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Radioactive Man
Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily
Bart Sells His Soul

Trivia

  • The statue of the man riding a horse outside the courthouse is of Simpsons writer, John Swartzwelder.
  • Maggie's full name is revealed to be Margaret.
  • In the commentary, it says that the Child Protective Services male officer was based on a teacher the writers had.
  • In the original airing, Milhouse mentioned the basket with the infected monkey in it came from Pier One. After Pier One complained about the joke, the reruns changed the line to Trader Pete's. Later syndicated reruns, FXX reruns, as well as the Complete Seventh Season DVD print and the streams from FXX's Simpsons World retain the original line, though the closed captioning/subtitles have the "Trader Pete" line instead of the "Pier One" line. In the UK, the Trader Pete line is used, as there are no Pier One stores over there.
  • This episode reveals that the redheaded hick from "Bart Gets an Elephant" and "Itchy & Scratchy Land" is named Cletus. It wouldn't be until later that Cletus's last name Spuckler would be revealed.
  • In the parenting class, Agnes Skinner said that the state was threatening to take Seymour away because they had another fight over the inflatable bath pillow. They first fought over the bath pillow in the episode The Springfield Connection from the previous season.
  • It is revealed in this episode that Marge microwaves Bart and Lisa's underwear on cold days and Homer calls radio stations and gives them fake traffic hints.
  • Maggie liking Ned would later be referenced in Labor Pains when she imagines she's bouncing on Ned's knee.
  • Maggie says her second canonical word in this episode, in which she says "Daddily-Doodily!" while inside the Flanders' car with Bart, Lisa, Ned and Maude. Her first canonical word was in "Lisa's First Word" when she said "Daddy". However, in this episode, Yeardley Smith (who does Maggie's speaking and other non-pacifier sounds from seasons 1 to 18) does the voice of Maggie speaking instead of Elizabeth Taylor.

Goofs

  • Lisa comes home with trash bags on her feet, but Bart comes home wearing a potato sack and is barefoot. Unlike Lisa, Bart does not have prescription shoes.
    • Also, how did Lisa get her shoes back?
  • The social workers shouldn't have been able to take the kids away due to circumstantial evidence, and without questioning Marge and Homer.
  • Realistically, the kids would have been sent to separate foster homes.
  • Also, sending the kids in the Flanders' home violates the 100-foot restraining order that Homer and Marge were given against the children, and even if the restraining order wasn't in place, the kids shouldn't have been put in a foster home next door to their parent's home.
  • If Homer and Marge wanted to call the kids, they could have simply gone to a pay phone.
  • When playing a religious trivia game, Maggie somehow gets a question right despite being unable to talk, although this may have been done to emphasize Bart and Lisa's lack of knowledge of the topic. It is possible that she nodded her answer.
  • The Flanders have both "fire" and "police" on autodial, even though they are both 911.

Citations


Season 6 Season 7 References/Trivia Season 8
Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)Radioactive ManHome Sweet Homediddly-Dum-DoodilyBart Sells His SoulLisa the VegetarianTreehouse of Horror VIKing-Size HomerMother SimpsonSideshow Bob's Last GleamingThe Simpsons 138th Episode SpectacularMarge Be Not ProudTeam HomerTwo Bad NeighborsScenes from the Class Struggle in SpringfieldBart the FinkLisa the IconoclastHomer the SmithersThe Day the Violence DiedA Fish Called SelmaBart on the Road22 Short Films About SpringfieldRaging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"Much Apu About NothingHomerpaloozaSummer of 4 Ft. 2