- Banned Episode: In some parts of Southeast Asia, this episode is either banned or edited to remove references to the Dalai Lama... including Burns blackmailing Homer (as Pie-Man) to attack him.
- Recycled Script: This isn't the first Simpsons episode where an "island" turns out to be a peninsula.
- Unintentional Period Piece: One of the acts at the county fair is a hyper-patriotic country singer who tells the audience to buy his records or else al-Qaeda will win. Not to mention that the episode itself is a parody of Spider-Man, down to the "upside-down kiss" scene.
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