On a family vacation to Niagara Falls, Lisa is mistakenly granted political asylum in Canada. When Marge goes to rescue Lisa, they are forced to re-evaluate their love for America as they navigate the polite Canadian landscape. The episode was co-written by Tim Long.
- Artistic License Law: Despite popular belief, foreigners and tourists can't just go to a Canadian hospital and expect free treatment. Generally speaking, you have to be a taxpaying citizen to qualify for free healthcare (since you're already paying for it through taxes). American citizens wouldn't be sent away, per se, but would be charged for the services.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: Homer mocks Upstate New York for starting to watch Fox News.
- Call-Back: The Simpsons once again visit Mt. Splashmore. Bart and Lisa even repeat their way to ask Homer to take them there.
- Canada, Eh?: The series' latest episode to take place in Canada.
- Pun-Based Title: On "Oh Canada," the country's national anthem.
- Take That!:
Start watchin' Fox News
- The episode takes some potshots at Upstate New York, saying it can never go into decline "because it was never that great to begin with." Homer sings a parody of "Theme from New York, New York" extending the joke even further.
Stop watchin' your weight
There is no fancy part of it
Upstate New York
- The Simpsons aren't fond of Niagara Falls and only go there for the free hotel stay.
- The Simpsons can hide at the Detroit Lions' stadium because nobody buys tickets to watch their games.
- When the Clock Strikes Twelve: Homer finally earns enough points for a free stay at a hotel but must use them before midnight or they're lost.