• The name of this episode is a play on the name of the film Saving Private Ryan.
  • The sergeant’s banter with Brian includes lyrics from Tina Turner’s “Private Dancer”, and Primus’ “Sgt. Baker”.
  • The scene showing an Iraqi terrorist about to behead an American on camera, only to be stopped by democracy kicking in in Iraq, is a reference to the beheadings of Nicholas Berg, Jack Hensley, and Eugene Armstrong.
  • The boot camp scene uses some of the dialog from similar scenes in Full Metal Jacket and An Officer and a Gentleman. The scene where the drill sergeant discovers a half-eaten bird in Brian’s foot-locker parodies a similar scene in Full Metal Jacket where a jelly donut is discovered. The drill sergeant’s “steers and queers” remark is used in both Full Metal Jacket, and An Officer and a Gentleman.
  • The birthday telegram delivery by Zinédine Zidane is a reference to his headbutt of Marco Materazzi during the 2006 FIFA World Cup final.
  • The cutaway where Peter meets a therapist is a reference to Dr. Katz, which was animated in Squigglevision.
  • After a suicide bomber blows himself up near Stewie and Brian, part of Stewie’s distress call is “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” a soap opera satire from the mid-seventies. He also says “Charlie Tango Cash”, which references to the 1989 film Tango & Cash starring Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell.
  • Stewie misunderstands the location of their deployment to be “Fraggle Ir-rock,” rather than Iraq, referring to the Jim Henson children's show Fraggle Rock.
  • After Chris falls through the floor at the school dance, Mayor West is seen playing poker with the dogs from a notable painting series by C.M. Coolidge.

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