The Seemingly Never-Ending Story
Bart Has Two Mommies
Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife

Cultural references

  • The episode title is a reference to the children's book Heather Has Two Mommies.
  • Marge calls herself a Star Wars after making a Darth Vader mask out of a paper plate.
  • Ned references Rita Rudner on Comedy Central.
  • Homer thinks the title creatures from Gremlins will be at the animal retirement home. He then says "I'm going to get them so wet", referencing that in the movies when they get wet they multiply. 
  • Antonio Fargas makes an appearance as Huggy Bear (from Starsky & Hutch), who has mistakenly been caged in the animal retirement home. This is not Huggy Bear's first appearance on The Simpsons, but it's his first speaking role. In "Homie the Clown", we saw "The Son of the Guy who played Huggy Bear".
  • Homer yells "Springfield High football rules!", paraphrasing a famous line from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
  • Both scenes where Rod is struck by fear of heights are parodies of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 film Vertigo.
  • Toot-Toot carrying Bart up the church steeple is an obvious parody of King Kong.
  • Friedrich Schiller's classic music Ode to Joy plays when Rod and Todd got accustomed to the unconstrained seesaw.
  • When Ned finds the band aid he says "call me Ned Zepplin, but are my boys abrased and contused" obviously parodying the song Led Zepplin song "dazed and confused".
  • When Ned is covering his backyard with foam for safety of Rod and Todd, he sings a parody of Guns N' Roses song Welcome to the Jungle, Ned's version talking about making the yard safer.
  • The Hamburglar reconciles differences with Mayor McCheese. Both are popular McDonald's children's characters.
  • As Homer is crunched and mutilated as he goes through a series of gears, Raymond Scott's 1937 instrumental song Powerhouse plays at the background. This was a signature tune used by Carl Stalling in many of his Warner Brothers cartoons, and later by Richard Stone. The sequence, visually, is also a tribute to Charlie Chaplin's 1936 film Modern Times.
    • In the same scene, which takes place in an old mill, his rubber duck barely escapes being crushed by the rotating gears. This scene is a tribute to Walt Disney's 1937 classic The Old Mill.


  • The episode reveals that Mr. Teeny's real (monkey) name is Louis.
  • Rod makes a paper plate mask of Todd and vice versa. This may be a reference to a Simpsons Halloween Comic, in which Rod dresses up as Todd and vice versa.
  • Maude Flanders is shown looking down on her sons from heaven, saying "My little boy is growing up". Maggie Roswell voiced her, but was credited in the premiere airing. When it reaired, the credits were amended to include her name.
  • When Marge speaks to Ned, she consults a Flanders-English dictionary, and Ned uses an English-Simpson dictionary.
  • This is the second episode where a Simpson is criticised for being a bad babysitter, while something happens to Bart (first one was "My Sister, My Sitter").
  • Bob Hope (character) Appears in this episode in Heaven. Bob at one time appeared in season 4 Lisa The Beauty Queen before dying in real life three years before this episode.
  • This episode confirms many in the Internet community who say that Ned is very overprotective of his sons without the help of a female companion. He marries Edna and things were fine but with her death, Ned has gone back to overprotecting his kids.


  • If Flanders does not like using computers, it would not be possible that he comes up with his internet-based company FlanCrest Enterprises on episode "Das Bus".
  • Bart claims to have never eaten fresh fruit, but he was seen eating fresh grapes in "The Crepes of Wrath" and "Homer the Smithers", fresh watermelon in "E-I-E-I-D'oh", and even fresh banana (the fruit he refuses in this episode) in "Lard of the Dance".

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