- Harsher in Hindsight: When watched back to back with New Kid On The Block. It appears Laura gets her standards for men from her mother and their dysfunctional family life, apparently.
- Memetic Mutation: "Stupid TV! Be more funny!" is often used online whenever someone watches a bad television show, especially later episodes of The Simpsons. The blog Dead Homer Society is a big time user of this phrase.
- Squick: Homer kissing the giant pile of solid waste after he and Chief Wiggum are saved by it.
- The skeletal arm still lodged in the vending machine. Imagine how that smelled when it was rotting flesh.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Despite becoming close friends with Marge and having an adventure together, Ruth's only appearance after this episode came ten years later.
YMMV / The Simpsons S 5 E 6 Marge On The Lam