The opening credits are a parody of those of Law & Order, and were narrated by Steven Zirnkilton, opening credits narrator for all L&O series. Note that the Greased-up Deaf Guy was included in the “Order” section of the opening, reserved for lawyers on Law & Order; he mentions that he was previously a lawyer in “North by North Quahog”.
In March 1991, Pamela Smart seduced a sixteen-year-old boy and convinced him to kill her husband, in the same way Mrs. Lockheart seduces Chris.
Lois calls Brian “Mr. Kot-tair!” as in Welcome Back, Kotter.
A scene depicts Ben Affleck and Matt Damon arguing over whether Matt should credit Ben on the first copy of Good Will Hunting script, in a nod to the actual controversy over whether both Ben and Matt wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay.
Brian dresses in costume, as Mark Twain when they read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, while teaching like Richard Mulligan in the film Teachers.
Brian’s students are similar to the students in the film Dangerous Minds, and Brian’s subplot on teaching these students is based on the film’s plot itself.
While Stewie is doing the robot, he says, “Let’s see the kid with the hearing aid from Barney do this.” One of the regulars on Barney & Friends was a near-deaf youth who appeared early in the series.
Brian’s students get up on the desks and recite Walt Whitman’s O Captain! My Captain!, as the students do in Dead Poets Society.