When Bart raises his head out of the pile of leg warmers in the smoke outside, the song "The End" by The Doors is heard, mirroring a sequence in the film Apocalypse Now, where Willard raises up from the mud. He is also wearing green cameo body paint.
After Lisa quits ballet and rejects Busby, he puts on a bowler hat and struts out of the theater to the song "On Broadway", referencing a dance sequence in All That Jazz.
She mentioned that there was once an episode where Zack tried to impress a girl by taking up smoking, but this turned the girl off and she wound up going for Cody instead. This never happened in the real TV show.
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Homer's mispronunciation of "Surgeon-General" as "Sturgeon-General" is a reference to the movie "Corrina, Corrina", starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ray Liotta. In it, a small child refers to the "sturgeon-general"'s health warning about the dangers of smoking as an explanation for burying the adult characters supplies of cigarettes in her sandpit.
The family watch CSI, the commercials feature Friends (Lisa Kudrow).