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The producers tried to get several celebrities to play the creepy orthodontist, including Anthony Hopkins and Clint Eastwood, but to no avail. Finally, Anthony Perkins agreed, but passed away before it ever happened. Hank Azaria wound up playing the role.
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The idea for this episode came from Mike Reiss, who thought it would be funny if the plant went on strike. The writers of the episode, Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky, would later add the dental plan aspect of the plot.
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One of the jokes in this episode is that Bart and Homer watch a movie starring McBain (the Arnold Schwarzenegger parody in the series) where he busts out of an ice sculpture and utters the line "Ice to see you." In an intriguing case of "Life imitating Art" (or the series in this case), in 1997, Schwarzenegger would go on to star in Batman & Robin (1997) where he played the villain Mr. Freeze, who made a lot of ice-themed puns through the film, much like McBain did here.
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The disappearance of Homer's union leader predecessor, including the football player tripping over an unidentified grave, is a reference to famed Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa, who also vanished under mysterious circumstances and was believed to have been entombed in the concrete under the turf of Giants Stadium. (Scientific evidence has proved that Hoffa is not buried there.)
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Chosen for the #1 spot on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 25 greatest Simpsons episodes in 2003.
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The workers' resistance to the power outage, and Mr. Burns's response, is a parody of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
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During the production of this episode, an ABC camera crew was allowed into the rewrite room, which Al Jean says he regrets because they were working on stage direction, and they came off as not being very funny.
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Homer's line "uh... Yeah" after being asked if he found the bathroom is one of Jay Kogen's favorite Simpsons jokes.
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The title of the episode is a homage to Hubert Selby Jr.'s controversial book Last Exit to Brooklyn. Also, the story of Homer becoming a union boss is very loosely based on the book's fifth part called 'Strike'.
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The original panelist on Smartline was supposed to be O.J. Simpson, but he turned it down, much to the relief of the writers when Simpson was later tried for murder.
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Director Mark Kirkland considers this episode to be one of the most surreal episodes that he has worked on because it has a lot of story crammed into it, lots of parodies and contains several visual sequences. Al Jean has also called this one of the "craziest" episodes.
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The scene in which Mr. Burns shows his room with a thousand monkeys working at a thousand typewriters, a reference to the infinite monkey theorem, has inspired a real-life experiment about the theorem.
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This is the second time in season 4 that Lisa starts dreaming/hallucinating after she take any kind of drug. The first was in The Simpsons: Selma's Choice (1993) where she hallucinated after she drank some "water" at Duff Gardens.
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The episode has become study material for sociology courses at University of California Berkeley, where it is used to "examine issues of the production and reception of cultural objects, in this case, a satirical cartoon show", and to figure out what it is "trying to tell audiences about aspects primarily of American society, and, to a lesser extent, about other societies."
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Australian Doom Metal band Dr. Colossus have a song titled "Because Of The War" in reference to Abe Simpsons' long pointless speech.
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Mr. Burns' outfit in the flashback to his childhood is based on Buster Brown.
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