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The first appearances of Lionel Hutz and Dr. Nick Riviera in the show.
One of the few Simpsons episodes to have the episode title in the opening credits.
Phil Hartman's first appearance on the show.
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Lionel Hutz's voice in this episode is similar to Troy McClure's. This is most likely due to Phil Hartman still finding the character.
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The vision of Hell that Bart has is from the painting "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch.
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Sign in Dr. Nick Riviera's office: "Yes, we use anaesthetic!" Also, one of his diplomas reads: "I went to medical school for four years and all I got was this lousy diploma."
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When Bart wakes up from his out-of-body experience, he says, "I did go away, Mom! I was miles and miles and miles away, writhing in agony in the pits of Hell! And you were there! And you and you and you," a reference to The Wizard of Oz (1939), when Dorothy awakens from her slumber.
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Bart's Message: "I will not sell school property."
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The show's then-script supervisor Doris Grau also appears in the show for the first time. She was used because of her unique voice, and appears as a minor character in this episode, but would later become known for voicing Lunchlady Doris.
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The Devil says "Please allow me to introduce myself", a reference to The Rolling Stones song "Sympathy for the Devil".
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The Devil uses a Macintosh computer to check Bart's record.
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This episode shows Great Grandma Simpson, Aunt Hortense, and Snowball I in Heaven.
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Mr Burns Offers Homer $500,000 which is what Homer would have received if he had won the court case. This is because Mr Hutz says that he gets 50% of the $1 million settlement.
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Approximately half-way through the episode, when Bart is on the witness stand, the characters Akbar and Jeff from Matt Groening's comic, Life in Hell, can be seen in the courtroom audience.
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Lisa only has three lines in this episode.
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Sofa Gag: The family sit down, everyone but Homer is squeezed out and end up sitting on the floor, while Homer relaxes and crosses his legs.
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This is the first time Phil Hartman guest-starred in the series.
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Dr. Hibbert pokes Bart's bump and he shouts "Ow! Quit it." two times. This was the second time we hear Bart shout "Ow! Quit it." He first shouted it in The Simpsons: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire (1989). Matt Groening claims this reference comes from what his real life siblings (Maggie and Lisa) used to do to him when he was a child.
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This is one of the most heavily edited episodes in syndication. The full opening sequence is replaced with the short opening from Season 5's _Rosebud_, and there are 17 cut scenes, none of which are over nine seconds long.
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Bart's X-ray shows him with a normal round shaped skull but later episodes will show the top as spiky like his hair.
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This is the sixth episode to have Bart's name somewhere in the title.
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The episode's plot was based on The Fortune Cookie (1966), in which Walter Matthau plays a dishonest lawyer who convinces Jack Lemmon's character to fake an injury for a large cash settlement.
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While working on the court room scenes, director Mark Kirkland watched To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and The Verdict (1982) to get ideas for different angles he could use.
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Although the episode was written by John Swartzwelder, a lot of the ending was pitched by executive producer James L. Brooks. He felt that the episode needed a more emotional ending, so some shots were reworked so that voice-overs could be added.
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The Devil is also shown for the first time and he was designed by Mark Kirkland, who originally tried to give him a scary design, but the writers asked him to use a more comedic look.
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The song "Tijuana Taxi" by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass is heard twice in the show's history: in this episode (as Mr. Burns is recalling the time leading up to the incident), and in The Simpsons: On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister (2005).
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