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Seven Deadly Sins

This episode is notable for featuring the Seven Deadly Sins:

  • Lust: Homer and Marge remember making out to In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (In the Garden of Eden) and everyone in church looking sweaty and disheveled as if they just had sex.
  • Gluttony: When Moe is converting his bar into a restaurant, he acquires a gigantic deep-fat fryer, claiming it can deep-fry a buffalo in forty seconds, to which Homer grouses, "Oh, I want it now!" Later, Homer gets Bart's meal at Moe's Tavern.
  • Greed: Reverend Lovejoy counting church collection money, Milhouse avariciously celebrates owning Bart's soul, saying, "Who's stupid now?" Moe starting a restaurant because restaurants make more money than bars, Homer's brain telling him, "Quiet, you fool! It can be ours!" when Bart leaves his dinner sitting out (see also Gluttony).
  • Sloth: Bart and Milhouse slacking off cleaning the organ.
  • Wrath: Reverend Lovejoy gets angry at being fooled; Moe screams at a little girl who says her "sodie" is too cold; Bart gets angry at Lisa when she starts praying for everyone's soul.
  • Envy: Moe envies the profits of family restaurants. Lisa wants five dollars after Bart tells her he had five dollars. Bart envies the kids in his dream for their souls.
  • Pride: Bart being too proud to believe he has a soul - until all of the strange things happen that make him believe that he really did lose it.


  • Bart saying that a soul is something adults make up to scare kids "like the Boogeyman or Michael Jackson" is a reference to a case in 1993 where Michael Jackson was accused of child sexual abuse (though Bart should already know that Michael Jackson does exist, as seen in "Stark Raving Dad").
  • Moe reads a book titled Your Gimmicky Restaurant by Bennigan and Fuddrucker. The authors' names are references to the restaurant chains Bennigan's and Fuddruckers.
  • Bart's prayer, "Are you there, God? It's me, Bart Simpson," is a reference to the young adult novel, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume.
  • In addition to being a pun on the band Iron Butterfly, "I. Ron Butterfly" may be a reference to L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology.
  • When Ned Flanders says, "Well, I expect that type of language at Denny's, but not here!", it is a reference to Denny's racial discrimination lawsuit in the early 1990s, in which African-American customers were refused service, forced to wait longer, or charged more for their meals than white customers.


Jasper with a yellow beard

  • Wendell is yellow in the second row

    In one scene at Moe's Tavern, Carl has yellow skin rather than black.
  • Jasper Beardly is seen among the churchgoers who sing "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" with a yellow (blond) beard.
  • In another shot during the church scene, Wendell is colored bright yellow instead of his correct pale color.
  • Barney with reddish-brown pants

    When Bart receives his soul back, his hair is normal. But when he goes to thank Lisa, his hair is messed up.
  • When Homer, Moe and Barney come out of Moe's Tavern and they see the deep fryer, Barney's pants change from blue to reddish brown.
  • Jimbo without the skull on his shirt

    In Bart's dream, the skull on Jimbo's shirt disappears a few times. However, this is a dream.
  • On the walls of Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag, the New Hampshire license plate 100-767 changes to 100-761 later on in the scene. Also, Springfield is not located in New Hampshire.
  • How could Dr. Hibbert think Moe's Tavern is a family restaurant when he’s been there before in Krusty Gets Kancelled?
  • When Moe is angry at Snake Jailbird for getting his food free, the red and white stripes on his right arm sleeve switch places with each other a few times.
  • When the Simpsons go inside Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag Marge sees an alligator head with sunglasses. The look of the alligator is actually more of the look of a crocodile since real alligators have no teeth on their lower jaw but real crocodiles do have teeth on their lower jaw.

The Alligator has a mistaken look of a crocodile


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