Midnight Towboy
I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Treehouse of Horror XVIII

Cultural references

  • The episode title is a pun on Maya Angelou's 1969 autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
  • The bank robbery is a parody of the movie "Dog Day Afternoon."
  • When Dwight crawls through the prison sewage pipe, he sees a "Pure Mountain Spring Water" pipe next to it, and screams "Dammit!", this is a parody of "Shawshank Redemption", where the main character in that film gains freedom from prison by crawling through a dirty sewage and waste pipe.
  • The song that featured during the sequence where Marge is being stalked by Dwight Diddlehopper is "Who Can It Be Now?" by Men at Work.
  • When Marge and Dwight are at the amusement park, you can see the ride "Dilbert's Flying Cubicle" in the background, a reference to Scott Adams's popular comic Dilbert. The theme song of the Dilbert animated series can be heard in the background for a large portion of the scene.
  • The ads in the school newspaper are the same text and font used by Coffee News, a small newsletter.
  • In the part where Bart and Lisa are watching Itchy and Scratchy, Scratchy appears to be wearing a Star Wars rebel pilot helmet when he is piloting the jet.
  • Agnes Skinner says Johnny Stabbo and Dwight are like "Johnny and Clyde", a take on Bonnie and Clyde.
  • Chief Wiggum watches "The Negotiator" on a portable DVD player to learn how to deal with a hostage situation during the bank robbery.
  • The Itchy & Scratchy episode "The Un-Natural" parodies the baseball steroids scandal, and the title references the book and movie "The Natural".


  • Johnny Stabbo's prison number is the same as the production code for this episode, JABF19.
  • The names on Marge's list of women Homer can marry if she dies are Booberella, Lindsey Naegle, Blythe Danner, and "And feed the cat"
  • This is the third episode (second involving Marge) where a Simpson meets an aggressive prisoner who turns out to be in need of a family member. The previous two were Season 15's "The Wandering Juvie" and Season 12's "Pokey Mom" (the first to involve Marge).
  • Dr. Hibbert thought Marge and Dwight had a spark between them.
  • The song that plays while Dwight watches Marge is called "Who Can It Be Now?" by Men at Work.


  • When Homer enters Bart's room, he has no reflection on the mirror and stays in that spot. But in the next scene, he has a reflection even though he stays in the same spot.
  • Bart disappears when Marge and Homer start to talk.
  • When Homer starts to write his Superman novel, the notebook where he was writing appears out of nowhere.
  • When Marge spins herself to see the hour, the bag can be seen behind her but if you see Marge's shoulder the cord is missing.
  • When Dwight was talking to Marge, he was spotless even though he was covered in blue tint.
  • The cable of the phone should have been able to extend in the way Marge does.
  • The phone rings although Marge answers it.
  • A guard should have noticed that Dwight escapes since there are guards for each prisoner.
    • Also, there should be flashlights and alarms but nothing is heard or seen.
  • Dwight took the prison jumpsuit off, but when he was watching Marge through the Jumbo-Tron he has the prisoner outfit again.
  • When the cops surround the bank, the police car brake lights color changes from red to white.

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