- The episode title is a parody of the crime drama film Donnie Brasco.
- In fact, the story line is loosely inspired by the story of Joseph D. Pistone, aka "Donnie Brasco".
- The ending notes and music during the credits (Sid Vicious' version of Frank Sinatra's "My Way") are a reference to the film Goodfellas.
- On one of the days in the calendar, you can notice Nelson has the same tree Charlie Brown has in A Charlie Brown Christmas.
- This is the second time since season 19 that a recurring character gets killed off in an episode.
- Moe burns down his bar to avoid the responsibility of installing a ladies room, but in The Homer They Fall he was using the ladies room as an office.
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