The President Wore Pearls
Although the subtitle at the end refuses to admit it, the episode is a parody of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock opera . Many of five songs, which appear in this episode, are parodies of this musical. A poster, which Lisa uses in her campaign, resembles a poster from the musical.
Evita The reason that they refuse it at the end is because Webber dislikes having his works parodied.
Nelson's song as Lisa is led out of the auditorium is sung to the tune of "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath.
Lisa is send to school named The Magnet School for the Gifted and Troublesome Kids . The name is a parody on school Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters from the X-Men.
When an automat falls on Lenny, he said, "But I break just like a little girl.” It refers to the song “Just Like a Woman” by Bob Dylan.
This episode salutes students who protested in May 1968 in France.
Martin as a student refers to Richard Nixon.
The theme park zombies who talk about "Eating brains" are a reference to the film Return of the Living Dead, where zombies eat only human's brains and not flesh like in other zombie films.
Groundskeeper Willie is seen sinking in the pool, but it is stated later in the episode " Pranks and Greens" on that Principal Skinner removed the pool a decade ago.
Krusty and Otto were both Springfield Elementary student body presidents.
Krusty is shown as one of the past Springfield Elementary student body presidents, when in Like Father, Like Clown he is shown attending Yeshiva school. (Maybe Krusty changed schools.)
Krusty had glasses at elementary school.
Lisa can't unlock the door to the teachers room, as a key is already in the keyhole on the other side.
When the teachers are giving Lisa a make over, Lisa's new bag is on her shoulder from above, but not from the side and front. Her bag disappears from existence within a second.
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