Lorelai compares her mother to a slave driver, alluding to the rowing scene in Ben Hur.
Lorelai describes scenes from the film.
The scene where Rory and Francie meet in the parking garage pays homage to the film.
After Sookie tries to tell Lorelai something via charades, she refers to Sookie as "Shields and Yarnell."
Francie says that Rory is displaying "Xanadu levels of insanity."