The title is a reference to the films The Perfect Storm and Cast Away.
Lois and Brian watch Gilmore Girls, in a scene in which the mother and daughter talk very fast; a reference to the manner in which dialog is spoken in the show, often fast-paced and laden with pop references.
The scene where Peter tried to catch fish was a parody of one similar scene in the film Cast Away.
Peter misses Captain Caveman, a Hanna-Barbera cartoon character from the late 1970s. He keeps a picture of Captain Caveman in a pocket watch, just as Tom Hanks’s character kept a picture of Helen Hunt’s character in Cast Away.
When Peter’s boat goes into the storm, they go up a wave at a 90 degree angle, which is from The Perfect Storm.
When Brian sees the silhouettes of Lois and Peter in the hotel window, he also sees Alfred Hitchcock who appeared in such a manner on his TV show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Stewie showed Brian a video of Lois and Peter having sex. When Peter reaches sexual climax, Peter screams “Shazam!,” a reference to the superhero Captain Marvel who said “Shazam!” to activate his powers. He previously did this before in “Fifteen Minutes of Shame.”
The scene where Peter sprays whipped cream from an aerosol can all over his chest and privates to seduce Lois is similar to a scene from the film Varsity Blues.