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  • The episode title references the 1970s pornographic movie, Debbie Does Dallas.
  • The pre-theme opening parodies typical cliffhanger endings in American dramas and action television series. Various trademark settings and characters are featured, e.g. the pastel suits that Peter and Cleveland wear whilst driving a speedboat around a “Miami-like” environment is an homage to the 1980s television show Miami Vice, while Brian’s remark that “everyone [he’s] told about the file is dead” is a reference to The Net. Stewie shooting at the helicopter and falling through glass is much like the helicopter scene from The Matrix.
  • A flashback shows that Peter used to live with mass murderer Charles Manson’s “family.” Peter tells them he got an invitation to a party at Sharon Tate’s house. Manson and his followers murdered Tate and four others in 1969.
  • When waiting in line for his audition Lois points out Tom Tucker’s disfigured son also waiting for an audition, and Stewie asks in disgust “I mean really, how am I supposed to follow that act? Bite the head off a chicken?” referring to the typical behavior of a carnival side-show “geek” although perhaps also referring to a mythical stage incident involving a bat and rocker Ozzy Osbourne.
  • Meg’s star map shows “the actual gutter where the policeman fell over laughing when Eddie Murphy told them he was just giving the transvestite a ride home,” referring to a notorious 1997 incident.
  • The Griffins dine at the Musso & Frank Grill, an actual Hollywood attraction. Brian is correct that writers Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner drank there. Peter wonders where the screenwriter of the 1982 sex comedy Porky’s frequented.
  • Peter is beaten by the Los Angeles Police Department in a manner similar to Rodney King, although he asked them to beat him as a photo opportunity.
  • Brian’s porno films Add Momma to the Train, The Purple Head of Cairo, You’ve Got Male Genitalia, and Shaving Private Ryan are spoofs of actual films Throw Momma from the Train, The Purple Rose of Cairo, You’ve Got Mail and Saving Private Ryan.
  • Joan and daughter Melissa Rivers host the Woody Awards red-carpet arrivals, just as they have done for other award shows. Joan Rivers’ interview with Brian parodies her age and earlier stints on The Tonight Show.

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