When You Dish Upon a Star
D'oh-in' in the Wind
Lisa Gets an "A"


  • The chalkboard gag, "No one cares what my definition of 'is' is", refers to a deposition made by Bill Clinton during the Lewinsky scandal.
  • One of this episode's guest stars is George Carlin. In Homie the Clown, Krusty the Clown is told he is being sued by Carlin for plagiarizing "The Seven Words You Can't Say on Television."
  • Seth and Munchie bear striking resemblances to their voice actors Martin Mull and George Carlin, respectively.
  • Seth and Munchie drive a Saturn; the exact model appears to be a 1996-1998 Saturn SL2 sedan.
  • According to the DVD commentary, this episode has two directors due to the fact that Mark Kirkland (the original episode director) was going through a divorce at the time and hired Matthew Nastuk to take over.
  • Yo La Tengo performs a psychedelic rendition of the theme song over the end credits.
  • According to this episode, Seymour Skinner had been principal of Springfield Elementary for fifteen years, even though "The Principal and the Pauper" showed that he worked there for twenty years. 
  • It is implied in this episode that Abraham Simpson forced Homer to be drafted into the Vietnam War due to embarrassment at the latter's insistence of wanting to be a hippie.
  • This is the only episode Munchie spoke in an episode of the show, even though he re-appeared in some episode after the series because comedian George Carlin (now deceased in June 22nd, 2008) was a guest star in the time. Which marks the first and only time that George Carlin played a character in The Simpsons.

Cultural references

  • This episode's title references Bob Dylan's song "Blowin' in the Wind".
  • The end title for Mr. Burns' promo for the Nuclear Power Plant reads, "An Alan Smithee Film". From 1968 until 1999, this was a pseudonym used by directors who wanted to dissociate themselves from a movie that they felt was ruined due to loss of creative control or realizing that their project is a complete and utter failure.
  • In the flashback to Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock, Abe yells to bring on Sha Na Na.
  • Seth's and Munchie's dog, Ginsberg, is named after the beat poet Allen Ginsberg.
  • Seth and Munchie themselves may be parodies of:
    • Bartles & Jaymes, the wine cooler and malt beverage line; specifically, the men portraying Bartles and Jaymes in the product line's ads. The admen do have some similarities with Seth and Munchie, and both duos produce and sell beverages.
    • Ben and Jerry of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. This is the more likely possibility because Seth and Munchie have more in common with Ben and Jerry than they do with Bartles and Jaymes. Also, Ben & Jerry's most popular flavor is Cherry Garcia, which was named for Grateful Dead founder and frontman Jerry Garcia, and the episode contains some Dead references.
  • Homer educates himself on hippie culture by watching an old Bob Hope performance, which also features Jill St. John and Phyllis Diller.
  • When Homer tries to get Marge to go braless, saying "Free the Springfield Two," it is a reference to the 1960s protest slogan "Free the Chicago Seven".
  • Some things in the freak-out and after—such as Homer becoming "The Cosmic Fool", the psychedelic paint job on the car, and the juice being spiked with drugs are loosely based on the antics of the Merry Pranksters.
  • Homer refers to the "doors of perception" during the freak-out - this is Aldous Huxley's 1954 book where The Doors got their band name.
  • Homer greets Munchie with the phrase "Good Morning Starshine", a reference to the musical Hair. The song previously appeared in the Season 8 episode "The Springfield Files."
  • Dr. Hibbert states that he is a doctor, not a gardener, a reference to Dr. McCoy's famous catchphrase, "I'm a doctor, not a..." in Star Trek.
  • In the closing credits:


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