Pranksta Rap
There's Something About Marrying
On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister


  • Because of the controversy over gay marriage in the United States of America in the past, this episode had a Parental Discretion Advised warning before the show, the first time for The Simpsons. The episode was also rated TV-14 for suggestive dialogue (D) and sexual situations (S) because of this.
    • In Australia, this episode was rated an M and included a "parental advisory: adult themes" warning for the same reason above.
  • Julio from "Three Gays of the Condo" is seen getting married to Thad (his new husband) by Homer.
  • Duffman is seen lining up to marry Grady. This reveals that Duffman is bisexual/pansexual. As it is revealed in "Jaws Wired Shut", Duffman isn't always the same one.
  • It is revealed that Disco Stu is Selma's fourth ex-husband.
  • At the end, Lisa points out that Homer's marriage business is now over, with Bart asking why. This is a reference to every harebrained scheme Homer had concocted in the past, only to have it end for one reason or another, whereas Bart's "Why?" points out that nothing really got Homer to put an end to his business even though nothing bad happened to make Homer end it, yet in the episode after he is back working at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.
  • Patty Bouvier officially comes out of the closet as a lesbian in this episode after being in the closet and dropping her hints of her sexual orientation for the first 344 episodes.
  • At the end of the episode the following characters are lined up at Homer's chapel: Captain McCallister (marrying a Dainty Lady figure), Comic Book Guy (marrying a life-sized cardboard cutout of Booberlla), and Ralph Wiggum (marrying a tiger).

Cultural References

  • The title is a reference to the film There's Something About Mary.
  • The couch gag is a reference to the NHL hockey lockout of 2004, which shut down the entire 2004-05 NHL season.
  • Veronica sings a couple lines of the Aerosmith song "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)".
  • Blinky turns into the monster from the movie "Creature from the Black Lagoon".
  • After Barney takes the beer, he says, "As the Roadrunner says to the coyote, meep, meep!".
  • Howell Huser is a parody of long time public access host of "California's Gold", Huell Howser.
  • The song playing in the background as the gay couples celebrate their togetherness in Springfield is a parody of several Harry Belafonte songs, particularly "Jamaica Farewell" and his signature "Banana Boat Song". Although Belafonte is straight, his name is dropped in the line "I'm gonna marry my Harry in Springfield town."
  • While making jokes about Patty's marriage, Homer references the 1955 Ed Wood film, Bride of the Monster.
  • Patty calls Selma a "Twisted Sister". Twisted Sister is the name of a heavy metal band.
  • The song "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)," previously featured in "Bart's Comet," is used again during the montage of the signs that Patty is a lesbian.
  • Marge discovering that Veronica is a man is a reference to Chris Hillard discovering that Mrs. Doubtfire is his father in disguise from Mrs. Doubtfire.


  • Marriage laws in the United States-prior to the 2015 Oberfell V. Hodges Supreme Court decision-were chosen by states, not cities.
  • Reverend Lovejoy is unable to cite the book in the Bible condemning homosexuality (allegedly Genesis, Leviticus and others), yet in "Homer the Heretic", he is able to cite a completely random Bible verse of Homer's choosing from memory (Matthew 21:17).
  • A flashback reveals that Patty knew she was a lesbian as a teenager, yet in "Principal Charming", she enters a serious relationship with Seymour Skinner.

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