Syndication cuts out the scene where Cletus drags the newspaper box with his truck.
Harvey Fierstein played "Carl" as the first openly gay cartoon character in second season. "Carl" was originally going to make a come back in this episode, but Fierstein refused citing that the original script was homophobic.
Homer: (Looking at his puzzle pieces) All I got is gray. Is anybody working on a cement wall?
Marge: Turn them over, Homer.
(Homer is interviewing to live with Grady and Julio)
Grady: Homer, before you move in you should know that Julio and I have an... active social life.
Homer: Me, too. I'm a member of this club where if I eat one more sub sandwich, I get a free sub sandwich. You probably saw the ad with this guy who used to be fat, but now he's just ugly.
(Homer goes to stay with Milhouse's dad)
Kirk Van Houten: Welcome to my place. I just have a few rules: If you see a necktie on the doorknob, I'm with a lady.
Homer: You don't have a doorknob.
Kirk Van Houten: I don't have a tie either. Just go label your food.
(Homer's working on the jigsaw puzzle; examines a piece)
Homer: Now, let's see. This is either an old coconut or Tom Hayden.
(Homer is walking around oblivious to the fact that the whole neighborhood is gay when Smithers comes up to him in rainbow shorts and on rollerblades.)
Homer: Hey, Mr. Smithers!
Smithers: (Nervously) Hello, Simpson.
Homer: What's with this place? It's so manly, yet scented.
Smithers: Yes, I seem to have gotten lost on my way to the uh, the uh, the big auto, uh, racing festival, so I've never been here before.
(A trolley full of gay men comes by)
First Guy: Hey, Waylon!
Second Guy: Who's the bear? Ruff!
Third Guy: Oooh, is this the Mr. Burns you're always talking about?
Smithers: No, he's nobody! Shut up, Stewart!
Homer: You guys don't have a gay time machine, do you?
Julio: Yes. It's called Grady's shoe closet.
Grady: Hey, Julio? Ouch.
(Homer is dancing at a gay club)
Woman: I didn't think it was possible, but watching him makes me even more lesbian.
Hans Moleman: Lesbian? This isn't my army reunion.
Gay Man in Fatigues: You're coming home with me.
Hans Moleman: Yes, Colonel.
Homer: Oh, James Taylor, the singer-slash-songwriter-slash-puzzle piece.
Nelson: Ha ha! Bart's so poor he has to eat cardboard!
Milhouse: What are you eating?
Nelson: Dry wall.
Marge: (singing) Mock--
Homer: (unenthusiastically) Yeah.
"Homer and Marge"
(Sung by Weird Al Yankovic)
Little ditty 'bout Homer and Marge
Her heart was as big as his stomach was large
Oh yeah, they say love goes on
Long after the grilled cheese sandwich is gone
That's the story 'bout Homer and Marge
Two folks I helped out for a nominal charge
After Homer went gay, they patched up their schism
But the dude never dealt with his alcoholism
Weird Al sayin'... oh yeah, the credits go on
Long after the viewer's interest is gone
Oh yeah, Weird Al had fun on this show
Even if it was just a brief cameo
Lenny: Ow! My eye! I'm not supposed to get jigs in it!
Julio: Grady, are you sure you want to live with him?
Grady: It's either him or that girl who put (air quotes) "Mother Earth" as a reference… and with a male roommate, we can walk around naked!
Homer: (Drops his robe on the floor) Way ahead of ya! (Humming) Whoo!
Homer: Calm down Picky Ricardo, he made us a great breakfast and you're just riding his butt… and not in a good way.
Grady: That's right Homer, we're gay.
Homer: You are? Which will win out, my old fashioned prejudices or the fact that I've already mixed my laundry with yours? I'll have to sleep on it.
Homer: There sure are a lot of gay bookstores for a straight neighborhood…
Homer: Marge, I can't live like this, I'm tired of walking around on eggshells!
Marge: Maybe if you didn't throw them on the floor… (Gesturing towards eggshells that Homer is standing on)
Homer: Now you're just making up rules! Who made you Judge Judy and executioner?
Flanders (referring to the jigsaw puzzle): Looks like you're missing a piece.
Homer: Looks like you're missing a wife!
Flanders: (chuckles) I walked right into that one.
Homer: That is the best kiss I've had tonight.
Homer's brain: Or was it?
In 2003, this episode won an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour), as well as the 2004 Annie Award for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Television Production.
This episode was rated at least TV-l4 in most markets. In some markets it was TV-14 D or TV-14 DS.
In addition to his singing within the episode, "Weird Al" sings through the end credits.
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: In a fry basket the family members (who appear frozen) are dropped into hot oil. The basket is removed from the hot oil and its contents (the deep fried family members) are dropped out of the inverted basket onto the couch. Next a giant hand reaches into the living room and shakes salt over them.
When Homer is looking in the closet, he says " Puzzle piece, come out and playyy! "
This is a reference to the movie " Warriors " ( 1979), where a rival gang member sitting in a car chants " Warriors, come out and play-ay!!! " while banging glass bottles together.
Weird Al: They were pretty much the same.
Homer: Yeah, like you and Allan Sherman.
Allan Sherman was a singer in all through the 50's and 60's. Many times, he'd take already existing songs and give them new, satirical lyrics (i.e., "Harvey and Sheila" to the tune of "Hava Nagila"). He was best known for his song "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" (Camp Granada).
Homer: Sorry I'm late, but the Velvet Mafia made me a margarita I couldn't refuse!
This is a reference to the 1972 film The Godfather, in which Mafia don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) says, "He's a businessman. I'll make him an offer he can't refuse."
The episode title is a reference to the 1975 film Three Days of the Condor.
Weird "Al" Yankovic: "Homer and Marge"
"Weird Al" parodied John Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane" as "Homer and Marge" in this episode, just as he parodied the song 20 years ago on his self-titled first album. The song "Buckingham Blues" was about 'Chuck and Diane' (Prince Charles and Princess Diana). However, while "Buckingham Blues" was originally a parody of "Jack and Diane", when Mellencamp refused permission to use it, Al changed the music, but didn't alter the lyrics very much. Thus, it is both a parody and not a parody of the song, depending on how you look at it.
Homer: Prove me wrong, Silent Bob!
This is a reference to Kevin Smith's daughter, Harley Quinn Smith and her first role as Baby Silent Bob in the Jay and Silent Bob film from 2001, "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back".