* BannedInChina: Literally; this episode wasn't broadcast in China for the same reason "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" wasn't shown in Japan or "Blame on Lisa" in Brazil.
* BigNo: Homer when he finds out he's going to pretend to be Selma's husband to help her adopt a baby.
* EditedForSyndication: The original broadcast of this episode had UsefulNotes/MaoZedong's body being covered by the Communist flag (with the hammer and sickle). Later airings substitute it with the flag of the People's Republic of China.
* EyeScream: Ling squeezes Homer's eyes with her hands. This later becomes a plot point, as this is how Homer recognizes her out of the nearly identical babies when breaking her out of the orphanage.
* Impact Silhouette: When Selma flies out of Mr. Burns' car and lands in the snow, the hot flashes from her menopause cause the snow beneath her to melt, creating a Selma-shaped hole in it.
* MangledCatchphrase: Near the end, a Chinese spy impersonating Bart says the phrase "Feast on my shorts, stupid father man."
* PandaingToTheAudience: Homer tries to smuggle baby panda out of China. When the cub bites him, he starts strangling it, causing its mother to strangle him in return.
* PortraitPaintingPeephole: Wu finds out that Homer isn't really Selma's husband by spying on them through a portrait of Mao -- through his ''nostrils''.
* TheStinger: The credits roll with a live-action clip of David Silverman teaching the viewer how to draw Bart.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When the Simpsons arrive in Tiananmen Square, there is a sign reading "On this site in 1989, nothing happened," a nod to the Chinese government's denial and secrecy over the massacre.
* WhoWritesThisCrap: In the menopause video, Robert Wagner jokes that the viewer should give menopause "[[IncrediblyLamePun men-applause]]", then turns to someone off-camera and saying "Men-applause? I'm not saying that."