"The Haw-Hawed Couple" contains examples of:
- Affectionate Parody: Angelica Button is pretty much a gender-flipped version of Harry Potter.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Bart and Nelson's friendship is treated like a romantic relationship — to the point that the music from Brokeback Mountain is used for a scene near the end.
- Have a Gay Old Time: Martin says that the class banding together will make them form a "mighty faggot", then a dictionary definition appears at the bottom of the screen to show that it's not the anti-gay slur (though the "bundle of sticks" definition of "faggot" does have a connection with the derogatory term for a homosexual, as there was a time in history where homosexuals were burned at the stake, along with women who were accused of witchcraft — and sometimes, the homosexual men were used as kindling for the women who ended up burned for witchcraft, hence the term "flaming faggot").
- Kiss of Life: Skinner gives Bart CPR after almost drowning; Bart opens his eyes at the moment their lips touch. The students laugh, which prompts this reply from Skinner:Skinner: Shut up! I'm just giving him CPR. The kiss of life.
- Primal Scene: Bart walks in on his parents having sex and is traumatized about it in school.Milhouse: Trust me Bart, it's better to walk in on both your parents than on just one of them.
- Trial Balloon Question: Homer asks Lisa how she would react if Wizard Greystache died, she says that would be the day her childhood ends. This promts Homer to revise the book's ending.
- Yandere: Nelson, a non-romantic example.