• This was the first episode to feature Mayor Adam West. This also introduces some of Meg's friends, including Beth.
  • This is the first episode to mention Stewie's ambiguous sexuality.
  • Stewie dives into the lobster tank at Lobster Shanty.
  • The story of the founding of Quahog mirrors the founding of “neighboring” Providence, Rhode Island. 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.
  • The replacement cast of the Griffins is Tom Arnold as Peter, Fran Drescher as Lois, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Chris, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as Stewie and Brian.
  • 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.
  • Chris chastises Meg for “breaking the fourth wall.”
  • When Chris is staring at Beth after Peter and Lois are done having sex, his hair is green, but no one else's hair has changed color.
  • Syndicated reruns of this episode cuts the part where Meg is at Quagmire’s house and walks in on him having sex with a woman on the kitchen counter and Meg runs out of the house.

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