Take My Wife, Sleaze
Grift of the Magi
Little Big Mom

Cultural references

  • Milhouse sings "Sisters are doin' it for themselves!", a song by Aretha Franklin and the Eurythmics and covered on The Yellow Album by Lisa, Ann and Nancy Wilson and Patty and Selma.
  • The toy, Funzo, is a parody of the popular Furby dolls (although the Furby dolls were mentioned in the story line as an example of a popular toy).
  • Gary Coleman once worked as a security guard in real life. Coleman spoofed Arnold's (Coleman's character in Diff'rent Strokes) catchphrase, "Wha'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis?", three times.
  • At the end, the narrator says Mr. Burns was visited by three ghosts in the night which showed him the error of his ways, a homage to A Christmas Carol. Gary Coleman also spoofs Tiny Tim in the same sequence after learning that Moe's Christmas goose was "prepared" by accident due to Moe running over a goose.
  • The narrator also says that Moe, in his annual suicide attempt, was shown what the world would be like without him after sticking his head in his oven. This is a reference to the 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life.
  • When Bart and Lisa discovers that Funzo is programmed to destroy other toys to eliminate competition, Bart commented, "You mean, like Microsoft?", which is a reference to the corporate takeovers conducted by Microsoft in the 1990s to eliminate competition.
  • This episode's title is a pun on O. Henry's short story The Gift of the Magi.
  • Funzo's metallic frame maybe a reference to the endoskeleton of The Terminator.
  • The part where Homer steals the Funzos is a reference to How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
  • Ralph as Dr. Stupid could be a reference to Stimpy's moronic scientist alter ego from The Ren & Stimpy Show.


  • Fat Tony can hide behind a tree which is thinner than him.
  • Funzo laughs almost like Nelson does. In fact, Nelson may have been an unknown co-developer for Funzo as well as the other kids.
  • This was the final episode to be aired in 1999 and the 1990s, meaning the last episode of the 20th century.
  • If you listen very closely, you can hear christmas bells during the 20th Century Fox logo for this episode, This has also been proved by the Alternate Credits Guide.
  • Looking at the setting and time of this episode, the episode starts around November, and end in December on Christmas day.
  • Homer also said "If I had a nickel for hearing that" in Homer's Enemy.



Maggie with a red bow

  • Maggie is shown with a red ribbon on her head, but after Dr. Hibbert touches Bart, her red ribbon becomes blue.

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