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  • Dr. Pryor has pictures of Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud on the wall behind his desk.
  • When Bart is assigned detention, he has to write "I will not expose the ignorance of the faculty" on the blackboard over and over.
  • According to the DVD commentary, it took nine takes to get guest star Steve Allen to pronounced "Aye, Carumba" correctly.
  • In 1992, Nancy Cartwright won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for this episode.
  • Principal Skinner's disbelief of Bart becoming a cop became hypocritical in the episode "The Principal and the Pauper" where it was revealed that he used to be a street punk.
  • The idea of police officers visiting the Simpson residence, causing Homer to assume he will be arrested, happened previously in "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment".
  • Bart later switched roles with a Simpson in "Fat Man and Little Boy".
  • This episode is revealed that Homer wanted to be a policeman because he was too dumb, which is ironic since A: Chief Wiggum is an idiot like himself and B: ten seasons later Homer became a police officer and did a better job than Chief Wiggum. It is also revealed he wanted to join the army but was too heavy, when in G.I. (Annoyed Grunt), he tries to join the army, but it is his stupidity that's keeping him from succeeding. Interestingly, in Two Dozen and One Greyhounds, it was revealed that Homer was in the Army prior to marrying Marge.
  • This is one of two episodes in Season 3 to have Lisa acting indifferent to a Bart's service, first in When Flanders Failed, in which he gets beaten up by bullies in exchange of her sax. In this episode, Bart gets severely punished for an action he took the blame on himself to protect Lisa, but she seems not to return the service properly.


  • Ms. Hoover has blue hair.
  • The school has a closet full of confiscated items. Legally, the school would be obligated to return the items at the end of the day, as permanent confiscation is theft.
  • Snake's car got stuck between two walls, but some scenes later, Bart and Chief Wiggum are walking beside the car, where one of the walls should be.
  • In some scenes, the school is purple, but in others, its color changes to yellow.


  • Lisa's flippant remark of "Whaddaya got?" to Principal Skinner imitates Marlon Brando in the film The Wild One.
  • Bart's fantasy of being a drifter and remarking that he was banished from a town by a sheriff is similar to the film First Blood, which revolves around the fact that the film's protagonist, John Rambo, was banished from a town on account of the fact he was scruffy, long-haired and the sheriff did not want his kind in the town.
  • The scene where Snake nearly runs down Bart is loosely based on the 1983 film Christine.
  • The song heard when Bart and Skinner search through the lockers for the Teachers' Editions is a variation of Harold Faltermeyer’s Axel F from the film Beverly Hills Cop.
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Stark Raving DadMr. Lisa Goes to WashingtonWhen Flanders FailedBart the MurdererHomer DefinedLike Father, Like ClownTreehouse of Horror IILisa's PonySaturdays of ThunderFlaming Moe'sBurns Verkaufen der KraftwerkI Married MargeRadio BartLisa the GreekHomer AloneBart the LoverHomer at the BatSeparate VocationsDog of DeathColonel HomerBlack WidowerThe Otto ShowBart's Friend Falls in LoveBrother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?

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