In Bart's fantasy about the snowy July 4, Benjamin Franklin's sled says "Don't Sled on Me," a play on the famous serpent flag "Don't Tread on Me."
Despite passing the fourth grade, Bart, of course, remains in Mrs. Krabappel's class in all subsequent episodes, since virtually no time ever really passes on the show.
During the episode Bart writes "I will not fake my way through life" on the chalkboard.
The idea behind the grade on the refrigerator would reappear in Bart's Nightmare where a letter grade would appear and the mood of the Simpson family would differ, with a scene similar to the ultimate scene in this episode.
Milhouse's voice seems to be deeper in this episode.
This is the third episode with Bart's name somewhere in the title.
This is the first episode with the show opening used between Season two to mid-twenty.
First time the sailboat painting above the Simpson couch makes its appearance.
Treasure Island: Bart tries to fake his way through an oral report about the book, but struggles when asked the name of the pirate.
McGraw-Hill: Treasure Island is published by them, mentioned by Bart while peppering his poorly-prepared oral report.
The Old Man and the Sea: Martin reads it and recounts to the class in a first person narrative in an oral report. However, Martin wears an Ernest Hemingway costume. The protagonist of The Old Man and the Sea was an elderly man named Santiago.
The Declaration of Independence: Bart has to do homework on it, and imagines that the Founding Fathers ignored the declaration, and instead played out in the snow.
King Kong: The 'gorilla film' is a spoof, although the gorilla film shows the gorilla's final fate imprisoned in a cage and set adrift on the high seas, whereas King Kong fell to his death from the Empire State Building after being shot by fighter planes.