Chalkboard: I will not do that thing with my tongue
Couch Gag: The family runs in and startles Grampa, who is sleeping on the couch.
This episode marks the first physical appearances of Jacqueline Bouvier and the DJ's Bill & Marty of KBBL.
Bart: Who the hell is that?
Bart: Who? Wait a minute, who's that?
Homer: Underdog, don't you know anything?
Bart: It wouldn't hurt them to use some cartoons made in the last fifty years.
Homer: Bart, this is the tradition. If you build a balloon for every flash in the pad cartoon character, you'll turn the parade into a farce. (Bart balloon shows up on the television)
Homer: And lord, we're especially thankful for nuclear power, the cleanest safest energy source there is. Except for solar, which is just a pipe dream. Anyway, we'd like to thank you for the occasional moments of peace and love our family's experienced. Well, not today, you saw what happened! Oh lord, be honest! Are we the most pathetic family in the universe or what?
Selma: Worst prayer yet.
Kent Brockman: Oh we have lots of names for these people. Bums, deadbeats, losers, scums of the earth, we'd like to sweep these people into the gutter, or if already in the gutter, to some other out of the way place. Oh we have our reasons. They're depressing, their ragged clothes, they're crazy, they smell bad. So every year on one conscience salving day, we toss these people a bone. A turkey bone. And that's supposed to make it all better.
Homer: Alright Bart, that's it! Go to your room! Now!
Bart: Okay, I'll take some white meat and some stuffing to go and send in the pumpkin pie in about twenty minutes.
Homer: I said now!
Bart: Mom do I have too?
Marge: Yes you do! I hope your happy Bart! You ruined Thanksgiving!
In the scene where Patty and Selma come to the Simpson's house Patty's dress looks blue for a brief moment.
During The dinner scene right after Marge's mother says I'm sorry I came Patty's dress is sleeveless for a brief second.
Uncle Sam: It's your fault America has lost its way!
Less than a year into its long life, many conservative social activists (such as President George H. W. Bush) had blamed The Simpsons, and particularly the character of Bart, for contributing to the decaying morals among American youth. Uncle Sam's taunt references this.