- I Knew It!: Many fans on the Internet correctly predicted that the character who would die would be Krusty's dad Rabbi Krustofski, since this show doesn't have the guts to kill off a major character (unless the voice actor quit or died and a replacement can't be found).
- In Memoriam: At the end of the episode, there is a credit that says, "In Memory of Louis Castellaneta." Louis, who died in the year the episode aired, was the father of Dan Castellaneta.
- Reality Subtext: The episode's Chalkboard Gag had Bart writing, "Spoiler Alert: Unfortunately, my dad doesn't die." This was made to address the mass marketing which implied that a major character in the series would die.
Trivia / The Simpsons S26 E1 "Clown in the Dumps"