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
Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
On Homer's "Wall of casual acquaintances who came to stay for a while," Benjamin, Doug, and Gary (Homer Goes to College) were not recognized on the wall even though they stayed at the Simpsons household.
On one wall of Kent Brockman's office is a picture showing him on the Berlin Wall. One of the writings on the wall is German for "Kent was here".
Music from this episode
"Celebration" by Kool & The Gang.
The following candy toppings are mentioned by Homer with the likely real life equivalent in parentheses:
Gooey Bears (Gummy Bears)
Charlottesville Chew (Charleston Chew)
Nice & Many (Good & Plenty)
Kat Kit (Kit Kat)
Hershel's Smooches (Hershey's Kisses)
Mrs. Badbar (Mr. Goodbar)
Milk Dudes (Milk Duds)
The Simpsons have a "Wall of casual acquaintances who came to stay for a while" which lists Artie Ziff (The Ziff who came to Dinner), Apu Nahasapeemapetilon (Homer and Apu, The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemetilons), Krusty the Clown (Krusty gets Kancelled), Groundskeeper Willie (My Fair Laddie), Nelson Muntz (Sleeping with the Enemy), Robert "Sideshow Bob" Underdunk Terwilliger (The Great Louse Detective), Otto Mann (The Otto Show), Kang (or Kodos) (Who have not stayed with them although they are on the picture), Gil Gunderson (Kill Gil Volumes 1 and 2) and Stampy (Bart Gets an Elephant). Kent Brockman (This episode) will be added to it. Kodos eventually stayed with the Simpsons for a while in "Treehouse of Horror XVIII".
When Marge and Maggie run through the park full of dogs, one of the dogs is Laddie, the expensive dog Bart bought in "The Canine Mutiny."
The evil Leprechaun made another appearance in the St. Patrick's Day parade when Marge stole his beer.
This episode isn't the first time Kent has dropped the F-bomb. He said it in the season 5 episode, "Bart's Inner Child", although it was bleeped out.
This is the second time that Kent Brockman utters a swear word on live TV, and gets in trouble for it. The first time was in "Krusty Gets Kancelled" when he calls the viewers SOBs, while the camera is still rolling.
Rod: (to Ned) Daddy, what are you doing?
Ned: Imploring people I never met to pressure a government with better things to do to punish a man who meant no harm for something nobody ever saw, that's what I'm doing!
Rod: (after exchanging a worried look with Tod) Daddy, we think you need a new mommy.
Ned: First things first!
Marge: (to Homer) We have to take in Mr. Brockman. He wouldn't be in this mess if you hadn't dumped coffee on his lap.
Homer: Oh, sure! Put down a simple guy like me who works hard and plays by the rules!
Bart: Dad, you barely go to work at all.
Lisa: And you're constantly flouting the law.
Homer: I'm willing to change my mind and that makes me great.
FOX Newscaster: It seems liberals want to give NASA the right to abort space missions whenever they feel like it!
Homer: Marge, the couch is lumpy!
Kent: That's because you're sitting on me, you lummox!
(At the dentist)
Homer: Aaaah! It hurts so much!
Dental Hygienist: I haven't even started yet!
Homer: I know, but a breeze from that window went in my mouth!
Homer: Hey suckers, check it out! Marge is taking me to ride dirt bikes at the cemetery.
Lisa: You're going to the dentist too, Dad.
Homer: (Thoughtfully) Why the cemetery? I wondered. But my dreams were too strong.
Lisa: One thing I've always wondered… How can Fox News be so conservative when the Fox Network keeps airing raunchy shows? They don't fit together.
(Lisa then proceeds to flips channels between Fox News and Fox Network until Kent Brockman takes the remote control away from her.)
Kent: Fox deliberately runs shows that will earn them huge fines which are then funneled through the F.C.C. straight to the Republican Party. Everybody in the media knows it, but no one has the guts to say it.
Homer: Apu sang a song, what are you gonna do?
Homer: I'm sorry Lisa, but I won't live under the same roof as a member of the liberal media!
Lisa: You'll have to excuse him, he's been watching a lot of Fox News.
Homer: Did you know that every day Mexican gays sneak into this country and unplug our brain-dead ladies?
Marge: (Trying to start the car) It won't start! I'll have to use Homer's AAA card. (Looks at the card) "American Applesauce Association"?
Itchy and Scratchy: Scratchy is walking down the street and sees a lady made out of dynamite. Apparently not realizing this, he kisses her and she explodes and dismembers him. Itchy picks up the pieces and juggles them, entertaining a crowd of passers-by.
In lieu of a blackboard or couch gag, one of the original shorts from almost 20 years ago on The Tracey Ullman Show is shown featuring Homer trying to get everyone to pose for a family picture. This short originally aired in the second season of Tracey's show on 6 Mar 1988.
Abe has a long list of things that people supposedly couldn't say on TV in his day. One of them is "LBJ," the initials of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the President of the United States from 1963 to 1969.
When Kent is packing up after being fired from his job, the music playing is reminiscent of the scene in Midnight Cowboy where Joe and Rizzo are wandering the streets.
On one wall of Kent Brockman's office is a picture showing him interviewing R2-D2, known from the Star Wars movies.
Menance II Society
The video shown at the dentist titled "Menace Tooth Society" is an allusion to Albert and Allen Hughes' Menace II Society (1993). The video itself has numerous rap references from the 80's and 90's, including:
"Baby got Bacteria" a parody of "Baby got Back by Sir Mix-a-lot; "I'm down with O.P.P." a parody of "O.P.P." by Naughty by Nature; and Ludacrest toothpaste, a reference to the rap artist Ludacris.
While not mentioned by name, the liberal-hating commentator on "Fox News" is clearly based on Rush Limbaugh, who frequently appears on that channel.
Marge's adventurous run through Springfield, especially the music, is reminiscent of this 1987 Coen brothers' film.
Good Night and Good Luck
The scene where Kent rants on the web about the government is an allusion to this film.
The episode title is a play on the Rolling Stones song, "You Can't Always Get What You Want."
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