The line "Keep watching the skis!" spoofs "Keep watching the skies!"
The narration sequences are based on Plan 9 from Outer Space.
An orchestra of string players are playing the screeching string music from Psycho on a bus.
The man who wakes from his coma asks if the show is still on the air.
The Leonard Nimoy segments are a send-up of the paranormal documentary series In Search Of..., which Nimoy hosted.
Homer mentions Apollo Creed.
Kent Brockman describes Homer's video clip of the alien as a "close encounter of the blurred kind'.
Lenny's clothing and dance moves are copied from John Travolta's character.
Dramatic background music turns out to be being played by an orchestra on a passing bus.
The town sings "Good Morning, Starshine."
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" text repeats.
There is a "Meet Donkey Kong" booth at the video arcade.
Several. One for all: "E.T. phone Homer"
Kent Brockman: "Local man, Homer Simpson shown here with is tongue stuck to a lamppost..."
Mulder mentions the show.
Homer says that The Alien and Steve Urkel share many characteristics.
Lisa says, "It's time for ABC's TGIF lineup!"
The blackboard joke reads "The truth is not out there."
Homer: I saw this in a movie about a bus that had to speed around the city, keeping its speed over fifty, and if its speed dropped, the bus would explode! I think it was called "The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down."
The voodoo priests of Haiti that Mulder mentions refer to the ones involved in this episode.
The writers in the sketch accidentally plagiarise Speed (1994), titling it "The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down".
recalling Mulder and Scully appearing on this show
Appearance of Mulder and Scully to investigate aliens in Springfield.
Milhouse plays the "Waterworld" arcade game, which requires 40 quarters for one turn.