They appear in "Mind Over Murder" as gay lovers, a reference to the urban legend that they were a homosexual couple. It is part of a parody called Homicide: Life on Sesame Street. Bert, a gruff, foul-mouthed, hard-drinking detective is shown naked in the same bed with Ernie. He answers the phone and says that he needs to go to a murder. After Bert takes a drink from a bottle of what is presumed to be alcohol, Ernie says that he wishes Bert would not drink and shout so much. Bert then shouts at Ernie for eating cookies in the bed.
In "Peterotica", Barbara Pewterschmidt tries to get Ted Turner to take a bath with his Muppets toys including a figure of Ernie. However, he knocks the figure away noting that Ernie doesn't like the other monster toys.