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  • The episode's full title in the animatic in the special online content of the Family Guy Volume 4 DVD is "Brian Goes Back to College and Stewie Goes With Him for Obvious Comedic Reasons".
  • Brian watches an episode of the sitcom The Facts of Life in which a masculine Jo asks mentor Mrs. Garrett if it’s okay that her penis touched her vagina.
  • When Brian is doing his Rocky IV training montage, the song playing alongside is “Heart’s on Fire” by Rhode Island native John Cafferty.
  • The fact that Brian went to Brown was first stated in "The Story on Page One".
  • Stewie begins to bug Brian about his novel in the same way he did with the high pitched voice in “Brian the Bachelor,” but this time Brian hits him with a book before he goes on for too long.
  • The Stephen Hawking functionary who had been a fellow contestant in “Brian the Bachelor” and was a contestant in the Special Olympics in “Ready, Willing, and Disabled” has since married a fellow quadriplegic who also speaks with an electronic keyboard.
  • At the end of the A-Team intro Hannibal (Peter) is in the jeep that flips in the air. However in the actual show's intro, Hannibal was in a truck in front of the jeep, throwing the grenades that flipped the jeep. Immediately following the A-Team intro parody, Peter clutches his leg and exhales exactly as he did in “Wasted Talent,” although he only makes that noise once instead of continuing.
  • Peter and his friends impersonate the A-Team at a television convention at the Quahog Convention Center; with Peter as John “Hannibal” Smith, Quagmire as “Faceman” Peck, Joe as H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock (misspelled “Murdoch” in the intro) and Cleveland as B.A. Baracus. Cleveland says, “I pity the fool,” a catch phrase associated with Mr. T, the actor who played B.A. on the show, although the line actually originated from his character Clubber Lang, in the film Rocky III, not The A-Team, where he mostly restricted himself to calling people “fools.”
  • The original A-Team opening went as follows:
“In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire...THE A-TEAM.”
For this episode, it was changed to:
“In 2005, a group of local misfits won a costume contest at an ’80s TV convention. These men promptly returned home and drank some beer. Today they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire...THE A-TEAM.”
  • During the A-Team opening, as Quagmire is introduced, a Cylon centurion from Battlestar Galactica is seen walking across the screen. Dirk Benedict who played 'Face' also starred as 'Starbuck' in the original Battlestar Galactica.
  • Murdock’s name is misspelled as “Murdoch.”
  • Bill Cosby is seen leading a group of similarly dressed men in aerobics that imitate Cosby’s mannerisms.
  • Small Wonder, a 1985-1989 sci-fi sitcom, is briefly sen in this episode. When Peter and his friends visit the ’80s television convention, a booth for Small Wonder is seen in the background. Tiffany Brissette is seen sitting in the booth, with a sign that says Tiffany “Vicki” Brissette. Tiffany played the main character of the series, a robot named Victoria “Vicki” Ann-Smith Lawson.
  • Roger Williams Park is an actual park in Providence, Rhode Island, named after Rhode Island founder Roger Williams.
  • Stewie plays Ultimate Frisbee at Brown. Brown’s Ultimate team was the 2005 National Championship Team in US College Ultimate.
  • The New Yorker eventually wrote a friendly response to this episode which parodied them. [1]
  • The beginning of this episode was used in the animated version of the Internet comic VG Cats. This can be found on boe entertainment.
  • Continuing a normal tradition of Meg-bashing, after Stewie stops filming Brian because he didn’t cry after getting fired, he goes to see what Meg is doing, sees her in her underwear, and starts to choke or possibly vomit.
  • The drawings of Brown’s campus are relatively accurate. Brian passes through the Van Winkle Gates to enter Brown’s campus. The large building directly in front of him in this scene is University Hall. In another scene, Sayles Hall is clearly visible.
  • This is the first episode where Cleveland pronounces his "E" like "E" instead of like a "U".
  • A flashback shows Stewie performing at the 1969 Woodstock Festival where he tells the hippies not to smoke weed, and then begins to sing a song praising the establishment.
  • Though Brian’s experience in college suggests otherwise, it is impossible to fail a course at Brown University. The worst that could happen is he would receive a “no credit,” which wouldn’t even be recorded on his transcript.[2]
  • According to DVD commentary, Stewie’s “Amateur Gynecologist” T-shirt was originally supposed to read, “Free Mustache Rides,” but it was objected by Standards and Practices.

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