Hattie repeatedly sang or hummed the song Wade in the Water. Harriet Tubman sang this spiritual as a warning to runaway slaves. To escaping slaves, the song told them to abandon the path and move into the water. By traveling along the water's edge or across a body of water, the slaves would throw chasing dogs and their keepers off the scent. This song was better explained in a later episode of this series.
Phil and his parents have a disagreement and Will tries to get him to reconcile. Phil tells Will, "Sometimes parents just don't understand." Will then glares at the camera. That line was a hit song for DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.