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To help Lisa get over her insecurities about her looks, Homer enters her into the Little Miss Springfield Pageant by selling his Duff Blimp tickets to Barney Gumble (who has $250 for the contest entry fee). Lisa wins after the winner gets struck by lightning, but Lisa uses her role as beauty queen to change the town after being used as a shill for Laramie Cigarettes.
Kent: Lisa Simpson is no longer Little Miss Springfield. She was stripped of her crown in a ceremony earlier today (footage of a goat being bottle fed plays) Well, that's obviously the wrong footage. Uh, but it does seem the father of the deposed beauty queen Homer Simpson filled out the pageant application incorrectly. In the area under 'do not write under this space' he wrote 'okay'.
Principal Skinner: But first, our second prize winner and the recipient of this handsome shoe buffer... Ned Flanders.
Homer: Oh it's no fair, we'll never have a buffer!
Marge: We have one at home, you never use it.
Homer: Well, I want that one!
Lisa: Do you remember why you entered me in that pageant?
Homer: I dunno. Was I drunk?
Lisa: Possibly. But the point is you wanted me to feel better about myself, and I do.
Homer: Will you remember this the next time I wreck your life?
Lisa: It's a deal!
The scene with Lisa being sworn in as Little Miss Springfield is an allusion to the famous photo of President Johnson being sworn in on Air Force One after the death of John Kennedy complete with Marge wearing the same pink outfit.
The caricatures seen are of of Farrah Fawcett
, The Fonz
from Happy Days & Darth Vader
One of Lisa's hairstyles is that of Princess Leia Organa
from the Star Wars movie series, specifically Episode IV A New Hope
Krusty referring to the runner up being crowned if the winner can't fulfill her responsibilities because of 'You remember, click click' is a reference to Vanessa Williams
, in 1983 became the first black Miss America who had to give up her crown after nude photos of her surfaced and were published in Penthouse Magazine.
Lisa's song is Proud Mary
, specifically the version done by Tina Turner
. Her dance is similar to one Tina performed as well.
The Duff Blimp suffers the same fate as The Hindenburg
It exploded on May 6, 1937 when it tried to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst in New Jersey.
Kent Brockman even exclaims the same famous line... "Oh the humanity
" that was uttered by Herbert Morrison who was covering the story at the time.
The heads used in the wax museum's torture chamber are that of (l to r) Mr. T
, star of The A-Team & Rocky III, sex & relationship expert Dr. Ruth Westheimer
& the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan
Famous comedian Bob Hope
makes an appearance in this episode doing one of his well known USO shows.
Menthol Moose is a parody of the cartoon spokesman of Camel Cigarettes, Joe Camel