The guy whipping the grad students at the pond looked exactly like Homer's dean when he went back to college.
Maggie Simpson apparently has no problem reading. After Moe throws the brick through the Simpsons' house's window where he attaches a message, as Moe is "reading" it out loud, Maggie wipes away a tear with a pacifier. This would imply Maggie had no problem in reading, or at least no problem in understanding an unusually wide range of English vocabulary for a baby.
List of people who Lisa interviewed for her report on 'A Fascinating Springfielder': Milhouse's Dad, Comptroller Atkins, Gil, Very Tall Man, Squeaky Voiced Teen and of course Moe.
Thomas Pynchon makes a cameo in this episode. He is at the table when Tom Wolfe stakes his claim to any uneaten garlic mashed potatoes; this is just before Moe reads his latest poem, copied from an elevator inspection certificate. As in the episode "Diatribe of a Mad Housewife", Pynchon is depicted with a paper bag over his head, holes cut out for eyes, and a question mark drawn on it. This is a nod to his reluctance to be photographed in real life.
While Groundskeeper Willie is trying to give Grandpa back his teeth, Grandpa is briefly shown with teeth in his mouth before he actually gets them back.
At the writing panel, Moe says the only book he ever read was Super Hounds: The Ultimate Greyhound Betting System. But in "Diatribe Of A Mad Housewife" he's seen in his bedroom reading Marge's book, The Harpooned Heart. (Coincidentally, that scene also took place on his birthday.)
Lisa: You're a heartless jerk!
Moe: Where did that come from? Oh, right, my actions.
Homer: This vibrating massage chair feels great.
Moe: That ain't a massage chair, it's just full of cockroaches.
Marge (reading Moe's note): "Dear pus bag . . ."
Homer: Whoa, Marge, who'd you piss off?
Moe: It's for you, pus bag!
Grampa: (With his gold medal.) I've never been happier!
("The Star-Spangled Banner" plays)
Grampa: Turn that hippie crap off!
Lisa: (gasps) It's Tom Wolfe! He uses more exclamation points than any other major American writer.
Tom Wolfe: It's true!!!!!
Homer: (reading his poem)
There once was a rapping tomato,
That's right I said rapping tomato,
He rapped all day from April to May,
And also guess what, it was me.
Moe: Look at me, sitting here depressed when I'm surrounded by the happiest people in the world : writers.
Lisa: Moe marginalized my contributions!
(Homer and Bart gasp. Lisa runs away sobbing.)
Homer: No one makes my daughter sob and run!
Bart: He ruined her first Wordloaf!
(Maggie spits out cereal letters that spell 'Don't forge')
Homer: Don't forge? Don't forge what?
(Maggie spits out a T)
Homer: Ohhh, don't forget! Don't forget what??
Jameson: Stop the presses and send my wife some flowers and bring me an anvil! What do you mean you don't work for me, you're hired! Now that you're hired you're fired! Now that you don't work here we can be friends. Now that we're friends how come you never call, some friend you are! … I love this business!
Jameson: That's sweet, I hate sweet. I need photos, photos of Spider-man.
Employee: This is a poetry journal.
Jameson: Okay then I want poems about Spider-Man, and I want them finished before you start, and before you start I want a coffee. And the poems should have the fallowing rhyme scheme, a, b, b, a, a, b, b, a, c, e, d, e, d, d. What are you waiting for, Chinese New Year?
Homer: I love these covered bridges. It's like driving through cute little houses.
Guy on Hood: That was my house, you moron!
Gore Vidal: I don't need your sycophantic laughter. I have some on tape.
Moe: That's a terrific title. It jumps out at you like a rat out of your underwear drawer.
Lisa: Go ahead, I don't think I'd be very good company.
Homer: Thanks for the heads up, we'll see you when we see you!
(Moe sitting on Simpsons' doorstep upset)
Moe: (singing) Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me. I feel so damn lonely, won't someone kill me?! cries in hands And many more!
Marge: Homer, don't drink and drive!
Homer: Fine, I'll drive between sips.
Moe: (to Lisa) My brain goo's coming out all artistical, thanks to you.
Grampa: I can finally win a gold medal. I came close at the 1936 Olympics. I threw a javelin that barely missed Hitler. But I did hit an assassin who was trying to kill Hitler.
Hitler (in 1936): What is this, Kill Hitler Day?
Grampa: The next time I saw Hitler, we had dinner and laughed about it.
Homer: Is it our anniversary? No, we don't have one this year.
This episode was originally written for season 16.
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: The living room is the background image of a computer screen. Each of the family members is dragged and dropped onto the couch. Then the entire couch is dragged onto the Trash Can, which is then emptied.
At the beginning, they show Homer has drawn 'Don't Forget' on his chest backwards so he can read it in the mirror, which is a reference to the 2000 drama/thriller Memento, starring Guy Pearce and directed by Christopher Nolan. In the movie, Guy Pearce plays Leonard, a man who has lost his short term memory (the ability to create new memories) when his wife is attacked and killed. Leonard tattoos notes that he needs to remember on his body backwards so he can read it in the mirror later and keeps notes as he searches for his wife's killer. The whole movie starts at the ending and ends with the beginning.
The "Wordloaf festival in Vermont" is based on the real Middlebury College Bread Loaf Writers' Conference that has been held for the past 80+ years in Middlebury, VT.
The guy who reads "Moe's" poem talks, acts, and looks like J. Jonah Jameson from the "Spider-Man" movies. He even asks for poems about Spidey at the end and the person doing the voice is actually J.K. Simmons, who plays Jameson in the Spider-Man movies. An additional inside joke on this is that Michael Chabon, one of the guest stars in this episode, was a writer on Spider-Man 2. The line "What are you waitin' for? Chinese New Year?" was used in the recently released Spider-Man 3.
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
The diving scene during the Senior Olympics was a spoof on the opening of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, a cartoon from the late 1950's and early 1960's.
The episode title is a pun on the famous painting "Mona Lisa." This is the second episode to spoof the portrait's name, the first being "Moaning Lisa" all the way back in Season 1.
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