Homer and Marge attempt to work on their marriage, not knowing that Mr. Burns and and his old friend Nigel have a bet on whether Nigel can break them apart. With the successful, albeit unconventional, help of Moe, the couple gets back their mojo.
This episode contains examples of:
- Affectionate Nickname: Marge finally calls out Moe for affectionately calling her "Midge" after all these years. Even Moe doesn't know the reason for it.
- The Bet: Mr. Burns bets Nigel that he can't break up Homer and Marge. When he notices Moe's infatuation with Marge, Nigel gives him a new upscale bar as part of his plan to win the bet.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: The piano man at the end of the episode sums up everything returning to how it was, including Moe moving back to his bar. He ends by singing "And that's the end of the show.... except for The Tag."
- Continuity Nod: Ned is shown giving harps to the spirits of both of his previous wives, Maude and Edna, cementing that Edna was Killed Offscreen.
- Corrupt Cop: Chief Wiggum's gift to his wife is a piece of jewelry from the evidence box.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: After Moe opens Moho House, Marge's hair inexplicably changes from her typical beehive to a more modern, shoulder-length hairstyle, and stays that way for the rest of the episode. This change in hairstyle is never mentioned or acknowledged, and Marge is back to her normal hair by the next episode. It's most likely to signal an abandonment of Homer and her old life.
- Fourth Wall Psych: After Moe flirts with Marge, he seemingly makes an Aside Comment about getting a chance with her. The camera then changes angles to show he is actually talking to Sideshow Mel.Sideshow Mel: Why are you telling me?
Moe: I always considered us friends.
- Insistent Terminology: Homer didn't buy flowers at a gas station. He bought them at a market that sells gas.
- Lampshade Hanging: Moe tells Marge that she looks lovely in a strapless dress. He was complimenting the dress she's wearing for his party, forgetting her regular clothing is a strapless dress.
- Lost Him in a Card Game: Nigel asks for Smithers as part of his wager. Smithers argues that he can't be used as colateral, until it is point out that his contract allows it. In The Stinger he renegotiates his contract so that it doesn't happen again.
- Mandatory Line: Bart only has one line in this episode: "Uh, can't lose what you dont have." Lisa, on the other hand, remains silent throughout the entire episode.
- Title-Only Opening: This episode foregoes the usual Title Sequence with a tracking shot across Springfield as Moe narrates, with the show title only appearing as the camera approaches the Simpsons' house. As a result, the Couch Gag appears before this sequence.
- Wangst: When Homer stays late talking to Nigel, Marge acts defeated and refuses to listen to his explanation (even though he attempted to tell her where he had been) and gives up all hope for their marriage, and cries literally all night instead of sleeping.