Henry Gibson's character is named 'Thurston Howell' after the character from 'Gilligan's Island'.
The music Thus Spoke Zarathustra overlaps with the image of Phillip Seymore Hoffman pacing next to the old man in the immaculate white bed, similar to the bedridden Dave at the end of "2001".
Frank's monologue to his dying father, Earl thematically mirrors Paul's long, curse-filled monologue to his deceased wife Rose. Both characters lay on their deathbed, unresponsive, as the speaker (Frank or Paul) rant and then break down into tears.
Stanley Spector running backstage after the game show mimics Danny running in the snow maze.
Jimmy Gator is seen briefly being interviewed on 'Entertainment Tonight'.
Jim Kurring talks to himself while on his beat in a style inspired by 'Cops'.
Numerous shots and scenes are duplicated.
Is the show 'What Do Kids Know?' is based on.
The scenes where Dixon is telling Jim he can help him solve the case reference scenes from 'Homicide'; Lionel Mark Smith also plays a detective in both films.
Jack at Parry's hospital bed towards the end is echoed visually and thematically when T.J. Mackey is at his father's bedside towards the end of that film.
The way the characters meet each others.
Jimmy Gator's name is taken from the names Samuel L. Jackson's character lists in this film; multiple dialogue lifts; the third story in the prologue is about a young man named Sydney.
During the game show scene, a lot of talk is about a movie audition, with Alan Thicke and Corey Haim, about destroying a high school. This refers to the film Demolition High.
Storm announcement all along the movie.
Soundtrack music video for the film
Rory mentions Lorelai's bad reaction to the film
parody of Tom Cruise's character in "Magnolia"
When Stan says "It's still the same world out there, look!" and opens the door, it's raining frogs outside. This also happens in the movie Magnolia.
The name of one of Jay and Silent Bob's online critic, "Magnolia-Fan", was inspired by a feud on the View Askew website's message board.
multiple characters and plots
Scuba diver found dead in a tree of a burned forrest
Xander's line: "Respect the cruller. And tame the donut!" In Magnolia, Tom Cruise says "Respect the cock! And tame the c*nt!"
The phone number given by Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) to the phone sex hotline is 818-775-3993 which was the phone number of the A to Z pharmacy in this movie.
The controversy over Smith's opinion about this film is mentioned.
References final scene
The ensemble sings to a song from the soundtrack, like in "Magnolia"
Mentioned in dialog for the Forest Fire Scuba Diver myth
"That guy from 'Magnolia' "
when Ruth, Bettina and the other women sing "Calling all Angels" and the camera show other cast members its a reference to "Magnolia" where the cast also has sung
Inspired by the genre
Briefly discussed in the interview.
the main cast sings to a song from the soundtrack
Main characters in different locations sing the same song at the same time.
On the shelf at the video store.
incorrect answer to a $16,000 question
DVD cover shown.
Included in a $7,500 question
Erna drinks of an empty glass, like Jason Robards smokes an imaginary cigarette.
Simon Kvamm mentions the movie
Mentioned by Margaret Pomeranz in a segment on The Master as another movie made by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Character name: Magnolia "Maggie" Anderson (Magnolia is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson). The DVD spine of Magnolia can be seen in David/Delia's apartment. Melora Walters (who plays Delia in Missing Pieces) stars in Magnolia as Claudia Wilson Gator.
Video case is shown.
Mentioned in dialogue.
Rainbow Dash explains how she knew Twilight Sparkle was going to fly into a helicopter by reversing the episode and pausing on each individual person to explain how she knew came from Ricky Jay explaining Sydney Barringer's suicide in this film. Pinkie Pie also behaves like Dixon while rapping.
Mentioned in dialogue
SPOILER: A fish rain occurs at the end of the storm, like the frog one in Magnolia.
Mentioned by Danny Leigh when reviewing Inherent Vice (2014)
Just like Paul Thomas Anderson's film, this episode features a sequence with all of the main characters simultaneously singing the same song ("Wise up" then; "What's up" now).
Philip Baker Hall plays a famous game show host accused of sexual abuse in both this episode and the film.
Answer to a question; still shown
Game appears in this film
One of their picks.
A fragment of this film is shown in this episode
"How to Be A Man" segment
Footage from the film was featured in this mini-series.
A fragment is shown.
Brett's #4 Tom Cruise Line
a clip is shown in a montage of Julianne Moore films
clips of the film are shown as one of the films that made Christy a critic
Brad replaces Bibleman's speech with Tom Cruise's line, "Respect the cock."
Rain of frogs
Direct spoof -- Count Blah at the Vegas nightclub
Characters sing along to a song in different scenes.
Comic Style as "Fasolia"
Grayson imitates Frank T.J. Mackey