Bart is diagnosed with ADD after his latest prank during a "Fire Prevention Day" assembly at school, but his new medication makes him paranoid.


* AsHimself: Mark [=McGwire=]
* CallBack: Homer mentions that he was banned from a water park for ten years (which, at the time of this episode's premiere, would be incorrect), which could be a reference to when he got stuck on the H2-WHOA! ride at Mt. Splashmore on the episode "Brush With Greatness." If it's not, then it's a NoodleIncident.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: The Major Baseball League was indeed spying on people, [[TheUnReveal but rather than explain why]], Mark [=McGwire=] dazzles the crowd with some dingers.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Skinner is horrified when Willy suggests killing Bart by dragging a hoe through his back and making it look like suicide.
* OfCourseISmoke: The straight-edged Ned tries to smoke a cigarette while performing in the fire safety play, though his coughing is actually the least of his problems as he inadvertently sets his pants ablaze.
* RiddleForTheAges / TheUnReveal: Why was the MLB spying on Springfield?
* ShoutOut:
** Hosey the Bear, which can be seen in the beginning of the episode, is a reference to the United States Forest Service's mascot Smokey Bear.
** After Bart has flooded the school gym, Skinner can be seen wiping mud off his eyes in an homage to [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Oliver Hardy]].
** Homer and Marge go to see ''Film/{{Showgirls}}''.
** When Marge reports Bart's disappearance to the police, Lou the police officer makes a drawing of ComicStrip/{{Dennis the Menace|US}}.
** [[ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} "When I can't stop my fiddlin', I just takes me Ritalin, I'm poppin' and sailin', man!"]]
** The title references Music/TheRollingStones song "Mother's Little Helper", which is also about drug addiction.