Chalkboard: I will not do anything bad ever again
Couch Gag: Homer knocks everyone else off.
This episode marks the first appearance of resident criminal Snake Jailbird (though he would go unnamed until season three's episode "Black Widower"). As a running gag in future episodes, Snake's prison number is 7F20 (the production code for this episode).
Lovejoy: Come on Homer what are her faults?
Homer: Well sometimes she can be annoying!
Marge: Oh Homer.
Lovejoy: Now Marge, don't interrupt, you'll get your turn.
Homer: I'm done.
Lovejoy: Okay, Marge.
Marge: Well… its not that I don't love the guy, I'm always sticking up for him, it's just that he's so self-centered. He forgets birthdays, anniversaries, holidays. He chews with his mouth open, he gambles, he hangs out at a seedy bar with bums and low lifes.
Homer: Oh it’s true!
Lovejoy: Homer don't interrupt.
Marge: He blows his nose on the towels and then puts them back in the middle!
Homer: I only did that a couple of times!
Marge: Oh, they're here. How does everything look?
Homer: Yeah, how do I look?
Marge: Do we have enough glasses?
Homer: Do we have enough gag ice cubes?
Marge: Homer, Homer, put a record on.
Homer: What are all our friends' names again?
Homer: Bart! Do that thing you do that's so cute!
Homer: That thing you know how to do!
Homer: Go to bed!
Reverend Lovejoy: Ned, Maude, what brings you here?
Ned: Well... sometimes God bless her, she underlines passages in my bible because she can't find hers!
Homer: Oh, lucky you don't keep guns in the house.
Reverend Lovejoy: Homer, why are you here?
Homer: Oh, because I got drunk and looked down her dress!
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
John and Gloria, the other couple at the marriage retreat, are parodied after a very similar couple, George and Martha, from the 1966 film.
After Homer catches the General Sherman he sings Queen's famous victory anthem, "We Are The Champions."
The War of the Roses
The title of the episode is a parody of the title of the 1989 film.