First and possibly only utterance by Bart on his skateboard of "cowabunga" in the series. For years many of the crew thought it was a line just added to T-Shirts out of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze.
The TV version of this episode has an extra scene where Bart explains to the townspeople that they've lost their way as Springfieldianites by being so quick to lynch a ten-year-old boy who actually feels sorry for what he's done. The DVD version doesn't have this scene (nor does the FXX rerun of this episode as seen on the "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon). The TV-exclusive scene was shoehorned because FOX wanted the episode to have a moral about people losing their town pride.