While waiting for Maggie to say her first word, Homer and Marge tell the story of their life after Bart was born (where they lived in an apartment in a neighborhood that looks like it was from the early 20th century rather than the mid-1980s), how Homer, Marge, and Bart moved into their current house, the early days of Bart and Lisa bonding, and Homer winning Krusty Burger's 1984 Olympics promotion.
!!This episode contains examples of:
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Modern audiences (at least the ones who weren't around when it really happened) might not realize that the Krusty Burger Olympic promotion and the subsequent backfiring due to the Soviet boycotting of the Games ''was'' based on a real McDonalds promotion that had the same results.
* TheEighties: The setting of the flashbacks. It was a time when, as Marge tells her kids, "Ms. Pacman struck a blow for women's rights, a young [[SaturdayNightLive Joe Piscopo]] taught us how to laugh..." As the flashback begins, Marge is talking with Irish and Italian housewives about the last episode of ''M*A*S*H'', and Homer sings "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" as he comes home from work. Later, the 1984 Summer Olympics provide a B-plot.
* MadnessMantra: "Can't sleep, clown will eat me. Can't sleep, clown will eat me. Can't sleep, clown will eat me..."
* MonsterClown: The headboard of Bart's new bed, thanks to Homer's poor work, looks like one to the viewer, and even more so to the poor toddler.
** "If you should die before you wake...AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
* OverlyLongGag: "From now on, the baby sleeps in the crib." "Iron helps us play!" "AHAHAHAHAHAHA!" "Hello, Joe!"
* PrimalScene: PlayedForLaughs -- Bart saw his parents have sex when he was still in diapers and said his first words, "Ay caramba!" as a result.
* StuntCasting: In perhaps the biggest example of this in ''Simpsons'' history, ElizabethTaylor as the voice of Maggie. (Taylor returns at the end of Season 4 as herself in "Krusty Gets Kancelled", and gets ''two'' lines in that episode.) The writers soon regretted this as they spent hours trying to get Taylor to say, "Daddy" like a one-year-old child and not a 20-to-30 year old seductress.
** TheOtherDarrin: When the ending of the episode was put into the clip show episode "Gump Roast", Liz Taylor's "Daddy" line was replaced with the same line as done by series regular Creator/NancyCartwright (who usually does vocal effects for Maggie, such as crying, cooing, and laughing).