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.
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.