This episode is Roy Scheider's last television appearance.
The running gag with Joe getting his legs damaged is similar to Groundskeeper Willie getting axed in the back in the fifth Simpsons Halloween special.
In Stand By Me, his legs are run over by two trains.
In Misery, he is shot in the legs; however, this time killed as well, by Stewie.
In The Shawshank Redemption, his legs were beaten by cops with nightsticks with the purpose of crippling him as ordered by Warden Norton.
The shot where Peter says, "Cleve, it's 1955. Please reenter the clubhouse in a more stereotypical animated fashion," can be seen in the 2010 film Unstoppable.
In Misery, it hints again that Stewie is gay by telling Paul (Brian) that he is no longer wearing lipstick, asking to suck his thumb while feeling Paul's ear, and saying he fondled Paul as he slept. That and the fact that Stewie is dressed in drag during the entire segment.
Peter escapes to the theme from Friends; "I'll Be There For You" by the Rembrandts by hitting a rock against the pipe in time with the clapping in the song.
Peter deceives the audience by mentioning The Shining, another King masterpiece, before introducing the Shawshank parody.
In "Stand by Me" Peter and Cleveland are singing "T.V. Medley", another song from Family Guy sung by Stewie and Brian.