500 Keys
The Ned-liest Catch
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Cultural references

  • The title of the episode is a parody of The Deadliest Catch, a show The Simpsons has referenced numerous times.
  • The song played in the background as Ned and Edna go dating is "Heaven Must Have Sent You" by the Elgins.
  • Joey Kramer (drummer for Aerosmith) refers to "Walk This Way" and "Love in an Elevator", two Aerosmith songs.


  • After this episode first aired viewers could go online and vote on the simpsons website if Edna and Ned should or shouldn't stay together. They ended up staying together. When the episode airs in reruns, a message is displayed stating "VOTING HAS ENDED", plus Homer and Marge appear during the opening credits and inform the viewers that it is too late to vote.
  • This is the second episode to finish with a cliffhanger. The first was Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One).
  • The first episode where the opening sequence is very short. The opening sequence goes from The Simpsons logo then it goes straight into the episode. 
  • In the scene where Ned goes to Edna's house for the first time he is wearing four shirts.
  • The last time Homer expressed disbelief about Maggie shooting Mr. Burns occurred in Revenge is a Dish Best Served Three Times.
  • The last time a Springfield Elementary School faculty member got fired for spanking Bart occurred in The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer.
  • Edna compliments Ned for having a calling card printed in orange. Ned, as he was impressing her with rhymes, is left speechless. This is a reference to the word 'orange' having no rhyming words in the English language.
  • The last time a character waited for the bathroom while oblivious to the bathroom actually being free and another character escaping occurred in Homie the Clown.
  • Joey Kramer (drummer for Aerosmith) appears again recalling the adventure they had in "Flaming Moe's", after Edna tells him to "come and get your drumsticks".
  • Lewis' mother also can be seen in the Teacher Holding Facility.
  • This is the 5th episode to not have the Couch Gag, Billboard Gag, and the Chalkboard Gag.
  • This episode mentions that Ms. Krabappel weighs at least 136 pounds.


  • At the start of this episode, Lisa is seen in the school audience behind Miss Hoover. But then she comes in to make a speech for the school's basketball team "Springfield Lady Pumas" as equipment manager.
  • In this episode, when Ned catches Edna he says he never met her before, yet he briefly dated her in Alone Again, Natura-Diddly, the episode where his wife died.
  • Ned says that the Leftorium is an anchor store and has been in business for ten years.

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