The premiere of this episode was watched by 12.5 million people in America.
The title of the episode is a parody of the TV series My Mother the Car. Two episodes of the show were written by James L. Brooks (though he regretted working on the show, as My Mother the Car is considered one of the worst sitcoms in American TV history).
The show "Oops Patrol" where Marge wins a shirt is based on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno segment “Headlines”, where people send in newspaper headlines that are weird, risque, or have hilarious typos and misinformation.
The scene, where Homer puts newspaper on the walls, is a parody on the scene from the movie Beautiful Mind.
In this episode, the voice of John Lennon can be heard singing "Mother". The Simpsons is now the only show in the history of animation where all four members of Beatles appeared (although John Lennon was murdered in 1980).
During Mona's trial, Lisa admits that she considers her brother, Bart, to be far more dangerous than her grandmother, Mona, after being questioned by Gil Gunderson (who was acting as Mona's lawyer).
Two prisoners in the jail both have the number 5231's in their name blank.
The first half of the "Giant Taco Built in Mexico" news is a normal text. The second half only has the first letters of each line so Mona's message could be shown. The rest of the letters are random and make no sense.
Despite mentioning it in newspaper message, Mona was not seen jumping from the prison bus. Of course this was probably intentional so as to not ruin the ending. Or maybe she had jumped out before the camera filmed the bus before falling off the cliff.