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Animation Goof: When Lisa goes on the Eliminator to train with the rope that held her, it isn't shown on Lisa until she falls, and Bart pulls her to safety.
Goof: When Homer takes Bart to military school, his car is purple. But when Homer and Marge are about to drive off, the car is orange.
When it's Lisa's turn on the "Eliminator" rope test, you can hear the call of a crow -- evoking the same desperation as the usual Springfield Nuclear Power Plant exterior establishing shot.
"The Simpson Family Smile Time Variety Hour" writers Steve Tompkins and Bill Oakley wanted Rip Taylor to be the guest for that particular segment because Taylor is a former cast member of The Brady Bunch Hour which is the show that is being parodied. However the producers overruled them and went with Tim Conway.
In the opening credits of "Chief Wiggum, PI", all the scenes show real places: First, Wiggum is driving along I-10, and the Superdome can be seen in the background; Wiggum is shooting at Tipitina's, a real bar on Napoleon Ave. in the Garden District; and Skinner is shown with a pimp at the corner of Lafayette Ave and Camp St, not far from the Superdome. Also, the street sign for Bourbon St. is historically accurate, and the Mardi Gras parade float of a man's head resembles the figurehead for the Krewe of Bacchus.
When Kent Brockman introduces The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour he says "live". The clock behind him says 8:20 which was the time that part of the show aired in Eastern and Pacific Time zones.
Homer is the only character to appear in all three segments.
Bart rips off 2 of 3 "Building Unsound and Unsafe" signs on the deck and tosses them out the window. But when they show the deck railing the 3rd sign is missing.
The box of doughnuts reads "donuts" at first, but it becomes "donut" after Grimes throws the acid at the wall.
In 2006 this episode was ranked #6 in Matt Groening's list of top 10 episodes of all time.
Lisa only said 11 words in the whole episode (she says "Okay", "Hi", and "Can I go downstairs and see what Dad's doing?").
As Reverend Lovejoy puts letters on the church sign board, he says that he has five Q's and only two U's. However, during season 3's "Lisa the Greek", the board is seen to read 'Every Sunday Is Super Sunday', which uses three U's.
In a deleted scene on the DVD it is revealed that Jasper was the former church minister.
The plot for this episode appears on a collector card in level 1 of The Simpsons: Hit & Run video game.
In 2006 this episode was ranked #5 in Matt Groening's list of top 10 episodes of all time.
Abe was allowed to read a newspaper before. In Bart the General he and Jasper fight over the newspaper to do the daily crossword puzzle.
The "dictionary" in Mr. Burns' head is filled with words that describe him and his lifestyle:
reign of terror
running dog n: one who does someone else's bidding: Lackey, i.e. (Smithers)
Towards the end of this episode when the camera is focusing on Lisa you see Dr. Hibbert holding a clipboard and his hand is yellow.
Listen Carefully: The voice that says 'help' sounds exactly the same as when Bart yelled 'help' when he fell down the well in Season 3 episode, "Radio Bart".
Look Closely: Bart's account number on his credit card is 4123 0412 3456 7890. It also says that the card expires 12/03/99. And has a dove graphic on it.
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