- Franchise Original Sin: This episode marks the beginning of Ned Flanders' flanderization, as several jokes are based on his incredibly mild manners and his extreme piety, neither of which had been shown in his previous appearances. Here however, they are largely just to pepper his personality from merely the Always Someone Better archetype he was beforehand, and he is still largely a passive Nice Guy (as he would remain for a few more seasons before they amped up the forcefulness of his religious scruples).
- Harsher in Hindsight: As a sign of his goodhearted nature, Ned requests that the word "loser" be removed from the contract as he considers it too harsh for his liking. In the later episode "Hurricane Neddy", he has no objections to throwing very harsh words at the entire population of Springfield.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Bart asks Lisa for the name of 'those guys in chess who don't matter': pawns. He has figured out he's Homer's pawn in his one-sided feud with Ned. When the show's chess set came out, Bart was the pawn.
YMMV / The Simpsons S2 E6 "Dead Putting Society"