This is also the first episode in the series that primarily focuses on Ned Flanders.
This is the first of a very few episodes (excluding the non-canon Treehouse of Horror specials) showing Homer technically having an antagonistic role as he wishes The Leftorium to be a failure and go out of business, and then (initially) show no remorse for his actions, although he then does so.
The song 'Put On a Happy Face' from the musical Bye Bye Birdie appears twice. Sung by Maude, Rod and Todd Flanders in the car and later by everyone in the Leftorium when the place becomes a success.
The episode features cultural references to playwright William Shakespeare and the film It's a Wonderful Life. Unusually, this episode had a large number of animation glitches, because the animation studio was training a new group of animators.
During the opening scene, a piece of grass disappears while it is being cut.
In the Flanders' car, there is an antenna on the window that randomly appears and disappears.
When Bart was wearing the shirt that said Maude loves Ned, it instead said Maude loves Nel. The rest of the D in "Ned" may be on the other side of Bart's belly.