Husbands and Knives
Funeral for a Fiend
Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind

Cultural References

  • The episode title is a reference to the Elton John song (and possibly the band) "Funeral for a Friend."
  • The episode title could also be a reference to the title of the comic book story arc following the death of Superman.
  • The family layout in the popular series Frasier is repeated in this episode. Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce play brothers in both series, while John Mahoney plays their father.
  • A reference to Clippy, the Microsoft Office helper, is also shown.
  • The Itchy and Scratchy cartoon short that the family views on the new TiVo is titled "Spherical on 34th Street", a reference to the Miracle on 34th Street films.
  • In "Spherical on 34th Street", Scratchy's demise comes about as a result of Itchy filling him up with hydrogen and igniting him with a flaming arrow. As Scratchy burns up, showering the crowd with viscera, Itchy exclaims, "Oh, the hilarity!", a reference to broadcaster Herbert Morrison's famous cry of "Oh, the humanity!" during the Hindenburg disaster.
  • Marge Simpson, for skipping commercials while watching shows on TiVo, is named Keith Olbermann's Worst Person in the World.
  • After showing The Simpsons family his evil plot, Sideshow Bob says that the commercial gained him position as director of "The Hills Have Eyes 3: The Hills Still Have Eyes."
  • At the funeral, Krusty the Clown plays the piano and sings the song "Farewell, Sideshow Bob", in a parody reminiscent of Elton John playing "Candle in the Wind" for Princess Diana at her funeral.
  • When Moe runs behind the Hibberts's van watching their DVD player, the Sesame Street episode where Derek Jeter guest-stars is playing.
  • When Sideshow Bob tries to look up the Shakespeare quote online, he consults Wikipedia, which is stated when he yells at it to load faster.



  • When Cecil sits next to Bart his prison number is 2152 however later in that screen it switches to 9432.
  • The cake in the end scene says, "Tenth fiendish plot foiled" although it should be the ninth plot foiled because Cecil was responsible for one of those plots.
  • In court, after Bob interrogates his father, when Bart accuses Bob of being a violent murderer, as the camera rotates towards him, Bob's father can be seen sitting in the audience behind him.
  • Bob rescued the kids in Brother from Another Series, and was then sent to prison despite being a hero.
  • You can see Marge's hands tied to the back of her chair. But in the next scene, her hands aren't at the back.
  • You can't skip commercials when watching them in real time, you can only skip them on recorded shows and catchup.
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