One of the characters seen in this episode is Mitch Albom, an author in the series, but a real author as well, and this episode pays some attention towards him, in which the title is a parody of one of his works in real life.
Couch Gag: Homer is standing on a coiled platform, which launches him (and the rest of the Simpson family) through a pinball game called "Couch Gag Chaos."
Grampa: Why don't we let Homer tell the story.
Homer: Really, me? You mean it?
Grampa: I think you're ready for your first ramble.
Homer: I've been waiting for this day for so long. The year is 1946, and in a world torn, a single flowerblooms and that flower is an angry Japanese monster named Godzilla. How am I doing dad?
Grampa: I'm hanging on every word.
Lisa: Chief, my brother fell in the storm drain!
Chief Wiggum: I'm strictly an above the ground policeman, what you need is the sewer cops.
Lisa: Fine, what's the number?
Chief Wiggum: Lisa, you're old enough now that I can tell you the truth. There's no such thing as sewer cops. It's just something we tell the kids to feel safe.
Lisa: What about Bart?
Chief Wiggum: Well if you miss him, you can yell into a toilet.
Grampa: Look at that, they re-created the thirties: tent cities, failing banks.
Marshall: Nope, those are real.
This episode's title is adapted from 'Tuesdays With Morrie', the 1997 non-fiction novel written by Mitch Albom which was adapted to a 1999 tv-movie of the same name that starred Jack Lemmon & (the Simpson's very own) Hank Azaria