The boat salesman sings "Drunken Salesman", which is parody of the song Drunken Sailor.
Groundskeeper Willie helping to free the whale is a reference to the family drama film Free Willy.
Marge states that she hoped it wasn't Johnny Depp's as he was already in so much financial trouble.
Lenny and Carl play Takin' Care of Business (song) a song written by Randy Bachman and first recorded by Canadian rock group Bachman–Turner Overdrive on stero.
The boat salesman tell Homer that the film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, and environmentalist James Cameron might take interest in his sunken ship, a reference to the 1997 American epic romance and disaster film Titanic.
One of the gorilla "sanctuaries" mentions making a Planet of the Apes.
Another gorilla "sanctuary", UTA, mentions shaving gorillas in order to make them a double body of Bruce Wills.
In the episode "The Winter of Our Monetized Content", Homer stated that he will purchase a boat on the 3rd November, which he did in this, which also aired on the 3rd November.