Black Widower
The Otto Show
Bart's Friend Falls in Love


  • Milhouse says he bought his jacket with 50,000 Bazooka Joe Comics, a cartoon strips that was originally found in Bazooka chewing gum wrappers.
  • Michael McKean would later guest star in the episode "Monty Can't Buy Me Love" as Jerry Rude.
  • Harry Shearer, a regular Simpsons voice actor, is also a member of Spinal Tap. He plays himself in this episode along with the rest of the band.
  • The scary story Otto told Lisa is similar to High Beams from Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark.
  • There appears to be gold bars, coins, necklaces, a crown, and a trident under Lisa's bedroom floorboards.
  • When Bart gives up the guitar due to its difficulty, Homer suggests he put it in his closet next to his short wave radio (a reference to "Radio Bart"), his karate outfit (a reference to When Flanders Failed), and his unicycle (not a reference to any real episode, though Bart would later ride a unicycle in I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot).


  • Bart's guitar is left-handed when he is learning how to play it, yet Otto can play it perfectly on the bus despite being right-handed. Later, when Otto is playing guitar with Bart in the garage, the guitar switches between being a left-handed model played righty by Otto, to a right-handed model, all in the same scene. There have been real-life left-handed guitarists, most notably Jimi Hendrix, who simply played right-handed guitars upside down, so Otto's ability to play it well immediately is not unheard of.
  • Otto later gets suspended from driving the bus in the episode "The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer".
  • During the scene where Nelson is mocking Bart while waiting for the bus his vest and shirt switch colors during the zoomed in part when he says "Polly wally crappy".
  • When Otto crashes into the street sign at the end and bends it, it is seen unbent in the next shot.
  • Ralph's shirt is orange in this episode.
  • During the bus scene Sherri and Terri's hair and dress colors are switched.

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