• This episode was inspired by two episodes of All in the Family: "Archie in the Cellar" which features Archie Bunker locked in the basement for an extended period of time and "Two's a Crowd" in which Archie and Mike Stivic being locked in a storeroom, with the sharing of dark secrets. Both episodes were essentially one- and two-man plays, much like "Brian & Stewie." As noted on the page for All in the Family, Seth MacFarlane and producer Kara Vallow are big fans of the show.
  • The plotline is also derived from The Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough at Last". In "Time Enough at Last", Henry Bemis is reading a copy of David Copperfield, which Brian is also revealed to be reading.
  • When Brian licks Stewie's buttocks, Stewie sings "MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON RIV-EEEEEEEEEEEEEEER!" in a high falsetto, a reference to Fletch when Chevy Chase's character reacts the same way during his prostate exam.
  • The musical part of the program featured an instrumental number called Errand Boy which was a tribute to a similar number in the Jerry Lewis film The Errand Boy. The music being played is "Blues in Hoss' Flat" by Count Basie and His Orchestra.

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