Lisa's Date with Density
Hurricane Neddy
El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)


  • In the crowd scene at the end, outside the mental hospital, one of the signs reads "Free John Swartzwelder." John Swartzwelder is a long-time writer on the Simpsons.
    • Swartzwelder himself is seen in one of the mental institution cells; he quickly closes the door as he sees the Simpson family approaching.
  • A man with a ponytail and a white shirt appears to be a caricature of Bob Anderson, who is seen in the crowd during Ned's tirade at the townspeople of Springfield.
  • It is revealed that Ned does not have insurance as he considers it a form of gambling.
  • Lucille Botzcowski (also known as Botz, the Babysitter Bandit) from the Season 1 finale "Some Enchanted Evening" makes a cameo appearance, pacing around in her cell.
  • Jay Sherman from "A Star is Burns" and the series The Critic, makes a cameo appearance in a cell, telling his doctor, "It stinks! It stinks! It stinks!" The doctor responds, to humor him, "That's right, Mr. Sherman. Everything stinks."
    • The Critic had recently been cancelled, and this was the writers' explanation as to why (The Critic creators Al Jean and Mike Reiss were the show runners when Oakley and Weinstein were hired to The Simpsons staff).
  • Dr. Foster is later seen in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge," this time sporting a toupee.
  • The Calmwood Mental Hospital is later seen again in "Don't Fear the Roofer".
  • Todd is wearing a Butthole Surfers shirt when the Flanders family is in the relief center ("Look, Dad! I'm a surfer!"). The censors, however, only allowed "Buttho Surfers" to be shown.
  • Ned says in the church "I don't drink or dance or swear." but in "The Joy of Sect" he is seen dispensing beer in his "rumpus room" and in the Season 2 episode, "Dead Putting Society" he is offering some beer and sandwiches in his "rumpus room".
  • This episode is referenced in Walking Big & Tall, as part of the lyrics in the new Springfield anthem "Why Springfield, Why Not": "We've only had a hurricane once!"
  • Ned's tirade at the townspeople of Springfield is referenced in the Season 18 episode, "The Boys of Bummer" where Ned lashes at Rod while removing the word, "I Hate Bart Simpson!" on his fence.
  • This episode premiered on December 29, 1996 (during the Christmas period), making it one of only two episodes to date to air over Christmas.
  • This is the last episode to air in 1996.

Cultural References

  • The Critic – Jay Sherman makes a cameo appearance in the mental hospital scenes. The Simpsons writers joked that this is what really happened to the character after the series was cancelled.
  • Dick Tracy and Pruneface – Ned's "Prune Tracy" remark is a pun on the comic strip detective. It's also an allusion to an off-color joke: Given the progression, the next name would be Dick Face, had Dr. Foster not stopped him.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest – Several scenes at Calmwood Mental Hospital are taken from the 1975 movie. The nurse who first recognizes Ned and his connection to Dr. Foster resembles the character of Nurse Ratchet.
  • Swanson TV dinners – The Juvenile Aggression Study film is sponsored by Swanson Angry Man Dinners, a play on Swanson Hungry Man Dinners.
  • Halloween - Dr. Foster is shocked to receive news that Ned Flanders has gone mad, stating: "May god have mercy on us all!", referencing Dr. Loomis' reaction to Michael Myers' escape in the first Halloween film. This is clarified on the DVD commentary.
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - The small door in the rebuilt Flanders house is a reference to the small door in the Wonka Factory. This is also clarified on the DVD commentary. A sign also says "Flandy is Dandy" in the crowd scene at the end, outside the Mental Hospital which may be a reference to the saying from the film "Candy is Dandy but Liquor is Quicker".
  • The Wizard of Oz - Barney's Bowlarama getting carried by the hurricane is a reference to Dorothy's house getting carried by the tornado.


  • When Ned is sitting with Maude when they take refuge at church, Ned does not wear a right shoe but it appears when Rod and Todd meet up with their parents.

Brandine with blonde hair

  • Todd is missing a shoe when they take refuge at church it appears when he and Rod meet up with their parents.
  • When Brandine Spuckler is among the customers seen in the Kwik-E-Mart, her hair is blonde instead of the usual red.
  • The Flanders don’t have insurance to cover the damage to their house because Ned doesn’t believe in insurance since he considered it a form of gambling. However it‘s illegal to own some property without insurance especially a car, which is something Ned owns.
  • The flashback should have taken place 50 years ago, for Ned to be a child. If the flashback took place 30 years ago, Ned would have been 30, since "Viva Ned Flanders" revealed Ned to be 60.
  • When Flanders talked to the Lord, he said that he never swore. However in "Homer Loves Flanders", when Flanders got disturbed by Homer breathing through his nose during prayer, he got up and shouted "BREATH THROUGH YOUR -DAMN- MOUTH!!!" Either Flanders lied or forgot the moment.
  • In the close-up, the "sane" sticker is bright red with white text, but in faraway shots it is brick red with black text.

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