The Spy Who Learned Me
Ned 'N Edna's Blend Agenda
Lisa Goes Gaga


  • There are several moments during the episode when the fourth wall is broken. Firstly when Homer replies to Marge by saying "Let's put it to a vote America". This is in reference to the end of "The Ned-liest Catch" where the country voted whether Ned and Edna should stay together. The fourth wall is broken again when Moe say the if a three act story is good enough for Aristotle, then it is good enough for the Simpsons.
  • Homer was struck with lightning as punishment for the first time in Pray Anything.
  • The last time a Simpson portrayed Jesus occurred in "Simpson Christmas Stories".
  • The last time Homer was dressed as Jesus was "No Loan Again, Naturally".
  • Ned's parents last appeared in "Hurricane Neddy". This is their first appearance in present day Springfield.
  • The last time a fantasy sequence where things of Ned's chagrin actually happen, especially concerning his sons, was in "A Star Is Born-Again".
  • The last time Rod and Todd considered calling adults by their first names impolite was in "Children of a Lesser Clod".
    • Bart previously annoyed Homer by calling him by his first name in "Lisa's First Word".
    • Lisa would later call Marge by her real name Marjorie after being offended by the fact that she doesn't like jazz music in How Lisa Got Her Marge Back.
  • Ned's nightmare is a parody of the 1960s stop-motion christian cartoon Davey and Goliath. Davey and Goliath was previously parodied in "Simpsons Bible Stories" and "HOMЯ".
  • The last time a member of the Flanders family considered the idea of a talking dog to be blasphemous was in "Bart the Lover", when Rod Flanders stopped watching Davey and Goliath for that reason.
  • The last time Ned acted intolerant towards a moral woman's treatment of his sons occurred in "Bart Has Two Mommies".
  • The joke with the left gifted bidexterous and transhanded community's anagram is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.
  • The chalkboard gag, "Call your mother during the commercials", refers to the episode's having originally aired on Mother's Day.
  • The thing inside the Scratchy costume in the video for Itchy & Scratchy weddings is obviously not a person.
  • Homer's tweet seen during the episode, "ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO EAT THOSE STICKERS ON APPLES? I’M GUESSING YES.", was tweeted by the real world Homer J. Simpson account during the episode's original broadcast.
  • This episode was previously known as "Ned 'n' Edna's Blend Agenda".
  • Someone greatly resembling Mr. Becker appears at Marge's party.
  • For the first time in an HD episode, Lisa's original "Simpsons Theme" sax solo is used.
  • A Lexus IS300 Sportcross is seen outside of Sleazy Sam's Payday Loans. The IS300 Sportcross is a rare vehicle in the U.S., as approximately 3,000 were built between 2002-2005.

Continuity Errors

  • In this episode, Rod and Todd are already students at the Onward Christian Schoolboys Academy, while Ned is opposed to them attending Springfield Elementary. However, Rod and Todd have made a few cameos at the school (including Lisa's band class), while Ned is a member of the PTA and has held Junior Campers meetings there; he was once principal of Springfield Elementary.
  • The Sea Captian changes places at the party.


  • Chazz Busby returns as the director of the passion play "Smoke on the Daughter" "Everyone Loves Ned Flanders", which plays during the closing credits, was previously used as the theme song for The Adventures of Ned Flanders in "The Front".
  • Ned's parents last appeared in "Hurricane Neddy".
  • Ned thinks that a talking dog is a work of the devil. In "Bart the Lover", when Ned's wife Maude said that Todd thinks that a talking dog is blasphemous.


  • In one scene, Lindsey Naegle was seen in the audience during the play. In another scene, she was one of the actresses.
  • The same thing happened to Hans Moleman. He was even seen in the audience and on the stage in the same time.
  • Rod and Todd tell Edna that they're not allowed to play Scrabble because "only God can make words". However, Ned was seen playing Scrabble alone in "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily". And if Ned is really a devout Christian, then he can't have a double standard, because hypocrisy is a sin.
  • Edna pulls Rod and Todd out of a Christian school and puts them in Springfield Elementary. The Flanders family seems to act as that Rod and Todd are newcomers to Springfield Elementary, however, they have been at the school in previous episodes, with Ned being a member of its PTA.
  • In Fête Accompli, where there is a stand with videos of Extreme Weddings, in the middle there is a Zero-G wedding. Later on where Marge and Lisa look at the stand, Zero-G has been replaced with a video of an Itchy and Scratchy wedding, with the title of the video on the stand changing as well.
  • An employee could have changed the video and title.
  • Lisa and Marge could have looked at a different stand.
  • If the display was automated, the screen could simply have switched to showing a different wedding. This can be done using presentation software such as PowerPoint. However, the title changed as well.
  • In the scene where Marge is telling Helen about the canapes, her mouth disappears for a frame.
  • During the Passion Play, Hans Moleman is seen in the audience. He is then seen on a cross to the left of Homer.
  • Homer, Bart, Lisa, and Marge, Patty, and Selma were seen at the play, but where’s Maggie?

Cultural References

  • The line Edna said: “Don’t slap ketchup on bread and tell me it’s Pizza Friday.” is a reference to Judge Judy’s line: “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.”
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