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  • This episode contains a hint that Patty is a lesbian, as she is seen exiting the house during the slide show.
  • In her effort to reconvince the town that the burlesque house is bad, Marge begins singing an off-key parody of "My Favorite Things" - although the bulldozer cuts her off before she can sing the title phrase.
  • One of the dancers looks like Cookie Kwan, who later would became a recurring character.
  • In "Marge vs. the Monorail" Marge is told that her idea to spend a fine on fixing Main Street lost to a decision to spend the fine on a monorail because she did not write a song about her idea. She takes that lesson into account in this episode.
  • Lisa and Maggie are the only characters that are missing when Marge arrives at the front door after cleaning rocks. They are also not in the family car in the background and are entirely absent for the second half of the episode.
  • Smithers says that his parents insist he tries out the Burlesque house but in a later episode he states that his father sacrificed himself when Smithers was an infant and his mother is only mentioned once.

Cultural references

  • Belle could possibly be named after Belle Watling, the owner of the burlesque house in Gone with the Wind.
  • The couch gag in this episode is a parody of the cover of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".
  • When Homer stops the destruction of the burlesque house, Reverend Lovejoy says "This house is a very, very, very fine house," a reference to the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song "Our House."
  • The oil spill depicted in this episode is most likely a reference to the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
  • Mayor Quimby and the Quimby family, throughout Simpsons history, have been made to resemble JFK and the Kennedy family. In this particular episode, Mayor Quimby's wife is seen wearing a dress similar to one of Jackie Kennedy's dresses.
  • A V-chip kicks in while Bart and Lisa are watching Itchy and Scratchy, prompting them to yell "Dad, V-chip, V-chip" at Homer, who then unblocks the show.
  • In French, "derrière" could mean both "behind" (something that is not in front of you) and "butt." In this episode's case, it is most likely the latter ("Maison Derrière" thus meaning "Butt House").
  • The musical number instigated by Homer (accompanied by Belle and her backup dancers) convincing the town not to destroy the house is a parody of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. However, unlike the episode, the "chicken ranch" is forced out of business.
  • Milhouse's theory about the Maison Derrière being a secret lab where they place zombie brains into other zombies to create super zombies may have been a reference to the Resident Evil series, of which the first game was also released a few months before the episode aired.

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