Lisa's Substitute
The War of the Simpsons
Three Men and a Comic Book


  • This episode introduces Snake Jailbird, although his name is not mentioned in the episode.
  • Also in church, when Maude sees Homer looking for Marge, she hastily checks to make sure her blouse is fully buttoned. (The scene takes place the very next day after Homer looked down her dress during the party)
  • Marge urges Homer to go easy on the "al-key-hol". The last time she used that term she was halfway in the bag herself, and performed similar embarrassing drunken revelry at Mr. Burns' picnic in There's No Disgrace Like Home.
  • Gloria and John are voiced by Julie Kavner and Dan Castellaneta, respectively, making it a rare time where they voiced a couple other than Homer and Marge. Also, Julie's role of Gloria is one of the few times she has voiced a character other than Marge or one of the women of the Bouvier family.
  • Grampa sings "Over There", a popular song during the first World War, when getting out of the shower, possible evidence that he served in World War I. A more likely explanation is that being a veteran of World War II, he was a kid during the years of the first World War, and had heard it then.
  • A flashback sequence shows Bart sucking on a pacifier as a baby, like Maggie in the present. However, later flashbacks of baby Bart show that he doesn't suck on a pacifier.
  • Several other couples that were attending the marriage retreat with Marge and Homer were cut from this episode's script, including Edna Krabappel trying to reunite with her estranged husband named Ken Krabappel, as revealed in the audio commentary for this episode.
  • According to this episode's audio commentary, Mrs. Krabappel's estranged husband, Ken, was going to appear in this episode. He was supposed to be based on Dean Martin, but he somehow ended up to have a southern accent that made him sound like a hick. However, this was cut from the episode's script.


  • When Ned Flanders is making drinks at the Simpsons' party, much of the flashy ways he is seen preparing the cocktails is similar to Tom Cruise's bartending stunts in the 1988 film Cocktail.
  • Homer's false memory of the party is a reference to the Algonquin Round Table, a group of New York City writers, critics, actors and wits. The guests and the party and the way they are drawn resemble Al Hirschfeld's caricature of the group. As Hirschfeld's drawings were always in black and white, the color scheme is borrowed from the covers for The New Yorker.
  • Homer sings "We Are the Champions" by Queen after he finally catches General Sherman, although he butchers the lyrics by singing "I Am the Champions", in which he fails to singularize the lyrics in order to describe only himself.


  • In a shot of the kids left in class alone after Miss Hoover has suddenly left, Wanda's beret is pink, which matches the color of her outfit.

Season 1 Season 2 References/Trivia Season 3
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