The PTA Disbands
'Round Springfield
The Springfield Connection


  • Groundskeeper Willie, teaching French class, calls the students "cheese-eatin' surrender monkeys." The phrase has since entered the pop-culture lexicon, and it gained a lot of notoriety in the events leading up to the Iraq War.
  • On the Gracie Films logo, there is a saxophone version of the music.
  • Krusty's line "Hey, kids, it's story time!" is used as a voice chip on a watch that came with a Burger King Big Kids Meal.
  • Running Gag:
    • Homer wanting a hotdog and Marge telling him they're in a place where a hotdog salesman is not expected to sell hotdogs, then the hotdog salesman appears.
  • This episode contains a clip from "Moaning Lisa", when Lisa meets Murphy.
  • This episode was the first in which a recurring character was killed off, something the staff felt that it would be a great storyline, with a lot of emotions.[1]
  • The crew planned on Bleeding Gums Murphy, although Mike Reiss stated "I had been polling for years to kill Marge's mom, but this was a better idea."[1]
  • Mike Reiss's father, a doctor, was the medical consultant on this episode. He stated that it was not possible to get appendicitis from eating a piece of metal.[1]
  • This was one of two episodes in season 6 that was created with the help of the staff of The Critic, with the other being "A Star is Burns."[1]
  • The shot of Grampa listening to Bleeding Gums's album on the wireless is recycled from "Homer's Barbershop Quartet".
  • In this episode, we find out that Bleeding Gums Murphy could be possibly related to Dr. Hibbert. He states "I had a younger brother who grew up to be a doctor. He used to laugh at the most inappropriate times." Hibbert then replies with "Hey, I have an older brother that I'll never see. He's a jazz musician or some such."
  • This is the first episode to feature a Simpson getting an organ permanently extracted.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Joshua Sternin, Jeffrey Ventimilia, Steven Dean Moore. (2005). The Complete Sixth Season DVD commentary for the episode "'Round Springfield" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.

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