Ricky Blitt played Joel, Alyssa Milano's agent, and also wrote this episode.
Alyssa Milano and her agent appear "live" in this episode, they were not animated.
The 'skin bar' Peter takes Al & the other politicians to is called The Oval Orifice.
Peter: You may have killed her when you shoved all those dollar bills down her throat, you may have killed her when you hit her with the stool... I don't know, I'm not a doctor. But I'll tell you what didn't kill her.... smoking!
Frank: Gentlemen, I propose we send a message to tobacco companies everywhere by finding the El Dorado cigarette company infinity billion dollars!
Congressman: That's the spirit Frank! But I think a real number might be more effective.
Peter: Oh, yeah, yeah, that plane crash I told you about... it turned out to be gas.
Peter: What's your name?
Congressman: Dick Armey.
Peter: Hahahahahahaha.... What's your wife's name? Vagina coastguard?
Congressman: Cigarettes killed my father, and raped my mother.
Peter: ...but I'll tell you what's not cool--killing strippers. Strippers are people too; naked people who may be willing to pleasure you for a price you negotiate later behind the curtain of a VIP room. Besides, there's no reason to kill them, 'cause most of them are already dead inside...Good night, folks!
Peter: Mr. Weed? This Peter Griffin. I will not be coming to work today, I was in a terrible plane crash. My entire family was killed and I am a vegetable. I'll see ya tomorrow.
Brian: Oh, please, Peter, your excuses are more fake than FDR's legs.
Meg & Peter: (gasp)
Brian: Too soon?
Chris: I'm so hungry I could ride a horse......I don't get it. Well, I could ride it to the store, I guess.
After the Chairman says "that guy", the montage is a direct reference to the opening of Marlo Thomas' hit show That Girl (1966-1971)
, with the exception of "Marlo" beating up the purse snatcher.
Peter: This girl didn't have a family... it'll be like she never existed.
A scene similar to this one occured in "The Godfather II".
Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington
The title of this episode is a take off from the classic movie "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington".
I'm just a bill. I'm only a bill, and I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill.
Another reference to "School House Rock
Brian's "too soon" question after Peter, Chris & Meg gasp at his "lamer than FDR's legs" joke is an allusion to The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson (1962-1992)
. Carson would occasionally tell Abraham Lincoln jokes and if the audience responded with a less than enthusiastic response, he would ask, too soon?
The comic strip character Dilbert
makes an appearance in this episode, along with the character Wally.
The character Aunt Bee
played by Frances Bavier from The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968)
makes an appearance in this episode.
Brian mentions the subliminal messages that used to appear on TV. Apparently they were used in the classic TV show Lassie (1954-1973)
American businesswoman, writer, television personality Martha Stewart (1941-)
is seen in this episode helping Lois with housework & cooking.
Peter testifying in front of congress is an allusion to the Clarence Thomas (1948-)
hearings, when Anita Hill (1956-)
accused Thomas of sexual harassment.
After it's revealed Peter's never been harassed by Thomas, his response of Baba-Booey-Howard-Stern's-Penis is a reference to Gary Dell'Abate (1961-)
& radio DJ Howard Stern (1954-)
The three cigarette promos Peter appears in are based on real life advertisements.
The first one is based on Joe Camel
The second is based on "Welcome to Marlboro Country
The thrid is based on ads geared to women with the slogan,
"You've Come A Long Way Baby
Former Vice President Al Gore (1948-)
, former House Majority Leader Dick Army (1940-)
& former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (1923-)
are featured in this episode.
Peter's closing line to Congress "That's my mama", is most likely a reference to the 1974-1975 sitcom, That's My Mama