|Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge||
- The title of the episode is a reference to the James Brown song Papa's Got a Brand New Bag.
- Lovin' Spoonful's 1966 hit Summer in the City is used during the looting sequence.
- Homer attempting to recruit companions for his security company in the Springfield church is a reference to the 1952 American western film High Noon, although the line "You all know me" is was taken from the 1975 American horror/thriller film Jaws.
- The Mafia's journey to the Simpsons' house is a spoof of the opening of HBO's hit drama series The Sopranos, complete with the show's opening theme, "Woke Up This Morning" by Alabama 3. One of Fat Tony's Jersey henchmen also bears great resemblance to Paulie, one of the main supporting characters in the show.
- The "students (Skinner) hasn't seen in years" are Jughead Jones from the Archie comics, Fat Albert and Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli from Happy Days.
- Fat Tony parodies dialogue from the movie The Godfather Part II.
- Otto steals Pablo Picasso's popular painting Guernica.
- The name of the hat shop, The Wooly Bully, is a reference to the 1965 homonym song by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs.
- Otis, the town drunk, is a parody of Otis -- the Mayberry town drunk -- from The Andy Griffith Show.
- The settings on Groundskeeper Willie's air conditioner are: Glasgow Winter, Well-Digger's Bum, and Witch's Teat.
- Homer's SpringShield slogan is "Have no fear! SpringShield's present!"
- Fat Tony and his henchmen are seen driving a Dodge Caravan when they are driving to the Simpson house.
- Homer's other jobs as mentioned in this episode:
- Boxer ("The Homer They Fall")
- Mascot ("Dancin' Homer")
- Astronaut ("Deep Space Homer")
- Imitation Krusty ("Homie the Clown")
- Baby Proofer ("Bye Bye Nerdie")
- Trucker ("Maximum Homerdrive")
- Hippie ("D'oh-in' in the Wind")
- Plow Driver ("Mr. Plow")
- Food Critic ("Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?")
- Conceptual Artist ("Mom and Pop Art")
- Grease Salesman ("Lard of the Dance")
- Carny ("Bart Carny")
- Mayor ("A Tale of Two Springfields")
- Grifter ("The Cartridge Family")
- Mayor's Bodyguard ("Mayored to the Mob")
- Country Western Manager ("Colonel Homer")
- Garbage Commissioner ("Trash of the Titans")
- Mountain Climber ("King of the Hill")
- Farmer ("E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)")
- Inventor ("The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace")
- Smithers ("Homer the Smithers")
- Poochie ("The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show")
- Celebrity Assistant ("When You Dish Upon a Star")
- Power Plant Worker (Most of the episodes)
- Fortune Cookie Writer ("A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love")
- Beer Baron ("Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment")
- Kwik E Mart Clerk ("Lisa's Pony")
- Homophoba Missionary ("Missionary: Impossible")
- This is the second appearance of Johnny Tightlips (one of Fat Tony's henchmen.) He also appeared in "Insane Clown Poppy."
- When the power goes out through Springfield Moe says, "Oh no the powers out? We'll miss FOX celebrity boxing." The night when this episode appeared, celebrity boxing was right after it. Barney said "I heard they'd have Ed Bradley versus Mr. Ed".
- This episode was originally supposed to air in season 14 but FOX chose to air a "bonus episode."
- This episode was dedicated to the memory of Stephen Jay Gould. Stephen appeared as himself in the season 9 episode "Lisa the Skeptic."
- When Homer said someone will take his place, then he will take his place, the only people who will take his are Lenny and Carl.
- The last time a Simpson became a cop occurred in "The Springfield Connection".
- In "Separate Vocations" it is revealed that Homer wanted to be a police officer but was rejected due to his stupidity and in "Bart the Murderer", he pretended to be a police officer. In this episode he finally becomes a police officer.
- The last time Homer took the law into his own hands, because Chief Wiggum was corrupt and/or incompetent, occurred in "Homer the Vigilante".
- Drederick Tatum's line 'I think I speak for myself, Comic Book Guy and Bumblebee Man' is an in-joke, as Hank Azaria voices all three of these characters.
- The gun Maggie uses to shoot the gangsters might be the same one Homer inadvertantly placed beside her in "Mom And Pop Art".
- The shot of Springfield as the power goes out is a reworked version of a shot from "Days of Wine and D'oh'ses", when Bart and Lisa get a view of the town on top of Mount Springfield.
- When the Simpson family is following the fan early in the episode, Lisa is barefooted. However after Homer goes to plug in the Santa doll, she is suddenly wearing shoes. Then after the blackout, she is barefoot again.
- When The Sea Captain is holding the super ball, it is light blue. After he throws it, it becomes more of an aqua color.
- When Homer is in the Kwik-E Mart, Apu offers for him to take a penny from the tray stating there's only one penny left, however when Homer takes the coin there's another in its place.
- SpringShield was a security company, not a police force. Mayor Quimby may have turned duties to SpringShield, but he didn't say that they were the entitled police force.
- When Maggie was looking at the fan, Maggie was in her diaper. A few scenes later, she was seen in her blue clothes.
|◄ Season 12||Season 13 References/Trivia||Season 14 ►|
|Treehouse of Horror XII • The Parent Rap • Homer the Moe • A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love • The Blunder Years • She of Little Faith • Brawl in the Family • Sweets and Sour Marge • Jaws Wired Shut • Half-Decent Proposal • The Bart Wants What it Wants • The Lastest Gun in the West • The Old Man and the Key • Tales from the Public Domain • Blame it on Lisa • Weekend at Burnsie's • Gump Roast • I Am Furious (Yellow) • The Sweetest Apu • Little Girl in the Big Ten • The Frying Game • Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge|