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  • When Homer realizes that he can't live in a fantasy, he recalls the activities he will never be able to do if nothing ever changes. This is ironic, however, because since they are on a floating timeline, nothing will change either way.
  • This is the only episode of Season 25, and one of the very few episodes overall that does not have neither the Chalkboard Gag nor the Couch Gag in the Opening Sequence.
  • The episode may have ether been in celebration of the new Simpsons line of LEGO 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 that 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 do 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 has hurt Homer's feelings in the theater; the first time being Colonel Homer.

References

  • There is no opening sequence 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 episodeHomer is similarly transported to an alternate reality (like in the said novel) 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 Jeffery Albertson points to the sign on his wall, it reads, 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 instead of a regular Lego figure.
  • The Survival Games, the books and the characters are 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
  • Jeffery Albertson turning his face from good to bad is a reference to The Lego Movie where the character Bad Cop/Good Cop can switch his face between either good or evil emotions. It is also a reference to the two-sided heads in many LEGO sets. 
  • The scene where Homer touches the castle box and has the visions is a reference to when Emmet touched the piece of resistance in The Lego Movie. 
  • The ninjas have the same headpiece as the 2011 Lego Ninjago heads.
  • In the First Church of Springfield, during 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 Jeffery Albertson 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 Jeffery Albertson, Bart says "You're going back from where you came... Denmark.", referencing the fact that Legos are made in Denmark.
  • The Gracie Films logo has Marge's shushing instead of the Shush Lady.
  • Homer's lines, "Kiss my flat plastic butt" is possibly a reference to Bender's catchphrase in Futurama: "Bite my shiny metal ass".

Trivia

Characters seen in the Advent Calendar

  • Everyone in the Simpson family are seen both in LEGO form (in the LEGO segments) and in regular form (seen outside of the LEGO segments), except for Maggie and Bart, who are only seen in Lego form.
  • The heads of the characters in this episode resemble the standard Lego minifigure head, but the real Simpsons Lego minifigures have specifically made head sculpts.

Goofs

  • In this episode, Lisa claims that she had never hung out with older kids. However, she previously did in Little Girl in the Big Ten.
  • When Lisa constructs her "Perky Patty's Princess Shop", the walls go diagonally. No LEGO blocks go that way.
  • While Bart is reconstructing the twelve schools, there is a pink house behind him that changes in distance and appears on the other side of the road. This changes and then disappears when all twelve schools are completely rebuilt.
  • When Nelson is in pieces, he is seen with his normal legs, but when Skinner reassembles him, his legs are short.
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