This episode contains numerous references to the Rocky franchise of films. Of particular note is Lois' chasing of Brian mimics scenes in the original Rocky of Rocky Balboa chasing chickens to build up speed and quickness and Deirdre Jackson's appearance at Lois' retirement parodies Clubber Lang's appearance in Rocky III. Also, both theme songs, "Eye of the Tiger" and "Gonna Fly Now", are also heard.
The picture in the newspaper of Lois standing over her fallen opponent is a reference to the famous 1965 picture of Cassius Clay, better known as Muhammad Ali, standing over Sonny Liston after their second fight.
Tom Tucker refers to Deirdra as "Deirdra 'Action' Jackson", a reference to the film Action Jackson.