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
Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Matt Groening is the court-appointed artist.
Other purely coincidental parallels between German-accented and occasionally miscast action film star Rainier Wolfcastle and Arnold Schwarzenegger, revealed in this episode:
- Both have wives named Maria.
- Both drive a Humvee.
When Bart is running away from Principal Skinner, one of the scenes is of Bart running down a hill, which was cut directly from episode 4-1, "Kamp Krusty."
This is the first episode to feature Bart's "Lil Bastard" prank kit.
The episode plot is similar to that of "Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
There is "El Barto" graffitti outside the courthouse.
The sign outside Quimby's house reads: "Thursday Is Ladies' Night"
Bart uses the "Li'l Bastard Clock-Tampering Kit."
Bart: (trying to buy a ticket at the Aztec Movie Theater) Look, if I was really under 17 I'd be in school, right?
Ticket seller: Yeah, I guess you are right. Enjoy Boob-a-rama, sir.
Bart: See Lisa, they don't need my help proving Freddy innocent.
Lisa: That's because Mayor Quimby is buying his nephew's freedom.
Bart: The system works.
Homer: Marge, it was horrible. Everyone was against me in that jury room. But I stood by the courage of my convictions and I prevailed. And that's why we had Chinese food for lunch.
Principal Skinner: You're stealing a table?
Homer: I'm not stealing it. Hotels expect you to take a few things. It's a souvenir!
Principal Skinner: Ah. Is that my necktie you're wearing?
Homer: I'm only doing what I think is right. I believe Freddy Quimby should walk out of here a free hotel.
Homer: What does "sequestered" mean?
Principal Skinner: If the jury is deadlocked they're put up in a hotel together so they can't communicate with the outside world.
Homer: What does "deadlocked" mean?
Principal Skinner: It's when the jury can't agree on a verdict.
Homer: Uh huh. And "if"?
Principal Skinner: A conjunction meaning "in the event that" or "on condition that".
Homer: So if we don't all vote the same way, we'll be deadlocked and have to be sequestered in the Springfield Palace Hotel--
Patty: That's not going to happen.
Jasper: Let's vote. My liver is failing.
Homer: --where we'll get a free room, free food, free swimming pool, free HBO… ooh! Free Willy!
Dr. Hibbert: Well, only one in two million people has what we call the "evil gene". Hitler had it, Walt Disney had it, and... Freddy Quimby has it.
Lionel Hutz: Thank you, Dr. Hibbert. I rest my case.
Judge Snyder: You rest your case?
Lionel Hutz: What? Oh no, I thought that was just a figure of speech. Case closed.
Principal Skinner: (thinking) I know you can read my thoughts, Bart. Just a little reminder. If I find out you cut class, your ass is mine. Yes, you heard me. I think words I would never say.
Homer: (thinking) I know you can read my thoughts, boy. (singing) Meow meow meow meow, meow meow meow meow, meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow.
Chief Wiggum: Oh my God! Someone's taken a bite out of the big Rice Krispie square! Oh yeah, and the waiter's been brutally beaten.
Bart: (about Principal Skinner) Oh my God, he is like some sort of ... non ... giving up ... school guy!
Principal Skinner: Why, there are no children here at the 4H club, either! Am I so out of touch? No, it's the children who are wrong.
Helen Lovejoy: Heh, this won't take long. He's clearly guilty. We'll probably be home by dinner time.
Jasper: Good. I hear the dog from Frasier is going to ride the dolphin on SeaQuest.
Freddy Quimby: That's chowdah! Chowdah! I'll kill you! I'll kill all of you! Especially those of you in the jury!
Marge: Your Uncle Arthur used to have a saying. "Shoot em' all and let God sort it out." Unfortunately, one day he put his theory into practice. It took 75 federal marshals to bring him down. Now, let's never speak of him again.
Bart: Ah, the joys of mortgaging your future.
Milhouse: I lost all feeling in the left side of my body.
Otto: The regular school bus broke down, so take a seat before I blow your heads off!
Blackboard Joke: There's plenty of businesses like show business.
Couch Gag: The living room is the set of The Late Show With David Letterman.
12 Angry Men
Mayor Quimby's nephew is on trial for assault, a crime in for which he is innocent. But due to his angry outbursts, the jury feels he is guilty. Of the 12 jury members, Homer is the only one to cast a vote of "not guilty" which angers the other 11 jurors. The outcome of the trial ends with a verdict of "not guilty". This is a reference to the film "12 Angry Men" in which an innocent man on trial is believed to be guilty by 11 of the 12 jurors. The outcome of the trial in the film ends with a verdict of "not guilty".
Back to the Future Part II
Bart Simpson skips school and Principal Skinner is quickly trailing him. In order to avoid being caught by Skinner, Bart hops into the back seat of a convertible, hiding under a blanket. The shot of Bart hiding under the blanket resembles Marty McFly hiding under a blanket in the back seat of a convertible in Back to the Future Part II.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Principal Skinner goes through extensive measures to prove Bart is skipping school much like Rooney in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Kent Brockman: This reporter suggested "Waitergate," but was shouted down in the press conference.
This is a pun on Watergate, a scandal with Richard Nixon that led to his resignation from the presidency of the United States.
French Waiter: I am not some clumsy, Clouseau-esque waiter!
This is a reference to Inspector Clouseau of the 1963 film The Pink Panther. Clouseau is a bumbler, and the waiter uses this comparison when Bart says that the waiter tumbled through various objects in a clumsy, Clouseau-type manner.
The chase scene between Skinner and Bart parodies the 1973 film Westworld.
Bart: Hey McBain, your last movie sucked!
Chief Wiggum: Yeah, magic ticket my ass!
This is in reference to Arnold Schwartzenegger's failed 1993 film The Last Action Hero. A kid has a ticket to see a movie starring his favorite superhero but the ticket has magic powers which sends him to the superhero's world.
Episode Title: "The Boy Who Knew Too Much"
The title is a reference to Alfred Hitchcock's film The Man Who Knew Too Much.
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