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After costing Springfield their chance at getting a major football team, Grampa contemplates suicide and goes to a doctor specializing in euthanasia. However, when the police arrests the doctor and Grampa realizes he's not dead, he starts a new life as a bullfighter for the newly converted stadium.
Chalkboard: I will not flip the classroom upside down
Couch: Repeat of the couch gag from "Milhouse of Sand and Fog" where The Simpsons sit on the couch and an unseen reviewer deletes the scene through a TiVo menu.
First Church of Springfield today's topic: Jesus hates you
A teaser for The Simpsons Movie was shown during the episode.
Maggie refers to Homer as “Bald Mommy” (subtitled).
The stadium designed by Homer is named:
Duff beer Krustyburger Buzz cola Costington's department store Kwik-E-Mart stupid Flanders park
Springfield Town Hall banner:
Come for the agenda,
Stay for the Addenda
In Australia, this episode was rated M (the equivalent to the TV-14 rating on American TV) due to the references to assisted suicide.
TV Announcer: Tonight on Jock Center. A slugger on 'roids, Tiger Woods is annoyed, and North Korean missiles deployed.
Abe: Who are you? What do you want? What year is it? Who are you?
Lisa: It's so strange that the commissioner didn't show up.
Homer: Maybe he's thinking of a new shape for the football.
Abe: A doctor? I already got enough doctors, touching me, and poking me, and squeezing me up here, and jiggling me down there. And that's just the receptionist.
Lenny: I don't get what he's doing and I'm smart. Not book-smart or street-smart or brain-smart, but somethin'.
Marge: Grampa, killing yourself is a sin! God wants us to die of old age. After years of pain and reduced mobility.
Abe: You're all gonna die in a pointless war.
Stadium Announcer: (threatened by an angry bull) Please no! I have a wife and three girlfriends.
It wouldn't be possible to shoot a picture of Chief Wiggum in front of a big screen with that camera angle without having the screen itself in the picture.
Those few balloons (filled with Helium or the like) can't even lift the chairs on which Abe and Lisa sit and especially not the bulls who are a lot heavier than a human.
The title Million Dollar Abie
is a reference to the Oscar winning movie Million Dollar Baby
from 2004. Read more about the movie in the wikipedia article
is a spoof of the iPod, which is a famous MP3 player. Read more about the player in the wikipedia article
In the trash of Las Vegas are three dead blue men, which is a hit on the Blue Man Group
-- a creative organization with features a trio of mute performers. Read more about this organization in the wikipedia article
pastes his first respectively last name over the names on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
stars of Carl Reiner
and Rob Lowe
, who have both acted in many TV shows and theater movies. Carl Reiner
has indeed a star on the Walk of Fame and Rob Rainer
has one already, too, but Rob Lowe
hasn't got it there yet.
Lenny with a painted "Down" (form the football team name Melt Down) on his belly shouts that he has Down Syndrome
. This genetic mutation is a very serious because cureless disease with mental and physical disabilities. Read more about the chromosomal defect in the wikipedia article
The commissioner says that he will just BlackBerry
his assistant. A popular wireless handheld device is named BlackBerry
, but as heard in this episode it has also become a verb like many other famous tools or services. Read more about the device in the wikipedia article
The show 48 Minutes
is a nifty play on the show 24
where each hour-long episode takes place in real time making up 24 hours over the course of a season.
Dr. Egoyan walks with Grampa through a hall with pictures of famous people who committed suicide: Socrates (was sentenced to drink poison) an ancient Greek philosopher, Virginia Woolf an author and one of the foremost figures in the feminist movement, Ernest Hemingway a novelist, and Hunter S. Thompson a journalist and author.
Dr. Egoyan also mentioned that Fred Kenickie
committed suicide and refers to his client before Grampa. In fact Kenickie is a British punk-indie band, which some people might classify as a little screwed up like Dr. Egoyan does with Fred. Read more about the music band in the wikipedia article
Grampa wants to listen to the Glenn Miller Orchestra
, which is a Jazz and Swing orchestra founded in 1937. Read more about the orchestra in the wikipedia article
Abe meets a Charlie Chaplin
performer in the streets. Unlike the real Chaplin who never talked, the performer responds to Abe's comment, but also does the Chaplin-like movement with his mustache. Read more about the British actor in the wikipedia article
Grampa releases the bulls and starts an Encierro
-like happening in Springfield. Read more about the Spanish tradition in the wikipedia article