• The title is a reference to the 1960s sitcom My Three Sons.
  • The "Essence of Elzar" television show and the Elzar character parody the 20th century Essence of Emeril show and its host chef.
  • As Bender goes through the robot wash the song Car Wash by Rose Royce plays; Bender sings his own version.
  • "Head Shop", slang for a shop where drug paraphernalia for potheads is sold; In/on Little Neptune, the "Head Shop" sells human heads.
  • Bender cooks wearing a chef's apron bearing the bold text "TO SERVE MAN". This is a reference to a The Twilight Zone episode based on the short story by Damon Knight, both with that title. In that story, the large book carried by giant aliens promising a bright future for Earth and its inhabitants turns out to be a cookbook; the premise of this pun is the same as the Moebius underground comic strip Is Man Good?.
  • The Galaxy of Terror is a reference to a low-budget 1981 sci-fi movie; the Forbidden Zone and an area in the Planet of the Apes movies.
  • In the Little Neptune Market, when Bender is looking through the shop glass, there's a parody of the "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" advertisements which reads "I Can't Believe It's Not Slug".
  • One of Bender's prime minister's sash medals features an image of Homer Simpson. Also, there is a badge with a "Arm and Hammer" style emblem, which is an arm with a rolling pin, stating that he is/was the ships chef.
  • This was the first episode to be rated TV-14.
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