Stan: “It's a gateway piercing, the next thing you know, you'll have a bone through your lip like one of those rain forest people Sting is always whining about”
English musician Sting (1951-)
, former lead singer of “The Police”
, is mentioned in this episode.
“Big Buy” is a combination of the retail chains Best Buy and Big Lots
Stan: “What? I can't believe you kids don't know about the great patriot Ollie North”
Oliver North (1943-)
is best known for his main role in the Iran-Contra Affair in the late 80's.
Stan's song and animated visuals is an allusion to “Schoolhouse Rock!”
, a series of Saturday morning animated musical shorts that taught kids about grammar, science, civics, economics, history, math & government.
They ran steadily on ABC from 1973 to 1986, returning sporadically from 1993 to 1996 & ending in 1999.
The DVD commentary for this episode indicates Stan's song was originally based off Schoolhouse Rock's, “Interjections!”
, but they couldn't get clearance so it's an original tune although some of the visuals, like the newspaper boy and Roger dressed as a little girl are indeed from “Interjections!”.
Former American Presidents Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)
& George Bush (1924-)
make appearances during Stan's “Ollie North” song.
The character of “Ivan Drago” (the Russian boxer that appears with Uncle Sam)
from 1985's “Rocky IV”
, played by Dolph Lundgren (1957-)
also makes an appearance as well as Fawn Hall (1959-)
She was North's secretary who helped him shred confidential documents.
Stan: “...the good, the bad and the ugly.”
“Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo”
, or the English translation, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
is a 1969 western starring Clint Eastwood (1930-)
Luke Fondleburg (Roger): “You see that episode of Seinfeld Thursday night 10 years ago?”
The long running NBC sitcom “Seinfeld”
(1989-1998) is mentioned in this episode.
When Stan recreates his finding of the gold, he is dressed as Harrison Ford
character “Indiana Jones”
Stan: “Here's looking at you gold”
Stan's line is a take off of the classic quote “Here's looking at you kid”, from the 1942 film “Casablanca”