The story of the episode originated from a newspaper article that Bill Oakley
and Josh Weinstein
found about a town in Mississippi that was introducing riverboat gambling. Oakley said another inspiration for it was that there had not been many episodes about Springfield as a whole and how "crummy" the town was, so they filled the whole first act with scenes showing how "crummy" and "dismal" Springfield was. See more
Abe says once of the dice fell into his shoe, but when he walks away from the table, he is wearing slippers and there is no place for a dice to slip into and get stuck. See more
[Lisa has had a nightmare
Well, I know it's absurd, but I dreamed the boogeyman was after me, and he was hiding under...
Ahhhhhhhhhh! Boogeyman! You nail the windows shut, I'll get the gun!
[Homer bursts into Bart's room
Bart, I don't want to alarm you, but there may be a boogeyman or boogeymen in the house!
Music by Stephen Foster
[Played by Homer and Barney on the harmonica.] See more