Homer Alone - Cultural References

Cultural References

The beginning of the episode where Homer chases Bart is a reference to the Warner Brothers Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons. The scene freezes, during which Bart and Homer's scientific names are given as Brat'us Don'thaveacow'us and Homo Neanderthal'us respectively. The background in the sequence references the Hanna–Barbera tradition of using backgrounds over and over and making it look like there is an "endless living room." The scene where Marge is booked in prison references the Coen brothers film Raising Arizona. The song that plays while Homer is on hold on the missing child hotline is "Baby Come Back" by Player. One of the films available at Rancho Relaxo is Thelma and Louise, which Marge ends up watching. "Homer Alone" is the first episode of The Simpsons that shows Patty and Selma's fondness for MacGyver, and Selma says "Richard Dean Anderson will be in my dreams tonight."

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