Writer Reinhold Weege used John Larroquette as the adviser for the unpleasant foods mentioned in this episode. Larroquette, a native of New Orleans, told TV Guide when discussing the foods mentioned in this episode, "I'm a Creole. I'll eat anything."
Selma: I think I came here once with my husband.
Mucette: You were married, Selma?
Selma: Do chickens have lips?
Bob: (looking over menu) Yeah, but I don't see it on the menu.
Selma: Come on, Bambi. Thumper is gonna be very cross with you!
The prostitute has the same name as the fawn in the classic Disney film Bambi. Thumper is the rabbit in the film.
Mac: (ordering dinner) I know what I want. I'll start with the foie gras, followed by the potage a la tortue. Coq de bruyere for my entree. Some baby carrots, not too soggy. And for dessert, the baba au rhum.
Foie gras is duck liver; potage a la tortue is tortoise soup; coq de bruyere is grouse; and baba au rhum is a yeast cake (baba) soaked in rum.
Dan: You probably came from some kind of normal family. I was raised by the folks from Deliverance.
Deliverance is a 1972 film starring Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox as four Atlanta businessmen who encounter horrors while on a canoe trip in rural Georgia. The mention of the film typically evokes references to stereotypes of southerners as uneducated and inbred.
Billie: We're talking about your parents.
Dan: We're talking about Ma and Pa Kettle!
Ma and Pa Kettle were a hillbilly couple created by author Betty MacDonald in her novel The Egg and I and featured in a series of ten films from 1947 to 1957.
Harry: Excuse me, I thought you said your name is "Elmore."
Bob: Well, it is.
Harry: But Dan...?
Bob: Oh, that's his real name, too. Fielding's his middle name.
This episode establishes that Dan's real last name is Elmore and that Fielding is his actual middle name. A third season episode establishes that Dan's real first name is "Reinhold," meaning that Dan Fielding's full real name is Reinhold Fielding Elmore.