a brick. Scratchy desperately tries to stop his fall but fails, landing in an alligator's jaws. Now a harp-playing cat angel, Scratchy rises from the well, only to have Itchy shoot him in the head.
Bruce Springsteen was originally asked to appear in the show. But after being turned down, the show got a hold of Sting who gladly agreed.
Blackboard Joke: I will not carve gods.
Couch Gag: The family rushes in and bounces to different spots.
One of the people offering to pull "Timmy" out of the well is a fisherman who is a reference to Quint, played by Robert Shaw in Jaws.
War of the Worlds
One of the first pranks that Bart pulls with his microphone is a fake alien invasion a la Orson Wells' "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast.
The TV ad for the Superstar Celebrity Microphone was inspired by the Ronco Mr. Microphone ads of the 1970's.
Ace In The Hole
The majority of the plot for this episode is taken from the 1951 film Ace In The Hole.
Homer: That's all I can stand... I can't stands no more!
The line Homer tosses out is a homage to the line said by the title character in Popeye.
Beverly Hills Cop
Axel Foley's theme from the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop plays as Bart descends down the well.
Wall-E-Weasel's is a take-off of the Chuck-E-Cheese's family-themed pizza restaurants, complete with entertainment from robots depicting animal characters that were part of the restaurant's cast, arcade games and, pizza.
Bart: Help! I fell inside the well!
Bart's falling down the well refers to a little girl named Jessica McClure who fell down a into a well in 1987. Some men of Springfield gather to get him out just like the community did that rescued the little girl.
J.P. Patches, one of Krusty the Clown's "birthday pals," was a children's TV show host, played by Chris Wiedes, in Seattle, Washington.
The band Funky-See Funky-Do spoofs Milli Vanilli, a band who lip-synched their hits until the fraud was discovered.
USA For Africa
The "We're Sending Our Love Down the Well" charity song to raise funds for Timmy O'Toole parodies the USA For Africa song "We Are the World"
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