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The title of this episode was originally going to be "Homer the Trucker".
This episode premiered the same day as Futurama.
The Truckers code list:
10-33: Actual bear in air.
10-34: Can't unchain wallet.
10-35: Hot enough for ya?
10-36: Ghost truck on highway.
10-37: Ask me about my grandchildren.
10-38: Outsider Blabbing about auto-drive system.
10-39: I love you, gay buddy.
10-40: Taxes due.
Cultural References Edit
Homer refers to the Spice Girls' smash-hit song Wannabe as the "ultimate truck driver song". This episode is one of two episodes to feature this song, the other being Fraudcast News.
Closed captioning reveals that "Dancing Queen" by ABBA was supposed to be played instead.
When all the truckers tried to ram Homer and Bart off the road, Homer says to Bart that "They're hazing us to join the trucker fraternity, thank you sir may I have another?" The "thank you sir may I have another?" part is from " Animal House".
The movie Homer and Bart watch at the drive-in is a play on several horror films.
When Homer faces off against Red at the steakhouse, Red sinks his hand down his pants like Al Bundy normally did on the sitcom " Married... With Children".
The decal on the side of Red's truck reads "Red Rascal" with an image of a wolf and a redheaded pin-up girl on the side, a possible reference to the 1942 Tex Avery cartoon " Red Hot Riding Hood".
The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas is famous for its promotion offering a free meal to anyone that can eat its 72 oz steak dinner in one hour.
The truck's built-in device said, "I'm afraid I can't let you do this, Red." This parodies a line spoken by HAL in the 1968 film " 2001: A Space Odyssey".
Homer goes to a gas station called The Gassy Knoll, a reference to the grassy knoll, which is believed by conspiracy theorists to have played an important part in the Kennedy assassination.
The woman on the "Wish You Were Her" postcard looks similar to Bettie Page.
In the Latin-American dubbing version, after Bart asks Homer if he can go with him, Bart says "go ahead, Lola!" This reference is to the 80's movie "Lola la trailera".
Chief Wiggum says "This time, the bells toll for thee." This references John Donne's " Devotions upon Emergent Occasions". It may also be a reference to the Metallica song "For Whom the Bell Tolls."
The scene where the truckers block the road is similar to a scene from the movie Convoy.
When one of the truckers jumped to Homer's trailer to pop his tires with a knife, he jumped from a pink truck that was behind the trailer, but when he looks back, his truck is gone.