The story of the founding of Quahog mirrors the founding of “neighboring” Providence, Rhode Islan. Providence-founder Roger Williams was exiled for speaking his mind and sought the assistance of Native Americans. Quahog founder Miles "Chatterbox" Musket is exiled for speaking non-stop and befriends not native people but a magical, talking clam.
Meg is embarrassed by Peter acting as the Legendary Clam, comparing it to having Ronald McDonald as a father.
Bonnie compares Joe to the character Larry from the sitcom Three's Company.
Trying to get the cameras on him, Peter acts out a Wayland and Madame routine featuring a ventriloquism dummy. He mentions a song, “The Rainbow Connection,” sung by Kermit the Frog in The Muppet Movie.
Once the family has been completely replaced, they re-enact a scene from “Death Has a Shadow” in which a hung-over Peter lies on the kitchen table. The flashback of Peter at Church drinking communion wine appears in the DVD release of that episode too.