Originally, the piano wire was supposed to cut Kirk's sandwich, until George Meyer suggested that the gag would be funnier if Kirk's arm was sliced off instead. This scene is often edited out in syndication, making the final scene where Kirk is in the unemployment line with his arm in a sling confusing, as viewers never saw him get injured.
The murder house is modeled after the Bates home in Alfred Hitchcock's movie Psycho.
The number on Snake's prison uniform is "7F20," this is the production code for the episode "The War of the Simpsons" which was the episode Snake first appeared in.
The music during the Bandit: Snake-Homer fight was previously used in Separate Vocations during Bart's police chase and later used briefly in the motorbike chase in Treehouse of Horror XIV's segment Reaper Madness.
When Snake is setting up the wire, both the wire's brand, which can be seen on the box by the tree, which reads "ACME PIANO WIRE", and his general behavior may be a reference to the famous Looney Tunes character Wile E. Coyote and his continuous attempt to catch The Road Runner.
Rod saying "Red room, red room" is a reference to "Red rum" ("murder" backwards) from "The Shining". A similar thing happened in "Brother from the same planet" with Milhouse saying "Trab pu kcip", "Pick up Bart" backwards.