Springfield Elementary's Model U.N. participants (including Bart and Lisa) wind up stranded on an island when their bus goes off a bridge. Meanwhile, Homer tries to start an Internet company — despite that he has no business plan, no computer, and no knowledge of the Internet. He just expects people to give him money for no reason.
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: Principal Skinner told Otto to be careful because he was being entrusted with the school's most importante asset: the bus.
- Especially Zoidberg: Used in Troy McClure's Noah's Ark movie, when God tells Noah to gather two of every animal:
Noah: Even stink beetles?
God: Especially stink beetles!
- Spiritual Successor: Inverted; oddly this episode has been cited a couple times as a major inspiration for the first season of LOST.
- No Ending: Lampshaded when narrator James Earl Jones says that the kids were eventually rescued by "Oh... let's say Moe." Justified, in that Lord of the Flies has a similar anticlimatic ending.
- No One Gets Left Behind: Parodied during the chase scene, in which Milhouse falls behind while he, Bart and Lisa are being pursued by the other kids.
Milhouse: I can't go on, you two go ahead... and carry me with you!
- Reality Ensues: Similar to Lord of the Flies, it shows that trapping a bunch of kids alone on deserted island is more likely to lead to incompetence, boredom, and a slow, agonizing madness/distrust than quirky misadventures.
- Shout-Out: Das Boot (what the title is referencing).
- Take That: "I'm so hungry I could eat at Arby's!"
Lisa: Oh my gosh!
Nelson: That is hungry.
Lisa: Really hungry!
- Technology Marches On: Since dial-up has become very obsolete, slow internet speeds like Comic Book Guy's are largely now a thing of the past.
- Whole Plot Reference: To Lord of the Flies.
- You Wouldn't Hit A Guy With Glasses: Invoked by Milhouse. Nelson's response? "Yoink!"