Trivia: When this episode aired in Mexico, the name of Luke Perry was translated as - believe it or not - Robert Redford... This was because even though Luke Perry was very popular in that country thanks to 'Beverly Hills 90210', the translator did not know him, and absurdly and stupidly assumed no one else in the country did either, so the name of another 'more popular' celebrity was used.
Trivia: Lisa refers to Dustin Hoffman and Michael Jackson voicing guest characters in the "Itchy & Scratchy" movie. She says "They didn't use their real names, but you could tell it was them." This is a sly reference to Hoffman and Jackson's pseudonymous appearances in The Simpsons, in Seasons 2 and 4, respectively.He's My Brother
Trivia: Mr Burns' reaction - right down to his animation - to the singing of the Union towards the end is a direct spoof of the Grinch (from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas) by Dr. Seuss. His characters also spoke in rhyme, which is why some of Mr Burns' lines are nonsense.He's My Brother
Trivia: The entire premise of this episode, where a man in turn-of-the-century garb sings and charms his way into the townspeople's hearts as part of an elaborate con, is a takeoff of the musical, "The Music Man" (1962). Even the tunes of the songs they sing are similar.Krista
Trivia: Marge is accused of shoplifting and hires Lionel Hutz, played by Phil Hartman, as her attorney. In the middle of the trial, Lionel gets an urge for whisky, so he calls his AA sponsor, David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. When Crosby answers the phone he is looking at the CSNY emblem on an album, which Phil Hartman designed himself in the late '70s.He's My Brother