Stewie plays with the classic Matell “Barbie” doll
Peter: “Oh man this is tougher to watch then when Family Ties does a Tina Yothers episode”
Peter watches the sitcom “Family Ties” (1982-1989)
and mentions the youngest daughter Tina Yothers (1973-)
who played Jennifer Keaton
Stewie: “Those lying bastards at Johnson and Johnson”
Johnson & Johnson is a global American pharmaceutical, medical devices and consumer packaged goods manufacturer founded in 1886.
The “No More Tears” is a reference to their line of baby shampoos.
Meg: “I heard you talking in the hall the other day about how much you liked High School Musical 2 so I burned you the soundtrack”
“High School Musical 2”
is the 2007 Disney Channel movie that starred Zac Efron (1987-)
Connie: “What if I date a loser and make him over into a popular guy”
This is an allusion to the 1987 Patrick Dempsey (1966-)
comedy “Can't Buy Me Love”
In it Patrick's character, tired of being a nerd, makes a deal with one of the most popular girls in school to help him break into the “cool” clic.
Incidentally, Family Guy's own Seth Green
stars as Patrick's brother.
Peter: “Now let's sit here and watch Spike TV”
Spike TV is a cable channel that is geared toward the male audience and the promo heard in the episode is not far off from the real promos that appear on Spike TV
Stewie: “Well look at me. (holds up barbell) I HAVE THE POWER”
This is a reference to the 80's cartoon & title character “He-Man & the Masters of the Universe” (1983-1985)
would hold the Sword of Eternia
over his head and shout “I have the power”
and transform into He-Man
TV Announcer: “We now return to Lady & the Tramp & Michael Vick”
Brian & Lois watch famous spaghetti eating scene from the 1955 Disney film “Lady & the Tramp” w/ the addition of Michael Vick who kills Lady & Tramp.
This is referring to his 2007 conviction of running dog fighting rings and lying about it and animal abuse charges.
He was ordered to serve 23 months in jail & 3 years probation.
Brian: “Stewie you look gross. You look like Lou Ferrigno's poop”
Lou Ferrigno (1951-)
is an American actor who got his start in bodybuilding.
“Cool, maybe we could go see that Chazz Palmatari Paul Sorvino movie, Distracting Trumpet”
American actors Chazz Palminteri
& Paul Sorvino
appear in a fake movie called “Distracting Trumpet”.
This may be an allusion to 1972's “The Godfather”
that often had a lone trumpet playing in the background in some scenes.
Also, the trumpet song turns into “Feels So Good”
by Chuck Mangione
Stewie: “That's how John Mayer would say it. Bahdy. I'm really into him now”
American musician John Mayer (1977-)
is mentioned in this episode as Stewie's newest interest
Peter: “Look at the shape of that body. LOOK AT THE SHAPE OF THAT BODY! That's it Brian, that's where one eyed Willy buried his gold”
The amulet Peter holds up and “One-Eyed Willy” are references to the 1985 adventure movie “The Goonies”
Lois: “Ok look Meg, I've been at this for 45 minutes, I don't know what else I can say.
Here's a Sylvia Plath book and a bottle of Ambien. I'm gonna look the other way and whatever happens happens.”
Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was an American poet & writer who wrote “The Bell Jar”.
She committed suicide in 1963 after a lifelong battle with mental illness and depression.
Visual: The cinema marquee “Adam Sandler in the 35 Year Old Bicycle Delivery Boy”
The movie title is a combination of Adam Sandler
's movie “The Waterboy”
and Steve Carell
's movie “The 40 Year Old Virgin”
Stewie: (after flying in figure eights) “And now, here's something we hope you'll really like”
Stewie's quote, his flight & the music used during his flight are all references to the character “Rocket J. Squirrel”
from “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” (1959-1964)
The movie Neil shows features Chris imitating the “Buffalo Bill” scene from the 1991 horror film “The Silence of the Lambs” complete with the music by Q Lazzarus, “Goodbye Horses”