The Itchy and Scratchy cartoon short that the family views on the new TiVo is titled "Spherical on 34th Street", a reference to the Miracle on 34th Street films.
In "Spherical on 34th Street", Scratchy's demise comes about as a result of Itchy filling him up with hydrogen and igniting him with a flaming arrow. As Scratchy burns up, showering the crowd with viscera, Itchy exclaims, "Oh, the hilarity!", a reference to broadcaster Herbert Morrison's famous cry of "Oh, the humanity!" during the Hindenburg disaster.
Marge Simpson, for skipping commercials while watching shows on TiVo, is named Keith Olbermann's Worst Person in the World.
After showing The Simpsons family his evil plot, Sideshow Bob says that the commercial gained him position as director of "The Hills Have Eyes 3: The Hills Still Have Eyes."
Also seen is the commercial for Wes Doobner's World-Famous Family-Style Rib Huts, which Sideshow Bob uses to trap the Simpsons later in the episode.
When Sideshow Bob shows the Simpsons pictures of his family's trip to England, Bart says 'yeah yeah yeah, we've all been to England'. The Simpsons went to England in The Regina Monologues.
Sideshow Bob has his original skin and hair color when he and his family were hitchhiking by the tunnel.
When Cecil sits next to Bart his prison number is 2152 however it later switches to 9432.
The cake in the end scene says, "Tenth fiendish plot foiled" (even Kent Brockman states that Sideshow Bob has been trying to kill Bart for the tenth time despite this one would be ninth) although it should be the ninth plot foiled because Cecil was responsible for one of those plots. Bob rescued the kids in "Brother from Another Series", and was then sent to prison despite being a hero.