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"Thank You For Being a Friend" by Andrew Gold (sung by Lenny).
Bart retrieves several golf balls from the lake, one of which turns out to be an alligator egg - a possible call-back to "Scenes From the Class Struggle in Springfield," in which Smithers claims the balls he's carrying around to cheat at golf for Burns are reptile eggs.
During the Incan flashback, Coltrane (Snowball IV) can be spotted. An Incan child goes near him, but the kid's mom separates them.
Bart's new cell phone resembles a LG Chocolate from Verizon Wireless.
Sideshow Bob is spotted twice in this episode. First his image comes across on the fax machine in Homer and Ned's office and later he can be seen escaping jail.
Goof: In the scene where Ned is a magician there is an animation glitch. For about 1 second his eyes seem to pop out of his glasses.
Music in this episode
"Toora Loora Loora" an Irish Lullaby (Lisa sings this to settle the quarreling Irish at the parade.)
"Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant (Heard during Homer and Ned's bounty hunting montage.)
Goof: When Bart is first seen in this episode, he's wearing a light green T-shirt with a 4 leaf clover symbolizing St. Patrick's Day. But when he's viewing the Irish folk dancers, he's wearing his regular orange-colored shirt. However, when he's viewing the parades between the Irish and Northern Irish, he's back in his green shirt.
Krusty's "Last Gasp" show is sponsored by Nappien, the same prescription sleeping pill that Homer took during the episode "Crook and Ladder".
Marge burning her hemp purse to create "silly smoke" is factually incorrect. Hemp is made from a different subspecies of the Cannabis Sativa plant than the one used for the cannabis drug, and contains typically 0.6% THC compared to the usual 6-20% in the drug. Burning hemp will not induce a high.
This episode was dedicated to Elsie Castellaneta and Dora K. Warren.
Mona's hippie friends, Seth and Munchie, from season 10's "D'oh-in in the Wind" can be seen at her funeral.
This episode originally aired Mother's Day 2008, and FOX ran the end credits intact instead of squeezing them for upcoming show promos.
Goof: When Homer tells Bart to fetch "The Defender", he reaches inside the open door to get it. But in the next shot Homer has to kick open the closed door to get inside.
Music From This Episode
"White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane (Heard when Marge and Lisa burn Marge's hemp purse to provide a distraction for Homer.)
"Mother and Child Reunion" by Paul Simon (Heard at the end of the episode with the flashbacks of Homer and Mona.)
The topography surrounding 'Springfield Peak' (from which Homer disperses Mona's ashes) is uniquely found in and around SE Utah and Monument Valley Navajo National Park in NE Arizona. It could not geologically occur in Ohio or any other Midwestern state currently held as the mythical location of the show.
Homer buys a box of tissues, a six pack of Duff beer, and a tube of urn polish from the Kwik-E-Mart.
In addition to her Skepticism merit badge, Lisa also has badges in Vegetarianism and Apple Polishing.
Goof: When Homer is first seen in his Lord Evilton snake costume (the very beginning when he sneaks into Bart's room), the costume has a snake mask that covers Homer's entire head. But afterward, when the family is going to the book release, Homer's snake costume just has a hood that shows his face through the snake's neck.
A sign on the window of the Ballet Academy reads, "No Fat Chicks," while a sign on the window of the Opera Academy next door reads, "No Thin Chicks."
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