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"The Simpsons" Brother's Little Helper (TV Episode 1999) Poster

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The episode title is a play on "Mother's Little Helper", a song by The Rolling Stones, which in turn is a euphemism for certain prescription drugs believed to be commonly used (or abused) by middle-class women in the US and UK in the 1960s (such as barbiturate sleeping pills, amphetamine diet pills, and benzodiazepine tranquilizers).
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Bart is shown reading a book called 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Pre-Teens' and gives a copy of 'Chicken Soup for the Loser' to Homer. These are plays on the real books 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People' and 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' (both of which produced multiple sequels and spin-offs).
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Homer says that Bart "has gone from Goofus to Gallant", a reference to the comic strip "Goofus and Gallant", which appeared in 'Highlights', a magazine for children. Typically, Goofus would do something rude or destructive, while Gallant served as an example of proper behavior.
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At the very end Bart sings about his drugs using the Popeye theme tune. Nancy Cartwright who voices Bart, was also the voice of Woody on Popeye and Son.
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The drug company that produces the fictitious drug Focasyn is called "The Pharm Team", a pun on "farm team", a team used to groom players for a professional sports team. For example, baseball in the United States has an extensive farm team system.
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The Terminal Man (1974) is an influence behind (#11.2).
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