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Cultural References

The Swedish and Australian bars which Bart prank calls feature numerous references. The Swedish bar is named Inga-Bar Beerman in reference to filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. The image of the barman in profile and another person in the background looking directly in to the camera is a visual reference to Bergman's 1966 film Persona. The Australian barman resembles Michael "Crocodile" Dundee, and his bar is called Crocodile Drunkee's, both referencing the 1986 film "Crocodile" Dundee. In his bar window, a partial sticker for the band INXS is seen, as well as the album Business as Usual by Men at Work. The zoom-in places the Australian bar at Fox Studios Australia, owned by the parent corporation ofTthe Simpsons, News Corporation.

Additionally, Skinner plays a human version of the arcade game Frogger when trying to cross the interstate for gas. Marge receives a collection notice from Allied Peas whose corporate mascot bears a striking resemblance to the Jolly Green Giant while paying for frozen peas on installment, while Bart, Milhouse, and Nelson grill Twizzlers licorice. Bart suggests to Leary's manager that he order New York Yankees hats and Derek Jeter jerseys. Leary is a real life Boston Red Sox fan, a large rival of the Yankees. Leary was born in Massachusetts and went to college at Emerson College in Boston.

The episode features two musical montages. During the montage of Homer and Marge tracking Bart the Elvis Costello song "Watch Your Step" is playing, while Bart's golf ball recovery montage is set to Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues".

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