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Homer to the Max
I'm with Cupid
Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers"


  • This is the second episode to be focused on Valentine's Day, the first being "I Love Lisa".
  • Fantastic Dan the skywriting pilot is also the man who lived in the Whack-A-Mole game in "Bart Carny".
  • Apu's rooftop garden from "Lisa the Vegetarian" appears.
  • Elton John giving Homer a Grammy and Homer throwing it in the garbage continues the recurring joke in the series that Grammys are worth nothing. This joke was also used in episodes "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" and "The Mansion Family".
    • According to the commentary, the scene where Elton John performs a private performance of "Your Song" to Apu and Manjula on their private garden above the closed Kwik-E-Mart was a reference to Linda and Paul McCartney doing a similar private concert in the ending of "Lisa the Vegetarian".
  • The color of the text in the ending credits is red, instead of yellow, due to the Valentine's Day theme.
  • Apu's prayer was a reference to Homer's prayer in the Ullman short Eating Dinner.

Cultural References

  • The episode title is a spoof of the well known novelty T-shirts with the caption "I'm with stupid".
  • Apu says, "My humble message of love has become a Valentine's Day Massacre!"
  • The episode ends in a heart-shaped iris, referencing Love, American Style.
  • Apu owns "concert against Bangladesh", featuring the song "You Make Me Feel So Young" by Frank Sinatra; the album's name is a reference to George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh.
  • The song Apu taught the parrot to sing was "I Love the Nightlife" with new lyrics.
  • Chief Wiggum mentions that Tiffany's now offers breakfast, a reference to the film Breakfast at Tiffany's.
  • When Apu is talking to Elton John, the logo on the tail of the aircraft next to them is similar to that of United Airlines.
  • After Apu saves Elton John from the plane gone awry, he references a number of Sir Elton's songs in the form of puns, much to the latter's annoyance. They include, "Take Me to the Pilot", "Your Song", "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", and "The Bitch Is Back". Additionally, Elton closes the episode with "Your Song" but with different lyrics.
    • On a related note, Apu saying "The Bitch is Back" after Elton John snapped at him to lay off the puns to his various works references the namesake of the aforementioned song, where Bernie Taupin's wife at the time, Maxine Feibelman, would use that phrase whenever Elton John was in a bad mood.
  • There was a King of the Hill episode with the same title. It too is a Valentine's Day episode, though it aired three years later.
  • When Apu meets Elton John, the latter, after confirming that's his name, sheepishly says "not really" under his breath, referring to how Elton John was initially a stage name and that his birth name was Reginald Dwight. However, the reference was technically inaccurate due to Elton John being his legal name since 1972 (see Goofs section).
    • Elton John references his 1998 knighting when Homer forces him to enter a dog carrier.

Marge's necklace and neck not aligned correctly


  • When Marge is excited to have received roses from Homer, for a frame her head is misaligned with her necklace so that some space is between some of the beads and her neck, and parts of her neck cover parts of her beads.
  • When Apu is surprised to learn Elton John's in Springfield, after confirming that's indeed his name, Elton John says "not really" under his breath. In actuality, at the time the episode aired, he had legally changed his name to Elton John, having changed it in 1972.

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