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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
Homer's watch keeps disappearing and reappearing in the early scenes with his car.
Music From This Episode
"The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin (Used in Homer's Flashback)
"Oh Yeah" by Yello (Duffman's theme)
"New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra (Heard at the end of the episode)
The bus line that the Simpsons ride is named Sit-N-Stare Bus Lines.
When Homer's big D'OH echoes through New York, a shot of the Empire State Building observation deck is shown. When looked at closely, on the right side of the observation deck, you can see Marge, and either Bart or Lisa.
Marquee at the cinema in Homer's flashback: "Jeremiah's Johnson", "The Godfather's Parts, II" and "Five Sleazy Pieces."
(From the bus, Bart spots 3 Jewish men with long beards standing on a street corner)
Bart: Hey, it's ZZ Top! (Yelling from the window) You guys rock!
Man #1: Eh...Maybe a little.
(After Homer destroys the car boot)
Homer: Hehe, Homer one. New York nothin'. (Steps on destroyed car boot) D'oh!
Bart: That took too long. How come we had to transfer in Atlanta twice?
Lisa: I just say we should have payed the extra $1.50 and got a bus with restrooms!
Marge: We'll meet you in Central Park at 5:00.
Homer: Okay, but not a minute later. Once the sun goes down, all the weirdos turn crazy. (looks at person on street) I'm on to you!
Marge: I don't think it's a good idea to be driving around in a car you built yourself.
Homer: (Building a car out of a mattress) Okay, Marge, either you can stand there and complain, or you can get started knitting me those seatbelts.
Homer: New York is a hellhole. And you know how I feel about hellholes.
Barney: I can't drink. I'm the designated driver.
Duffman: Ah, that's swell. Duff Beer wholeheartedly supports the designated driver system. Now, who wants to party?!
Homer: Awright New York, I'm comin' back! But you're not gettin' this! (throws his wallet into the fireplace)
Lisa: Dad, our baby pictures were in there!
Homer: Don't you start!
Bart: Hey, immigrants! Beat it! Country's full!
Sailor: OK people, you heard the lady. Back into the hold. We'll try Canada.
Lisa: Mom, are those rabbits dead?
Marge: No, no, Lisa they're just sleeping, upside down…and inside out.
Lisa: Here's a better idea. You give me your address and I'll write to you.
Bums: OK. Send it to Jesus, uh, care of the Pentagon.
Homer: They expect me to sit here from nine to five? That's how many hours? (Homer looks at his wrist watch) ten, eleven, denominator, er…Where's Lisa when you need her?!
Lisa: Look at all those beautiful shoes! I know they're made from animals, but wow!
Marge: Hmmm, if only I didn't already have a pair of shoes.
Bart: Speaking of shoes, I don't care about shoes; I'll meet you ladies back here in half an hour.
Lisa: Yeah, okay, Dad
Marge: Stay where I can see you, honey
Homer: Goodnight Barney, don't forget to bring back my car back tomorrow, just slide it under the door.
Vendor: Khlav kalash! Khlav kalash!
Homer: Can you go across the street and get me some pizza?
Vendor: No pizza, only khlav kalash.
Homer: Uhh, all right. I'll take a small bowl.
Vendor: No bowl. Stick. Stick!
Homer: Blech! That's just...awful!(After finishing his khlav kalash) Now what do you have to rinse that awful taste out of my mouth?
Vendor: Mountain Dew or Crab Juice.
Homer: Yech! Geez! I'll take a Crab Juice! (Drains his crab juice in one gulp) More, more, more! Uh oh! You got a men's room in there?
Taxi driver: Get off the road you freakin' maniac!
Bicyclist: (Being dragged by taxi driver) Yeah, you jackass!
Marge: Of course you'll have a bad impression of New York if you only focus on the pimps and the C.H.U.D.'s.
Homer: I'm getting out of this city alive, even if it kills me!
Lisa: Dad, you can't judge a place you've never been to.
Bart: Yeah, that's what they do in Russia.
Barney: All I remember was being a guest lecturer at Villanova, or maybe it was the street corner.
Old Lady: How frightfully rude! I certainly hope someone stabs him in the eye!
(Homer is biting on the bolts of the boot)
Tower 1 Man: Hey, when your done with that, I got somethin' up here you can bite on!
Tower 2 Man: Hey, why don't you be polite, you stinking puss bag? You gotta call that number on the boot. Sorry 'bout that guy; they stick all the jerks in Tower 1.
Tower 1 Man: That's it! I'm comin' over there!
Tower 2 Man: Yeah, you come over here!
Seedy Man On Top of Tower 1: Shut up, the both o' yas!
Lisa: Can we come back next year dad?
Homer: We'll see honey…
(bag of medical waste hits him in the face)
Homer: …We'll see.
Pleasant Female Voice: Thank you for calling the Parking Violations Bureau. To plead 'Not Guilty' press one now.
(Homer presses one)
Pleasant Female Voice: Thank You. Your call has been…
Gruff Male Voice: Rejected.
Pleasant Female Voice: You will be assessed the full fine, plus a small…
Gruff Male Voice: Large lateness penalty.
Pleasant Female Voice: Please wait by your vehicle between the hours of nine A.M. and five P.M. for Parking Officer Steve…
Gruff Male Voice: Grabowski.
During the summer of 1997 Fox ran a contest with the first prize being a real life full scale replica of the Simpsons house built in Las Vegas by Kaufman Broad. The winning number … 9786065 … was announced during the second commercial break of the original airing of "The City of NY vs. Homer Simpson."
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: The family are Harlem Globetrotters and show off their basketball tricks to the music of "Sweet Georgia Brown."
The very tall man whose legs Homer pounds on the bus is the same man that forced Nelson to walk the streets in his underwear in "22 Short Films About Springfield".
In 1998, this episode won an Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics, for the song, "You're Checkin' In". This episode won the 1998 Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music in an Animated Television Production for the song, "You're Checkin' In".
First Appearance: Duffman.
Homer's line while describing his past experience in New York as a teen: "And that's when the C.H.U.D.s came at me" is an allusion to the 1984 B-horror film, C.H.U.D. (an acronym for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers).
Storm of the Century
The way Moe lets his customers pick an egg and if the egg is black than they can't drink beer. This resembles Stephen King's novel and movie Storm of the Century when the demon named Linoge (aka: Legion) wants a child from one of the people from Little Tall Island and he wants them to pick a stone out of the bag, if one stone is black than he takes that child from the parents.
When Homer races alongside the horse drawn carriage, it strongly parodies the famous chariot race from the 1959 film Ben Hur. This same scene was also parodied in the earlier episode, "Saturdays of Thunder".
During Homer's flashback to when he visited New York, you see a man dumping trash on him and that man is comedy writer/director Woody Allen. Who was last seen in a spinning newspaper in the "King Homer" story in 9F04 "Treehouse of horror III".
The scene with "The Entertainer" playing in the background is reminiscent of the opening scene to the 1973 film The Sting, notably with the same song playing in the background.
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