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Bart Gets an Elephant - S5-E17

Trivia: When Chief Wiggum is taking all the calls about the elephant and doesn't believe them, at the end of the last one he says 'Yeah right. And I'm Edward G Robinson'. Hank Azaria originally based Wiggum's voice off a bad impression of Edward G Robinson.

Homer Goes to College - S5-E3

Trivia: When homer lights his high school diploma on fire and starts singing the "I am so smart" song, when homer misspells smart, that was an actual mistake by Dan Castellaneta, who spelled it s-m-r-t instead of s-m-a-r-t, and then corrected himself.

Homer's Barbershop Quartet - S5-E1

Trivia: Some Beatles references in this Beatle mirroring episode: more obviously the rooftop concert, Abbey Road-esque second album cover, the Japanese Artist (Yoko) and the song Number 8 sounding like a dumbed down version of Revolution Nine. Probably less obviously is the closing line, 'I Hope We passed the audition' is the end of the rooftop concert and "Let It Be" album. On the back of the Be Sharps album is the four members in similar poses (hand positions and with Homer with his back to camera) to the inner sleeve of "Sgt. Pepper". The greeting at the JFK airport, their managers 'Boys, you've just recorded your first number one', mimicking George Martin on hearing "Please, Please Me", the cries of "Wiggum forever, Barney Never" echo the "Pete Best Forever, Ringo Never". The list goes on.and on.and on.

Homer's Barbershop Quartet - S5-E1

Trivia: The reason the name 'The B Sharps' is so funny (at least to a musician) is that in music there is a natural half step from B to C. This makes a B sharp the same as a C natural. It is almost never referred to as "B sharp", but instead as simply "C".

Cape Feare - S5-E2

Trivia: Bob's prison number is A113. This number is often used as by alumni of California Institute of the Arts (most famously by Brad Bird, in his Pixar films and episodes of the Simpsons he was involved in, such as this one) - it's the number of one of the classrooms.

Homer Loves Flanders - S5-E16

Trivia: As Flanders drives to get away from Homer, Homer runs after him with putters in both hands. As he does, he mimics the actions of the T-1000 in Terminator 2, who was trying to get John Connor.

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The Last Temptation of Homer - S5-E9

Trivia: At one point in this episode Homer is watching "Eye on Springfield" and Kent Brockman makes reference to Bill Clinton having an extramarital affair - more than 4 years before Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky became public knowledge.

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Cape Feare - S5-E2

Trivia: The gag of Sideshow Bob stepping on the rakes was only supposed to be him stepping on a single rake one time. But the episode's running time was short, so the sequence was extended as a time filler.

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Tree House of Horror V - S6-E6

Question: Homer travels back in time and causes changes by what he does in the past, like stepping on a bug. I once saw a movie with the same basic plot: some people travel back in time and are told to be careful not to disturb anything, but when they return to their time everything has changed. In the end they discover it was because they stepped on a butterfly. Does anyone know the name of this movie?

Answer: I'm not sure if this is the one you're thinking of, but an episode of "Ray Bradbury Theatre," called "A Sound of Thunder," dealt with a similar matter: a group of hunters travel back in time to hunt dinosaurs, only to find things have changed when they get back because someone stepped on a butterfly.

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