Referencing the Twelve Apostles in Victoria, Australia, Homer states that there were Seven Apostles, but Marge later replies and says there were twelve. A matter of fact, as of 2013 there are only seven apostles left along the coastline, as the other five have gradually been eroded away.
As the Simpsons are entering the arboretum, one of the sculpted bushes they pass is "Binky", a character from Matt Groening's comic "Life in Hell." The other pair of bushes are Kang and Kodos, The Simpsons' resident space aliens.
The song played when Moe is spending time with Maggie (and over the pictures of Homer and the ham) is "You're My Best Friend" by Queen.
Gil is seen with white hair
When Marge found Maggie missing, she was bringing her a glass bottle (it shatters when she drops it).
Homer: (While Maggie is struggling) The squirmy wormy spider squirts out of Daddy's hands. (Maggie gets free, and goes to Moe) Daddy feels rejected, He's gonna eat some cake.
Moe: I gotta get home. There might be a telemarketer callin' or somethin'.
Moe: (to Apu's son who is playing close to Maggie) Hey, hey, hey, Osh Kosh B'Gosh! She don't want what you're shoveling!
Apu: Mr. Moe, my son was only playing next to this girl who is not your daughter.
Moe: (to Apu) Yeah, sure he was Mr. Nahasa-pasa-I'm-raisin'-a-pervert.
Bart: You could be my father figure.
Homer: No way! I'm not getting my fingerprints on that train wreck! If I lose Maggie, I'm 0 for 3. I gotta get her back!
Bart: I can help you!
Homer: Pipe down, Amtrak!
Lady: (about Maggie) Aw, what a face! She looks just like you.
Moe: You callin' her repellant?
Lady: Well, n-n-no--I was just…
Moe: Cause you ain't exactly Karen Allen yourself, you know?
Lady: You idiot, I was trying to pick you up.
Moe: Oh. Great. Well, why don't you play with the baby while I go rent a room.
(Moe clicks the Homer doll's switch.)
Homer Doll from Moe's Tavern play set: I peed my pants!
Homer: I'd recorded that for private use.
Moe: A cooler? I've been replaced by a cooler?! And who can blame them.
Mafia Hitman: Kill my mother? She makes such good pasta sauce!
Johnny Tight Lips: It comes from a can.
Mafia Hitman: She's a corpse!
(After Homer and Marge put Maggie to sleep)
Homer: Looking at that face just makes me want to have one of our own.
Marge: You guys are the world's worst cops!
Wiggum: No, now that I'm off duty, I'm the world's worst soccer coach.
Marge: (gasps) Maggie's right in the middle of that Italian-American-Mexican Standoff!!
(Fat Tony and Friends go to clean up)
Mobster: Those fellows should really consider sippy cups.
(Sign says "Our Stamens Are A Pistil")
Lisa: (Laughing) Does, anyone else want to know why that sign is so funny?
Bart, Marge and Homer: No.
Moe: Yeah, that's it, slink away!
Moe: (about to cry) Aww, jeez. There's something in my eye. Ah, it's just some glass.
Homer: Moe, I was just thinking… if Maggie and I were in the neighborhood maybe we could drop by and have a play date with you… and your ham.
Moe: (Maggie starts crying) Why's she cryin'? Oh, that's right. I still got her nose. (touches her nose with his thumb) Here you go, ya little idiot.
Moe: "Alice in Wonderland", huh? This must be a takeoff on an "Alice in Underpants" movie I saw.
Springfield Botanical Gardens sign: Our Stamens Are A Pistil.
Moe: Marge, do mobsters ever congregate outside your house?
Marge: All the time. Sometimes I bring them lemonade.
Moe: Now let's see…what else can we do? We can't tickle Elmo no more. Coochie, coochie coo!
Elmo: No means no for Elmo! (The Elmo doll slaps Moe.)
Fat Tony: I ain't cried like this since I paid to see "Godfather 3".
Marge: My baby!
Homer: Your baby!
Homer: (After eating plant that attacked him.) Flower power my ass.
Moe: It looks like we have to make a trip to little Italy.
Homer: I'll get our little passports.
This episode was nominated for the 2004 WGA Award (TV) for Animation.
By tracking Marge's fingers when she calls Moe's tavern, his number is 939-15979. That's the 5th number of the tavern in the show- the last were 636-5551239 (season 2), 636-5556264 (season 3), 636-5553543 (season 5) and 636-76484377 (season 7). It seems like he changes the number because of Bart's prank phone calls.
At the botanical gardens, you can see a bush shaped like Binky, the rabbit from Matt Groening's "Life In Hell" comics
When Homer tells Moe to get out of their house, Moe asks if he means "Get out" as in leave, or "Get out" as in "Get out! You bagged Bridget Fonda?" In real life, Danny Elfman (composer of the theme for "The Simpsons") actually did "bag" Bridget Fonda - they had gotten engaged earlier in 2003.
Fat Tony says he wants to take out the Castellaneta family; Dan Castellaneta is the voice of not only Homer, but several other people on the show.
In 2003, Hank Azaria won an Emmy for 'Outstanding Voice-Over Performance', for this episode.
The shirt Moe is wearing at Maggie's birthday party is the one Marge gave him
This episode was written by J. Stewart Burns who won an Emmy for the Futurama episode "Roswell That Ends Well".
If you look carefully at the Botanical Gardens, you can see bushes shaped like Kang and Kodos.
Lionel Hutz is visible in the large panning crowd shot at the Botanical Gardens.
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: The family (looking like gingerbread people) enters their gingerbread house style living room and takes their places on the couch. Homer then leans in front of Marge and takes a bite out of the top of Bart's head.
Moe refers to Apu's child as OshKosh B'Gosh probably because he's wearing overalls reminiscent of the family brand clothing line.
Carl, to Dr Hibbert: A dream deferred is a dream denied.
Written by Black American poet and abolitionist, James Langston Hughes (1902-1967).
The title of the episode references the comic strip "Baby Blues." But it probably really owes more to Spike Lee's 1990 film "Mo' Better Blues."
There are a lot of references to Francis Ford Coppola's "Godfather" trilogy in this episode. Fat Tony even comments on the poor critical reception of the third film.
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