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  • When Homer realizes that he can't live in a fantasy, he recalls the things he'll never be able to do if nothing ever changes. This is ironic, however, because since they're on a floating timeline, nothing will change either way.
  • This is the only episode of Season 25, and one of very few episodes overall that does not have either Blackboard Text or Couch Gag in the Opening Sequence.
  • The episode may have been in celebration of the new line of LEGO, which features characters in The Simpsons or to celebrate the 550th episode.
  • The overall plotline of this episode is a parody of The LEGO Movie. This is confirmed when Lisa makes a meta-reference saying it has been done before. Emmet and Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie are then shown in the background.
  • Outside of the LEGO universe, Bart and Maggie did not appear throughout the entire episode. This would be the first episode without Bart since Four Great Women and a Manicure and Maggie's fourth absence, with the first three being Bart to the Future, Stealing First Base, and Flaming Moe.
  • This is the second time Marge had hurt Homer's feelings in the theater, since Colonel Homer.


  • There is no opening in this episode.
  • The title is a reference to the novel, Black Like Me.
  • Grampa is seen on the picture above Homer's bed.
  • Krusty and Scratchy figures are seen on the shelf in the Android's Dungeon, as well as a poster of Radioactive Fig (a parody of Radioactive Man) and multiple books and films by Philip K. Brick (a play on Philip K. Dick) including Do Minifigures Dream of Plastic Sheep? (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Block Runner (Blade Runner), A Scanner Brickly (A Scanner Darkly), Sort My Pieces, the Policefig Said(Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said), Ubrick (Ubik), and Beyond Lies the Stub (Beyond Lies the Wub). There is a secondary plotline homage/parody that encompasses this episode as indicated by another book on the shelf which is The Three Brickmata of Palmer Elbrick (The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch). In this novel a group of colonists on the planet Mars escape from their bleak lives by ingesting an illegal drug called Can-D. The drug is used with a Ken and Barbie style game called "Perky Pat Layouts" and transports the players into the luxurious, hedonistic lives of Perky Pat and her friends, thereby making their grim lives bearable. In Brick Like Me, Homer is similarly transported to an alternate reality by touching the box of "Perky Patty's Princess Shop." This is the main theme that runs through almost all of Philip K. Dick's science fiction; What is Reality and How Do We Know? Fictional Homer awakens one day as his normal (LEGO) self, only to stumble into another dimension that we the viewers recognize as his normal cartoon self, which of course is not real. This paradoxical and funny situation is typical of PKD's writing and was the inspiration for The Simpsons writers. When the Comic Book Guy pointed to the sign on his wall, it read NO OUTSIDE REALITIES.
  • There is a giant minifigure of Lard Lad.
  • Bleeding Gums Murphy is seen on the picture in Lisa's bedroom.
  • Maggie is a Duplo figure.
  • The Survival Games, the books and characters are all a parody of The Hunger Games.
    • Braving Courage is a parody of Catching Fire
    • Destiny Daring is a parody of Mockingjay
    • Keendah Wildwill is a parody of Katniss Everdeen
    • Jason is likely a parody of Peeta Mellark
    • Joshua is likely a parody of Gale Hawthorne
    • The Struggle Dome is a parody of the Arena
  • The Lego Movie is referenced when Homer says "I had a dream where I was in a world made of Lego Bricks and learned lessons in parenting". Lisa asks "Haven't they done that in-?". Then Homer says "No this is a new plot. Then Brick made versions of Emmet and Wyldstyle are shown in the background. 
  • Comic Book Guy turned his face to the bad guy face. This was reference to The Lego Movie where the character Bad Cop/Good Cop can switch his face between either good or evil emotions. It's also a reference to the two-sided heads in many LEGO sets. 
  • The scene when Homer touch the castle box and had the visions could be reference when Emmet touch the piece of resistance. 
  • The Ninjas have the same headpiece as the 2011 ninjas in Ninjago.
  • In the Church of Springfield in Homer's dream an orange Brick remover is shown in the background. 
  • The closing shot that zooms out to the universe on a map is a reference to the movie Time Bandits.
  • Lisa's Sparkly Unicorn is likely a reference to Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, who also share the same coat color.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is referenced when Comic Book Guy thinks that Homer is an AMFOP (Adult Male Fan of Princesses) which is a reference to the fans of My Little Pony called "Bronies" and is perhaps a reference to AFOL's (Adult Fans of Lego). 
  • Survival Games is a parody of The Hunger Games.
  • When encountering Comic Book Guy, Bart says "You're going back from where you came... Denmark.". Which is a reference that Legos come from Denmark.
  • The Gracie Films logo has Marge's shushing.
  • Homer's lines "Kiss my flat plastic butt" is possibly a reference to Bender's catchphrase in Futurama "Bite my shinny metal ass."


Characters seen in the Advent Calender

1st December - Ned Flanders

2nd December - Mr. Burns

3rd December - Moe Szyslak

4th December - Rod Flanders

5th December - Seymour Skinner

6th December - Krusty the Clown

7th December - Reverend Lovejoy

8th December - Milhouse Van Houten

9th December - Sherri/Terri

10th December - Lenny Leonard

11th December - Carl Carlson

12th December - Chief Wiggum

13th December - Mr. Teeny

14th December - Mr. Costington

15th December - Nelson Muntz

16th December - Lunchlady Doris

17th December - Waylon Smithers, Jr.

18th December - Apu Nahasapeemapetilon

19th December - Groundskeeper Willie

20th December - Abraham Simpson

21st December - Homer Simpson

22nd December - Lisa Simpson

23rd December - Bart Simpson

24th December - Marge Simpson

25th December - Maggie Simpson

  • Everyone in the Simpson family is seen as Lego and cartoon except for Maggie and Bart who are only seen in Lego.
  • The heads of the characters in this episode resemble the standard Lego minifigure head, but the real Simpsons Lego minifigures had specifically made head sculpts.


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