Been forever since I watched a new episode but I had to catch this one since I live in upstate NY (suburban Buffalo). Loved that they were at Mount Splashmore at the beginning.
I liked the upstate NY song, the animators nailed the skyline of Buffalo and Homer at New Era Field. They were spot on with the song as much of this area is not exactly booming but some folks here got into quite a tizzy over it, even made the local news.
Being so close to the border, I’ve been to Canada many times so I got all the references which is exciting for me because that usually never happens! Lisa’s Canadian family asking about going to dinner at Harvey’s or Swiss Chalet was great (Swiss Chalet is amazing and so worth the trip over the border) The Stanley Cup lamp and Quebec Nordiques rug in the living room were nice details. Also LOL’ed at the Ottawa Senators reference.
Gonna be honest though, the harsh political overtones kinda ruined the episode for me. Since it has been so long since I watched, I asked my co-worker who is a more frequent viewer if it is always like that and even he said it was over the top on this one.