In this, the last episode written by Golden Age Simpsons writer, John Swartzwelder, the Simpsons are going to England after Bart raises money from his treehouse museum, where Homer personally meets the Queen...by running her down with his car.
This episode features the following we have Useful Notes for:
- British Courts: Homer is put to trial in one.
- HM The Queen: Homer hits her car and is sentenced to the death penalty.
- Tony Blair: Has a notable cameo appearance.
- United Kingdom: Several National Stereotypes references to things England (and/or the United Kingdom as a whole) are famous for are made: Mary Poppins, The White Cliffs of Dover, James Bond, Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Mr. Bean, butlers, Driver of a Black Cab, tea, Jeeves and Wooster, dry British wit, Harry Potter, fish & chips, British sweet candy, Piccadilly Circus, Robert Plant, William Shakespeare, driving on the left side of the road, the Queen, the Changing of the Guards, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Tower of London, British News Papers, video tapes having a different code than the American ones, different spelling of the word "colour", Sir Walter Raleigh, the metric system, dukes, earls and of course, the first bars of "Rule Britannia" are also heard in this episode.
This episode also features examples of...
- Abandoned War Child: Grandpa Abe tags along to find a local woman he had a one-night stand with the night before D-Day. In the epilogue, he encounters her at the airport and it turns out Homer has a half-sister named Abbie. Abe panics and runs for the plane.
- Amusing Injuries: Happen to Sir Ian McKellen every time Homer mentions Macbe... er, the Scottish Play. Or tells him "Good luck!" instead of "Break a leg."
- Artistic License Law: Homer is sentenced to death. The death penalty has not been used in Britain since 1965. Also, the reigning British monarch is supposed to be immune to prosecution, and is not allowed to testify in a criminal case.
- Bad Boss: Judi Dench is clearly one to those who work at her fish and chips restaurant.
- Bait-and-Switch: British Royal Guards beat the crap out of Homer, only to stop when their shift is over. Then the new guards on duty pick up where the previous ones left off - by beating the crap out of Homer.
- Blatant Lies: Upon inspecting the Queen's carriage and noticing that one of its wheels is on fire, Homer claims it's supposed to be.
- Bowdlerise: An edited version of Homer's remark to Madonna exists.Original Version:
Homer: See you in Atlanta, bitch!
Homer: See you in Atlanta, jerk!
- Britain is Only London: The Simpsons declare to visit the United Kingdom, yet only travel to London.
- British Royal Guards: The guards beat Homer senseless, stop to observe the Changing of the Guard, after which Homer is set upon by the new guards on duty.
- British Stuffiness: Every cab has its own butler, according to Marge. It's actually just a passenger who decided to pick them up too and serve them tea.
- Continuity Nod: When the Simpsons are deciding where they'll go for a vacation, Homer says he'd go back to Brazil but got word that the monkey trouble became worse.
- Distaff Counterpart: Homer has one — a half-sister who looks like the Homer-esque woman who drove by Bart, singing "I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar" on the season four episode "Brother From The Same Planet".
- Dramatic Irony: Mr. Burns crashes Bart's museum to get his $1000 bill back. Too bad that, at the time of this incident forcing Bart to close it, he amassed over $3000 from it.
- Driver of a Black Cab: The Simpsons take a cab from the airport to their hotel.
- Exact Words: Homer and Bart were told to put up flyers for the $1000 bill. They put up one on the top of a power pole.
- A Fool for a Client: Homer represented himself instead of hiring a barrister. Marge allowed it because she didn't think Homer's chances were good enough to be damaged by the decision. Not surprisingly, Homer managed to offend the judge, jury and British public at large even further (he was on trial for crashing into the Queen's carriage)-ending up in the Tower of London.
- Global Ignorance: Homer tries to insult the British by stupidly claiming "our Beatles are better than your Rolling Stones." Earlier in the episode he also claimed: "We saved your ass in Vietnam!"
- Imagine Spotting: Homer is somehow able to hear Bart's imaginary moon party song and sings it outside his fantasy.
- Irony: While visiting Bart's treehouse museum, Moe offers to pay Marge to have Bart crank call him, and says he would find it hilarious, unaware of the many times Bart has crank called him before (to which he reacted with violent aggression.)
- Karma Houdini: Even though Bart gets collectively shamed by the town once Burns gets his $1000 bill back. He still manages to get away with their collected profit of $3000, thus setting the plot into motion.
- Mary Sue: Invoked in-universe when Lisa meets J. K. Rowling and asks her how Harry Potter will end. J. K. sighs and says "he grows up and marries you." After all, it's what Lisa wanted to hear, right?
- Practically Different Generations: It's all but stated that Abbie is Grandpa Simpson's lovechild and Homer's half-sister. At the time the episode came out she'd be 20 years older than Homer.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: Yes, they turn up, bowler hat, tea and umbrella present.
- Recognition Failure: Homer thinks PM Tony Blair is Mr. Bean.
- The Scottish Trope: And it's also bad luck to wish a thespian good luck using those exact words too.
- The London airport is full with Mary Poppins lookalikes.
- Tony Blair's jetpack is a reference to James Bond, especially combined with the music that plays while he floats off.
- The family dines at a Judi Dench fish 'n' chips. Judi Dench is a famous British actress. They are informed that the fish is "free of mad fish disease", a reference to the mad cow disease that swept the United Kingdom during the 1990s.
- Bart and Lisa running around to the tune of Iggy Pop's "Lust For Life", while Maggie climbs the ceiling upside down are references to Trainspotting (which is set in Scotland rather than England.)
- The two British gentlemen willing to bet whether they could teach Bart and Lisa proper manners is a reference to the plot of My Fair Lady, based on George Bernard Shaw 's play Pygmalion.
- Homer entering the Queen bedroom is similar to a 1982 incident where a man intruded in Queen Elizabeth II's bedroom, because he was inspired by the novel The BFG.
- Marge scolds Madonna that "English ladies don't tank naked." This is a reference to a famous picture in Madonna's book "Sex", in which she is seen standing in the nude near the side of a highway, lifting for drivers by while holding an empty can of gasoline. This was also around the time she was married to Guy Ritchie and inexplicably attempted to adopt a British accent.
- Special Guest: Tony Blair, J. K. Rowling and Ian McKellen each have a guest spot.
- Standard Snippet: As usual the first bars of "Rule Britannia" are heard when the Simpsons enter the United Kingdom.
- Stock British Characters: The episode has a bunch of them.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Homer Simpson says this to Madonna when he dumps her into the cargo bay for the plane to America.
- Time Marches On: The Simpsons decide to bring Madonna back home to the U.S.A. and kidnap her in a travelling bag. When the episode aired the American pop singer Madonna still lived in the United Kingdom, which isn't the case nowadays.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Homer spends his time in the UK acting like an entitled patriot of his country, and demanding rewards from the British for saving them in WWII. Marge is appalled by his behavior, and said patriotism got him in trouble.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Homer's half-sister Abbie looks and acts very much like Homer in a dress and wig.
- Vacation Episode: The Simpsons travel to the United Kingdom.