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  • The episode itself is a call-back to Space Pilot 3000, where we first learn about the Planet Express Crew's deceased predecessors. Though the envelope holding their Career chips was named "Contents of Space Wasp's Stomach", it is the same crew Professor Farnsworth is talking about here.
  • The episode title references the 1973 film The Sting.
  • The Old Planet Express Ship used to be purple.
  • The squishy toy from Leela's dream is on her bedside table at the hospital. A picture of Hyperion, the moon Fry took her to in her dream, is also in a picture frame opposite her bed.
  • Fry's funeral resembles both Spock's funeral from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Captain Janeway's funeral from the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Coda".
  • Scruffy plays "Walking on Sunshine", Fry's favorite song, on the bagpipes at his funeral.
  • When Hermes sees that Leela is awake, he exclaims "Sweet Three-toed Sloth of Ice Planet Hoth!", referring to the ice planet from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
  • It is worth noting that this episode bears a great similarity to a season three episode of Stargate: Atlantis in which Elizabeth Weir falls into a coma and faces numerous in-dream delusions where her friends make numerous attempts to save her (as comparable to Fry telling Leela she needs to wake up). Both comas were caused by an enemy entity attacking the person infected (Dr. Weir and Niam/Leela and the baby Queen Space Bee).
  • When Leela opens and falls into Fry's coffin, it is an almost shot-for-shot remake of the scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey where David Bowman gets absorbed into the monolith.
  • Hermes' comment about "Honeycomb's big, yeah yeah yeah" and the resulting response by Bender ("it's not small?") is a reference to an advertisement jingle from the 1980's for Honeycomb Cereal.
    • Furthermore, when the crew reaches the center of the honeycomb, Leela says "Got it! The Honeycomb hideout!", a reference to the same 1980's ad jingle.
  • The episode's main plot of dreams within dreams would later be used as the central storyline of the 2010 movie Inception.

Items in Leela's "Memories of Fry" box