The title is a reference to the HBO drama "True Detective".
The CRT TVs in scrap city are organized in a way they look like the Pillars of Creation.
Bender from the TV Series Futurama and The Simpsons episode Simpsorama appears on The Simpsons basement, acting as a money safe.
One of the wrecked Springfield Monorail wagons can be seen on the scrap yard.
Skinner shows the kids the movie Doctor Dolittle.
Lisa mentions that she has been watching a lot of Sherlock.
Bart and Lisa seemed surprised with CRT TVs on the Scrap city, as if it were the first time they saw one, but in the earlier years of the series, they owned a CRT TV, as LED and LCD TVs haven't been invented yet.
On the sign for the Scrap city, the word "Sponsor" suddenly changes to "Sponser".
This episode is one of the episodes not to have an opening sequence.
When Nelson spins the Merry-go-round, Lisa was not holding onto it, but she somehow stays on top of it. Normally, a person would've been thrown away from the ride due to momentum.
Normally, Nelson is shown as a poor kid, but in this episode, he has enough money to afford a tablet. He might have saved up his money.
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