I Am Furious Yellow
The Sweetest Apu
Little Girl in the Big Ten

Cultural references

  • Catch-22 - Homer refers to the punctured keg of beer as being “so cold.” These are the words Snowden uses when hit and bleeding, in the novel Catch-22. Milhouse also says these words in the season seven episode "Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily" after Bart complains that nothing happened to Milhouse after playing with the monkey in the Pier One wicker basket.
  • Wild Wild West - Dr. Loveless' giant mechanical spider, in this episode driven by Professor Frink.
  • The title is a pun on the Sade song, “The Sweetest Taboo”.
  • When Marge is watching the video of Apu’s wedding, Homer gets up with the band and tries to sing the same song from the wedding scene in The Godfather.
  • Apu’s cartoon appears in The New Yorker, which Homer says he purchased only for the photos of Richard Avedon, featuring Lenny.
  • Apu and his octuplets reenact My Fair Lady as part of Manjula’s list.
  • Moe uses a generic Windex brand called Windel for his Windex drink (even though a real Windex drink is made of vodka, triple sec, and blue curacao). Windel is german for diaper.
  • At the Civil War reenactment, there is a confederate soldier who bears a striking similarity to General Robert E. Lee.
  • When Manjula first kicks Apu out of the apartment, his children hiss at him. This is a reference to the hissing children in the David Cronenberg film The Brood.
  • On Apu's reincarnation poster, one of his past lives was "a clod" (MAD Magazine's Alfred E. Neuman) and an assistant to Saturday Night Live executive Lorne Michaels. Lorne hired such Simpsons writers as George Meyer, John Swartzwelder, Jon Vitti, Conan O'Brien, Ian Maxtone-Graham, and Joel H. Cohen as sketch writers in the mid-1980s into the 1990s, and hired voice actor Harry Shearer as a season five cast member in 1979.
  • Annette tying the licorice into the message "Do Me" is based on the trick of tying a cherry stem into a knot with one's tongue.
  • In Homer’s dream sequence, he was chasing people with his glide saying: “You can run, but you can’t glide!”, referencing to the 2000 song called “You can run, but you can’t hide”.


  • The Octuplets' first words are "Mommy, will you let daddy come back" and "Cookie".
  • In Homer's dream about Apu's infidelity, Apu calls him a eunuch. When he wakes up and looks up "eunuch", Homer screams. A eunuch is a castrated male or a female who finds neither men or women sexually attractive (these days referred to as "asexual," though the term is also used to refer to someone who naturally feels no sexual attraction to either men or women without castration).
  • Homer also looks in the "U" section of the dictionary when searching for the word eunuch.
  • The last time a Simpson disguised themselves as Ganesh with disastrous results occurred in The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons, this time for the opposite reason.
  • In a deleted scene, it is revealed that Annette is having an affair with Clancy Wiggum.
  • The following tasks on Apu’s list to win back Manjula were: Break up with Squishee Girl, Lose weight, Get cartoon published in New Yorker, Legally change name to Slime Q. Slimedog, Wear name tag that says same, Fix carburetor, Eat light bulb, and “My Fair Lady” performed with all-octuplet cast.


  • Even though the Squishees are replaced by Smooshies by the end of the episode, all future episodes featuring the Kwik-E-Mart still have Squishees. It's possible that Apu brought Squishees back after Smooshies were met with poor reception.
  • It is impossible to skate on grass.
  • When gets in bed after finding out Apu affair he is wearing his normal clothes, but he wakes after having a nightmare about Apu's affair is in his sleepwear.
  • When the episode starts, the Kwik-E-Mart Sign has a green, blue, and white background instead of a green and white background.
  • The tasks on Apu’s list swap occasionally.
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