Scenes from the older show were used to stand in for the fictional tv series Les Van Buren was starring in during the Eighties.
Crow: It's turning into an episode of Riptide.
Mike: We now return to Riptide.
Host Ben Bailey mentions that his first two contestants look like they're from Riptide as he's stopping to pick them up.
referenced by name
Randy asks: "Is that show 'Riptide' on tonight?"
Title mentioned by a major supporting character
Pam says "this Riptide-looking boat". Riptide was about detectives operating out of a boat.
references Murray 'Boz' Bozinsky, one of the series' main characters
Blackcatloner discovers this TV series and buys a DVD box set of this series.
"...we cut back to Christopher MacDonald trying desperately to get that role in Riptide."