A cartoon writer for the Itchy & Scratchy Show expresses frustration at the show and says he wants to start a sit-com about a sassy robot. Six years later, Matt Groening & Co. made Futurama (1999) a main character of which is Bender, a sassy robot.
The Itchy and Scratch credits parody the sequence seen at the end of the credits of many TV shows produced by Stephen J. Cannell, where Cannell sits at the typewriter in his office and throws a sheet of paper into the air, with it forming of part of his production company's logo. In the episode, Itchy and Scratchy are seen at desk; Scratchy pulls a sheet from his typewriter and throws it into the air, where it forms an "I & S Productions" logo. Mike Reiss later met Cannell, who was so pleased with the homage that he hugged Reiss.
Grandpa while looking in the mirror getting ready for the awards show, says that he took a shot at Teddy Roosevelt. In 1912, there in fact was an assassination attempt made on Teddy Roosevelt's life during one of his speeches.
The brief "Adventures of Ned Flanders" short that plays at the end of the episode was a last minute addition by the writers because the episode was one minute short in it's run time. As such, the segment has nothing to do with the other events that take place in the episode.