One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish
The Way We Was
Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment


  • When Homer is driving his car, he is disappointed to hear "(They Long to Be) Close to You" by the Carpenters, but is in better spirits when he changes the station to hear "The Joker" by the Steve Miller Band, to which he sings along. However, "Close to You", plays in Homer's mind when he first lays eyes on Marge, indicating love at first sight. "The Joker" plays over the closing credits.
  • The television show they are watching in the beginning is a parody of the television series Siskel and Ebert at The Movies.
  • Homer and Marge met each other in 1974. Julie Kavner, the voice of Marge, performed on Rhoda, which debuted in 1974.


  • Grampa and Homer dined on a bucket of Shakespeare Fried Chicken.
  • This is the first episode where Homer is seen smoking (he smokes cigarettes in the restroom as a teen). He would also smoke cigars and pipes in later episodes.
  • The articles in "Ms. Magazine" are: "Why all men are bad," "Hating and Dating: Do they mix?" and "25 reasons not to shave your armpits."
  • The Larry Davis Experience (from 7G01) play at the prom.
  • Mr. Seckofsky (the shop teacher) is missing a finger, a common stereotype and trope that all shop teachers are missing at least one finger.
  • Homer has posters of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
  • The scene in detention was recreated in "Treehouse of Horror XXIII".
  • Jacqueline's hair is a slightly lighter shade of blue than Marge's.
  • In the background at Coach Flanagan's office, there is a calendar that appears to have a picture of a naked woman. This is a reference to the common stereotype that high school coaches and physical education teachers are often perverted.
  • A brief scene of "I Married Marge" is shown (the part where Dr. Hibbert tells Marge about her pregnancy and Homer yells, "D'oh!"), but it would not be until the following season that that story would be told in its entirety.
  • When Homer is given the pamphlet about the power plant he is told it is a job that does not need a college education yet in "Homer Goes to College" Mr. Burns is ordered to enroll Homer in college-level nuclear physics classes or else face sanctions from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. However, this came after Homer got his promotion to safety inspector, so it is more likely that the entry-level job Homer got when he was first hired did not require any college education.
  • Mr. Burns' picture can be briefly seen on the obverse of the SNPP pamphlet Homer gets from his guidance counselor.
  • This is the first appearance of the Sarcastic Clerk. (Raphael)


  • Homer's guidance counselor's door reads M-Z, but the counselor says N-Z.
  • The counsellor mentions that they're going to open the nuclear power plant soon, but it was already opened when Homer was twelve. It's possible that the plant had been closed down previously but was being re-opened around the events of this episode.

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Bart Gets an "F"Simpson and DelilahTreehouse of Horror (aka "The Simpsons Halloween Special") • Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every FishDancin' HomerDead Putting SocietyBart vs. ThanksgivingBart the DaredevilItchy & Scratchy & MargeBart Gets Hit by a CarOne Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue FishThe Way We WasHomer vs. Lisa and the 8th CommandmentPrincipal CharmingOh Brother, Where Art Thou?Bart's Dog Gets an FOld MoneyBrush with GreatnessLisa's SubstituteThe War of the SimpsonsThree Men and a Comic BookBlood Feud
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