Homer uses the power of flatuence to communicate with people after getting paralyzed by a spider bite in "The Diving Bell and The Butterball," Flanders becomes a murderer for the Lord in "Dial 'D' for 'Diddly'," and Bart and Milhouse pose as the natives on an alien planet in order to steal a rare element in the (rather dated) Avatar parody, "In the Na'vi."
- Affectionate Parody: The Three Shorts are parodies to Spider-Man and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Dexter and Avatar. Abe Simpson thought there would be one of Black Swan.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: After having his mind inserted into an Avatar, Bart wished for five minutes with his enemies. They then showed up as Avatars as well.
- Big "NO!": Homer when he realized his candy bag contained vegetables instead of candies.
- Broken Pedestal: Flanders learns that God takes orders from the Devil and the Devil is sleeping with his deceased wife, Maude.
- Fanservice: While is paralyzed, Homer has a clear view of Marge's tits and thinking "Cleavage".
- Fridge Brilliance: Kamala is the offspring of Kang (and thus the "next generation" in Kudos and Kang's family tree). Keeping in the shows theme of naming the aliens after characters from Star Trek, Kamala is named after one from Star Trek: The Next Generation (in this case, an arranged marriage bride who falls for Picard in "The Perfect Mate").
- Tempting Fate: Flanders asked how things could be worse. His deceased wife was dating the devil.