- The opening act spoofs Forrest Gump, including the falling feather. The episode's title is also a reference to the movie.
- When Mr. Burns steps toward the podium, The Imperial March, Darth Vader's theme from Star Wars, is heard. This has been use as a semi-official piece of theme music for Mr. Burns before. In the same episode, Dr. Hebert is dressed like Darth Vader.
- In this episode Kang asserts that the Earth was created 5,000 years ago by God, and Kang and Kodos then make the sign of the Cross. This is an apparently satirical reference to Young Earth Creationism.
- At the beginning of the clip show song at the end of the episode, there is a picture of Homer jumping the shark, which is a term that describes when a television show has reached its peak and is now declining in quality or has done something to cause a sudden decline in quality. The term is a reference to an episode of Happy Days in which Fonzie literally jumped a shark.
- Agnes Skinner wears the same dress that Jennifer Lopez wore to the Grammy Awards in 2000.
- The song sung at the end is a take-off on Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start The Fire".
- Krusty mentions Mark Spitz couldn't be there and has sent a telegram. Lisa asks "Who's Mark Spitz?" and Bart then asks "What's a telegram?"
- This is the last full clip show episode. According to DVD commentary, the writers dropped clip show episodes in favor of the anthology episodes (where each act has three or four stories).
- NRBQ sing the clip show song at the end of the episode.
- One of the crazy future plots for The Simpsons in the song shows Patty and Selma getting married to Grampa Simpson. Patty would (almost) get married (albeit to a man impersonating a woman) in the season 16 episode, "There's Something About Marrying", while Selma married Abe in the season 18 episode, "Rome-Old and Julie-Eh".
- This is one of the few Film Roman episodes to use the original longer end credits theme, which was mainly used on episodes produced by Klasky-Csupo, Inc.
- When Homer remembers his moments with his car, one of the clips (from "Dumbbell Indemnity") shows Homer falling down a hill in Moe's car. This is wrong since that is not Homer's car.
- During the opening act, Moe impersonates Austin Powers and Dr. Hibbert impersonates Darth Vader. Both are arrested because of an ordinance that banned impersonations of movie characters, although Homer is not arrested for his impersonation of Forrest Gump and Hibbert and Moe later appear at the roast with no explanation.
- In a character error, Dr. Hibbert says "Luke, I am your father." Though this line is frequently quoted in popular culture, the actual line from The Empire Strikes Back is "No, I am your father."
Call-Backs to previous episodes
- Homer's Life Story:
- Homer and Marge doing things together:
- Homer's memories of the Family Sedan
- Bart and Lisa bonding with Homer:
- Homer singing:
- Homer's "nincompoopery" at the Power Plant:
- Homer failing at sports:
- Homer's violent outbursts against Bart and Barbecues:
- Attacking the failed barbecue.
- Strangling Bart:
- After Bart says he doesn't even like going to bathroom after him.
- After Bart says that he(Homer) was the one who dared Milhouse and him(Bart) to throw the mail down the sewer.
- After realising Bart tricked him about an alien invasion.
- After Bart confesses that he(Bart) put him(Homer) in a coma.
- Him and Bart using the tethers as weapons.
- At the opticians, seeing which lense is easier to see Bart, to stangle him in.
- Lisa and him strangling Bart after he(Bart) reveals that he destroyed the tree and presents.
- Chasing him through the street with a mace.
- Maggie's memories: