- Bizarro Episode: It turns out the Simpsons were all actors playing themselves on the show, and that they had nearly broken up and stopped work on the show.
- Fanon Discontinuity: Some fans who dislike the direction the show has been going since season nine see this episode as the series finale due to its non-canon nature, rampant fourth-wall breaking, and the alleged revelation of where Springfield is (some versions say it's in northern Kentucky while others say it's in southern Missouri).
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
- The episode ends with a a teaser for a "future" episode of Behind the Laughter featuring Huckleberry Hound, admitting he is a closeted homosexual. Come 2018 the DC comic Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles does portray Huckleberry Hound as a troubled gay man and this is played for sheer drama up until he hangs himself after being arrested during a anti-gay raid.
- In Spain, the episode is notable for being the last featuring Homer's first voice actor, Carlos Revilla, before he died. This resulted in Revilla's last line for the entire show being Homer's "This will be the last season."
- Fountain of Memes: A strong contender for "most quotable Simpsons episode". Homer especially has lots of great lines.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- When the IRS take the Simpsons' mansion away, Homer laments, "They can't take our house; my potbellied pig is in there! Oh, Mr. Porky..." Homer would get another pig for a pet in The Simpsons Movie.
- Homer announcing at the end that "This'll be the last season."
- Lisa bemoans a Noodle Incident where she admits that she had no business hosting the Oscars and that her performance was so bad that after the ceremony Meryl Streep spat on her. In the years since this episode aired, there have been at least three different hosts of the Oscars whose own performances were so negatively received, they may be more deserving of Meryl's spit than Lisa.
- One-Scene Wonder: Jimmy Carter breakdancing.
YMMV / The Simpsons S 11 E 22 Behind The Laughter