In this episode written by Tim Long, Eva Longoria guest stars as yet another new girl in school Lisa befriends, only this one has political views that Lisa doesn't like (read: she's a Republican, and not an Abraham Lincoln- or even a Ronald Reagan-era Republican a George W. Bush one).
- Big Eater: When Milhouse gets an M&M out of his ear, Homer desperately tells himself not to eat it because "it's been in his ear". When the dog catches the M&M, Homer tells himself not to eat it because "it's been in the boy's ear and the dog's mouth." Afterwards, Homer notices the M&M on his tongue.
- Corrupt Politician: The Republican Party's Springfield Chapter rigs a Student Council President election to make Isabel win because she's Republican and a Latin American in hopes that she'll bring the Latin American community to their side.
- Fridge Logic: How did Lisa not know Isabel was a Republican UNTIL the report was being given in front of the whole school? This political report on Franklin Roosevelt most likely required a lot of research and collaboration, and it seems pretty unlikely these beliefs would not have come up at some point in the process.
- Fun-Hating Villain: In the Musicville couch gag, Mr. Burns is portrayed as such in that he hates anything jazz and forces everybody in Springfield to play his preferred music and only his.
- Most Writers Are Adults: Two 8-year olds are having a major ideological debate, and the stakes of this election are on par with an ACTUAL election. No kids this young would have such fully formed and passionate political beliefs.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: To show Isabel how powerful he is, Mr. Burns reveals that he bribed People Magazine into declaring him the sexiest man alive. Most of the bribe was to convince them that he's alive.
- Special Guest: Anderson Cooper appears As Himself. Eva Longoria guest stars as Isabel Gutierrez.
- 20 Minutes into the Future: The episode ends with Lisa and Isabel at the 2056 presidential election, with Lisa responding to Anderson Cooper's question about getting America out of Afghanistan, by saying she would throw in the towel and make Afghanistan a state.