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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
Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others
The jury, during the evolution vs. creationism case, consists of: Sanjay, Kearney, Cookie Kwan, Lenny, Carl, Luann Van Houten, Kent Brockman, Bernice Hibbert, City Hall Clerk (episode 4F15), Bumblebee Man, Yes Guy, and Captain McAllister.
Bart makes a fake ID for Lisa. It reads: "Name: Seniorita Ugly; Occupation: Booger Picker"
The caption beneath Marge's photo with Snoopy reads: "Happiness Is... Met Life Casualty Insurance."
One of Springfield Elementary's textbooks is titled Life In These 38 States.
The students watch the film, So You're Calling God A Liar!: An Unbiased Comparison of Evolution and Creationism, during their lesson on creationism.
Springfield Church marquee reads: "Today: Church Council Meeting; Topic: Religion"
Music From This Episode
"What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers. (Used in the "Myth of Creation" diorama.)
A sign outside the IMAX theater reads: "Coming Soon: Up Your Nostril"
Bart and Homer watch, the IMAX 3D Film, Nunchucks: Cool But Useless.
The museum exhibit, "Looms, Labor and Liberation: A History of Women Weaving," is replaced by "The History of Weapons: Sponsored by Kellog's."
Bart's list of things to do before summer is over:
- Win Baseball Game
- Appear In Summer Stock Play
- See Summer Blockbuster
- Have A Summer Romance
Homer's "To Do" list:
- Check Out That New Store
- Find, Destroy Atlantis
- Fake Interest In Son
The girl Bart kisses "To Do List" reads:
- Kiss 100 Boys
Marquee outside the Springfield Community Theater reads: "Grease 2: The Musical Based On The Sequel To The Movie Based On The Musical"
Grampa's list of "Things To Do":
- Sleep With Esther Williams
- Be First White Man In Negro League
Chief Wiggum: Lisa Simpson, you're under arrest for the teaching of non-biblical science!
Lisa Simpson: There are so many worse crimes. Why are you persecuting me?
Chief Wiggum: Well, we only have the man power to enforce the last law passed. You know, it's not the best system, but…well, in fact, it's pretty much the worst.
Lisa: I'm so glad you could all come. I will be reading to you from The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin.
Nelson: Oh. I thought we were gonna light spiders on fire.
Dolph: (in the next room) We're over here!
Miss Hoover: Class, the town has spoken. From now on we're only teaching one theory: creationism. Now please hand in your evolution books to Groundskeeper Willie while I beat this ominous drum.
Barney: Homer's son's sister is right!
Todd: Daddy, was Mommy a monkey? I can't remember.
Ned: No one was ever a monkey! Everything is what it was and always will be! God put us here and that's that!
Todd: But you said a stork brought me.
Ned: Umm...that was God disguised as a stork.
Rod: Then who brings baby storks?
Ned: There's no such thing as storks! It's all God!
Todd: (Kneeling beside a statue of a stork) Please bless Daddy and Roddy...
Ned: Stop praying to that stork!
Clarice Dremond: This trial is the biggest load of… Oh for crying out loud!
Wallace Bravy: Now Bambi, who started that forest fire that killed your mother? Evolution?! My my my…
Kent Brockman: This is Kent Brockman reporting live from the trial of God versus Lisa Simpson. Defending Miss Simpson is ACLU appointed liberal, Clarice Dremond.
Clarice Dremond: I'm from New York.
Martin: Little Moe Szyslak?
Kid Moe: Why does everyone call me that? Bunch of snot faced puke bags.
TV Host: 'So you are calling God a liar? An Unbiased Comparison of Evolution and Creationism.' Let's say hi to two books. One; The Bible was written by our Lord. The other The Origin of Species was written by a cowardly drunk named Charles Darwin.
Bart: Milhouse will serve the time for you while you flee to Mexico. Your new name: Senorita Ugly.
Homer: Time do to what I do best; ruin it for everybody.
Bart: Weaving? Homer, you are my father. You are supposed to protect me from things like this.
Homer: Alright, just this once you can take a drink out of my 'special water bottle.'
(Homer gives Bart his liquor bottle.)
Flanders: They're telling people we're descended from a pack of apes even though there's nothing about it in the bible!
Rev. Lovejoy: Ned, you've gotta take this thing with a grain of salt, I mean, heh, come on…
Bart: According to creationism, there were no cavemen.
Homer: Good riddance! Their drawings suck and they look like hippies.
Homer: My mind is always open to new ideas--Onions?! In the peas?! What the hell?! (Throws dish at the wall.)
Flanders: As sure as I am that Jesus hates hip-hop!
The start of this episode, with Bart trying to fit a whole summer into one day, was originally from "I'm Spelling As Fast As I Can", but it was cut to save time and was finally aired here, which explains Bart saying he's only kissed one girl.
Blackboard Joke: Je ne parle pas Français. (I do not speak French.)
Couch Gag: The family poses on the couch for a series of family portraits. In the 2006 and 2007 portraits the family all looks the same. In 2008 Homer is missing from the picture. In 2009 he is replaced by Lenny. In 2010, Marge is replaced by Carl. In 2011 Lenny is replaced by Jimbo and Marge is back replacing Carl. In 2012 Homer is back in robot form, replacing Jimbo. In the 2013 the rest of the family is replaced by robotic version of themselves.
Life In These 38 States
When Principal Skinner holds the book up, there's an error shown on the cover. Oklahoma's highlighted, when it shouldn't be; Oklahoma wasn't a state until 1907 and is the 46th state in the union.
Ned: We want you to teach alternative theories to Darwinian Evolution.
Principal Skinner: You mean Lamarckian Evolution?
Jean Baptiste de Lamarck (1784-1829) was a French scientist, who in 1809 published the "Philosophie zoologique" in which he explains the theory that mutations in individuals are caused by a preexisting "wish" from that individual to change. He also claims that acquired traits in an individual can be inherited by the next generation. Today, we know this not to be true, but Lamarck was actually acknowledged by, among others, Darwin as a great zoologist.
Men in Black
The summer blockbuster Bart watches is a parody of the 1997 film Men in Black.
The black puzzle piece transition between scenes was also used in the final season of the sitcom Get Smart!.
The Bad News Bears/The Natural
Bart's game winning home run has references to two famous baseball movies. First the coach sounds like Walter Matthau's broken down Little League coach in the 1976 film The Bad News Bears and then his game winning home run causes fireworks to ignite a la a similar scene from Robert Redford's 1984 film The Natural.
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