The song played when Homer's ice cream truck first appears to the children after they complain about the weather being too hot is Money for Nothing by Dire Straits.
The segment showing Homer don his ice cream man uniform is a slightly altered reproduction of the opening from Da Ali G Show.
In the British 'Channel 4' premiere on December 2, 2006, the continuity announcer says, "Anyone for ice cream? In this weather?". This makes reference to the fact that a few days prior, over three feet of snow had fallen in England, which was the deepest recorded at that time.
This episode finished with iPods taking over the world; however, in later episodes, they would be parodied as MyPods.(This prediction is why iPods are no longer a thing Apple didn't want to take the chance since The Simpsons predictions come true so often).
The giant popsicle stick statue of Homer made by Marge is a parody of Michaelangelo's David; notably, the statue holds a doughnut on its left hand.
Homer suggests Marge make a popsicle stick statue of "the new James Bond", an obvious nod to Daniel Craig, the actor performing James Bond in the movie, Casino Royale, which was released around two weeks before this episode first aired.