The Bart of War
Moe Baby Blues
Treehouse of Horror XIV


  • The sign near the entrance of the Botanical Gardens reads "Our Stamens are a Pistil". As well as referring to two parts of flowers, it is also a pun on the old-fashioned slang "pistol" meaning someone who is bright/energetic ("hot as a pistol") and thus fun to be around. The sign is thus saying (in a very obscure way) "Our flowers are fun to be around", and also explains why Lisa finds the joke hilarious whilst everybody else (including, in all likelihood, most of the audience) is just baffled by it.
  • As the Simpsons are entering the arboretum, one of the sculpted bushes they pass is "Binky", a character from Matt Groening's comic "Life in Hell." The other pair of bushes are Kang and Kodos, The Simpsons' resident space aliens.
  • During the “Italian-American-Mexican standoff” scene, the President of the Italian American Anti-Defamation League, at first, is clearly seen standing in between Legs and the head mafia leader of the Castellaneta family pointing both his guns at the two gangs, then later when Moe convinces them to spare him and Maggie by explaining how Maggie’s innocence changed his life, the President is now standing between Johnny Tightlips and the entrance to Luigi’s when he and the mobsters break down crying upon being touched by Maggie’s innocence.
  • Carl's car is a Citroen AX.
  • This is the last episode to air before The Simpsons: Hit and Run.
  • Gil is seen with white hair.
  • Fat Tony says he wants to take out the Castellaneta family; Dan Castellaneta is the voice of not only Homer, but several other people on the show.
  • Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure are visible in the large panning crowd shot at the Botanical Gardens, further proving that they are still alive after being retired due to Phil Hartman's death..
  • This episode was written by J. Stewart Burns who won an Emmy for the Futurama episode "Roswell That Ends Well".
  • A later episode has a similar name, Moe Letter Blues.
  • When Moe tries to get out some toys, which includes a Tickle Me Elmo. After he tests some other toys, he brings out a Tickle Me Elmo. But when he thinks he abused the Tickle Me Elmo, he said "You can't tickle Elmo no more", he made the Tickle Me Elmo say "No means no for Elmo." Then Elmo slaps Moe.
  • Fat Tony, while crying with the mobsters upon being touched by Maggie’s innocence, says "I ain’t cried like this since I paid to see ‘Godfather III.’” Joe Mantegna , the voice of Fat Tony, was ironically in “The Godfather III.”
  • The Sumatran Century Flower is a reference to the titan arum, a massive plant with an uncanny physical resemblance and a powerful stench that has been described as ranging from "limburger cheese" to "rotting fish".

Cultural references

Season 13 Season 14 References/Trivia Season 15
Treehouse of Horror XIIIHow I Spent My Strummer VacationBart vs. Lisa vs. the Third GradeLarge MargeHelter ShelterThe Great Louse DetectiveSpecial EdnaThe Dad Who Knew Too LittleThe Strong Arms of the MaPray AnythingBarting OverI'm Spelling as Fast as I CanA Star is Born-AgainMr. Spritz Goes to WashingtonC.E. D'oh'Scuse Me While I Miss the SkyThree Gays of the CondoDude, Where's My Ranch?Old Yeller-BellyBrake My Wife, PleaseThe Bart of WarMoe Baby Blues
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