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Everyone is uncomfortable when a heat wave strikes Quahog. To make matters worse, a big box store (a - la Wal-Mart) sets up a new division in Quahog, which runs every other store out of business. Including the brewery. At first, Peter rallies up a gang to go against the the corporation, but once he enters inside the air-conditioned heaven he ends up getting a job there with Meg as his boss. Meanwhile, a car salesman talks Peter into buying a tank (yes, a tank) instead of car for Meg, which Brian and Stewie use to their advantage to take the big corporation down.
Walter Murphy who wrote the theme song for Family Guy also wrote the Disco anthem A Fifth of Beethoven the group skates to at the Roller Rink.
This marks the first episode that the 'f' bomb is dropped on air. The Canadian airings of Family Guy had swearing in the hummer scene. "Those animals are so ****ing funny" It was not bleeped in Canada.
The "Wanna Fight About It?!" guy meets his untimely doom in this episode after being run over by Peter's tank. It was mentioned by Seth himself in an earlier episodes commentary the he is really dead for good.
Cleveland: Oh Meg is my least favorite of all your children.
Hummer Driver: Yeah Rumsfeld!
Peter: Hmm...I'm still not sure.
Car Salesman: Did I mention the tank is a tank?
Jim Caplan: Hi there, can I help you folks?
Peter: Yeah, uh, my daughter is looking for a car that goes with her personality.
Stewie: Yes, are the new bulimic cutting mobiles in yet?
Peter: Now I may be an idiot, but there's one thing I am not sir, and that sir, is an idiot.
Peter: Geez Meg, you ruined my good time! Just like basic cable.
TV Announcer: We now return to "Showgirls"...
TV Announcer:...On TBS.
Goldman's Pharmacy and Clevelan's Deli are seen right next to each other in this episode, although this contradicts earlier episodes where Goldman's Pharmacy has been an individual store.
In previous episodes where heat was a problem, such as "Brian: Portrait of a Dog
", Brian has been seen panting. Panting is a way for dogs to cool off in the heat, since their bodies do not have sweat glands. However, Brian can be seen sweating in this episode. Which isn't possible.
Red Dawn - The Musical
The play Peter refers to was based on 1984's Red Dawn, a film about the invasion of Midwestern America by Soviet soldiers.
Meg is told to bring a Baby Ruth to Sloth. Sloth is a character from the 1986 film The Goonies.
Mr Moose was a puppet character on the children's television program Captain Kangaroo. He is best known for his riddles and jokes that would result in The Captain getting showered in ping pong balls.
Hell Comes to Quahog
The episode title is a spoof of the 1987 movie Hell Comes to Frogtown.
Neil Simon's: The Even Couple
A Parody of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple. A play, movie and television series in where a mismatched couple of roommates end up living together.
TV Person:...on TBS
TBS is a popular television network in the United States broadcasting from Atlanta. It is often criticized for showing violent or adult themed films but heavily censoring them to remove all the "good stuff."
The Electric Company
Dianne shouting "Hey You Guys!" is an allusion to The Electric Company, an educational television program that aired in the US from 1971 - 1977.
"Hey You Guys" was part of the opening of the show.
The song that plays while Stewie and Brian destroy the Superstore is the same song that plays during the final scenes of the movie "Stripes" staring Bill Murray and Harold Ramis. The scene involves Murray and Ramis using a prototype military vehicle to escape its enemies.
Peter: Hey guys! Look at me! I'm covered in balls! Just like-
Quagmire: Just like Sharon Stone!
Quagmire is referring to Sharon Stone's role in Basic Instinct (1 and 2), where she played a sex craving muderer.
Crimes Against Nature
Brian is seen reading Crimes Against Nature in this episode, which is a real book written by Robert F. Kennedy Jr..
Peter: I get the sensation...
Peter saying "When I walk into Superstore USA, I get the sensation...THAT I'M STANDING ON A MOUNTAIN TOP WITH THE WIND BLOWING THROUGH MY HAIR!" is a take off of the "When I bite into a York Peppermint Patty, I get the sensation" commercials