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  • The episode was originally titled "Peter Griffin is a Big Fat Idiot", a reference to the book Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot by Al Franken.
  • This episode marks the official debut of Joyce Kinney, Diane Simmons' replacement at Quahog 5 News.
  • This is the third time that American Dad! crossed over with Family Guy. Stan Smith, the main protagonist from the show, makes a brief cameo appearance.
  • This marks the debut of a newly animated opening sequence for the high-definition conversion.
  • This episode is the first one in which Lois farts, not including a deleted scene from "Peterotica". Every Griffin member has now had a fart scene.
  • When Brian finds the piece of bologna in the book, he is saying "Some of the stuff in here is...hey bologna!" If you take this statement out of context, it sounds like he's saying the book is "full of baloney", which is slang for "full of lies."
  • The song "Republican Town" is set to the tune of "The Company Way" from the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
  • Events in previous episodes "And Then There Were Fewer", "FOX-y Lady" and "Movin' Out (Brian's Song)" are given nods in this episode.
  • In the end of the second act, a mention is made of the canceled Fox sitcom that briefly replaced American Dad!, Sons of Tuscon.
  • Brian disliked Titanic and Slumdog Millionaire, yet he likes Cocktail.
  • Six US Presidents appear in this episode: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and on the uncensored version, George H. W. Bush.
  • Shelley Long reprises the role of Carol Brady from The Brady Bunch Movie, A Very Brady Sequel and The Brady Bunch in the White House.

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