• When the cat is playing with Cuddles' tail, the background music on the DVD version of this episode is different from the Television and YouTube version.
  • The Cursed Idol makes an appearance when it's dropped from Handy's helicopter. It may have been the cause of Lifty, Shifty, and Russell's deaths.

    What even was in that garbage boat?

  • Cuddles and Lumpy are the only characters who were firemen and didn't kill at least one character.
  • This is one of the TV episodes to barely focus on the starring character (Mime). Most of the other characters have their own sub-plots within the episode, some of which surpass the amount of overall screen-time Mime has:
  • Lifty and Shifty somewhat switch roles in this episodes. Shifty, who usually acts more in charge, would likely beat up Lifty and win, seeing as how he has often sacrificed his brother in previous episodes for his own gain or to save himself from death. This is the only time so far that Lifty has done something similar to Shifty.
  • This episode features the only instance in the television series, and one of only five instances in the entire series, that Lifty dies before Shifty.
  • This is one of the four episodes with question marks in the title, the other three are Boo Do You Think You Are?, Snow What? That's What!, and Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
    • This is also the only episode outside of season one of the internet series to have a question mark.
  • This episode makes Mime one of only four characters to star in an episode with a large cast and be the only survivor. The other three are Giggles (Dunce Upon a Time), Splendid (Breaking Wind, Wrath of Con) and Lumpy (Aw, Shucks!, Remains to be Seen).
  • This is one of the few episodes in which all of the featuring and appearing characters die or are presumed dead while the starring character survived.
  • This is one of the darkest episodes of the TV series and the episode with the third most deaths (behind Wrath of Con and Class Act). Though there were a couple of other episodes with 16 deaths, this one shows almost every death and most of them are separate from one another.
  • Aside from Lammy and Mr. Pickels, Flippy, Cro-Marmot, and Splendid are the only three characters who didn't appear in this episode, yet they also could have died when the town exploded.
  • This is one of the few TV episodes where a starring character doesn't kill anyone. The others are A Change of Heart, Home Is Where the Hurt Is (Debatable), and Tongue in Cheek.
  • This episode is another example of Lumpy's stupidity in that he is a firefighter in this episode, yet he enjoys playing with matches.
  • This is the only episode where Mime stars and survives without killing anyone.
  • This is one of the few episodes where Lumpy's antlers don't change directions.
  • This is the first time Disco Bear kills Pop.
  • When Cuddles gets Mittens down, he makes the same noise as in A Hole Lotta Love.
    • The noise that he made in this episode was replaced on DVD with a new one, making him to say "Come! Come on!".
  • Disco Bear's scream from when he used a hose filled with gasoline was reused in the episode A Vicious Cycle and Put Your Back Into It.
  • Mime and Mittens were the only survivors of this episode.
  • The machine that killed Lifty by forcing his brain out later makes another appearance in I've Got You Under My Skin.
  • Since Petunia started the fire, she's indirectly responsible for all of the deaths in this episode.
  • This is one of the few instances where Nutty shows concern for another character.
  • While on the phone, Mime's triangular eye paint briefly lower to act as makeshift eyebrows.
  • Cuddles is the only one not to be killed by the fire or the explosion.
  • This episodes marks the third lethal explosion, and very likely the first explosion that destroys the whole town.

Cultural References

  • While dialing for help, Mime performs the old gag that he’s forgotten the number to 911.
  • Handy's death is similar to Thomas Murphy's death in the 1992 film "Alien 3", both involve them being shredded.


Production Notes

  • The inspiration for this episode came from a traumatic incident from when Ken Pontac was a toddler. He saw his mother catch on fire while making breakfast because she was talking to his grandmother on the phone and didn't notice that she was next to the stove.
  • When this episode aired on YouTube along with Easy For You to Sleigh and Wishy Washy, the alternate title for the conglomeration of segments was "Four on the Floor".
  • According to the commentary on this episode, the writers needed to make a cheat sheet to keep track of the characters that died and how they did.