- The Cameo: Homer tries to fantasize about Paul Newman, but even his own imagination turns him down.Paul Newman: Homer, I'll tell you what I told Redford: "It ain't gonna happen."
- Even Evil Has Standards: Burns thought going into the core was dangerous, even by his standards although heís told why.
- Freudian Excuse: Burns' cover story for the death of Smithers' father (killed by Amazons) is implied to be the reason behind Smithers' homosexuality.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Smithersí Dad
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Burns tries to plea with Smithers Sr. not to go into the core thatís highly dangerous, considering he doesnít often think about the wellbeing of his employees. Then, grieving Smithers Sr. after what happened. Burns also feels guilty about never telling Smithers about his dad's death because he wasn't sure how to break the news.
- Series Continuity Error: Smithers is established to be a baby around the time Homer was a teenager, but other episodes including "Bart Star" and "Bye Bye Nerdie" showed Homer and Smithers in school together.
- Shout-Out: The move that Smithersí did was a reference to Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, where Spock does the same thing.