Denser and Wackier: It's been called one of the craziest and least loved episodes of the series — edging out such former contenders as "Saddlesore Galatica," "Kill The Alligator and Run," and "Homer vs. Dignity."
Harsher in Hindsight: Elmo depicted as being a political prisoner, who later hangs himself in his cell. In 2012, Kevin Clash, the puppeteer and voice of Elmo, left Sesame Street amid allegations of molesting underage boys. He didn't get convicted, but it definitely changes the context of the line "Elmo went to wrong fundraiser."
Values Dissonance: This episode is more looked down upon now than it was back then now that Bush has left office and we've grown out of the over-patriotic attitudes of the early 2000s. Of course, back then it wasn't exactly liked because of how heavy-handed it was in the political department.