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.
  • This is the last episode to air before The Simpsons: Hit and Run.
  • Gil is seen with white hair.
  • When Marge found Maggie missing, she was bringing her a glass bottle (it shatters when she drops it).
  • 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 visible in the large panning crowd shot at the Botanical Gardens, further proving that they are still alive after being retire due to Phil Hartman's death..
  • The shirt Moe is wearing at Maggie's birthday party is the one Marge gave him.
  • This episode was written by J. Stewart Burns who won an Emmy for the Futurama episode "Roswell That Ends Well".
  • This episode has a similar name to another Simpsons episode, Moe Letter Blues. This is another episode to have Moe as a large part ("Eeny Teeny Maya, Moe").
  • Maggie requested Moe to read a book titled "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", but Moe rejects the idea after flipping through the pages, and describes the book containing themes as "White rabbits" and "Chicks poppin' mushrooms".
  • 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.

Cultural references

  • The song played when Moe is spending time with Maggie (and over the pictures of Homer and the ham) is "You're My Best Friend" by Queen.
  • The title is a reference to the Spike Lee film Mo' Better Blues.

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