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  • The Elec-Taurus car seen at the start of the episode is a driveable vehicle in "The Simpsons Road Rage" and "The Simpsons: Hit and Run".
  • Mel Gibson says to Marge, "I speed all the time, but cops never give me a ticket." This episode aired seven years before Gibson was arrested for speeding and DUI.
    • Also, the idea that Mel Gibson was a well-liked celebrity until he released a controversial movie would actually come true when he created The Passion of the Christ and came under fire for making anti-Semitic remarks years after this episode aired.
  • There are posters of movies Space Mutants 12 and McBain VI: You Have the Right to Remain Dead at Aztec Theater. The second poster refers to the episode "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?", where the movie was mentioned.
  • This is the first episode in the entire series to depict one of the characters farting: When the Electric Car saleswoman makes a sales pitch about "saying goodbye to gas" and Bart confirms it before burping, Marge proceeds to tell Bart off only for her to expel gas in another way, causing her to say "well, that shut me up" as a result and Casey Kasem playing the Voice of Maggie Simpson.

Cultural References

  • This episode's title is a reference to the movie "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome", in which Mel Gibson starred.
  • The Flintstone mobile appears with Fred, Wilma and Dino Flinstone in it.
  • When Homer is watching a test screening for Mel Gibson's remake of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", he bad-mouths it, saying, "At least the Jimmy Stewart version had the giant rabbit who ran the savings and loan!" These are references to "Harvey" and "It's a Wonderful Life".
  • Rainier Wolfcastle is seen filming "Saving Irene Ryan", a reference to both "Saving Private Ryan" and the TV sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies".
  • After the studio cart crashes, Mel says to Homer, "I'm getting too old for this crap," paraphrasing what Danny Glover often says to Mel Gibson's Lethal Weapon character.
  • Mel Gibson tossing away his U.S. Senator badge at the end of the "Mr. Smith" remake is similar to the endings of "Dirty Harry" and "High Noon".
  • Mel Gibson's pilot is John Travolta, who plays a pilot in a number of films including 'Look who's talking', but is also himself a certified pilot who owns five aircraft.
  • The police shoot-out scene with Robert Downey Jr. is a reference to Downey's problems with the law in the 1990s, during which the actor battled drug addiction and was arrested on several occasions.
  • The movie billboard in Hollywood that Homer and Mel Gibson crashed through featured a woman (implied to be overgoing labor) and the title "She's Having a Baby... Again!", spoofing the movie "She's Having a Baby".
  • The scene where Homer drives the Elec-Taurus into the water references the 007 film "The Spy Who Loved Me".
  • Mel Gibson's character does Curly Howard's famous "Whoop, whoop, whoop". Ironically, Mel is a huge fan of The Three Stooges and even directed a biopic of them.


  • When Homer talks to Bart outside of the cutting room, he places his hand on Bart's right shoulder. However, when Homer removes his hand, his fingers are still on Bart's shoulder.
  • One of the posters at Aztec Theater misspells "McBain" as "McBane".
  • In the film when the head of senate inadvertently causes an explosion due to striking the gavel simultaneously when Mr. Smith throws a fire extinguisher, the resulting explosion blows off the Capitol Building rotunda. In actuality, the Senate room is to the right of the Capitol rotunda, not at the center of the Capitol and directly beneath the Senate Rotunda. Though given this cut was made by Homer Simpson, the mistake was likely deliberate to showcase Homer's stupidity.

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