Chalkboard: I will not squeak chalk
Couch Gag: The family runs to the couch but they are already sitting there.
This episode marks the first appearance of Luann Van Houten.
Homer: Okay. Okay, think back to your training! (he thinks)
Trainer: Now, Homer, this may very well save your life one-day. This... Homer?
(We see Homer is playing with a Rubik’s cube)
Trainer: Please, pay attention. This button here controls the emergency override circuit. In the event of a meltdown, push this button and only this button.
Homer: Ooh, a side!
Trainer: You see which button I'm pushing?
Homer: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Push the button. Got it. Stupid cube, this is all your fault.
Mr. Burns: So, what did you do this weekend, Smithers?
Smithers: Well, I caught up on my laundry, wrote a letter to my mother, oh, here a kicker, and I took Hercules out to be clipped.
Mr. Burns: Who the devil is Hercules?
Smithers: Oh, he's my Yorkshire terrier, sir. He's kind of tiny, so you know, it's a joke. Here's a picture of Herky. (shows a wallet sized photo of Hercules)
Mr. Burns: Ugh. Well, Smithers, don't you know how to paint the town red!
Homer: Here's good news! According to this eye-catching article, SAT scores are declining at a slower rate!
Lisa: Dad, I think this paper is a flimsy hodgepodge of pie graphs, factoids and Larry King.
Homer: Hey, this is the only paper in America that's not afraid to tell the truth, that everything is just fine.
Martin: Milhouse, I'd like to express my appreciation for Saturday. Jelly bean basket, personalized noisemakers. But the little touches are what made it enduring!
Bart: What's he talking about?
Milhouse: Uh... Hey! Look at that dog! Isn't that something!
Bart: Wow, brown!
Outside of the coffee room at the power plant, you can see radioactive waste leaking out of a trash can.
In Milhouse's birthday card, Bart wrote, "To me bestest bud Milhouse, Happy Birthday, Bart." But when Lisa opens it, there's no sign of it; only the punchline to the joke on the front of the card.
The countdown for the meltdown stops at 007. In the 1964 film, James Bond defuses the nuclear bomb at Fort Knox and the counter stops at 007.
The newspaper, U.S. of A Today, is an obvious reference to the USA Today newspaper.