This episode marks the first appearances of Gil Gunderson and of Cookie Kwan. Gil would, ironically, sometimes take over Hutz's role of defending the Simpsons in court in subsequent episodes, such as "The Frying Game".
Originally, the piano wire was supposed to cut Kirk's sandwich, until George Meyer suggested that the gag would be funnier if Kirk's arm was sliced off instead. This scene is often edited out in syndication, making the final scene where Kirk is in the unemployment line with his arm in a sling confusing, as viewers never saw him get injured.
Johnny D's prison uniform number is "5F06," which is the production code for this episode. In addition, the number on Snake's prison uniform is "7F20;" this is the production code for the episode "The War of the Simpsons" which was the episode Snake first appeared in.
The licence plate on snakes car is GR8 68 meaning Great 68
Snake Jailbirds car that Homer buys at the police auction is a 68 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible (Apu has a 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am T-top).
The music during the Bandit: Snake-Homer fight was previously used in Separate Vocations during Bart's police chase and later used briefly in the motorbike chase in Treehouse of Horror XIV's segment Reaper Madness.
George H. W. Bush is seen at the unemployment office, supposedly picking up a unemployment check. In fact, as a former president, Bush would've been eligible to collect a pension under the Former Presidents Act.
Ned Flanders screams like a little girl about the purple curtains in the murder house. The fact that he screams like this is established in Bart of Darkness when Bart thinks Ned killed Maude.
When Snake is setting up the wire, both the wire's brand, which can be seen on the box by the tree, which reads "ACME PIANO WIRE", and his general behavior may be a reference to the famous Looney Tunes character Wile E. Coyote and his continuous attempt to catch The Road Runner.
Rod saying "Red room, red room" is a reference to "Red rum" ("murder" backwards) from "The Shining". A similar thing happened in "Brother from the Same Planet" with Milhouse saying "Trab pu kcip", "Pick up Bart" backwards.