When You Dish Upon a Star
This episode's title is a reference to Walt Disney's original song: " When You Wish upon a Star".
Homer's rant about deceased celebrities "appearing in commercials dancing with vacuum cleaners" is a reference to a 1997 TV advertisement that depicted the late Fred Astaire dancing with a Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner.
Apu's sandcastle is a very detailed replica of India's famous Taj Mahal.
Homer's dream is a spoof of Hanna-Barbera's Yogi Bear (with Homie Bear actually acting like a bear and mauling Ranger Ned). When he falls asleep again he starts thinking he is Magilla Gorilla.
Homer angrily addresses Ron Howard as "Potsie" (a character; Ron Howard Happy Days was on Happy Days, but he didn't play Potsie) and "Horshack" (a character from ).
Welcome Back, Kotter The ripples in the pink lemonade when the crowd of people come is a reference to a scene with a tyrannosaurus in .
Jurassic Park The drawing of Homer's time machine features what looks like the flux capacitor from the .
Back to the Future trilogy The movie script Homer wrote, The Terminizor: An Erotic Thriller, is an obvious reference to Terminator.
When Homer lands on top of Alec Baldwin, he mistakes him for his brother William (or Billy).
When Springfield shows up to see Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, Jeffery Albertson mentions the caterpillar drive from , and says that he has come up with a list of technical errors he thinks Baldwin would enjoy to discuss.
The Hunt for Red October In one scene, Homer prank calls Gloria Stuart which he describes as the " old lady from Titanic '' to tell her she stinks.
Homer ranted about never seeing Ray Bolger (known as the actor who played The Scarecrow in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz). Bolger died in 1987, which is why no one has seen him in a while.
This is the first episode where Lionel Hutz appeared after Phil Hartman's death. Hartman's characters, including Troy McClure, would have a non-speaking role in future episodes.
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