The Ziff Who Came to Dinner
Co-Dependent's Day
The Wandering Juvie

Cultural References

  • "Cosmic Wars" is an obvious parody of Star Wars, while Randall Curtis is based on and looks a lot like Star Wars creator George Lucas. Jeffery Albertson wears his clothes.
    • In addition, "Cosmic Wars: The Gathering Shadow" was an thinly-veiled parody of The Phantom Menace, and the various complaints against The Gathering Shadow strongly resembled various complaints against The Phantom Menace and to a certain extent the entirety of the Prequel Trilogy.
  • A robot in "Cosmic Wars" reads British newspaper Evening Standard.
  • The character Jim Jam in "Cosmic Wars" is in turn a parody of Jar Jar Binks from "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" On a related note, Lisa's statement about Jim Jam being a negative stereotype (as well as Luigi's comments shortly thereafter) refers to criticisms of Jar-Jar Binks being a stereotype of Jamaicans and African-Americans as well as part of the reason he was controversially received.
  • The Gathering shadow is a parody of the phantom menace and attack of the clones.
  • Homer sings Glen Campbell's "Wichita Lineman" when he puts the AA operator "on hold."
  • The title of this episode is a play on the film, Independence Day, and Martina McBride’s song, “Independence Day”.
  • Marge repeatedly hiccupping, rendering her unable to finish the word "incarcerated," and subsequent decision to rephrase her sentence to use shorter words ("I'm going to jail") is a nod to a recurring Porky Pig gag.
  • The other film airing at the Aztec theater, The Momentum of Things, was a parody of the British-American romantic comedy Brassed Out. Otto's holding Margaret Thatcher responsible for the decline of coal mining was itself a reference to the left-leaning perspective of Brassed Out. Coincidentally, both Brassed Out and the Prequel Trilogy of Star Wars (which was parodied by The Momentum of Things and Cosmic Wars: The Gathering Shadow) featured Ewan MacGregor in a major role.


  • The scene where Homer plays the piano, while Marge sings, was cut from this episode and later appears in the episode "Mommie Beerest" during the closing credits.
  • When Moe cries at the fact he just obliviously sold a expensive bottle of Chateau Latour wine to Homer and Marge, he dries his tears with a lost Shakespeare play, which would be worth much more than the wine.
  • This is the second episode where a Simpson attends rehab. The first was "Duffless".


  • When Bart and Lisa are taking the tour, they are sitting at the front of the bus. Seconds later they are at the back of the bus escaping.
  • When Bart is making a hole Lisa does not have a pad and pencil then after Marge and Homer takes Lisa is holding them.

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