- Accidental Aesop: Skinner's moral about recycling is obviously a Spoof Aesop, but not hoarding to the point it threatens your life isn't a bad lesson.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Skinner's aesop of telling the courtroom to recycle your newspapers due to him being pinned underneath a large pile of them and being left undiscovered for a whole week becomes this in regards to the many stories about hoarders and others who ended up being killed due to their own piles toppling on them.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The psychic that was hired to search for Skinner's body predicted that Delta Burke and Major Dad (Gerald McRaney) would break up. 25+ years after the episode aired, they're still married.
- Fridge Brilliance: In the TV movie ostensibly about Bart, Blood on the Blackboard: The Bart Simpson Story, Jane Seymour is credited as the unnamed love of Fat Tony's who is never mentioned in the episode. While it's still funny that she is needlessly inserted into the movie and shows how producers tweak the details of one's life so much to make sure no one is held to having to pay any royalties (as Lisa lampshades), it's also this as Seymour has done a lot of TV movies. note
- The Woobie: It's hard not to feel sorry for Bart in this episode. NOTHING goes right for him in the first act, with even the weather being out to get him (it starts raining when the bus leaves without him, clears up when he gets to school, then starts raining again when he leaves), not to mention him being framed for a murder in the third act. Some of it is his own fault, but being framed for murder at ten years old? Even for someone like Bart, that warrants sympathy.
YMMV / The Simpsons S3E4 "Bart the Murderer"