The last time a character shouts out a swear word in front of Ned Flanders which is unknown to the audience was in Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One), and is covered in the same manner by multiple loud noises.
This is the second time The Krusty the Clown Show and its host ended up being negatively affected due to a costly fine from the US Government being imposed, as the show had earlier had most of its content stripped by the IRS in response to Krusty's tax evasion. In this particular case, however, the fine was not Krusty's fault, as he and his show had the misfortune of airing on Channel 6 which at that point had been affected by a ten million dollar fine by the FCC due to Kent Brockman's swear.
The scene where Kent Brockman says to stand up to Fox while smoking is in reference to Edward R. Murrow and the film "Good Night, and Good Luck".
The title of the video shown in the dentist's office, "Menace Tooth Society" (which was implied to have been shown without Ludacris' permission), is a spoof of "Menace II Society". Lisa's comment that the cartoon sends mixed messages parallels critiques of the spoofed movie.
When ordering his ice cream cone, Homer mentions several toppings, all of which are real candies with their names slightly but noticeably changed, such as Herschel's Smooches and Mrs. Badbar. Even though real candies have been mentioned several times in the show before.
As Marge runs hurriedly home to get Bart and Lisa, the main yodeling music of the Coen Brother's film "Raising Arizona" is heard.
Some of the shows Ned considers naughty are: Smallville (because Superdog licks himself), 60 Minutes (Morleen Sayfer has questionable pantsfold and uses the "L" word), The L Word (because of the L word), and Channel 6 News (For Kent Brockman's swear word)
The only shows Ned considers nice are 700 Club and Test Pattern (Non-Indian).