Little Orphan Millie
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Cultural References

Watchmen Babies in V for Vacation

Watchmen Babies in V for Vacation

  • This episode name is a play on the film title Husbands and Wives.
  • Inside the Android Dungeon comic book store, in one scene behind Bart and Jeffery Albertson, a "World Champ Boston Red Sox" pennant is hung on a bookshelf. The Red Sox were just coming off of a World Series victory over the Colorado Rockies when this episode aired.
  • The comic Watchmen Babies in V for Vacation (pictured), which Milhouse asks Alan Moore to sign, is a parody of Watchmen and V for Vendetta, both of which Moore wrote.
  • The song Milo plays in his store is a Korean version of Tom Jones' "What's New Pussycat."
  • When Spiegelman, Clowes and Moore beat up Albertson, the sound effects from their punches appear on the screen ("POW!"), a reference to the Batman TV series from the 1960s.
  • Marge's gym, Shapes, is a parody of Curves.
    • The slogan of Shapes, as seen on the wall of the workout station room, is "I am woman, hear me sweat." The slogan is a pun on the lyric "I am woman, hear me roar" from the song "I Am Woman" by Helen Reddy.
    • There is a real fitness chain called Shapes in Florida.
  • The L.A. Body Works (which Marge visits before opening Shapes) is a parody of LA Fitness.
  • Homer (in his new hideous look) carrying Marge up the Springfield Notre Dame is reminiscent of a scene in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • The treadmill scene in the gym is a reference to the music video for OK Go's "Here It Goes Again".
  • The Pet Shop Boys song "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" can be heard.
  • The Opal Show is a parody of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
  • Albertson calls Milhouse "Doctor Boo-Hoo" that refers to Doctor Who.
  • "The Stars and Stripes Forever" playing as the League of Extraordinary Freelancers attack Albertson is what happened in the Fleischer Studios Popeye the Sailor cartoons when Popeye ate his spinach then pounded Bluto.
  • Krusty Burger being shut down for locking workers in overnight refers to Walmart's similar practice that was revealed and modified in 2004.

Comic references

  • The comics Bart looks at are Death Of... Superman, Death Of... Aquaman, Death Of... Casper and comics about Caveman Robin, Black Robin, and Born-Again Robin.
  • The Wolverine comic that Milhouse's tears blotch appears to be a copy of Wolverine #1 (1982) (though the actual issue does not feature "controversial pop-up claws").
  • The comics The Formidable Mulk and The Thung are parodies of The Incredible Hulk and The Thing from The Fantastic Four.
  • Marge compares herself to a cardboard cutout of Wonder Woman.
  • The comics displayed behind the writers at the signing are Lost Girls, Maus, and Ghost World, respectively written by guest stars Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman, and Dan Clowes. Art Spiegelman's mask is based upon the mask he has drawn himself wearing as an illustrator in Maus.
  • Archie Comics: Coolsville has a display of used Jughead hats.
  • Alan Moore's outburst at Milhouse's request that he sign the comic Watchmen Babies in V for Vacation (a parody of Watchmen and V for Vendetta), is a reference to Moore's opposition to adaptations of his works by major film studios, particularly his refusal to support the recent film adaptation of V for Vendetta.
  • Two popular European comic books, Asterix and Tintin, are referenced. The book Tintin in Paris is a parody of the books The Black Island and Destination Moon. Also shown are several actual Tintin books, such as The Shooting Star and Tintin in Tibet.
  • Coolsville Comics & Toys in this episode is a parody of the real store Meltdown Comics & Collectibles on Melrose in Hollywood, California. The writers of the show go there for their comics. Coolsville looks almost like Meltdown except for slight differences.
  • When Albertson tries to lure his customers back with ninja weapons in this episode the writers are making an indirect joke at the real world Toy Mandala, a comic store competitor of Meltdown Comics & Collectibles. Toy Mandala does actually sell ninja weapons in real life and is a comic store. They do not, however, sell weapons to children.
  • Kearney says to Marge that she skinnier than Girthquake and Flabberella.
  • One shot shows part of the front cover for Maus.


  • When Milhouse sheds a tear, he is not allergic to it.

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