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Cultural referencesEdit

  • The title is a reference to the 1943 novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, its 1945 film adaptation and its 1951 musical adaptation.
  • Steve Mobbs being in heaven is a reference to the death on October 5, 2011 of the character he is based on, Steve Jobs.
  • Logomania is a parody of the French animated short Logorama.
  • Vengeful Pigs is a reverse parody of the video game Angry Birds. This time Homer shoots pigs into birds, and in the real life player shoots birds into pigs.
  • The video that Homer is trying to finish watching after his MyPad breaks is "David After Dentist", a popular viral video on YouTube that hit over 100 million views.

In-show referencesEdit

  • The Simpsons: Tapped Out: Homer tries to download this app on his MyPad, only to be told that it was not available. This is a reference to when the app was taken offline earlier in 2012 to fix bugs that had occurred in the game.



  • When Homer finished his pray about broken MyPad, God does a MyPad fading to the next scene. Previous 6 scenes of episode can be seen with Homer and Wiggum riding invisible motorcycle, Homer winning MyPad, Bart and Lisa being in zoopark with Homer and etc.
  • During Kent Brockman's reportage about how the "Hope" tree mauled Springfieldians, the following signs, such as "Kent's Fashion Faux Pas," "Kent's K-9 Cut-Ups," "Inside Kent's Colon," "My Old Kent-Yucky Home" and "Kent's Closed Cases" can be seen.
  • This episode is the first one in Season 24 to have regular credit music.
  • This is Bashir bin Laden's last appearance in The Simpsons. He never reappeared in other episode after this.


  • Despite the title, a tree doesn't actually grow in Springfield, only a message being wrote on one.
  • While Bart is walking on his hands near the Lion's habitat, the sign nearby can be seen with random gibberish written on it: "wat uy ali quando zax xaz man asque wie jas in wak wiho as bavy ul y turf zax xaz cousou nihi ew guy as bavy ul bisteque". The gibberish also changes from when Bart is walking upright on the wall.

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