In one scene, Rachel said if her mother wanted to be like her she should consider copying her hairstyle. Besides the line being a jab at the trend of copying the "Rachel haircut" during the 1990s, nearly 30 years earlier Marlo Thomas (Sandra Green) became famous for a hairstyle that girls were trying to emulate when she starred on That Girl (1966) .
Soupy Sales, a comic with a gift for slapstick who attained cult-like popularity in the 1960s with a pie-throwing routine that became his signature. As the star of "The Soupy Sales Show," he performed live on television for 13 years in Detroit, Los Angeles and New York before the program went into syndication in the United States and abroad. The high point of every show came when a sidekick launched a pie into Sales' face. Sales once estimated that he was hit by more than 25,000 pies in his lifetime. The gag became more than hilarious; it evolved into a hip badge of honor. Frank Sinatra was first in a long line of celebrities who clamored for the privilege to be cream-faced, including Tony Curtis, Mickey Rooney, Sammy Davis Jr., Dick Martin and Burt Lancaster.