Bert: Good luck, Fielding.
Dan: What if he starts shooting?
Bert: You'll bleed.
Bull: Where did you decide to go?
Harry: Des Moines.
Roz: Hope you had your shots.
Judge Watson: (laughing) Fielding, you're a hoot!
Dan: Well, if you can't laugh at the defendants, who can you laugh at?
Harry: I've decided that I am going to re-trace, in exact detail, the very route taken by Mel Tormé in the summer of 1942 when he toured with the Chico Marx Band.
Chico Marx, one of the Marx Brothers, did indeed front a jazz band in which he played piano. They began touring in January 1942. In August 1942 16-year-old Mel Tormé joined the Marx band as the singer and vocal arranger, and even played drums for the band later in the year. This was Tormé's first stint as a professional touring musician.
Mac: First case, sir.
Judge Watson: (startled, draws gun) Woo!
The judge with the gun is likely an ode to Jack Warden's gun-toting character Judge Rayford in the 1979 courtroom film ...And Justice For All.
Dan: Great. We're going to be arguing cases in front of Quick Draw McGraw.
Quick Draw McGraw is a cartoon character from Hannah-Barbera.
Harry: Well, 'cause that's the hotel where Mel Tormé got punched in the face by that old lady 'cause he wouldn't sing "Inka Dinka Doo."
Although Tormé wasn't punched, "Inka Dinka Doo" is a real song, co-written by, first performed by, and most associated with Jimmy Durante.
Judge Watson: Yeah, well, this could be the start of a beautiful friendship.
A paraphrase of closing line ("Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship") from Casablanca.
The names of the two chums on Sesame Street.
Bull: Sometimes they let us reload the staplers.
Roz: It's not just a job, it's an adventure.
The advertising slogan for the U.S. Navy during the 1970's through the mid-1990's was, "It's not just a job, it's an adventure."
The picture Harry shoots with his suction cup dart gun is Judge Joseph Wapner, who was the original judge on The People's Court, from 1981 until 1993.
Bert: You're Harold T. Stone, your mother's maiden name was Johnson, and your first pet was a cocker spaniel named "Festus."
Harry: It was "Miss Kitty" until we turned her over.
"Festus" and "Miss Kitty" were two characters on the long-running western series Gunsmoke, played by Ken Curtis and Amanda Blake, respectively.
Judge Watson: (looking at photo of Mel Tormé on Harry's desk) And how about this guy, huh? The Velvet Frog. (laughs) Ribbet, ribbet!
At one point in his career Mel Tormé loathed his nickname, "The Velvet Fog," because hecklers would call him the "velvet frog" instead.