The episode title "Throw Val From The Train" is a reference to the 1987 film Throw Momma From The Train starring Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal.
The character Thomas Binford Shaklee's middle name is a reference to the tv show Home Improvement. Pamela Anderson played the recurring role of Lisa on the show for a total of 38 episodes. She was known as the "Tool Time Girl", named after the show she worked on on Home Improvement. Tool Time, the show within a show, was sponsored by the fictional tool company Binford.